Today I'm going to dedicate the last part of my post to reminiscing about our trip (which now seems ions away). Besides the fabulous service at our hotel, we also had lots of fun memories going to the "Holiday Lights" at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, pretending to be a firefighter at Discovery Place, and visiting the University of South Carolina's Gamecocks Stadium, where my husband did his film and video editing internship for graduate school.
Each place brought unique experiences to our trip. The "Holiday Lights" at the Botanical Garden were gorgeous, and while I took pleasure looking at all the beautiful plants, my little boy took pleasure in watching the electric toy trains, eating at the hot coco and cookies station, and riding the tram car to see all the Christmas lights.
At Discovery Place Kids, we found ourselves in a world of pretend where you could be a firefighter, a banker, a pizza chef, a grocery store clerk, a farmer, a doctor, a stage performer, an auto mechanic, and even a crane operator. Each area had it's own building, so if you wanted to play firefighter, you could enter the miniature fire station, grab your firefighter gear, and head to the truck; you could also take calls at the desk. If you wanted to play pizza chef, you could enter the miniature restaurant and pretend to make pizzas in the back by the brick oven. You could also serve customers at the stools and booths as well. Little Lewie LOVED this place; I wish I could have taken it back with us to Connecticut.
Finally, we spent our last day traveling to the University of South Carolina, my husband's old stomping ground as a graduate school student. There he did a film and video editing internship for the University Gamecocks; he also toured in a popular band for a while. Memories for him were bitter-sweet as he showed me the Gamecocks stadium, the bars and restaurants he used to play in, and the old "band house" where all the guys lived... He's happy to be a daddy today, but when he was touring in the band ten years ago, both he and the guys in the band thought they were going to sign a contract with Epic Records. Band politics got in the way of the big dream, and like many bands, they eventually split up.
Here are some final pictures of our lovely trip:
|Visiting the Botanical Garden during the daytime.|
|The fine detail of decorating...|
|Let the lights begin!|
|Captivated by the train...|
|Inside the greenhouse.|
|Electric trains everywhere!|
|The best museum on earth for toddlers.|
|All the little buildings and great places for pretend.|
|Ready to put out a fire.|
|Money!!! (Lewie seemed to enjoy playing with money a little too much!)|
|Opening the vault...|
|"I think I'll buy this ketchup please."|
|"Oh yes. Can I have more money please?"|
|The little cafe/pizza joint.|
|Hard at work...(Notice how he wasn't willing to give up his shopping cart from the store.)|
|"I'll just throw this in the oven for a few..."|
|"I'll charge this battery for you!"|
|Okay. My husband enjoyed himself too.|
|Yup. He enjoyed himself all right.|
|Inside the stadium.|
|One of the beautiful classrooms inside the stadium.|
|My future football champ. (Actually, not really. I'm not sure if he's interested in sports yet.)|
|Lew and his former internship supervisor.|
|Words can't express how large this stadium is...|
|Nice for my husband to go down memory lane with his son.|