Thursday, April 21, 2011

Oh Kansas City it is never boring!

So I'm sitting here on my couch watching How I Met Your Mother as my photos from Kansas City upload on to Focaebook. It is always really iteresting to go through all the pictures from the night before when there are a few drinks involved. Ok... You caught me... Maybe there were more than a few involved. Anyway, it was a great night and a ton of fun!

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Aladdin, now before you ask, NO there were not magic carpet rides! I know, I mean how can you name a hotel Aladdin and not have magic carpet rides ;) It did however have a room genie and a pillow menue which was interesting. What was great about the hotel is that it is within walking distance to the Power and Lights Distric, which is where we were going to go to dinner and the concert. And from our 13th floor hotel room we had a great view of some cool old buildings in downtown KC!

We started out night at the Flying Saucer for dinner which is a really cool place with an old english pub feel that has a ton of beer on tap and some what good food. Usually I have no clue what kind of beer to get so to keep myself from going to my fall backs I just hand the menu over to Kammie and she tells me what I want. Well last night ever beer that we wanted they were out of, which got a tad frustrating and caused me to go end up with my fall back one. I guess Stone IPA, no real clue who that is but they are suppose to be really good, released some new beers that day and apprently by 6 on a Wednesday night they were out of them. Yeah that seems weird to me too!

After dinner we headed over to the concert. We knew that we were going to see Adeltias Way, which we have seen twice, Framing Hanley, which we have seen once and LOVE, and then Sick Puppie, which we haven't seen. But to our surprise there was a fourth band, Madam Adam, and they were so very good. It was hard to actually hear them since the sound mixing was a little off, but we did buy their CD and we love them now! We also got the chance to meet them afterwards and they are some of the nicest guys!

The rest of the night was a ton of fun. Complete with making friends with two 18 year old boys that were standing behind of us, getting to know that bartender that by the end of the night was calling us by name and high fived us at we left, getting kicked in the head as people crowd surfed, meeting a girl who looked just like a girl I went to high school with and one of us having a huge fall and the other standing on the corner laughing and not offering a bit of help. All the band were amazing and put on one heck of a show. I was very impressed with Sick Puppies, who lead singer looks like Chad Michael Murray but with an accent! We ended out night at the Frans, a yummy 24 hour diner but with a modern twist and a bar attache to it, eating the best biscuts and gravy I've had in a long time! We then took a short walk back to the hotel and crashed for the night.

The alarm went off what seemed to be pretty early this morning and found both of us hurting a bit, one more than the other. Slowly we got ready, packed up and headed out to lunch. No trip to KC would be complete wihout a trip to the Cheesecake Factory. We ate a very yummy lunch and headed for home. I'm pretty tired tonight and can't wait to go bed. All in all it was a great night!

Good Night For Now!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

You've Got To Be Kidding Me!

So I think that I am the last person in the world to figure this out and I just can't seem to get over it! In the process of trying to find my couch I stalked Craigslist like it was going out of style. I was actually enjoying it, trying to come up with other things that I was sure I needed and find them on there. (Which just so you know I can't think of anything at this moment that I need)

Well one night I was hanging out with Andrea and after we both got done hunting for a couch we were a tad bit bored and started looking at some of the personal ads. Why you ask? Well I think it might have partly been that we were bored and the other part of us were a little bit curious as to what was really on there. But seriously this stuff is nuts! Haven't people figured out after the whole Craigslist Killer a few years ago that maybe the personal ads on Craiglist weren't the best thing. I mean come on they even made a Lifetime movie about it? Not to mention there is an investigation going on right now into what might be another one on the East Coast. Any way I'm getting off topic.

So I start reading some of the post on there and a few weren't all that bad. Some were looking for a date for this or that, some people were just looking for someone to hang out with or single people looking to hook up. Which I guess is a to each their own kind of thing. Just not something that I would do. However, there were some seriously wrong ones. Several of the people on their were looking to hook up with pregnant women. SERIOUSLY?!?! Which was some what funny at the time seeing as how Andrea was pregnant and Adam was out of town.

But I think what really got me were all the people on there that were looking to cheat on their spouses. My question is do people really answer these? And if so why? I guess as someone who has been cheated on I don't get it. If you are that unhappy in your relationship why stay in it? And yes their are people who stay in a marriage for the kids, or for this thing or that thing but I guess I feel like that is wrong too. And on top of that is it wrong for people or a company to support this? Your probably asking yourself or me how would your regulate it? And there really isn't a way and I get that. But I still think that it is wrong and that it shouldn't be aloud.

