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Home for me is a city that if your not a Cardinals fan you will get the dirty eye. I have always had a love/hate relationship with St.Louis, a city full of so much history but so much crime and destruction at the same time. Brining Kai for a visit was exciting for me he would be able to try my favorite foods, see my old stomping grounds as well as see family members he had never seen.

Kickoff

We drove to St.Louis, a car ride I was afraid to take there is nothing like a cranky toddler. To my surprise he was a breeze on the twelve-hour car ride he mostly just slept. As soon as we arrived I went to my grandma’s house and we grabbed my all time favorite Chinese food now I’m sure other cities have Chinese food but no one, I mean no one can top St.Louis Chinese. Where else can you go and get crab ragoon, and shrimp fried rice and the total be less than $10. I sat there and indulged in the greatest meal and topped it off with a Vess soda. Nothing about that meal was healthy and I was okay with that.

The Fun 

We decided to have Kai a pre birthday turn up “Toy Story” themed. We had a Woody Character, a bounce house the music and food flowing. Family gatherings wouldn’t be family gatherings without the adults whipping out the spades table. I woke up the next day to bruises from attempting to win a potato sack race, man ol man I’m not as young as I thought I was.

 

Traditions

My favorite holiday in St.Louis has been 4th of July not because of the BBQ but the VP Fair its something about fireworks that gets me each year. The fair comes once a year and during the 4th of July holiday it’s filled with games, food, live free music and fireworks. My best friend and his girlfriend invited me and Kai to accompany them to the fair I think I was the most excited of the group. We ran to the food stations as soon as we arrived, then caught the free concert “3 Doors Down” who just happened to be one of my favorite bands in high school, I was surprised I still knew all the words. Here comes the boom, I assumed Kai would be afraid of the fireworks but he just sat on my lap amazed watching all of the colors. My only re

 

gret was forgetting our stroller in Houston therefore the entire group got a full workout taking turns carrying my 35lb toddler.

Exploring

Majority of St.louis attractions such as Art Museum, History Museum and Zoo are free so they are def on our line up while on this visit.

New Home 

I loved to bring my son to see my different world and the place I once called home. I moved away over seven years ago and have never looked back. This
city has made me I’m deeply rooted from my country grammar to sugar and butter in my grits. Although Houston is now home St.Louis will always have a piece of me. I enjoyed seeing family and friends. Coming to St.Louis showed me that Houston is not just my new home because I have lived there but because Houston changed me from a child into a woman. Houston is where I found myself, where I found love and created a family so St.Louis raised Houston made seems rather fitting. Until next time St.Louis.

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