While we were in St. Louis, we went to Alton, IL the home of the world's tallest man. Robert Wadlow was born in 1918 and grew to the height of 8 feet 11.1 inches. Here is a picture of Brooke and I with him. I barely come up to his waist. At his death, he weighed 490 lbs. He was 7'4" at age 13! Here we are sitting in a replica of a chair that was made for him. I just can't imagine being that tall!!
Well, Ethan and I went to St. Louis the end of May and we had a WONDERFUL time. It was fun to see how excited everyone got to see Ethan. In fact I think dad was the funniest with him. He would play all of these funny games with him and then he would show him off to anyone that walked by, regardless of if he knew them or not.
The first did when we got there was Ethan got his first haircut by his uncle Aaron. Ethan did so well and didn't cry at all and he looked 'stylin' after Aaron was done. The next day we were there, we took Ethan to the zoo for the first time. I think we all enjoyed it more than he did and Brooke and Aaron had fun carrying Ethan around. We also went to see Dad at the office, because he wanted to show everyone his grandson. Here is a picture of the corn king and his future heir, the little kernel, sitting upon the corn cob!
Probably the most exciting thing we did while we were there, was to go to Cabella's!!! My dad was so excited to take his first grandson to Cabella's for the first time and even bought him a shirt to document such a momentous occasion. Here are several pictures from that trip. We had a great time trying on different hats and exploring the store. Don't worry, my dad made sure we saw every inch of the store--he didn't want Ethan to miss out on anything.
Uncle Aaron was also kind enough to buy Ethan a St. Louis cardinals outfit to go with the hat that his grandpa bought him. The St. Louis outfit is to remind him of his roots. As you can see we had a great time, especially Ethan!
Eric had training up in Newport, RI the last week of May, so Ethan and I went up with him for a couple of days before we left for St. Louis. We had a ton of fun. One day we went and toured two of the mansions. It is unbelievable how ornate and massive these homes are ...and then they were only used at the most 4 months out of the year.Here is a picture of the Elms. Construction of The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. Here is the other mansion we toured...it is called Rosecliff. This mansion was finished in 1902 and cost $2.5 million to construct. If you have ever seen the movie "The Great Gatsby," it was filmed here.
Here I am in front of two old navy carrier on base in Newport; the navy is trying to sell them, but having no luck!