March 1, 2015

Fire, Water, Adventure - Part One

  We spent Friday and Saturday in Kansas City.  We were so excited to visit Mike's best friend growing up, Andrew Deering and his awesome wife and adorable kiddos.  It was so fun, and the kids were so excited about the vacation.
  We picked a VERY cold weekend to go, but go we did.  After the car was packed up and warmed up, we were hurrying the kids into the car and after getting the boys packed in, I looked around for Emily and saw a hilariously depressing sight.  Little Miss was standing with a little bag around her arm, no coat, in the exhaust fumes.  She saw me and said, "Mom, help!  Get me out of the fire!!"  Apparently she got in the fumes, got scared, and froze up.  I had to fight back laughter as I rushed to her aid and got her buckled in the car, safe from the scary imaginary flames.
  Andrew was extremely excited about taking this trip, and asked me to take pictures of literally everything around us.  "Mom!  Take a picture of that tree!  Now that car!  Now Dad!  Now us!  Now the ground!"
A car that apparently needed to be documented.
A convoy of Army vehicles.
Although the millions of pictures of our trip up are a little hilarious in their randomness, I've decided to spare you.
  When we got to KC, we were too early to check in to our hotel, and everyone was starting to get pretty hungry, so we went to a place Andrew D. had told us about called Fritz's.  The food is not amazing, but there is a train out front, you order through a phone in your booth, then a train delivers your food.  It was worth it for the kids to able to see it.  They thought it was pretty cool.
The kids waiting in their little train car before we were seated.
Silly Emily
She thought the hat was awesome, and was pretty proud of herself.  We love that little gal.
I think she noticed the trains at this point.
Charlie plopped one on his head when Emily did.  We fixed it for him.  :)
Daddy ordering
Here comes the food!
After the train drops it off, the platform lowers so you can grab the box with your food in it.  Andrew thought the "robot" was the best part.
The mall was across the street from LEGOLAND and the Aquarium, so they had these guys in the lobby area.  BOY were the kids amazed at that!  Andrew said it was millions of Legos, and that he would do that, too.  Emily was very impressed with the girl Lego in particular.
They also had a free Fairy Tale Village.  Each section was a different story.  The lighting was low, and Andrew was a little freaked out by it.  Charlie wasn't too interested either, so Mike took the boys out to explore while our little princess oohed and ahhed over each section.  She felt very grown up in her carriage, "just like Cinda-wella!"
She's never seen Frozen, but was excited to pretend to be the Princess.
These pictures are just because Andrew wanted some with Mike.
   After the mall, we headed over to the Kansas City temple.  The kids had been talking about how they wanted to go see the temple all week, and I was excited for them to walk on the grounds, feel the Spirit, and think of what it would be like to go inside someday.
   The weather made it a very short trip, with lots of shivering and red noses, but it was still a neat experience for everyone.
I told her to smile and she said, "Cheeeseeeee......cold bananahead!"  Because that is hilarious, that's why.
After we got back to the car, I was saying why I liked going to the temple.  I said it made me think of Jesus and all the people who had already died that we were helping to be forever families, etc.  Andrew got very quiet and reflective while he said in a tender, quiet voice,
"When I go to the temple, I think....of pizza.  Just pizza."
  This was exactly what I was hoping for.  :)  After the temple, we went to the Deerings house, spent some time with Andrew before Laura and the kids got home, and then went and checked into the hotel.  That is coming in Part Two.  Hold your horses, people.  It's comin'.

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