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Missouri Road Trip with kids {part 1}

David and I planned on visiting our friends Krystal and Kadence in Missouri since their move back home last year. We finally were able to make it a reality last month.

Springfield, MO is about a 9 hour drive from Chicago. In great Bridges fashion we made it there in 12 hours. We left home around 4 am and made more than a couple of pit stops and side trips. Seems like we are more slow and steady people than we thought we would be.

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Krystal, the kids and I had a countdown going on Snapchat. We were so stinking excited to finally see our friends for the first time in a year. Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

We were lucky to get into a last minute appointment to the Chiropractor for the kids. Sitting a long time in the car isn’t idle for anyone’s back so it was important to get aligned and center before sitting hours at a time in the car.

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

First pit stop was breakfast at Bob Evans somewhere is southern Illinois. Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Rafael gave it two thumbs up. Mommy wasn’t too sure she felt the same way.

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

  However, the bendy straws were pretty darn awesome. We recently found some at the dollar store. Score!

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

On our way back to our car we saw this awesome antique.

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

We went off track a little bit for a quick stop in Springfield, IL to see the state capital and a tinkle in the bathroom. It was so much fun to visit two Springfield’s in one day!
Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

I don’t think anyone of us could get over how gorgeous the capital building truly is up close.

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com
Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

I think Rafael was a little afraid of the statue of Stephen Douglas.

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

It’s nice having one kid who’s potty trained but he likes to go to the bathroom every hour when we are on the road. Downtown Springfield does not have a ton of bathrooms that we could access at 9 in the morning on a Friday. Luckily the library just opened nearby.
Bridges big Missori family vacation | RaisingBridges.com

The drive from Springfield to St Louis felt like an eternity me. Probably because we were already on the road for half the day. Or maybe because the expressway into the city is the WORST. There’s a ton of construction near the arch making it impossible for us not to get lost trying to get a close up look.

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We did end up in a cobble stone area near the water. The van’s suspension was put to the test. I’m surprised not one got whiplash from all the bumps.

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More snapchattines on the road.

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Pit Stop at McDonalds with a play place for the kids. I sure do prefer a Chik-Fil-A play space over a McDonald’s play place… #needsagoodscrubdown.

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We stopped at a winery per David’s father’s recommendation/request. He wanted his favorite Rose and we were pleased to oblige his request.

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!!!!!!!

{to be continued}

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