Well this blog went in a direction that I wasn't expecting it to. At first I was just going to get on here and poke a little fun at some of the crazy personal ads. Guess that is fun of these things you start writing and you never know where you will end up!

Good Night For Now!

Friday, April 8, 2011

She's Finally Here! Welcome Ms. Avery Michele!

Today had been a very very exciting today, and I'm not talking about the weather, all the hail or even the tornados. But because Andrea and Adam had their second child today! Ms. Avery Michele was born at 7:13 am she is 19 inches long and 6 lbs 14 oz. Both Mom and baby are doing fine.

Andrea hasn't had the easiest pregnancy and I know she wasn't feeling very well this last week leading up to today, so I'm glad that Avery is here and Andrea is going to get a chance to start feeling better. But as I have been told, since I don't have any kids, now all the work really begins and so do the sleeplest nights. Since my mom basically works at the hospital she was able to go over and check on Avery today before I got off work. Of course she got to hold her before I did, like almost all of my friends babies! So she was very sweet and sent me a picture to rub it in.

I was lucky that Austin was there when I came up to visit because I was curious as to how he was going to react to his new little sister. He is such a caring, helpful and giving little boy so I had a feeling he would be a good big brother. But I really wasn't prepaired to how quickly he seems to have taken to her. While I was holding her she started to cry and he stoped looking at the book he was playing with and came over to her and touched her head and told me that she needed her binky. It was a very sweet moment. And then later he really wanted to help me rock her so he climbed up on my lap and then put his arms around her while I supported them both and we rocked her back to sleep. I am so very excited to see how their relationship will grow as they get older. He will be a huge help to his Mommy and Daddy right now and I have a feeling that he will be very protective of his little sister!

There is always something so special about getting to hold a baby that is just a few hours old. There is so much hope and innocents in them. They really help you to remember what is truely right in the world and how special life is. Now the fun part really begins. I am looking forward to really getting to know her as she grows and see the type of person she becomes.

So to Ms. Avery, you had been brought in to not only a family that loves you more than you will ever be able to imagine but to an extended group of friends that will be there for you no matter what. We have some great stories about Mommy and Daddy so come find us in 18 years and we will tell you a few, there are other that will have to wait until your 21. I hope that in the future I will get the chance to be a small part of your life and to be to get the chance to watch you grow.

Good Night for now!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rock Chalk... Matt Wertz...?

It's been a while since I have been to Lawrence. I had two cousins who went to college there and went up once or twice while they were in school to visit them but it has been years since I was there. But it really is a cool place and we had a great time there. Kammie and I got lucky that we had Jennifer with us. She was a great tour guide and found us some very yummy places to eat.

We started our extremly short visit to Lawrence at the Salty Iguana, which was suppose to have some of the best margaritas in town. While the margaritas were yummy the coolest place about the resturant was the murals they had painted all over the walls. My favorite one was the one you see when you first walk in. It was all the Wizard Of Oz characters but they were iguanas and they called it Lizards of Oz. There was so much to look at that half the time I had a hard time concentrating on what was going on in the converstaions we were having becuase I was drawn into looking at all the murals on the walls.

After we had dinner we went down to Mass street to get some yogurt at a place called 3 Spoons, for those of you that are familar with Orange Leaf it is the same thing. You go in and pick the yogurt you want, then add your toppings and you pay based on how much it weighs. I actually think that it was a little bit less expensive than Organe Leaf but it was still very yummy and we had a nice time sitting out front of the store watching all the people go by. (Which I just might add is something that I really love to do!)

We then headed down to the venue to watch the show. Kammie and I got the chance to Matt Wertz last March when he was opening for Five For Fighting. (There is a post about that show in my older posts if you want to take a look at it.) Ben Rector, who is also the keyboardist and a guitarist for Matt, opened for him and he blew us away! I had a few of his songs downloaded so I had a small idea as to who he was but he was ten times better than I expected. I actually ended up buying his CD while we were there and Kammie has since downloaded two of his other albums. The crowd was really into him, which is always good to see for an opening act. There were actually a few guys who were having way more fun then most people there.

