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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Spontaneous Weekend

This past weekend was a pretty random one but very fun.  Back when we were in Vegas Ryan & I sat through a time share presentation just so we could get better rates on our room and also get a free night voucher.  (So not worth it by the way!)  Long story short, our free night voucher was about to expire and we still hadn't used it.  And I'll be darned if I wasn't going to use it after sitting through over 2 hours of a time share presentation!!

All that to say, at the last minute we booked a hotel room this past Friday night at the Hilton President in downtown Kansas City (a boutique hotel).  We never spend a lot of time in downtown KC so we thought this would give us the excuse to explore and have fun checking things out.  Even though I grew up in KC I never spent much time down there, and I was excited to explore as an adult.  It doesn't seem as scary now.  :)  Plus, they have really been remodeling and updating it with some really cool architectural buildings and such.

I totally forgot to take pictures of the outside of the hotel but if you click this link here it will show you some more pictures.
The lobby, this picture doesn't do it justice.  It was a really fun place to stay and within walking distance to everything we wanted to see.

I always have to include pictures of our room and the bathroom!


Of course we slept in as late as we could on Saturday in this thing.

Lots of room


After checking out our digs we decided to kill sometime before our dinner reservations and check out the city.  It was pretty chilly out so we briskly walked to just a few places. 
One of Ryan's favorites the Sprint Center, where he will be spending all his time during the Big 12 Championship games.

He's excited.

We were in the Power & Light District of downtown.  This place didn't even exist when I was in high school!  I can't believe how much has changed since then.  I'm feeling old...

I've always thought this building was cool.  It's our city's main news paper company the Kansas City Star.

I didn't actually take any pictures of this because it's so huge but this is our new performing arts center calle the Kauffman Center.
Front

Back
(images via)

Isn't it gorgeous?? I really want to see a performance there someday soon!

Then we went by the AMC theater to buy our tickets for the night.  This was hands down the nicest theater I've been too!  Just check out the entryway ceiling! 
They have balconies, dinner and even vibrating seats. Ha!

After all that walking around we worked up an appetite and was looking forward to eating at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse.  I haven't eaten at one of those in... I can't even remember!
Ryan & I

Our chief and the random guy across from us.

The flaming onion is always my favorite part.

Afterwards we took another short stroll before heading to our movie.  We wanted to see the movie Safe House but it was sold out, and we ended up seeing This Means War which was actually really good!  I would recommend it.  Then we walked back to our hotel and crashed.

The next day after sleeping in we ventured over to the Plaza for a little bit of shopping, then headed over to Westport to see Ryan's sister and her husband and saw the end of the very sad K-State game.  THEN, we went up north to watch the first half of the MU vs KU game with my family.  It was also a celebration for my cousin's husband's college graduation.  It was a lot of fun seeing everybody. 
I couldn't quiet get everyone in one pic.  Oh well.

I of course had to snap this photo of sweetie pie, Liam, in his little MU jersey.  So cute!

And that was just half of our weekend!! :)  I love that it was completely random and something we wouldn't normally do on our own.  I needed a little something fun to spark up this drury winter (even though it hasn't been that cold).

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Catching Up

The last couple of months we have filled our time with family and friends.  We are just soaking them all up!  For whatever reason I've been horrible about taking pictures of our lives lately.  I'm trying to get back into the habit because I know I will regret not having them down the road.

I'm just going to highlight some fun stuff we've been doing recently in a list.  Because I love lists!


image from google images
  • Ryan ran in our first running event of the year called Battle of the Bean in early February.  It's a really fun run that's close to our house and started at Foos Fabulous Frozen Custard.  We had gotten out of the habit of running, and I'd say this jump started it for us again.  I chose not to run in this event because it was super early on a Saturday morning and it was freezing!!  Plus, neither one of us had trained for the 5K.  Ryan is just crazy and will still run without any preparation.  :)  He really just did it so he could run with his buddies from church. 
Ryan (our awesome pastor), Jim, John, Greg, Brit & (my) Ryan
(image from my friend Kristen)

I was a little sad to have missed out on such a fun run but it inspired me to sign up for a few more runs in the coming months.  Some of the ones I will or have signed up for are the St. Patrick's Day Run (March) in Westport area, the Trolley Run (April) in the Brookside area and possible Hospital Hill (June) in KC, MO if I'm in shape enough.  :)  Knowing that I have these events to look forward to helps me to stay committed to training.  I'm only running 2 to 3 times a week currently and doing group exercises 2 to 3 times a week at the Matt Ross Community Center.  I'm really trying hard to get back into shape.  So far so good!  One thing that has really helped me with my runs is the Nike + app on my phone.  It's amazing!  It will track all your runs, tell you your pace and map out where you have been.  The app even talks to you to let you know during your run how far you've gone and if you are about to beat your previous record.  You don't even need a little shoe pod anymore to track your speed!  Definitely worth checking it out at $1.99.


