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Weekend in St Louis

This past weekend, we took advantage of an extra day to meet some friends in St. Louis. We arrived (after a long 10 hour drive) to some fantastic weather there. I was also surprised by the beautiful rolling hills (south of the city in Eureka). With highs in the lower 80s, we opted to spend time at Six Flags. It was primarily a chance for us to get some time reconnecting with our friends. The girls enjoyed hanging out with the 9 year old son of one of the couples. The boys stayed back in Baton Rouge opting for a weekend with their own friends (not my first choice, but something they wanted).

I would have thought the park would have been packed, but it was only slightly busy and not bad at all. The park is pretty nice, but is primarily focused on rides and not shows. So I took in as many roller coasters as I could handle (and perhaps 1 too many). The girls loved one ride in particular and so we rode it many, many (many) times. I did not realize that Bugs Bunny and friends were there. Interesting. We finished up the day with a firework display at closing time.

The next day, we took advantage of a summer pass to visit the park again and take in the water rides. We hit all of the big stuff and the rides were fun. The lines were a little longer on Saturday, but that is to be expected. Overall, Six Flags was fun.

The best part of the trip was time spent visiting with our friends. We missed getting together last year. It was great to see the home improvement pictures of Dave and Mel. Some awesome updates to their home. It was great to hear about the exciting travel plans of Don and Dana. It was also good to just spend some time visiting and realizing that we are all transitioning through changes in family life as our kids get older. It was really great to hang out with them a few days.

Road Trip to the Hills

This past weekend, we made a trip to north Georgia to visit some friends of ours. We had a good bit of rain, so we spent most of our time close to their house. It was a nice relaxing time to visit. The kids had a water fight and Keith built a fire so that we could have some smores. The girls spent most of their time either chasing after (and hugging) the cats and going out to the barn to check for chicken eggs.

On Monday, I was scheduled to be in Clarksville, TN to do some training at the zinc plant. So I travelled over the night before and returned after a full day of work. Tennessee is really a beautiful state. The drive up out of Chattanooga towards Nashville is pretty spectacular. It’s a shame that I was driving instead of just enjoying the view. Clarksville is a mix of old and new, but the views along the Cumberland River are pretty nice (especially the Liberty Park where I spent a little time before heading into work on Monday).

The boys got to reconnect with their friends. With six and sometimes seven boys all in one den, it was quite the “man cave”. I can only imagine how much cleaning was needed to get the smell back to normal. They loved just hanging out watching shows, playing board games, video games and running around outside. They had a great time.

We really enjoyed our time there. As with all road trips, it’s also a good time for Connie and I to get some time to talk as well. Road trips are just a lot more fun when you have great kids.