Weekend Mini Vacation

This weekend was an absolute blast. I don’t know how we managed to fit so much into two days, but we did!

Shane and I got into Kansas City around 8:45 on Friday night. After checking into our hotel, we decided to head down to the plaza to find a little dinner.

We went to the Cheesecake Factory first, but there was a whopping 2 hour wait there…so you know that wasn’t going to happen. We were hungry!

So we kept walking, down to the other end of the plaza where one of our favorite restaurants, Brio is. It was a long wait, too. But the hostess told us that the lounge upstairs was first come, first serve- so we headed up the elevator and….wallah!


We sat out on the screened in balcony, where there were heaters. It was really nice, quiet and romantic- we were the only two people sitting out there for a while.


It had great vies of the Plaza Lights, too.

For dinner, I ordered a sampling of their amazing Bruschetta and Shane ordered pasta. They were both delicious, and so were our festive Martinis! 😉



Saturday mid-morning, we headed back down to the plaza for some shopping and some brunch. The weather was gorgeous, so we took advantage and ate brunch at a place called Gram and Dun– they have an amazing patio, complete with giant heaters and a gas fireplace. The heaters and fireplace, combined with the sun and warmer than average temps made for the perfect brunch.


We each ordered a mimosa, and I had steel cut oatmeal with dried cranberries and Shane ordered a cheese burger.


Later that afternoon, after shopping around a bit and hitting one of my all time favorite stores, we decided to hit up the movie theatre and see the new Disney movie, Frozen.

We both enjoyed it, but I have no idea why anyone would say that it’s better than The Lion King? That’s just craziness.

Saturday night, Shane and I made reservations at Coal Vines for dinner with our friends Amanda and Cameron. (Amanda is that pretty girl who’s also my Maid of Honor, in case you’ve forgotten 😉 )

After much stress, traffic jams, zero parking and a mad dash (literally, at one point we were running) to the restaurant so they wouldn’t give away our reservation- the four of us had a lovely time, eating and talking and generally catching up.

After dinner, the four of us stopped to get coffee and then walked the plaza for a little while.


Amanda was kind enough to stop and offer to snap a photo of us. We don’t have very many, so it’s always a treat to get a photo opp!

The one above was the glamour shot- but don’t be fooled, we had several “bloopers” along the way.


Funny smiles.

Non-stop laughter.


Blurred faces.

Ya know, we ran the gammit.

Unlike these two love birds, who took two flawless pictures in a row.


What a handsome couple, right?

After we said our goodbyes to Camanda, we had to hop in the car once again- we had a party to attend. But not just any party- an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

Shane’s friend (and groomswoman) Jaclyn was throwing the party at her apartment, so we headed that way and stopped in for about an hour.

We played a few games, had some laughs and decided to call it a night. We were pretty beat at this point in the weekend- we’re sort of old.


Sunday morning, we got up and checked out of the hotel before heading into Prairie Village for brunch at The Blue Moose. We met my Aunt Julie there, which was a huge treat for both of us.

The three of us enjoyed all kinds of good food while just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. It was a delicious brunch, and I absolutely loved seeing my Aunt. She’s a pretty incredible lady.

We got on the road to head home around 1:00pm yesterday, and made it home around 4:00. Of course, we had to stop on the turnpike for some Dunkin Donuts…the trip wouldn’t have been complete without it!

Then last night, we decided last minute to go see the new Stallone/DeNiro movie, Grudge Match.

Guys- I don’t care what the critics say. Go see this movie. It’s awesome.

So there you have it, our weekend in a nutshell. It was busy, but we got to see so mnay wonderful people and spend so much quality time together. It was a wonderful weekend, for sure.


Alrighty, that’ll about do it for me today. Shane and I have a workout date set for tonight- a way to celebrate our 4 and 1/2 year anniversary (that’s actually today) in healthy form!

Have a great Monday night!

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