Let me just take this moment and say that I love Matt Wertz! He is an amazing song writter and very talented. I love listening to his CDs but it is so much better to see him live. You can tell that he really enjoys what he does and he really appreciates his fans. The show was as amazing as I expected. He was just as funny as I remembered him to be telling a story about a grandma that though WTF meant With the Fmaily and he even told us about his love for Taylor Swift, how he thinks they should be best friends and then get married one day. I wonder if he is aware of the age difference? But one of the weirdest but coolest moments came when I turned around to say something to Kammie and realized the guy standing next to her looked a lot like Dave Barnes, another amazing artist and one of Matt's best friends. I actually said something along those lines to her some what loud, I can't say anything softly, and I was pretty sure the guy heard us and I was a tad embarrassed about it. That was until the end of the next song and Matt Wertz called up on to stage his best friend, you just happened to be in town that night, Dave Barnes. It was then that Kammie and I realized the guy who had been standing next to us that I thought was Dave Barnes was in fact Dave Barnes! I always thought that seeing Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes on stage together would be amazing and I was right. I was sad that he only sang one song and then left the venue but it was really cool to see them perform together!

It was a great night and we had a lot of fun. The drive back to Wichita was long but it was worth it. I just hope that Jennifer feels that way since she was the only one of us that had to work this morning. I highly recomend to everyone to go and check out Matt Wertz, Ben Rector and/or Dave Barnes. If you like Singer Songwritter music you will love these guys!

Good Night for now.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Through A Childs Eye

I may not have kids of my own and probably won't have one any time soon but I am so lucky to be able to be part of the lives of so many great kids. My friends have some amazing kids and I get to be there for some pretty cool moments.

Aboud a week or so ago I got to go to the Zoo with some of those great kids and it was amazing to me what they were excited about and what we thought they should be excited about. There were a few times when we would try and point out an animal that we thought was cool and all they could look at is the duck or goose walking around. But one of the coolest moments was when I have Ledger and Austin right up next to the glass by one of the gorillas and they had such big eyes. It was so cute when the gorillas would look at them they would lean back away from it and then it would turn away and they would move forward a bit but then the gorilla would look at them again and they would lean back. They would giggle each time the gorilla would look at them. It was like they were playing a game with the gorilla. It reallu was such sweet and innocent fun.

And most recently I got to go with Adam and Andrea when they took Austin to the Drive-In. I really had forgotten how much fun you could have there. It was so much fun to watch Austin there. He certainly gave us a few funny one liners while we were there. We did have to "encourage" him a few times with candy so he would smile for a picture or two. I was so afraid to give him to much and then he would be up all night but about 20 minutes into the second move he was out! We went and saw Hop, which for any of you out there is a great movie, and it was fun to watch him and see what he found funny. I think a few times he laughed because we were laughing but I know for sure there were a few times we were laughing more because of his reaction than to how funny it really was.

There is something very sweet, innocent and special about seeing things through the eyes of a child. It can help to remind you is really important in life. When life seems to be getting me down and I feel like things are getting to stressful just spending a few hours with these kids can make all that stress go away. I am lucky beyond words to be a part of the lives of these children and I can only hope and pray that I will get to continue to be. Right now there is not much more that is important to me than being Auntie Tegan. I just hope one day they know how much they mean to me.

Good Night for now!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Elusive Couch Has Been Found!!!

After about a month of stocking Craigslist, furniture stores and lots of online shoping I am so excited to say that I am writting this blog sitting on my new, to me, couch! There were several times that I thought I would never find one and would be sitting on the single chair I have for a long time. This is such a huge deal for me because this is the first really big purchase that I have made since moving in. I did buy some shelves and a TV stand but a couch is so much bigger deal to me.

Through out the process of trying to find this couch I knew what I wanted and I wasn't going to settle for just anything. Maybe that is just me being stubborn but I just wasn't going to settle. And I have to say that I am so glad that I didn't! I got very lucky when I found it, they even delivered it to me! Whcih saved me from having to rent a truck and going to pick it up myself.

Can I just say that there are some seriously ugly couches out there that some people think are worth huge amounts of moeny. Several times I had to fight the urge to email hese people that they were asking way to much for it. Yes I know that is mean but if you saw some of these you would too!

Anyway, get ready for some blog about having people over because now that I have my couch I feel like I can finally so it!

Good Bye for now!