Sunday, March 25, 2012

Kansas City Trip

We wanted to take a little family trip over Spring Break week. We decided on Kansas City since I had never been, Tony hadn't been in a long time, and it was a 3.5 hour drive for us. Most importantly, they have a zoo with polar bears (Tony's fav), and Trader Joe's!

We left around 9 am on Thursday morning and got to KC around lunch time. We checked into our hotel...a Homewood Suites since it has separate rooms - a bonus with a baby and got something quick to eat. Cole was big time on this trip and got his meals ordered for him at restaurants!
We went to to zoo first and had about 2.5 hours there to see the different animals and exhibits. It was plenty of time for us. The highlight was the polar bear without a doubt. We were so lucky with our timing because right when we walked up he was doing flips off the wall, swimming up on shore, diving back in and doing it all over again. He was swimming right by us! I took a ton of pictures, so these are just a few. I think Cole was actually into watching the polar bear too. After about 10 minutes of doing flips, the polar bear got out of the water and went inside! If we had been any later we wouldn't have seen him at all! The KC Zoo exhibit is similar to the one at the San Diego Zoo, but not as many people so you can actually get right up to the glass and watch.
This is one of my new favorite pictures of Cole :)
And then he wanted to walk out of there himself!
The rest of the zoo was ok. They had a bunch of petting areas and a large playgroud for kids a little older than Cole. So we were able to by pass all that and get through the rest of the zoo pretty quickly. Some areas were kind of old too.

Daddy and Cole pics
We enjoyed seeing kangaroos in Australia!
We did a lot of walking, Cole did a lot of riding and sleeping!
After we left the zoo, it was snack time for the little guy. The Cheerios were a hit as always, but the fun was in digging handfulls of them out of the container! We were cracking up at hime which only egged him on even more, I think.
As we were finishing snack, it started raining again! Another lucky moment for us. We were so glad we were by the car and out of the zoo at this point. We were off to Trader Joe's to stock up on some necessities. We left with 5 different kinds of hummus, pita chips, granola bars, chocolate toffee popcorn, pizza dough, beer, chips, and more! It was a successful trip! We've been eating good that's for sure!

We stopped back at the hotel for a bit and realized it was time to figure out what we wanted to do for dinner. We wanted to go to Oklahoma Joe's BBQ, faught traffic and the rain to get there, only to find out that the line was super long and not moving. Change of plans! We had passed a place called Spin! Neopolitan Pizza and decided to go there instead. Wow! Was that a good decision! We over-ordered, of course, and got a pizza each and a flat bread & dips appetizer. Cole got his own cheese pizza too. It was so delicious! We didn't want to stop eating! Good thing we had left-overs that we brought home and had for lunch this weekend. :)

Friday we slept in as long as Cole would let us, had breakfast at the hotel and got ourselves ready to go. We had to take extra time to get all of our treasures from Trader Joe's well iced for our drive home!

We visited a Home Decorators store and have our eye on a few things we'd love to get from there and stopped at a Tile Shop because we have dreams of doing tile in our showers. Then we went up to downtown Kansas City (much bigger than I expected), and walked around the City Market.

Not a TON to see there, but a neat place. They had a bunch of produce and little restaurants. Not really any shops worth going to. The area felt really old and unique to the city. We had lunch at a burrito place and picked up some freshly made naan bread - which has been amazing with our hummus from TJ's. :)

That wrapped up our sightseeing in Kansas City since we had to drive back that afternoon and didn't want to get back too late for the little man. We realized it was our first little trip with just us three! Every other time we've gone somewhere, we've met up with our family. So that was a neat experience for us. Plus, we feel like it's important to get outside what we think are the easiest things to do with Cole (aka stay at home), and do new, fun adventures with him in tow!

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