During the last six weeks, Team Jackson has been all over Missouri and Illinois and I mean all over. We also had friends and family visit. That was so nice and I get choked up thinking about what their visit meant to us. It was everything. So if you are inspired to come and visit please do! Little House in Missouri is waiting for you.
Historic town of St. Charles, MO– We were lured here under false pretenses to attend an Oktoberfest with new friends and actually ended up enjoying most just walking the main street of this quaint old town. It was like out of a movie. The highlights of the day were eating ice cream and watching home made fudge being made.
Pere Marquette State Park, Illinois- The first weekend of October, we went on our first outdoor camping adventure to Grafton, IL with C’s Cub Scout Pack. We filled up the car, nearly got stuck in muddy gravel on the way up, froze our California butts in the 30 degree weather and took the ferry on the way home, stopping by family farms to buy Amish jams and peanut butters.
City Museum, St. Louis– Our friends- the Erricos and Sitzmans came to visit! I cried when they arrived- they brought all of Los Angeles with them and I cried when they left too- clinging desperately, not wanting to let them go. While they were here, we ate a lot of food, lounged and talked on the couch in our pajamas for hours and had the best day at City Museum- a fantastic place for both adults and kids alike.
Eckert’s Family Farm in Belleville, Illinois and Six Flags St. Louis– From one day to the next my hubby surprised me by arranging for my sister Nydia to come out and stay for a long weekend. It was completely unexpected and filled with lots of joy and happiness. Sisters. God made them for pure love. While she was here, we visited Eckert’s Farm for a day of apple and pumpkin picking. On the way there, we got lost in East St. Louis and let’s just say that was the scariest 30 minutes of both of our lives and will never happen again. Upon arriving at the farm however, it was breathtakingly picturesque and we soon forgot our troubles. The following day we spent the day at Six Flags. My friend- L gave us extra tickets she had so we figured why not? It was fun but night came quickly and we had to get the heck out of there due to their Halloween fright nights. Some masked maniac with a chainsaw was running after people. Scary.
The Gateway Arch– downtown St. Louis- Upon arriving here, one of the first places people said we should go visit was the Arch. Quite honestly, the Cali snob in me thought- seriously? A lame arch? Um- why? Think I’ll pass. We had avoided it but Grandma W. was in town visiting recently and we thought well let’s go check it out. Surprisingly, it was quite spectacular. First you jump into Disneyland-type pods that
take you up to the top of the Arch. Once at the top- you get great views of the Mississippi River and the St. Louis cityscape. The kids loved it. After coming down from the Arch, we visited the museum and watched the 1970’s film with a Rod Serling sound-alike voice-over. I’ll admit I took a bit of a snooze in there but the boys were fascinated by the engineering and welding details and miraculous feat that it was. We loved having Grandma W. in town and she spoiled us rotten with so much home-cooking. On the night before she left she cooked us what I am calling our Jamaican Thanksgiving. Fried plantains, jerk pork, rice and peas, cabbage and codfish, sweet potatoes and fried dumplings. Mmmm.