The guys were in the recording studio all day everyday, sometimes not calling it a night until 2 AM or so. So, Ezra and I were on our own to wander (aka drive aimlessly) through a town I'd never been in before. It was just way too much for me, but the day I meant to head home, my new friend Alissa called and graciously arranged for a nearby family from her church to take us all in for the rest of the week. Um, HOSPITALITY MUCH??
They took us under their wings and we immediately fell in love with these amazing people who opened their home up to strangers and fed us good food and took us swimming and drew us maps of the city so Ezra and I could explore fun places. If it weren't for this family, our trip would have been a disaster. Because of them, it ended up being really hard to leave.
We all had a blast, and the guys got everything recorded just in time. We plan to make many trips to Kansas City in the future... That town is insanely COOL!
These are two of our new most favoritest people on the planet earth. (Check out Jon's website here, and maybe buy an album or two or three or a gajillion because his music is just that good.)
Good times are sure to be had whenever Uncle Joel is near!
Contemplating the fountain.
"I'm not so sure about this, momma. That there water be real high."
Bravery! And joy!
Soggy socks and soggy shoes, Thunderstorms out of the blue.
Union Station. One of those amazing buildings that makes you feel dizzy even though you're standing solidly on the ground, looking up. Just staggering. I read a billboard there that said the previous Union Stations only had to be destroyed by floods THREE times before they finally decided to MOVE IT TO HIGHER GROUND. Ha.
Eating at a restaurant where a little train brought you your food. Ezra's head only exploded two or three times.
I've never seen him get so excited. This kid was as passionate about the trains in this restaurant as his momma was about her rootbeer float. Ecstasy!
Many, many park days. Many, many blue plastic slides to conquer.
The family that we stayed with the last few days just happened to have a large tub filled with awesome old toys. I owe this tub of toys my very SANITY.
Swimming at the country club with dad.
Leaps of faith.
He doesn't look like me at all. Nope, not one bit.
We found this at the MALL of all places.
We tried to snap a family photo before being booted after the ride was over. You can see Ezra asking for "Oon Moo?" (translated: "One more time? One more time?")
The family that singlehandedly saved my trip to Kansas City from being a total disaster. Aren't they cuuuuute?
Kansas, she is beautiful.