Friday, October 24, 2008

Birthday Visitors

I can't imagine a more anticlimactic ending to a trip to France than Kansas. Mom and Julia convinced me that it was fantastic, and they really didn't mind shortening their trip to Europe at all. Either way, they bought my birthday presents in France, so I won't complain.

I'm sure Alicia was okay with leaving Loa for a weekend. We have cows here too, plus we live on a college campus. There are plenty of youth in need of counseling, should she have the itch.

Most of our guests stayed until Wednesday morning. With six people in a 1 bedroom apartment there was standing room only, but we went out a lot. We got to go to some church history sites near here, sample the top two local ice cream/ frozen custard joints, and hit The Plaza in Kansas City.

Among the church history sites we saw were; Adam-Ondi-Ahman, Liberty Jail, and Independence. People warned me ahead of time that there really wasn't anything to see at Adam-Ondi-Ahman, but we weren't there to be tourists anyway. It was beautiful and the Spirit there feels like a temple.

Of the top two ice cream shops here in Lawernce, the Darley girls unanimously voted Sheridan's as the best, based on the quantity of caramel stuck to the spoon after a bite of the turtle sundae.

We went to Jack Stack BBQ on The Plaza in KC. Alicia was pining for a bite of beef and something authentically Kansan (I didn't know there was such a thing) before she left and that's where we found both. I think the rib meat was still stuck in her teeth and under her fingernails on the flight home.

The visit was too short, and just made us more excited to see everyone when we come home in December. We'll be there for 24 days! Ryan reminds me of that every night. I think he's tired of school. He is only at midterm for the semester, poor guy.


Winters Family said...

That bug is called a wheel bug, and it's one of the assassin bugs. It will jam it's head into you and it really hurts (supposedly, I have never been attacked). Be careful, those aren't nice Kansas bugs! :)

Amy said...

How fun to have most of the Darley women all together! The pictures are beautiful, they almost make me want to go out and visit you! visit Kansas? I know, it's crazy talk, but the smallest desire has now been planted and will probably fester untill one day many years in the future we will go out... and you will have been long gone, but I will still be able to see it... and try the ice cream.

Eric and Alexis Beus said...

Happy Birthday! It looks like you guys had a blast! Bella is just getting cuter and cuter every time I look on your blog! By the way, I tagged you on my blog! :)