Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Cyber Monday, and Post #200!

Hello to the Blogosphere and all my Run-Blogger friends. I have been traveling to Illinois and Missouri for the last week and am way behind on my blogging. I have a lot of catching up to do.

This post is my 200th post since I started blogging almost exactly one year ago. Nothing fancy or fun about this post, but it is a milestone anyway.

This past week, first we spent a few days in Illinois, celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with family, and had a really good time. We had decent weather (well, at least it didn't snow), spent quality time with family, and ate a lot of great food, including a Thanksgiving dinner that included both Turkey and Prime Rib. Good thing that the day before I ran 3.5 miles and worked out at the local college's fitness center with my wife and aunt. I think I gained 10 pounds.
the kids decorating the tree

We opened some early Christmas presents, and my son got a fun Yoda hat, among other things.
my son and his cousin on Thanksgiving/Christmas

We traditionally all go to the movie theater on Thanksgiving day, but this year they were not showing any "kid-friendly" movies, so we rented some DVDs, grabbed another piece of pie, and watched a couple of movies together--Monsters vs. Aliens, and Imagine That. Both were pretty good, but I think I liked Imagine That better. I had never heard of it (it is with Eddie Murphy), but it was funny. (By the way, I watched "Up" in the car during the 10 hour drive, and while I thought it was good, it kind of had a sad underlying theme to it. I won't say more than that, in case you haven't seen it yet.)

We left the day after Thanksgiving and headed to St Louis. We were going to take the kids to the St Louis Childrens Museum, called The Magic House.

Let me just say that for anyone within driving distance of St Louis, with kids between the ages of 4 and 12, you need to go to this place. It was amazing. We got there when they opened and spent 7 1/2 hours there and were never bored. It is huge, and my kids thought they were in heaven. It truly was incredible. We took a gazillion pictures while there. Here are just a few:

the oval office

changing a tire in the service center

Curious George was there too

working in the grocery store

ahoy matey!

delivering pizza in the restaurant

working in the bank
building a house

One funny thing happened while we were there, too. We ran into our neighbors who live across the street from us. 8 hours away, and we happened to be in the same place at the same time. What are the odds.

It was an amazing day, and we topped it off with a trip to the St Louis Zoo, where they had over 500,000 lights for their "Wild Lights" event, with a great holiday light display. It was excellent weather, a great time, and a perfect end to the day.

By the way, I did get some running in also, and I have another post I want to share about a couple of really cool runs I had while on vacation.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, too, and didn't eat too much turkey.

I'll leave you with a poem that we created at the Poet-Tree space in the Childrens Museum too--


Ashley said...

Sounds like an awesome holiday weekend filled with lots of fun activities! Great pics too!!!! Oh - and VERY ironic running into the neighbors - CRAZY!

I Run for Fun said...

Sounds like a fun holiday! Love the pics and look forward to reading about your runs.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog!! That is too crazy about seeing yoru neighbors 8 hours away from home! small world ins't it!

Love that poem too! At the end of the big race only a trashcan. That is funny!

RunnuRMark said...

that is one busy weekend. Sounds like it was a lot of fun. Glad to hear you got some running in too!

Lacy said...

I always end up talking to my son about your destinations and then I don't hear the end of it. We still "HAVE TO MOMMY" make it to the rail co. restaurant and now to the museum.
Love the poem, by the way.

Hi! I'm Erin said...

My family plays a game on vacation that if you see someone you know you win $100. So, you would totally win the $100 for seeing your neighbors!

I've never heard of the Magic House. It looks like so much fun! Love the poem.

RunningLaur said...

The children's museum looks so cool!

Happy 200th!

lindsay said...

sounds like a fun holiday(s) and time with family! ironic about the neighbor-run in :)

Jess said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! Congrats on post #200!

Fair Weather Runner said...

how fun, what a great thanksgiving and trip you guys had! that museum looks awesome. well happy late thanksgiving and glad to hear you are running again. maybe i'll see you at the frosty 5k?

RunToTheFinish said...

i don't have kids...would it be weird if I went anyways!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i'm trying to catch up on blogs too!!! Congrats on 200, and looks like a great trip!!