Monday, November 17, 2008

Kansas Part III

So... the concert was wonderful. We got home late. When I went to bed I thought I'd be up so early since that's what I was used to. Um, ok, NOT. I slept until 9:50am!! I haven't done that in FOR.EV.ER. It was wonderful, refreshing, yay! I almost felt guilty because I knew Sei was up early with the kids. But that feeling passed quickly.

My BIL took us to lunch at a barbecue place and it was sooooo good. In line "red beans and rice" was on the menu. So of course I busted out with Baby Got Back "Gimme a sister, can't resist her. Red beans and rice dihn't miss her...." My BIL looked at me like I was crazy, but the girl in front of us turned around laughing. Later I saw her at the drink station and she pointed to my new concert tee and asked, "How was the concert???"

After lunch we went back to my sister's home to wait for Gretch! to come by to visit. I've never met her, but I've read her blog and we email occasionally, so it was exciting! She is very pretty, thin, and very warm and friendly. We only got to hang out for a few minutes, but next time I come up we will hang out more. (You can see my new concert tee in this pic. "Property of Donnie Wahlberg.") I don't know what I'm doing with my leg in this picture. It's the new, cool pose...
Independence, Missouri is not far from my sister so I asked S if she'd like to meet us there. There's a lot of history in Independence so I wanted to go even if just for an hour. We met at an angel store- everything was an angel. I bought a few things including a policeman angel. It didn't hit me until I gave it to Sei that it was like a dead cop. I told him it really meant, "Cops are angels..." We drove around Independence. I learned that Harry S. Truman lived there and helped run out black people. So, black people were run out and Mormons had an extermination order against them. Niiiiice. We drove by the RLDS temple that looked like a screw: We also saw a van with a sign on the side that said "Please take a picture of this sign." So, I did.

These guys wouldn't get out of the way when we were trying to go to the candy store:And I took this pic to humor my husband & Omar:
After the quick tour I bid S farewell and headed back to my sister's to get ready for my flight home. All in all it was a great, fun, re-energizing trip. And I again want to thank NCS, Suzanne, S, Nobody, and Klin for the plane ticket to make this trip possible. Y'all are awesome. Thanks also to Sei for being so supportive and gladly watching the kids for the 36 hours I was gone. (Even though you didn't really have a choice since you left me for 5 days while you went to Hawaii.) I ♥ you.

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Suzanne said...

First! Wahoo!

Tori, you look so pretty in that top picture. I'm glad you had such a nice break and wonderful time!!! :)

Stacey said...

Oh, dangit!

Second then..*pout*

I'm glad you had such a great trip! Love the pictures and your pose rocks! :D

Anonymous said...

Looks like you really had a great time!

I'm still stuck on the fact that you got to sleep til 10:00!! Tell me, since I am living vicariously through you at the moment, just how wonderful and refreshing was it? :o)

Anonymous said...

Oh, and you totally don't look like a mom of 5!

No Cool Story said...

Well duh, of course those dudes didn't want to move. They heard about the new cool way to pose for pictures and they wanted to see it first hand.
And why are you gusy going to the candy store?

No Cool Story said...

That sign has too many things for me to focus.

We actually took a tour of the RLDS temple. It was most interesting.

Yvonne said...

It must have been so much fun--glad you had a great time.

All of you ladies look so cute.

My kids thought the RLDS temple looked like a soft ice cream cone.

omar said...

I love that a place called Independence is where the black folks and mormons got chased out.

Donnie's not even the hottest one in his own family.

So how did that port-a-potty smell?

MommyJ said...

the weird leg in the picture just makes you look more hot.

It has been at least eight years since I last slept until anywhere near 10 am. I am so totally jealous of that.

Gretch! said...

YAY! I'm excited to have a "heart" next to my name!!!

Yes, next time you should stay longer with all the kidos and we will have fun, fun, fun.

Glad you had a great time!
and... OKLAHOMA JOES BBQ is my FAV!!! Not partial to "OKLAHOMA" or anything!!

Thanks for the "thin" comment! I really don't think so.. but thank you!!! I had my coat on so you couldn't see my big boodie!! LOL

Klin said...

I am so tickled that you got the Donnie shirt. It was that one and the one you got that I was trying to choose from. It almost killed me not to just get 'em both, but I didn't want my husband to kill me, so I exercised control.

Yay for meeting more bloggers, having fun, good food, AND of course sleep in.

I just love you. That is all.

Evil Kitty said...

Evil Kitty says not to use the porta potty in the picture. Evil Kitty already used it. A lot.

glittersmama said...

So you got Sei more than just a cruddy old shirt? You're nice. All moms deserve to sleep in on occasion or more often. That's why I kick mine out of bed to go get the baby.

S said...

I still think you should give SEI the "property of Donnie" shirt for watching the kids. He could wear it proudly!!!! I thought about the cop angel being a dead cop, but it can be taken either way. He could be such an angel that went to the cadet training to become a cop?!?! I am jealous you got to meet Gretch too! AND eat BBQ! I heart BBQ!

You look so happy! Kinda like a second honeymoon happy:)))))))))))))

carrie said...

Looks like you had a awesome time. You deserve it! You do have the bestest friends. I can say that because I've met most of them in person.

Lauren said...

What the...what was with that "take a picture of this sign" haha...that is so hilarious.

I am so glad you had fun!

I love your leg pose.

aubrey said...

how fun and so nice of those girls to help make your trip possible! yay!

Heffalump said...

Wow...see what I missed out on while my computer was down? Now I think I am all caught up.
It looks like you had a great time! Your friends are awesome!

Nancy Face said...

Yes...the leg pose is pretty cool! They should design a lamp just like it. ;)

I think that temple looks like a giant drill bit.

Your port-a-potty is a lovely color.