Friday, June 27, 2008

One Hundred!!!

One hundred is a BIG number, and that is how many posts I've done!!! WOW!! I thought I'd never get there!! Since it's such a monumentous occasion, I'd like to let you get to know me a little more with a list of 100 things about me!! But, I also just got back home from a fabulous vacation and want to share with you about that... so I'm combining the two into one post!! (Lucky you!)

One Hundred Things about Our Vacation:

1. We flew to Kansas City, MO

2. It was Ruthie's first flight and she did FANTASTIC!!! A born traveler!

3. We were laid over in our airport for 4 hours. So glad we rushed to get to the airport for the allotted 2 hours before the flight took off!!

4. The starbucks at the airport stinks!! I was so glad to get to the terminal and to start our trip off right... with a starbucks. But, my mint chip frap was DISGUSTING. I took one sip and through the rest away. I don't know what went wrong. But, it was all wrong!

5. We went with my husband's family - Sister and her family, and his mom and dad! We had 9 people in all.

6. We went for Tony's family reunion on his mom's side!

7. We stayed with his Aunt Judy. She is so sweet and kind. She was the most gracious hostess.

8. We rented the family truckster- a 15 passenger van- for the week. We looked like we were with a church group!

9. We had a lot of fun the first day at Deanna Rose Children's Farm. It is a city park- so it was free!! It was the coolest place. If you're ever in KC definitely stop by. We were there for 6 hours. They had goats, horses, pigs, and chickens. Butterfly gardens and vegetable gardens. Fishing, pony rides, baby goat feeding, and hay rides. Playgrounds, mining for gold, milking cows, and little bitty tractors to race. We did most of the things, but could have come back the next day and done more!!

10. We met Tony's cousin, Kelly, and her daughter Gabrielle there that day.

11. Gabrielle is 14 months old and introduced Ruthie to many new foods!

12. Drove by Tony's house when he grew up.

13. Met his neighbor who still lives there.

14. Saw the creek that he jumped on his bike when he was young. (It's about 20 feet across!) He loves to tell that story.

15. Saw the elementary school where Mardi (my SIL) went to school!

16. Ate the BEST tacos prepared fresh by Aunt Judy. Ever heard of Perez taco shells? You have to fry them fresh to get them in the taco shell shape. Also, enjoyed Spanish Gardens taco sauce

17. We brought back a suitcase load of Spanish Gardens and Perez for our eating enjoyment!

18. Woke UP EARLY the next day to drive 3 hours to go to Silver Dollar City

19. Loved it and got to see Alana and her family I grew up with her husband, Rich and met Alana in college. They are true kindred spirits and wonderful friends. It's wonderful to pick up right where we left off the last time I saw them... for my wedding 2 and 1/2 years ago! Their sweet boys were so much fun to hang out with. I'm still looking for that stone bear, Richie!!

20. Enjoyed the rides and the company. Made some candles, saw glass blowing, ate some fresh made peanut brittle.

21. Ate the biggest pork tenderloin sandwich known to man. Shared it with the hubs.

22. Took the LONGEST (and scariest) route home. 3 hours turned to 4. Didn't get home till midnight. Was as cold as a Frozen piece of shrimp. (Tony kept the air on full blast so he'd stay awake!)

23. Saw 2 deer standing at the side of the road. Did NOT hit said deer.

24. Got up the next day and went to World's of Fun.

25. Totally recommend the rides. They were great! Especially the carousel. Fantastic! Actually they all LOVED the rides there. Many were like the ones at Busch Gardens.

26. I Don't recommend the BBQ at the park. The cashier is a LOT rude. Threatened to beat us up. We called manager. She's fired. EWWW-WEEEE Pray for me! End of story!

27. Ruthie met Snoopy. She loved him and even gave him a big kiss on his nose. Too Cute!

28. Left tired, cranky, and in need of food (see #26). Stopped at Subway.

29. Watched 1/2 of the movie Fools Gold and fell asleep!

30. Went to church with the family

31. Met most of Tony's aunts and uncles and A LOT of his cousins. His mom is one of seven, so there are a lot of people to meet.

32. They had yummy ham and mac and cheese, and the best barbecue beans I've ever eaten.

33. Ruthie loved the clown that came to entertain the kids. She wanted to crawl up to where all the big kids were sitting!

34. Stayed up REAL late playing phase 10. We love that game!!

35. Drove the Family truckster to down town KC to go to the Plaza and Halls- Crown Center

36. The plaza is a posh outdoor shopping place.

37. Halls, the crown center, is the corporate office for Hallmark.

38. A lot (including Aunt Judy) of Tony's family worked for Hallmark.

39. They have the coolest place called kaleidoscope where kids use all sorts of arts and craft items to be creative.

40. Tony made Ruthie a plane and a 1st birthday crown!

41. Inside the Crown Center is a wonderful mall

42. and the hugest store called- Halls!

