Monday, May 21, 2012

Our first family vacation

We took our first family vacation last weekend to Milwaukee.  It is quite the drive with a baby, but we have made a couple trips to Nebraska so he has become quite the road warrior!  It was a quick trip since our main purpose was to catch the Brewers-Twins game on Saturday, but we had SO MUCH FUN!

We drove out on Friday night and got to hotel about 9:30.  Parker must have been a bit mixed up because he didn't go to bed until 11:15, which is really late for him.  After waking up we went to breakfast.  Our hotel had a great continental spread of hot and cold dishes!  Then we headed to the pool!  Jimmy likes to say that I take advantage of ALL the amenities when we stay at hotels, but the pool is always my favorite!  We got test out Parker's new life jacket for on the boat this summer.  He seemed comfortable in it and it kept him afloat!
I love his little board shorts!
We also got to use Parker's new float toy.  We are going to have so much fun in this thing!
Then we took a tour of the Miller Brewery.  We are not huge beer drinkers, but it's kind of the thing to do in Milwaukee.  We got to see the packaging and shipping facilities, the brew house, and the historic caves where Frederick Miller originally stored his barrels of fresh beer.  It was a pretty exhausting morning for Parker so we made a speedy departure when it was over.
In the filling and packing area
Not quite sure what to make of all the boxes....
So tuckered out
About 5 minutes later...
After a brief nap and a stop back at the hotel we headed to Miller Park!  It is a much different atmosphere than Target Field.  They have on-site parking and allow tailgating,which allows Milwaukee's finest to indulge in their favorite pastime for hours before the game even starts!  (It's drinking, in case you didn't know.)  That fact aside, it is a really neat park.  If you are going to have a roof, that is the way to do it!  It is the only fan-style retractable roof out there which gives it some fun character.  the outfield walls also open up to give a real outdoor feeling.  It was also a LONG game again, almost 4 hours.  Having a baby along always adds uncertainty to situations, but we made it to the end!

View from our seats
Taking another snooze
We got to see the famous SAUSAGE RACE! 
Parker upset when the Brewers tied it up in the 8th
Luckily, in the 11th Plouffe hit a huge home run!  It gave us the lead and eventually the win!  Parker was very excited about this and couldn't help but express himself!

It was a long game, but a fun one!
I would say this vacation was a smashing success!  I can't wait for the next one!

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