Monday, November 23, 2009

"Save Thanksgiving" Talk In 3....2....1

Crowns in Kansas City date back to the early 1950's. They can be found today in the Hallmark Company (Gold Crown stores), the KC Royals, Crown Center in downtown, Kansas City insignia and more. I didn't know any of this until we moved here. Which is one of the reasons I love most about relocating.....a whole new history to discover.

So, north of Kansas City, a newer development, called Zona Rosa, is bringing back those traditions with these enormous crowns that decorate the town-square-like shopping district. In fact, they hired the same team to build these crowns today that built them over half a century ago. The owner of the company helped install some of the originals with his father in the 1960's. Pretty cool.

On Saturday we drove north of the city to Zona Rosa to see the enormous tree and crowns lit. While there, we trapped Jack and Lainey in this old school phone booth. And, it was quiet for 3.67 seconds. Then, we let them out.

We saw live reindeer.

And, Lainey sported yet, another, Mae Mae dress. This one was a made my day! Coco, notice the shoes, too......those are the squeakers (sans squeaks), you sent me over the summer. The little shrimp can still wear them!

The children made crowns out of foam at The Grove.

And, Jack......with his creative vision......saw a choo-choo track in the materials, thus begging Lainey to let him have hers. Everything has train-possibilities. Didn't you know?

Jack put his crown on and then tried to balance his head on it. OK. Sometimes we don't ask.


Punkin with Mama.

Another crown, pre-lit. They each are about 17 feet wide and weigh 2,000 pounds. They hang 30 feet above the streets that run through.

The gang.

Snap out of it, Laine.

More Christmas crafts.

And, then, Mr. Stinky Feet sang some children's Christmas carols.

Santa arrived in this fancy cab.

And, Blake told the kids that Santa put bad children in the cage.

Nice, Blake. No Elf on the Shelf required this year......we'll just remind them of the cage.

Lights on......and their faces light up.......makes me smile.

Ta dah!!!!!!

And, that concludes another Starnes family Christmas event before the Thanksgiving turkey thawed.

Oh, and DFW-ites......the Dallas Zoo is offering $1 admission, $1 deals on food and gifts throughout the day on Tuesday. Sounds like the perfect time to go! Click here for more info.


SASS said...

I had so many things to say.

And now I can' Blake's comment about bad kids in the cage. Can't stop.


Coco said...

I hope the cage is still around on our visit, this will be a good lesson for my hellions to learn.

LOVE Jack's outfit! My favorite of all times. And you will be happy to know that Bram has a similar one this year just to pass down to Jack.

Those crowns are gorgeous!!!

donatelli98 said...

Love the cage story - I may have to borrow it after last night antics by Chatty!

5 Boys And Me said...

Looks like fun - you find such great things to do! I really need to try and find more local stuff here! I LOVE Lainey's brown corduroy jacket.

Sara said...

HAAAAA! Love Blake's comment about the cage. Sounds like something my mom would've told us back in the day. And, is it weird that those Christmas craft masks freaked me out a little??? I'm weird about stuff like that. No dolls allowed in my house either.

I'm wondering if all of Jack's clothes will fit Hudson some day??? Hmmm...... very fashionable stuff!

Great pics and fun times! Love the crowns and the history lesson.

The Soladay Family said...

Love all those dresses!

Okay...those Christmas masks freaked me out too! Are they penguins?

starnes family said...

Really? The masks? I had not even thought they could be scary. How funny!

Yes, they're supposed to be penuins. Sorry, guys!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

What a great family outing! Those are the advantages of living in a larger city. Looks like fun was had by all.

koralee said...

So nice to meet you and your lovely family! Thank you for entering my giveaway...I am so excited to read some more about you. Your day looked like so much fun and those crowns are amazing..they must look beautiful when all the lights are on at night.. Will be back

The Lenzers said...

You find the neatest stuff to do! I hope to hit a Christmas thing or two this season. All though Santa and the reindeer just came to Allen on Saturday to light a tree and we missed it. Mark never wants to do stuff like that, and at night it is hard by myself with kids already tired. I try to avoid $1 days at the zoo...sometimes the freaks come out. We have a pass and go quite a bit, but havent been in about 2 months-thats when I decided I couldn't walk around that much anymore. Soon though, we will return

Donna said...

Hi Casey,

I thought of the Starnes family this weekend. We were at a park in Escondido (20 miles east of Oceanside) and there was a great art exhibit called "Queen Califia's Magical Center". If you get a chance google Kit Carson Park Escondido and use the link to the exhibit. The kids would love it and it is free. So put it on your list for next summer. I love your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jodee said...

What a fun night! I had no idea that K.C. had sooo much to do! We need to get there more since it is just a short three hour drive!

The cage comment cracked me up too! What a hoot!

The Rand's said...

Fun! Those crowns are beautiful. And Blake's comment was greatness!

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