Okay, so we’ve really been sipping Coke Zero and Grapette Soda, but we’re laid back, and that’s what counts.
We had tentatively planned to take the girls to Silver Dollar City today on our way back to St. Louis from Tulsa (the tentative part coming from not having really budgeted for the trip and not wanting to blow the remainder of our tax refund on a day at an amusement park – that place is REALLY expensive).
So, we stopped overnight at the parents’ of our friends Doug and Julie and were truly refreshed. The girls enjoyed both the home, the amazing gardens behind the house, and playing with the 4-year-old granddaughter (and niece of Doug and Julie), and we enjoyed our time with Doug’s parents, as well as his sister and brother-in-law (Denise and Dean) who live nearby. We slept in, we played air hockey, we relaxed.
Then Craig went to Hotwire and found a really nice hotel here in downtown St. Louis for us to crash at tonight…really cheap and just for fun.
This is ultimate vacationing for us. I enjoy doing activity-oriented things with the girls, but today would not have been the right time for it, considering the last few weeks. We didn’t need to recreate; we needed to re-create. So, we watched the two-hour finale of 24 (was anyone else as disappointed with the ending as we were? Boo!), we ordered pizza and had it delivered, and we’ve rested. It is glorious.
And best of all, tomorrow we’ll pack up and drive all of 20 minutes to get home, though I’m not sure I want to leave this hotel (it is slightly above the caliber of hotel we normally stay at and the girls were giddy with excitement as we walked in). While debating what we would have for dinner, the girls all exclaimed they wanted the Mac-n-Cheese (Holiday Inn, you know, lets the kids eat free and our kids always choose the Mac-n-Cheese meal). We had to explain to them that this isn’t one of those hotels that offers Mac-n-Cheese in picture form on its regular dining menu. But never fear, we’re not so posh as this hotel (nevermind the fact that the pool came complete with a lifeguard – can you just imagine?); in other words, Papa John knows his way to even the nicest of downtown hotels…
Craig is in remote control heaven tonight and I’m catching up on some blog reading and about to finish Pride and Prejudice (yes! I’m almost finished!). Tomorrow we’ll go home and worry about all the laundry we’ve created in the last three days. But tonight…tonight, we relax.