Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mother's Day Weekend

Our first weekend in our home landed on one in my honor, oddly enough. It was the perfect beginning of our reunited lives here in Kansas.

The fun started with our first visitor, Shannon. We've been friends for years and she taught me all I know about the blogging world.

With Payton, her precious daughter.

They brought these gorgeous hydrangeas, one of my favorite flowers.

Carter with Blake, her son. Although they're close in age, they have little in common interest wise, so we were thrilled to see how well they got along. Shannon and family live in Wichita, so we have many future visits ahead!

Saturday included a visit at the Deanna Rose Farmstead here in town. One of the cutest places I've ever been, inside Kansas or out. More pics to come in a separate post.

It's a petting zoo/playground haven/carriage ride and more.

Here is baby Laine checking out the white mama goose nesting while the gray daddy sends out words of caution for being too close!

After the farm, we drove to The Plaza for a walk and some shopping.

Like mother, like daughter.

Mother's Day brought a morning of sleeping in, more flowers (from sweet friends, the DeCoccos in Colorado), lovely and creative gifts from Blake (more later) and a picnic!

I really love receiving flowers because I enjoy them for at least a couple of weeks.....changing the water often....pulling out dying pieces.....cutting the arrangement back as needed.....creating a few different looks for each grouping. Here is about mid-way through for the lovely tulips.

That afternoon, we headed out to Loose Park in KC. Beautiful, beautiful area and rated "best place for a picnic" in the city. Agreed. We'll be back!

Lainey got started immediately looking for our meal because she eats more than any child I've ever seen.


The middle child. In so many, many ways.

Found it! Help yourself, Laine.

"Mae-ee's going." (Lainey's going. Do something, Mom!)

The sweet boy who first made this day possible for me. We had no idea what lay ahead for us.....what an honor it is being his mom.

It started raining and so we had to cut our stay short. Lainey refused to let go of her second piece of chicken, this time a leg.

Still eating. No idea how she's so little!

Reminds me a bit of Kramer here eating Kenny Roger's in his bed.


The Lenzers said...

looks like a super fun day!!! i am tired just reading about it. and isn't it crazy how much these kiddos can eat. i just wish i could. "a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips" my granny always says and i am paying for many moments now!! but not the little ones- so active i guess.

Dee Stephens said...

Love me some Popeyes! Lainey knows what's good! Sad to say -- but we don't have Popeyes here :( Just something called Bojangles.
Fun post!

CArrie said...

So cute! What a fun family you have!

My Great Grandparents lived in a little house a block away from the plaza. It was such a cute little 2 bedroom one bath house!

My mom said the best memory of her growing up was every Christmas Grandma would take her to the Plaza for lunch and then shopping for her. She LOVED it! Just wait until Christmas...I heard the Plaza is BEAUTIFUL with all the decorations!!!

Jeannette Pucella said...

I am so glad you guys seem to be settling in to your new place splendidly. Your family seems so happy no matter where they live. No doubt it's because you and Blake have created such a secure environment of love for them. It's wonderful to see how well and how quickly you all have adjusted.

Carrie said...

I want a little girl...I want to dress her just like you dress always have her in the CUTEST things!!!

starnes family said...

Thanks, Carrie! Thanks, everyone!

I LOVE buying clothes for her. That last dress is one of my favorites.....from Babystyle.....which no longer exists. So sad.

Coco said...

Looks like y'all are having a blast already!!

Tessie Mayes is just like Lainey! She eats and eats and eats and is the skinniest thing on the planet.

Dee Stephens said...

Babystyle went out of business?? I used to buy all my shower gifts off that site! My best friend Rebekah was obsessed with it! :(

michelle matthews said...

What a great weekend! Lots of good pics! That chicken pic is hilarious!
Good times! So good to see the family back together again! :)
I lived in Wichita for almost two years after college. :)

merrilee said...

LOVE the pics! Looks like such a lovely place and I adore the way you jump right into a new city. . . .finding all the interesting little spots.

Amanda said...

Love the Kramer reference. Looks like things are going great for you guys!

Live.Love.Eat said...

OMG, can I have a piece of that fried chicken? It was bigger than she was. Seriously, that one pic is going to make me have to make some fried chicken this weekend or go to KFC. Or maybe just pick up 2 pieces at Publix so that I don't overeat since I wasn't going to have anything fried this weekend. Ugh!

Glad you had a great Mother's Day !!!!!!