I love Kansas, and I always will. With that said we, unfortunately, usually only make it up to Kansas City once a year. It’s just not a very entertaining drive! But this year, we saved up our pennies (and miles) and just took a flight to MCI instead. Problem solved! So many things to do, so many dear people to see, and plenty of food to eat! Picture it, Memorial Day Weekend 2014…
We arrived late in the afternoon. So of course, dinner with the Martíns was the perfect first Kansas stop! They chose this excellent Argentinian restaurant called Piropos for us to try. Everything was absolutely delicious and I highly recommend it!
Usually, we mooch off of family members or friends for lodging in Kansas. But for this trip, Andy had enough hotel points that we were able to stay in the Crown Center Westin. It was a fancy treat with a fantastic view of downtown!
Check out that view!!
And they were setting up all night for the big Celebration at the Station Memorial Day event (at Union Station with the Kansas City Symphony). How pretty!!
The next day was packed to the brim with amazing memories and fun times! Looking at all the photos now makes me so happy but also just a little bit tired!
A busy day requires a good cup of coffee to start it out correctly! We were excited to be able to meet up with Aunt Susan at Rye for a lovely brunch. Man, Kansas City sure has plenty of fun new places to eat! At Rye, I would definitely get the homemade cinnamon rolls or doughnuts!
Next off? We managed to get tickets to the Boulevard Brewery tour. Andy has always had a fondness for Boulevard and we’ve never been able to go on the tour! So, how thrilled were we when we FINALLY fit it in our KC schedule? Really Very Thrilled!! **Hint: If you also want to check out the Boulevard tour, get there EARLY. There is definitely a line and they definitely run out of tickets quickly. We got lucky because they added extra tours for Memorial Day weekend.
All Kansas City natives are very proud of Boulevard beer. It’s a true Kansas City staple.
I got the golden ticket! I got the Boulevard brewery tour ticket!
And of course, the highlight of the tour, the tasting room! Even though I bravely took sips of everything, I’m afraid that beer is still not my drink of choice. But that just means everybody else has extra samples to try!
After many tiny beers, it was time for the big event! It doesn’t seem to matter how much time we’re in Kansas, it never seems to be enough! We have so many wonderful friends that we want to see that I’ve started just inviting everybody to one big event. This year? A fun evening at the T-Bones minor league baseball game, tailgate included!
Scott and Kristina! They recently moved back to the KC area and we’re so glad they could join us!! Hopefully that also means we’ll get to see them more frequently!
Our buds, Cryssie and Pat, soon to move back to their native home in Nebraska. We’re so glad we were able to catch up with them before their big move! Side note: I’m ALWAYS thankful for Cryssie and Pat’s amazing planning skills. Thanks for the use of your folding table, the tailgate wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without it!
A special surprise! April and Greg also recently moved back to KC with their babies. It’s been several years since we last met up, so what good luck that we got to see them again!!
Wow, it’s not until this picture that I realized how much people are shifting around, either moving to or from Kansas. Erin is a Trommer Family favorite friend and she’s also soon to move to Chicago. We’ll miss her during our Kansas City adventures, but it just means Chicago adventures instead!
And more pictures! (There’s still plenty more to come) Cindy, Mike, and me hamming it up for the camera. This is our second annual Memorial Day T-Bones game!
And of course, a Kansas trip wouldn’t be the same without Chris, Sarah, and their kiddos! I can never believe how much the kids have grown since the last time I saw them. It’s kind of a cliche, but oh so true!
I wasn’t happy with any of the photos that we took of Katie & CC’s family. (The pictures either had random blurry people running through them, people chewing, or people looking startled. You’re welcome for not posting such silly photos) But it meant I didn’t have any pictures of Katie and CC! So I totally stole, I mean, borrowed these pictures that Katie took during the baseball game. Thanks Katie!! This one is of CC and Reese.
Sully and Katie take a T-Bones game selfie!
Just hanging out with my buddy Atti.
What a fantastic evening, one that I’ll always remember. We are so lucky to have such loving friends and I truly feel blessed. I only wish we could see everybody more often!
And of course, a trip to Kansas City is never complete without a visit with my Grandma Peggy and Grandpa Bob. We got to catch up with them and see their new apartment. Also as a side note, I’m totally loving my new KC top from Boulevard. :)
There you have it! Another fantastic trip to Kansas City come and gone. We already miss everybody tremendously and we’re thinking about the next visit! I have a few more pictures posted in our gallery, if you’d like to take a look!