Saturday, November 15, 2008

Blessings In Heaven

Many of you know it is not my favorite thing to feed the missionaries. I will probably be struck down by lightening, but I don't think it teaches these 19 year old men any responsibility if these women are taking over mama's job and cooking them dinner every night.  Yeah, I know, I know: their responsibility is teaching the gospel and converting people and it helps offset the cost - I've heard all the arguements. But still, I think these young men need to cook for themselves, clean their apartments, and do their own laundry - not instill in them that some woman is going to do this for them the rest of their lives.

But I digress. Last night an opportunity presented itself that I just couldn't resist. One of our favorite places to eat in town is Longhorn Steakhouse. Their food is awesome and if anyone has been there before, it isn't cheap. The average price of a meal is about $17. We decided a good steak sounded good for dinner last night so we went. Lo and behold waiting for a table were two elders. I believe they are serving in the Olathe Stake because I did not recognize them. They said a friend of theirs worked there and said they should try it out. Elder Bradshaw kind of chuckled, as a steakhouse isn't a typical eating establishment for a missionary budget.
After they were seated I tracked down the manager and asked how we could pay for their meal. I told her what they were and said it was something we'd like to do. We were seated in a different section than they were so we had a different waiter. Towards the end of dinner, the elders' waiter came over and wanted to know if it was ok to have dessert added on to the bill. He said the elders changed their mind when they found out dessert was about $5 a piece. I said go ahead and let them order. 
To make this long story short, we paid for the dinner and the restaurant picked up the tab for the dessert. I told the manager that we wanted to remain anonymous. Her story to us was she had gone over to the missionaries asked how their dinner was and if the dessert was to their liking. They said everything was great. She told them that this is how it was going to be: the restaurant was paying for their dessert and someone dining was paying for their dinner and wanted to remain anonymous. She said they were so pleased and grateful almost to the point of tears of joy. So what could have easily been a $60 meal for them was free.
If that doesn't bring blessings in heaven, I don't know what will.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Stars of the Week

Each class at Cedar Creek Elementary has a "Star of the Week" student. It just so happened that Savannah and Haylie were each the star in their classes just a week apart. Here they are with their bulletin board display inside the class.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christmas Countdown

Yes, its that time again. How many more shopping days until Christmas?? But I am DONE (mostly). 

I say mostly, because we do save the shopping for our girls until December and we do it as a date with
dinner included. But since the girls are in school all day, we can do it as a daytime date. But I digress.
I am not one of those people that thrive on last-minute shopping or the obscene amounts of people in the
store. In fact, I have completed my shopping from the comforts of my own home. What a novel idea that
internet is! And even though I have done it only once - I do not participate in Black Friday and get up at
some ungodly hour to get a deal on some item that neither I nor anyone else on our list needs or wants.
Whats the point? I will relish in the thought that I can now enjoy the sights and sounds of these next
two holidays without the stress of what to buy, where to buy it, when to send it, etc etc. Happy Holidays 
everyone!

Monday, November 10, 2008

KS vs UT

No, this is not about football or basketball or baseball. This is just something I have been thinking about for a long time and decided to put it out there for others to read. Now, my entire existance was in Utah prior to my family re-locating to Kansas 5 1/2 years ago. I am by no means trying to dis family or friends who still reside there. However, I have been told in no uncertain terms that some will never come to Kansas because there is "nothing to do". I beg to differ. Mike and I married in 1998. So we lived in UT for 5 years as a married family. We have now lived in Kansas for the same amount of time. And...... we have done more here in that same time period than we did in Utah. So just for my peace of mind I decided to compare the two. So here is my results in KS vs UT.

Kansas Utah
Worlds of Fun  (no contest) Lagoon
Kansas City Zoo  (huge) Hogle Zoo 
Union Station
Science City
Oceans of Fun Seven Peaks
Paradise Park Boondocks
The Legends Shopping Gateway
The Plaza (14 blocks of shop/dine)
City of Fountains (over 200 of them!)
Plaza Lights Lights on Temple Square
Deanna Rose Farmstead
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Royals
Zona Rosa
American Royal Parade Pioneer Day Parade
Schlitterbahn (2009)
Celebration at the Station (Mem Day)
Lakefest Fireworks (annually)
Christmas In the Sky Fireworks (Nov)
Crown Center Ice Terrace Gallivan Center
Alpine Slide
Camping at the lakes Camping in the mountains
Snow skiing (sometimes) Snow skiing
Utah Jazz
1,985,429 people in 253 square miles 2,150,000 people in 111 square mi
And the winner is..........   KS 23 :  UT 13
I'm sure I could think of more, but I don't have time to sit in front of the computer all day. I welcome any rebuttals.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Halloween!

We had an awesome halloween. There are 15 families in our part of the subdivision and 12 of them attended our first ever block party. It was a great turnout. We had a chili cookoff and most of our neighbors who are Hindu brought food from their country which was really good. We have decided that we want to do this on a monthly basis during the summer. Mike took all the kids around the rest of the neighborhood trick-or-treating. A good time was had by all!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Absolutely Incredible!

The Lion King is in Kansas City until Nov 16. 
We went with the girls today downtown at
the Music Hall. First we ate lunch at a great
burger joint in the Power & Light District called
Chefburger. It was most AWESOME.