Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Peabody-Perfect Day

Today we went with the Days to see the Marching of the Ducks at the Peabody Hotel, but our morning turned out to be much more special then we had bargained for. ABOVE: Checking out the ducks in their house outside the hotel before their march.
Patiently waiting for the ducks to make their appearance.
And here they are........... and while Somer and I were waiting for the ducks we had a conversation about where to eat lunch. I believe I said to Somer, "I wonder what the hubbies would say if we just treated ourselves to Capriccio for lunch?" "HaHa" we thought and then had a brief discussion about whether it would be the usual Chick-Fil-A and, if so, mall or free-standing, or try somewhere downtown. Well, little did we know, a very kind Mr. Gregg Herning, the General Manager of the Peabody Little Rock, was standing right behind us and overheard our conversation. He suddenly says, "I would love to have you ladies and your 4 beautiful children as our guest in the restaraunt today." Somer and I are thinking, "No you don't. Are you sure? REALLY? 4 preschoolers in a 4 star fine-dining establishment!!" He insists. He even takes us down to the gift shop and lets each of the kids pick out 2 Peabody rubber duckies to take home (which also gave them something to keep them occupied during lunch. smart man!)

Trip put his crisply starched napkin in his lap like a proper gentleman.

Our waiter was kind enough to take a group picture.
After our delish lunch of cheese pizza for the kids, Tuscan chicken salad for me, and mushroom ravioli for Somer, our waiter brought out this super-impressive dessert. They were apple cinnamon, strawberry, tiramisu, lemon, and chocolate.

Then everyone got one last look at the ducks before we called it a day.
Thank you sooooo much, Mr. Herning! It truly was lovely...... and, by the way, during the duck march today they were filming for some kind of USA Today contest for best travel experiences which will be on YouTube and possibly national television. Maybe that's the catch with the free lunch- he knows that they caught something horribly embarrassing of one of us on video. Let's hope not!
We were about to get in the van, which was parked in front of The Old State House , Arkansas' 1st capitol building, when the kids spotted the fountain. We went and walked around the grounds of the now museum and, since it has free admission, went inside for a little while.

Trip wanted to go check out the "grapes."
They "danced" in the old ballroom.

Ruby enjoyed seeing all of the 1st ladies' Inaugural Ball gowns. ........What a great day!!


clif, somer, vivian & bauer said...

yeah!! we had such a good time...i must admit i love ALL the pictures, BUT...don't you think i could be the new "bumpitz" spokesperson in that one pic?! it TOTALLY cracked me up! ;)

Amy said...

What a fun, fun day! Looks like y'all are doing well! Maybe we'll cross paths out here in Maumelle one of these days. :) Take care!

CathyBB said...

Hi Stephanie! Somer called and told me about your fantastic lunch, so I had to check out your pictures. What a fun experience for all six of you! So cute!

I'm glad to hear about the Old State House, too - one of my friends used to work there; she'll be glad to hear about it!