Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Day 1 Chicago/Nauvoo Vacation

We had a few days off from work, so we decided to take a vacation up to Chicago and then over to Nauvoo. We've never been to either place, so we thought it would be fun to drive up there.
Our first day, we wanted to break up the trip a little bit so we stopped at the St. Louis Zoo and had a fabulous afternoon with Kashton!!
All the animals were so close to us. Kashton fed this little baby giraffe a leaf. It was so cute. Kashton loved it!!!
Sleeping tiger. It was cool to see it laying there. Usually they're always hiding somewhere.
With the recent passing of the most amazing entertainer, Michael Jackson, we've been culturing our son in the art of the Michael Jackson dance!!! He's almost got it down. He was practicing his moves in front of the huge fan that was blowing a mist of water at him. Needless to say, he also had quite the audience cheering him on. There were women taking pictures of this little toddler standing in his stroller saying "Eee Hee. OOWW!"
Sitting on daddy's shoulders watching the sea lion feedings.
Reaching out to pet the penguin. He LOVED this exhibit.
The puffins were his favorite. He laughed and laughed at them playing in the water. We couldn't resist....we bought him a little stuffed animal penguin.
That's a big bug!!!
Beautiful butterflies. Cameron and I were more interested in them then Kashton.
Cameron feeding this macaw Kashton's Cheerios. Glad we didn't get caught and kicked out of the zoo.
Kashton loved this hippo that just kept swimming around in a circle.
We couldn't believe that this elephant came so close to us. I've never been this close to an elephant. We all thought that was pretty awesome.
After the zoo, we continued the four hour drive up to Chicago.
Cameron and I were suppose to go to the Melting Pot for Valentines Day, but it never worked out. So, we decided to have our Valentines dinner that first night in Chicago.
Neither one of us have EVER been there before and we LOVED it. Kashton was not only a very good boy the entire day and was so patient with this long meal we had, but he also absolutely loved it too.
We all loved the fantastic dessert!!! It was the best part of the night.
Yummy, yummy chocolate covered strawberries.
Cameron loved the chocolate a little TOO much.
Like Father, Like Son!!!!
To Be Continued...


Wyatt said...

Beth! You're just beautiful in every way. I LOVE YOU! Miss you guys SO MUCH!

carlie said...

It looks like you guys had an amazing vacation. Now I want to go and you can tell Jared and I all the cool places to see. Your posts about Nauvoo were my favorite. I was almost crying just reading your posts. That temple is breathtaking. I would love to go there someday. I'm glad you made Cameron go, it's good for him : )