Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Last of My 30's

I've been out of blog world for a little bit 'cause I was on vacation!  We went to Kansas City and spent some time in Abilene, Kansas, with the Velasquez and Marquez clans.  It has been a wonderful week but we head back to DC today.  Not only is it my last day in this awesome city, but it's also my last day in my 30's.  I got a note from my oldest and dearest friend, who has already made the transition, and she advised me to savor this I'm working on it!  I'm enjoying an amazing view from my hotel while snuggled in a soft bed drinking coffee and digging in to my photos from the week.  Here's a shot of the city and the gorgeous blue skies of the midwest from atop the Liberty Memorial, built in 1921 in honor of WWI veterans.
We spent Monday, July 4th, at the WWI museum which really did a great job of articulating the confusing web of relationships that led to the war--plus, they tied the timeline to popular culture references of 1914-1916 that put it in perspective from the United States that was far away from "over there."  I've read a bit about the Lafayette Escadrille (thanks to my Air Force schools) so it was neat to see the displays related to the earliest contributions of air power.  This is the Liberty Memorial tower.
Our hotel in KC is at the Plaza and the gardening around the shops and restaurants is really well done.  I love the mix of colors and textures in this bed in particular.
While the flowers look almost good enough to eat, it was the BBQ that got the best of us.  My mom came along with Curt and I and we were excited to treat her to burnt ends.  I've lived at lots of places around the country and KC is the only place I've ever experienced these little chunks of meaty goodness.  We stopped at a little place called Roscoe's just after arriving in KC and it was the perfect way to start the trip.
Mom was a happy BBQ camper...
 I have plenty more to write about but I need to get back to savoring the day with a walk outside to get some fresh coffee.  On that note, though, I'll say that this is my 400th post on the day before I'm 40.  I'm working on a list of my 40 fave beady-crafty-artsty things to share in the coming week...along with a giveaway...we'll see!!


  1. I've turned 42 in January and have to say - nothing changed. I wanna believe that 40 is the new 30:-) Have a great birthday!

  2. Happy 40th! I didn't mind turning 40, but for some reason 45 was a different story, as well as every year after that. Enjoy this empowering decade!

    You were so close to me when you were in KC. I live just over an hour to the southeast, and show my jewelry at a gallery near the Plaza the first Friday of every month. I'll have to check out the WWI museum, and Roscoes one of these days.

  3. 40? You are a young chick still! Happy Birthday to you! Wishes to you for a wonderful day!

  4. Happy Birthday Jenn! 40 is a liberating age, enjoy it. I too have been out of the loop for a few weeks, just catching up. That barbeque looks delicious, even now at breakfast time!

  5. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday dear Jen, Happy birthday to YYOOOUUUUUU!!!!!!!

    Hope it's awesome!

  6. Happy 40th Birthday, Jen!!! I didn't realize you were so close behind me! :-) I hope you had a wonderful birthday today.
    Looks like you've had a fantastic vacation and took lots of great pictures. I especially love the one of your Mom! :-)

  7. Looks like you had a lovely vacation, neat photos. Congrats on the 40! A great age!

  8. Happy belated birthday wishes! I'm now closer to the other end of the 40's, and I have to say it's been an interesting ride thru this set of 10 (that sounds better than decade, doesn't it?) Love the great pics!!


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