Labor Day has never been at the top of my list in terms of memorable holidays. It’s nice having the day off, but to me it’s always been more about the end of white shoe season, closing of pools, saying bye-bye to summer, and yet another excuse to BBQ/drink beer, than celebrating the contributions of American workers.

This year, we were blessed with super beautiful weather and a 3-day weekend with which to spoil our darling 2-year old. We took advantage of Saturday and headed out to the St. Louis Zoo. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Audrey was thrilled with the monkeys eating lettuce & carrots, not so thrilled with slithering snakes and a bit dismayed that the sea lions didn’t talk to her like they did the last time we visited the zoo. The most frequently-heard phrase of the day was “see more animals.”

On Sunday I had the bright idea of taking Audrey to see her first movie at a movie theatre. A quick glance at the showings was a bit disappointing. The only “kid” movie was Barnyard. Audrey is a big fan Old McDonald, so we thought we’d give it a try. $20 for tickets and $15 for snacks later, we found out that Audrey’s attention span isn’t quite ready for the big screen after all. She enjoyed the previews & the first, oh, 10 minutes of the movie. Then it was more fun to walk back and forth in our aisle and dance like a chicken than watch the movie. It took 2 trips to the bathroom to play in the automatic faucets (a very cool toy to a 2-year-old) and one trip out the lobby to run around to make it through the end of the movie. Maybe we’ll wait a year to try again. It must have made some impact, though, because she’s been requesting to go back every day since.

On Monday, we headed over to Ted & Angie’s for a backyard BBQ, complete with roasting hotdogs and s’mores over the fire pit and feeding ourselves to the mosquitoes. It was a great weekend. Lots of fun, no work, and a dirty house to prove it…THAT’s a Labor Day weekend to remember!