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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fond Memories of St Louis

I love St Louis!  The old architecture enthrals me!  The parks are beautiful.  There is so much to do.  I want to go back!  I want to go to the Museum of History, Grants Farm, the brewery tour, oh, I"m sure there is more!  I would love to see the 1904 World's Fair Pavilion (it was under renovation).

What I liked least about my trip:  Going to the zoo.  Unless you have small children, pay the $12 to park closer to the zoo, and haven't been to a zoo before, don't bother...even if the weather is nice.  Go to the Botanical Gardens instead.  (I was out voted by hubby and son).  Out voted by hubby to see the museum of art.  Maybe I just don't have enough art appreciation in me, or my feet were too sore, but it wasn't my cup of tea.

Was sad to see that many shops in Union Station were closed or empty.  Wish I would have bought the purple purse with the Betty Boop logo on it.

What I liked most about my trip:  The ARCH!  Son and I went up the arch and looked at the city below.  It was wondrous and now I can cross that off of my bucket list.  There is a museum and gift shop below ground of the arch.  Hubby missed the whole thing cause he didn't want to go up.  Too bad he didn't come in with us and wait underground.

We went on a steamboat ride on the mighty Mississippi!  I enjoyed it although I got tired from sitting in the sun.  Son, Dan got a horrific sunburn.  Hey, why do I have to be the one to think of sunblock?  I don't burn.  They day was beautiful...we even ate outdoors!

What we shouldn't have done:  Gone to the casinos.  Although I enjoy it, it is a huge waste of money.  It is a losing proposition and one day that will sink into my thick skull. 


Jim and Dan in front of the majestic doorway.


The inside of the building had it's original marble staircase and just an air of elegance
from an era long gone by.

Union Station with it's clock tower.


View from the 6th story window of our hotel.


St Louis statue


Museum of Art


View from the top of the Arch


A "tram" on display....how you get to the top.



A statue of either Louis or Clarke....the river rose above him, and all that's left is his arm and the top of his poor little head.


Who could resist taking this picture?  My hubby said I cannot get eyelashes for my car!
 I loved the hotel.  The room was nice, there was a full breakfast in the morning.  Complimentary drinks and snack between 3-5 pm, and a good restaurant on the premises.  The pool was in the far corner of the hotel and we chose not to traipse through in our bathing attire to sit in the hot tub.  Most evenings I was just too plain pooped!

With that, I wish you all a Happy Mother's Day.  We are going by my sister's and the whole family is having dinner there.  I got excused from having to bring anything....yahoo!

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