Here is a sampling of the week’s activities.
Our first performance at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living Community in Ballwin, MO
We had really no idea what to expect here but were blown away by how many people came! As you can see by many smiles in the crowd, they were really enjoying it!
Our next stop took us to O’Fallon, IL. For some reason, I don’t have any pictures while we were there! Everywhere we went our hosts treated us great and found lots of fun things for us to do. In O’Fallon one host family that we stayed with had horses and a carriage and they even offered to give us a ride!
The next day we played at the LCMS International Center. This houses the offices for various church organizations including (among others) the Youth Ministry Department, the World Relief and Human Care Offices, the World Missions Offices, and the Concordia Plan Offices. There’s more there too, but I don’t remember it all!
They have a beautiful chapel that overlooks the interstate. They say that this way as they worship they always have the mission field before their very eyes.
Mia & Jaden
Then the group played at Laclede Groves Retirement Center in St. Louis. They got to be on a stage and everything!
During a little break we got to get frozen custard at a St. Louis hotspot – Ted Drewe’s. YUMMY!
That night we played for a Spanish worship service at Concordia Seminary.
The next morning we were at the offices of The Lutheran Hour.
Then we got to visit another St. Louis hotspot, once featured on the show “Man vs. Food”. Crown Candy Kitchen. Crazily, we actually waited in line on the street for over an hour before getting in the door to the tiny place. You could SMELL the chocolate out on the corner and it was TEMPTING. But, we were starving, so we held out for the food. They are famous for their milkshakes and have a challenge where you can get your name on a plaque on their wall if you can finish 3 in an hour. However, they are HUGE and RICH, and I can’t imagine how you could do it. Stephen and I shared and that was just fine with me!
We ate really good and probably really bad for us food. Here is my BLT.
That afternoon was a free time so we took in another cool St. Louis attraction, the City Museum (http://www.citymuseum.org/home.asp). This place is completely impossible to describe, check out their website for better pictures of the whole place. Their website describes it as “Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. “
Basically, it is a warehouse filled with structures, tunnels, mazes, slides, etc, etc, etc, made almost entirely out of recycled materials that have been torn out of old buildings, streets, etc.
Here are Mia and Lizette following us out of a tunnel made of an old hollowed out tree trunk and re-bar
There was also a huge ball pit. Jaden thought that would be REALLY fun.
The 10 story slide…..well, he had a lot of fun climbing the stairs (although mommy didn’t). He wasn’t excited about going down though. Mia went down with Lizette first. They neared the entrance to the slide and Jaden yelled NO, MIA, NO!!!!! She laughed all the way down and wanted to go again but Jaden wanted nothing to do with it. I, however, was not going to WALK DOWN 10 flights of stairs, so we went down the slide. Slow and easy but BOY was I dizzy!
We redeemed the whole experience with the outdoor section. Again, this is TOTALLY impossible to explain. Endless tunnels and staircases that connect to each other in a never ending maze. Destination points in your journey include a giant tree-house like think, one of two airplanes, an old firetruck, old towers or other strange structures. We stuck to the stairs. And Jaden headed for the airplanes. They are old, crashed, stripped, shells of airplanes but still, they are up in the sky, and to Jaden, they are COOL!
Okay – so I think it’s time for a break. Can you believe I’m only to MONDAY! That’s right….we’ve only been in St. Louis 3 ½ days at this point! WHEW!