Yes, the metro! We live about a 20 minute walk (uphill both ways, pushing a stroller with 70lbs of kid) from the Big Bend metro station. The YMCA is about a 15 minute walk (over flat terrain) from the I-64/Brentwood metro station. The metro was a much faster option than taking the bus would have been. And the kids were SO well behaved - what an exciting trip for them. Their only complaint was that the actual metro ride in the train car took less than 5 minutes.
Just like most of Europe, eating is forbidden and headphones are a must. Unlike the CTA in Chicago, the Saint Louis metro is a very pleasant, very clean experience where I can use debit, credit, or cash with automated machines. Driving to the YMCA may only take 15min one way and pennies in gas, however I get a work out walking and well-behaved kids on the metro. This may well be worth $4.50 round trip on swim lesson days (kids under 5 are free). We took it two days later to the fabric store, and despite chillier temps, the kids did great again.
|At Winslow's Home; the kids were too into others and food to smile well!|
Played "I Spy" while waiting for food.
The Sunday that Nick was gone, the kids and I walked 1.5mi to a local church, The Journey, through which we do small group Bible study. The kids know me so well: on the way home, Abigail requested a stop at a restaurant we've passed a lot. Evan chimed in, wanting a people watching experience. Winslow's Home boasts of local, fresh and healthy food, plus the walls are like a general store with books and goods for sale. Kinda like a coffee shop meets wine bar meets book store meets corner pantry. Sunday brunch was a busy day for a first visit, and perfect for the kids to people watch lots of college students. Evan ate a banana plus some spinach salad with vinaigrette (just about the only egg-free foods on the menu), and Abigail and I split a turkey with gouda panini and the rest of that spinach salad. Good enough for a return visit, for sure. The hostess said that Tuesday is their slowest and best full-service day... Nick will have to come with us next time on a Tuesday!