  • I still need to snag a picture of Brad & Lindsey's new house!  They moved out of our place and into their's over the New Year weekend so I'm majorly slacking.  In other news, we have another temporary roommate!  Ryan thinks it's a sign that we should open up a hotel or something. Ha!  But seriously, we are so excited to help out another loved one.  This time it's Ryan's cousin, Alison.  She sold her previous home last summer and has been looking for a house ever since.  Ali still hasn't decided on the best location to commit to so by living with us a few more months it will buy her extra time to figure that out.  It's been fun checking out houses with her.  I LOVE touring homes.  In addition to her day job she also is the creator of Gimme Some Oven.  She has fabulous recipes on there and beautiful photographs of her creations to boot!  So you better believe we are reaping the benefits of that! :)
image from google images




  • Lastly, one of my good friends, Kara, has just recently became a rep for the Wildtree products.  Have you heard of them?  I hadn't before I went to last nights party.  All I knew was that Kara had been raving about these all natural, no preservatives, no additives, no MSG or Dyes and low sodium delicious foods.  I found it kind of hard to believe her that the food was so good.  But I have been craving healthier food and wanted to check it out.  One of the best things about this line of food is all their super easy recipes.  You can just plug in an ingredient you have on hand to their website and it will list all the recipes to go with it.  I'm always looking for convenience but that doesn't always lend to healthy eating.  It's exciting to think that this is a way to blend the two.  I just placed my first order and should be getting it in about 10 days.  I'll let you know how it goes once I start using the products.  If you want more information check our Kara's website here.   She in no way asked me to do this, but I was just excited about these foods after trying them at her party and thought I would pass it along.  So gooooood!
images from google image
 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Be My Valentine

Wow, I've really fallen off the face of the planet on here.  Apparently I needed a blogger break, but I've still been reading all of your guys stuff!  I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and have a few posts up my sleeve for this week.  Hopefully I can get my stuff together and produce those posts! :)

I thought this little questionnaire I saw floating around the blogosphere would help get me back into writing.  I know it's a little late to be posting about V-day but I still want to remember it next year when I look back.

1. How long have you & your significant other been together?


Let's see... well, we started dating on December 17th, 2004.  So how long is that?? 7 years and 2 months??

 

2. How did you meet? {What’s your love story?}

This is kind of a funny story.  We met when I was over at his fraternity house while participating in a Pi Phi / DU function.  I saw one of my friends (Graham shout out!) while over there and he happened to be on his way to his buddy's room to give him a piece of his mother's famous carrot cake.  He wanted me to tag along so we could catch up so I walked the flight of stairs to his friends room.  You all probably know that it ended up being Ryan's room that we were headed to.  When I first saw him his smile was what jumped out to me and his height.  :)  We just talked for a few minutes but I'll never forget that moment.  Later, Ryan told me that he was trying to keep us there longer by eating the cake in front of us even though he doesn't like carrot cake, and apparently I saw a snow board on someones wall & he tried to act like he knew all about it.  Even though he had never had been snow boarding a day in his life. Ha! Love that man.



3. If married, how long have you been married?

5 years and 9 months


 4. If you are married, where did you get married? Big or small wedding?

We got married in Kansas City, MO at Colonial Presbyterian Church where I attending growing up.  I'd say it was a medium to large wedding, 150 people total?



 5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another?
Mainly just Babe.  I like to tease him sometimes by calling him by our last name.  :)


 
6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.

1. I love how sweet and kind he is.  Everybody keeps saying that they can't imagine Ryan ever getting mad or raising his voice.  It takes a lot for him to lose his cool.  That's very good for me because I tend to be a bit fiesty.  ;)
2. He is so thoughtful and caring.  He's always looking out for me and trying to think of special things to do together.  He always puts me before himself.  That's something I'm always striving to do for him as well.
3. We are best friends.  We know the good, the bad and the ugly about each other and still love one another for it.  He is my rock and support system, and I can't imagine spending one day without him.


7. Tell us how he proposed?

He proposed on our 6 month dating anniversary.  (I know!! Crazy right?!)  We meet in Kansas City for a date night.  I was in Manhattan, KS taking summer classes and he was in Bartlesville, OK for an internship.  When I got to my mom's house he was already there waiting for me all dressed up.  When we walked outside to drive to dinner a limo was parked out front waiting for us.  I didn't even realize it was for us at first. Ha!  Ryan took me to one of my favorite restaurants, The Melting Pot, and we had our own private room.  There were roses waiting for me and they even took our picture and framed it.  After dinner when we walked outside a carriage ride was waiting for us to take us around the Plaza.  It was the perfect night.  I obviously knew something was up, especially because he was hauling around a bag the whole time, and seemed really nervous.  I kept waiting for him to "pop the question" all night.  After the carriage ride he took me down to Brush Creek to walk along the water.  By this point my feet were killing me from wearing high heels and I asked if we could sit down for a bit.  That's when he decided to take his bag out and present me with a frame.  He had written out the proposal already and had it framed.  He got down on one knee and ask me to marry him.  Right then a gay couple that was under the bridge started cheering for us.  It was awesome.  :)  I'll never forget every single moment.


