Here's the Gateway Arch (St. Louis, MO).
I took this picture while going down the interstate. Don't worry - hubby was driving! I took about 12 pictures, and this was definitely the best one of all. We had no idea that you could ride a tram inside this thing, all the way to the top, and then look out windows at the city! That would've been SO COOL. If we ever get to go back to that are of MO, I definitely want us to do this. Mr. Scared of Heights isn't so sure it's a good idea. :)
Here is a pic I took of the Mississippi River, also while zooming by. Not bad!
I thought this property was pretty, so I snapped a pic. Just a couple minutes after passing this, I noticed a sign that said "Welcome to Illinois." I am from East Tennessee, near the Smokey Mountains, so anything this flat amazes me.
Then, of course, I had to take pics of Lamberts! It is Home of the Throwed Rolls and so much fun! We visited the one in Sikeston, MO. The food servings were HUGE. We all took boxes home, and everyone's drink came in a 32 oz mug, even the kids'! So glad no one had a spill. Whew! For an appetizer, someone walks around with a huge dish of freshly fried okra hollering, "Fried okra, fried okra!" You flag her down if you want some, and she puts it on your napkin. Another person walks around in the same fashion with sorghum and apple butter. The apple butter gets plopped onto your napkin! The sorghum gets drizzled directly onto your roll.
The kids were given coloring books and actual Crayola crayons - the good stuff! Ha!
The kids loved raising their hands for a roll and having it thrown at them! They were HOT and fresh, though, so hands beware! Absolutely delicious, though. It's said that they throw up to 8,000 rolls a day! Only one person dropped theirs while we were there, and it was totally her fault. :) Since I wasn't feeling well and hubby is Mr. Baseball, I let him catch mine!
As if this wasn't enough food, while you are eating four different people walk around hollering about their fried potatoes, applesauce, macaroni and tomatoes, and black eyed peas! I passed on the fried potatoes, but I loved the black eyed peas. My mom always made macaroni and tomatoes when I was a kid, so I tried those but theirs were sweet. Hated that! I got 2 bbq chicken leg quarters, a baked potato, and baby carrots. I ended up only eating half of my chicken and a few bites of my potato. Before my meal came, I had about 5 pieces of okra and almost a whole roll. My goodness, they are huge! With everything else going on, I couldn't hold a bite more.
While in KY, we were able to swim in an Olympic-sized swimming pool all by ourselves! The husband went out to run some errands, so it was just me and the kids. How awesome that no one else was in there!!!
This girl loves cameras. Lol
The two youngest kids had to have action shots. :)
Oldest daughter wanted proof that she conquered the 11 foot water.
On the way back home, we saw this really neat cross and monument thing somewhere in KY. I took pictures of it, even though I don't know what it is. Ha! It was a secluded and gorgeous place to stop and stretch our legs.
Seeing this bug on a pole intrigued the kids beyond measure! Lol They chased it all the way over to the grass. Fastest moving stick I've ever seen, that's for sure! :)