43. Side note, it is true, once my MIL actually turn the card over to see if it was a Hallmark - just like the commercial!

44. The Family Truckster DID NOT fit into ANY of the parking garages!! We almost left several dents in the roof trying to fit!

45. We ate at the cutest little restaurant for lunch- Trains was it's theme.

46. The train goes around the top of the restaurant and delivers your food to you!!

47. They had cherry-limades there but they weren't quite as good as sonic's

48. Everyone started to get on everyone's nerves.

49. No one had enough sleep.

50. Tired = cranky

51. ate enchiladas - yes there is a Mexican theme here..

52. Yes, we used Spanish Gardens taco sauce to make and eat them!

53. Stuffed ourselves because Aunt Judy made 70 enchiladas because the boys said they could each eat an entire row. They didn't do too bad!

54. Played triple solitaire while waiting for dinner.

55. Ruthie loved Gabrielle's toys. They are toddler kind of toys, not baby toys like we have for her. Good thing her birthday is coming up... we'll have new toys!

56. Went to Cosco to buy our own container of Organic Animal Cookies. Anyone near a cosco I highly recommend.

57. When to Price Chopper to pick up our fresh perez taco shells and spanish gardens sauce to bring home.

58. Saw the Price Chopper that Tony worked at when he was in High School and college!

59. Went to FUN HOUSE PIZZA and ordered lunch!!

60. This was basically a whole in the wall, but had really yummy pizza. Wish we had it here in FL!!

61. Ate pizza.

62. Packed Up ALL of our stuff.

63. Our stuff didn't fit into the luggage.

64. Had to leave some not so necessary items!

65. Loaded the Family Truckster... to the brim!

66. Said goodbye... boo hoo :(

67. Drove exactly 41 minutes to the Airport.

68. Got to the airport more than 2 hours early.

69. Had to repack some of our bags because one was over the weight limit!

70. The air conditioning was out at the air port.

71. Not a good combination- cranky, tired and HOT travelers...

72. Our flight was NOT delayed this time.

73. Ruthie did NOT sleep this time.

74. She played the entire time we were in the air.

75. Both times we had an empty seat between us so Ruthie had some room.

76. None of our bags were missing.

77. Our rides picked us up at the airport and took us home.

78. Even though we had a lot of fun, it was SO nice to be HOME.

79. Glad we took the extra time to clean the house before we left!

80. Missed Aunt Judy and her yummy breakfast the next day.

81. Missed waking up to the smell of bacon!

82. Missed all of us being together.

83. Ruthie really enjoyed having daddy home all day for a week.

84. All she wanted was Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!

85. We were all exhausted.

86. Ruthie has slept until 9:30 each morning since we got home.

87. Our bags are only 1/2 unpacked.

88. I hate that job.

89. Laundry is done.

90. We miss Aunt Judy

91. We miss Kelly

92. We miss Gabrielle

93. We enjoyed being on vacation with Grandma

94. We enjoyed being on vacation with Paw-Paw

95. We enjoyed being on vacation with Aunt Mardi

96. We enjoyed being on vacation with Uncle Jack

97. We enjoyed being on vacation with Luke

98. We enjoyed being on vacation with Bailey

99. We loved spending time with each other

100. We are glad to be home!

WOW!! I did it!! Had to stretch it out a little at the end!! To all the two people who are still reading... thanks for hanging in there with me!


Anonymous said...

Teresa ~
What a wonderful post! I almost feel like I was on vacation with you (minus the airport delay)!
Two things I learned we have in common - I too love mint chip fraps from Starbucks and we LOVE to play Phase 10 - that and UNO are our favorite card games!

Glad you're back ~

Janelle said...

I hope you consider me one of the two, cuz I loved every minute of this read!

Looks like you had a wonderful time with family and friends. Your family is beautiful! You look happy to be together.

Alana said the time with you was great!

with3blessings said...

I really enjoyed reading ALLL of it. Thanks for taking me along for the ride.

Alana said...

Congrats on 100!! Yay! Aren't you glad you embarked on this little blogging adventure? So fun. Sounds like you had a fabulous trip. SO loved seeing you guys...hope it can be for longer next time!

Blooming Where We're Planted said...

Hi Teresa and Tony! This is John! You will probably not be surprised that out of the list of 100, it was the ditch that Tony jumped as a kid that stuck out the most to me. There is a retention pond at the end of my parent's road where I grew up. As kids, it was not fenced in and for some strange reason, it had a road that lead into it with a three foot drop. At least as kids, it looked like a three foot drop. Naturally, us boys in the neighborhood were sure it was for bikes to ride off. I could never figure out why my chain kept rusting. That sounds like a super vacation. As if the Bertic list of hot vacation spots were not long enough, now we have to add KC to the list. Maybe we can some how put together a group and call it a missions trip to KC? Welcome back!

Love you both!