The kids went to bed giddy with anticipation of the ever popular Pa (Paul to you, Sara) arriving in our new home state this morning. We were up early, doing a few last minute preparations and out the door for an early flight pick up!
Jack immediately took charge and carried Pa's bag. He used to do this for Blake when he traveled.
First stop, Milano's at Crown Center for lunch. I had 2 glasses of wine. It was heavenly.
Reason 3,876 I love having a weird kid. The most normal items can become interesting. Jack's extended straw project...
Always fun to try on Pa's glasses.
Coco, lots of this will look like a repeat of your visit......so you can take a little trip down memory lane with us.
On our way to Union Station. Peak behind the crew here to see downtown Kansas City......they're actually on the bridge that goes over Main Street. Blake's office is smack dab in the middle of the city in the Power and Light District.
Kids were on shoulders for most of the day.
Out to the bridge for a race. Favorite picture from the day. Click on it for a better look. Such cute facial expressions.
A train rolled under......such a treat! Doesn't always happen on our visits.
Love this as well......Pa making shadow animals with his hands. Jack tried, too.
We crossed the street to take the kids ice skating at Crown Center.
This scene immediately takes me back to Prestonwood Mall in Dallas and skating on that rink. So much fun for a Texas kid.
Jack had absolutely no fear of the ice and walked in his skates like a pro. He did the same at age 2.
I let Blake sit this event out because he absolutely detests it. He's always a good sport and if I had asked him, he would have done it. But, I took turns with the little ones instead.
Carter spent a lot of time flat on the ice because he has no fear!
Pa walked the entire rink with Lainey......she was totally smitten......such a sweet moment. Blake took 90% of these photos. Good husband.
There goes our brave guy! No help from Mama.
Just trying to keep kids on their feet. It wasn't pretty, but it was fun!
Not a whole lot cuter than Lainey's size 6 skates. Such a tiny punkin.
Happy, happy Laine.
Time to play at the holiday park.
Lainey loved this pink car and took her driving responsibility very serious.
And, took time to change the radio station.
Back to the house for a home cooked meal. Then, present time!
Jack LOVED this car garage.
Lainey hit the jackpot in bitty baby items......all sorts of cute outfits and hair accessories and a new American Girl doll, too!
Love her checking out the clothes.
Wii!!!!!! This was an absolute surprise to Carter. Only thing to top this? Madden 2010. He told Blake this was the "best Christmas he's ever had". That's pure 9 year old joy, people.
Longhorn gear for all. Can't wait to see everyone dressed up!
Cars and cars and more cars for Jack.
And, a huge project for Pa and Blake. This garage set up was too much to tackle with "help" from Jack and Lainey. So, it's 11:30pm and they're still working on it. I'm going to bed. Hope it's done by the time the kids wake.
Best gift of the night? A family membership to Union Station. So, brace yourselves for the year ahead of us tackling the Planetarium, Science City and the KC Rail Experience.
A shopping trip and dinner are planned for tomorrow at the Plaza downtown. We're hitting all of the Kansas City favorites since it's Pa's first trip in over 10 years. I love being a tourist in my own town.