Family, Clydesdales, and Anheuser-Busch Beer

DATE: 06/14/2009 08:18:46 PM

I feel like I’ve been on a space shuttle mission for the last two or three weeks.  I would never imagine that I could be so busy with family and work that I couldn’t make time to post on my blog.  This blog that I’m growing to love and care about.  This blog that has given me an outlet to express my creativity, my feelings, my life.

So, I’m going to write like crazy to get caught up.

We spent the first part of June (9 days to be exact) hosting hubby’s mom, older sister, and two nephews on their vacation.  It was an enjoyable time.  We tried to find things that my little ones would like to do that would also entertain two teenagers.  I think we made some good compromises.  Dave & Busters was a huge hit.  We also swam, shopped, ate out, and played games.

One thing we really enjoyed as a family was a day at Grant’s Farm.  Grant’s farm is an Anheuser-Bush theme park in St. Louis that has fun for kids of all ages.  When you arrive, there is a tram that takes you on a tour of the deer park.  There are deer, buffalo, long horn cattle, ostrich, zebra, and many more.  You also pass the original cabin that General Grant (later President Grant) lived in.

It’s fascinating to see how he lived.  Near the front of his cabin is a fence that is made from gun barrels from Civil War times.  There is also the main gate that can be seen in many Anheuser-Busch commercials.

Once the tram arrives at the station, you have the opportunity to feed the baby goats.  My nephews (age 16 and 18) had never done this before so it was a lot of fun.  You purchase little bottles of milk, enter the gated area, and are immediately swarmed by the hungry baby goats.  Here are the boys (including my little one) feeding the goats.

We walked around and watched kangaroo, eagles, horses, tortise, and more.  It was very educational.

There was one true highlight of the day.  Near the edge of the parking lot is a wonderful stable for visitors to come interact with the world-famous Clydesdales.  Many of the horses that are in the commercials and that travel around the world representing Anheuser-Bush live on this property.  On this day, we were fortunate to be able to see the newest member of the family- a one day old colt.  It was such an amazing feeling to be standing and looking down at such a large “baby”.  But, you could clearly tell it was a day old colt by the way it moved.  Truly amazing.

The other fun thing to check out while at Grant’s Farm is the visitor’s hospitality center.  There you can sample some of the best Anheuser-Bush beer they have to offer.

All in all, it was a great day and everyone had so much fun.  If you’re ever in St. Louis, Grant’s Farm is a park that you should not miss!

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About Trish McFarlane

Trish is a practicing HR professional with over 15 years of experience in Big 4 public accounting, PR, and healthcare. She is also an international speaker. With expertise in leadership, employee relations, performance management, training & development, change management, social media, and innovation, Trish is able to capture readers and audiences with real-life examples of how leadership plays out in organizations. I am also a working mother of 7 year old twins with a great hubby and three dogs I adore. View all posts by Trish McFarlane

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