8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day or strawberries, champagne, & rose petals?

Hmmm... he's more of a "chocolates, dinner and takes me out to get the gift I want" kind of a guy.


9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop in a movie and relax on the couch?

I guess I'm a little of both.  I love taking trips to the beach but I'm also perfectly happy on the couch snuggling with my honey watching a movie.


10. Tell us one thing you’d like to do with your significant other one day. If you could do anything or go anywhere?

We'd love to go to Hawaii someday.  I'd really like to take Ryan skydiving one day too.  I've been before but it would be such a great memory to do together.


11. Tell us what you plan on doing this Valentine’s Day.

We didn't really plan to do much of anything since it landed on a Tuesday.  All I really wanted to do was eat at a sweet diner.  I found a list of the top 10 diners in KC and wanted to try them all.  We started with #1 Town Topic. 

Ryan met me there for lunch and that night we just hung out and did a bunch of nothing.  Which was completely perfect because our days and nights have been jam packed recently.


12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine’s Day?

Nope!  We just like to take each other shopping and pick up a few things we've been wanting.  Holiday's are always a good excuse for that.


13. Give us one piece of advice for keeping a relationship strong & full of love.

Laughter!  Life can be stressful and having the ability to laugh with one another makes all the difference.


14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.
Laughing!

Friday, February 10, 2012

60 Never Looked Better

On Sunday Ryan & I had the privilege of hosting Harlan's 60th birthday party.  We had a ton of help from Ryan's family bringing decorations and side dishes.  It was the first time that we have had most of Ryan's family over to our place.  There's just something special about having a bunch of family all gathered together in one place.  I think Harlan had a blast and we successfully celebrated his birth.
Sally hand made this delightful birthday banner that was perfect over the fireplace.

Susan & Sally even brought some playful chicken pillows to help spice our our couch in the den.  Love them!

View of the decor in the living room.
(I'm still planning to post pics of our house really soon!  It's just hard to time taking the pictures in good lighting these days.)

The festivities in the kitchen, a great common area for congregating.

Time to blow out the candles on the cake that Susan lovingly made for her hubby.  It's her famous chocolate cake that is to die for.  We couldn't bare to mess it up with 60 candles so we stuck in 6 instead.  I don't think Harlan minded.  60 candles would be pretty hard to blow out in one breath!

Singing Happy Birthday to the birthday boy.


The onlookers.

I had to include this sweet picture of Leaha (Ryan's cousin's daughter).

I made everyone go outside in the cold for a group picture.  I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get everyone in one shot!  This is also a cute shot of Parker pointing something out while I was trying to set up the tripod.

The winning shot!

Apparently my camera was setup to take several pictures in a row and I didn't realize it.  I was running back to the camera so that we could take another picture without realizing it was still shooting.  This picture made me realize I need to hit the gym more and cut out the soda!  Holy cow double chin!!

always have to take a silly photo too

Afterwards, it was time to open presents.  One of Harlan's siblings gave him this hilarious cane.  He put on his glasses for added effect. Ha!

Lots of great goodies from the fam.

This gift was the hit of the night.  It was a remote controlled helicopter!!  I don't think the boys stopped playing with it all night.

Too funny.


Cute little video of Ryan learning how to fly it.  It's kind of loud in the beginning, just a warning.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Papa & Meme!

Today is Ryan's grandpa's 84th birthday!  Papa is doing well and still as ornery as ever.  :)  Sadly, he's feeling a little under the weather today so he can't enjoy his big day to the fullest.  We will just rain check his celebrations for another day.  Susan (his daughter) made the sweetest picture below.  She included Papa's wife (affectionately called Meme) because her birthday was just over a week ago.  I never got to meet Meme but I've heard all about how wonderful she was.  There's actually a really fun story about how Ryan & I's Grandmothers knew each other way back when.  I'll save that for another day. 

Just in case you can't read this it says: "He spotted her on a bus, followed her and got off the bus when she did.  Luckily for dad he knew one of her friends and the rest is history.  You both are loved!"  So sweet!!
(Doesn't young Papa kind of look like Ryan?!)

We've been celebrating a lot of birthdays around here.  My good friend, Lindsey's, was on Jan. 29th, my SIL, Emily's, birthday was on Jan. 30th, and my FIL, Harlan's, birthday was on Feb. 3rd!  I actually have a fun post coming about Harlan's big 6-0 birthday bash we had at our place this past weekend.  Stay tuned!