Sunday, April 29, 2007

House hunting...

Well, although we are not seriously house hunting, we are trying to get an idea of what is available, what type of home we would like, and what area of the metro we would like to settle in. I was browsing some listings this week and fell in love with a house near our church. From the outside it was just a pretty green, bungalow style home with a large front porch. For anyone who knows me...knows I really love porches!! What sold me was the beautiful interior that was full of character, charm, and beautiful wood work. I e-mailed the link to George and he loved it too. Today we were able to make an appointment with the agent and see it with our own eyes.

While I still think it is with many older homes with character, it has a few problems that made it easy to walk away, saying..."it's okay, we were just looking for fun". An old furnace and water heater, warped/bowing flooring from settling over the years, and a cheaply done kitchen remodel.

We suspect this house was "flipped", ie, someone did some cosmetic work, but there may be much more hidden under the surfaces of the new paint, kitchen, and bathroom remodeling.

None the less, it was a fun, first experience, as husband and wife, to go and explore a potential new home. We know the Lord will have something out there for us when we are a little more ready.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

God's Awesome Power

I received these photos in an e-mail and a few of them just amazed me. They were taken during Katrina and are quite incredible.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Kansas City BBQ

Kansas City is known for their BBQ. There are more BBQ restaurants in Kansas City than any other city. It was a bit of a surprise to us that shortly after we moved here we were confronted with the question of, "Who's has be best KC BBQ?" Me, not being much of a barbeque person, kind of dismissed and was unenthused about making the rounds to find a favorite. It didn't take long to realize it really is a must to determine your favorite, so---we began the search.

There are three barbeque places in KC that tend to make the #1 spot for most residents.

1. Gate's
This was the first restaurant we stumbled upon so we thought we'd give it a try. If you go expecting a nice, comfortable restaurant with curtious waiters and waitresses, you've certainly went to the wrong place. After you've waited in line, that likely started in the parking lot, they are to the point, and quick to take your better know what you want and not be shy about it or you may end up not eating.

2. Fiorella's Jack Stack
I first had Jack Stack's barbeque about two years ago at a wedding reception. At the time I enjoyed it and didn't give much thought to it. As I realize is important to KNOW your KC BBQ! A few weeks ago I had Friday off, so George took the day off for us to do some "grown-up" stuff like go the the DMV, etc. Fun fun! Well, we decided to make it a little more exciting by checking out Jack Stack. The inside was decorated to look as if it were the interior of a barn with a lot of character. We enjoyed ourselves as the waiter explained what his favorites were and made his personal recommendations for our first visit. As usual, we ate too much and went on our way.

3. Arthur Bryant's
Lastly, another favorite of many is Arthur Bryants. We spent this last Saturday celebrating George's birthday trying to see as many Kansas City sites as we could and decided this should be our lunch location. When we went to the previous two favorites we went to the location closest to our home. This time...we decided to find the original. Well...again it was an experience! Let's just say it isn't in the best, prettiest, safest part of town. None the less, we were lured in by the aroma knowing it had to be good. As we stood in line we looked at all the pictures of the celebrities who had visited to try the popular KC BBQ; Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Fields, and many more. Again, the service wasn't to die for...but apparently if the BBQ is good enough, people will still wait in line out the door for some grub.

Well of the three BIG BBQ's our vote is split. George was a fan of Arthur Bryant's for the taste and the sauce. It came with a couple slices of Wonder bread, with meat slopped on top, with sauces on the table to add as you wish. My vote was for Jack Stack...don't get me wrong, Arthur Bryant's was pretty good...maybe it was just the atmosphere but it won be over hands down! I loved the soft bakery bun with meat stacked high and their delicious cheesy corn bake. Yum yum good!

So for those who are due for a visit...come on down, over, or up and we'll make sure you have a least one true KC BBQ experience.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Last wedding post...

Although the wedding was five weeks ago now...George and I still reflect back on that day. So many friends and family made the day so special to us. We have hundreds of pictures we could share...but there are so many other things I've been wanting to blog about, so I think I am going to be moving on to other topics, events, and happenings.

Our photographer, Amy Knollmeyer, has a blog that she put some of her favorites from the wedding on, feel free to check those out. In a few weeks we will get to meet with her to see her collection of photos.

If any of you have photos that you wouldn't mind sharing with us from the day...we'd love to have copies for our album.

Guys before the wedding