|Sophie with cousin Ashley at the St. Louis Zoo|
We left our home in Sweden around 4:45 in the morning and headed out to the airport on November 19th. Snow was falling as we drove to the airport and unfortunately, our flight to Stockholm was delayed 20 minutes, leaving my daughter and I only about 40 minutes to catch our flight to Chicago. We ran like hell just so we could make it on the flight....but we made it! Of course my daughter was dragging her feet so it made things a bit challenging. Luckily, a couple of different woman helped my daughter and I get to our gate just in time.
|The Girls..at Kobe|
Throughout the week, we did a ton of shopping, kid friendly activities, and catching up with friends and family.
My daughter had her hitlist of things to do:
Incredible Pizza Company
|Fun at the Magic House|
|Me and Sophie at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield|
The Mall- any mall will do just fine thank you....
Oishi for Sushi
Hibachi at Kobe Steakhouse Westport
Dierdorf & Hart's for King Crab Legs
Pei Wei for Mandarin Kung Pao Chicken
Llewellyn's - Llewellyn's Chicken Sandwich
I took in as much of my favorite dishes as possible and it was awesome! Although my mother in law is a great cook, nothing compares to some of my faves in St. Louis. Although I could have shopped MUCH MUCH more I contained myself (slightly) anyway. I could have done some SERIOUS damage in the Macy's shoe department, however, I held back. Generally, things cost more in Sweden, so I was happy to stock up on some clothes for my two girls at Children's Place and Target.
We had great time with friends and family as well! We stayed part time with my parents so we got in a lot of time there, and later in the week, we stayed with my sister. It was wonderful catching up with my sister and bro in law, and of course, my little niece Ashley. Thanksgiving allowed us time to spend time with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins. We ate, played, and surfed the web together!
|Thankful for the iPhone at Thanksgiving 2010|
My older brother Doug and his fiance' Heather also came in last weekend allowing (nearly) our whole family to be together..or course we missed Mikael and Maja. I spent two nights out with my girlfriends, one night out with "the boys" and had a dessert date with Kels.
|Dinner at Jessi's|
Besides for missing my hubbie and youngest daughter like crazy, we had a fabulous trip. We definitely could have used another week or so there so we could have spent more time with everyone. That old saying..."Time flies when you're having fun" definitely applies to my recent trip home to St. Louis.
Until next time...