For those of you who don't know my connection with Jen, we met a ways back through social media. Emails back and forth turned into texting, turned into phone calls, and later led to a seize the moment meet up. This past August when Nick and I were crazy enough to drive our family down to Florida, Jen's home was literally three minutes out of our way. I mean, how could we not stop? I was hoping for a casual dinner with our two families, and instead we ended up being overnight guests with a mere 12 hours to cram in as much girl talk as we could. When we drove away from her house that next morning, I felt incredibly grateful, yet saddened and wondered if I would ever see her again. Opportunities like that don't present themselves everyday.
I am so grateful for a husband and closie who know my heart so well. They knew that time away, time together, and a chance to explore a new city, would mean more to me than any material possession tied up with a pretty bow and placed under the Christmas tree would.
Here's a recap of the weekend awesomeness:
I woke up at the butt crack of dawn and hit the highway. T minus six hours to Kansas City baby.
I drove six, Jen drove four, and at noon she was knocking on the hotel door ready to give me the biggest hug.
Luckily, Jen has shopped this city before, so she knew where we were going and we hit the ground running.
Jesus, take the wheel!
Hands down, this was our favorite store. We started and ended here. I found things to buy both times, and I'm sure I would have found even more upon a third visit ;)
Hi, random fella!
I got this dress for $16 people. Jen claims that when she thinks of me, she thinks of yellow. I wonder why.
It was here that our weekend slogan, be well, found us. And now we have matching friendship bracelets to commemorate the weekend.
The shops were endless levels and twists and turns of treasures. Photos cannot capture all the goodness in the least. You'll just have to take my word for it.
Another store was celebrating it's third birthday, and we had some good laughs with this photo booth.
Jen was patient with me while I took pictures of everything. Literally. I can't help it.
I enjoyed my first food truck experience, which I was initially a little leery of. Turns out I'd eat this all day everyday if I could.
We shopped til dusk, and these are some of the goodies I claimed.
We headed back to our hotel and mosied around the attached mall, before settling on this quaint looking restaurant for dinner. Turns out, the waitress doesn't recommend the fancy lemonade because you don't get free refills and the food is served on paper plates, but hey, the conversation was good ;)
Whew. After all that we had hours of girl talk and crashed to the city lights.
We both got to wash, blow dry, and curl our hair all in the same hour. A special treat made possible with no kids in tow.
Thanks to one of Jen's local friends, she clued us in on a few other must stop shops. We were off to a good start.
Jen made most of her haul at store #2.
We had the most delicious late lunch, which ended up being our dinner too.
We dropped some cash at H&M, before taking the sky way from our hotel over to Union Station.
This place was seriously stunning; jaw dropping. I took a bajillion pictures to show Nick when I got home.
To cap our night, we took some silly selfies and had more endless hours of chit chat.
Checked out Union Station in the daylight. (still stunning)
Bought matching shirts and documented it.
Hugged and said our sad goodbyes :(
Made the treck home, and loved up on our babies when we arrived.
Every little thing we did was so wonderfully perfect. I have a special little pocket in my heart for this girl. She is a once in a lifetime find of a friend, and I'm so glad she's mine (and I hers).
Until next time, be well, Kansas City.
*Photos are a combination of ones taken by Jen and myself, all with my craptastic Android and her fabulous iPhone ;)