Monday, November 21, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Weird of My Weekend in Overland Park Kansas

Here's a snapshot of this weekend's soccer tournament in Overland Park, Kansas.

The Good:

The room at the Hyatt Place was huge.

Free healthy breakfast. Yum. Home-made oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar.

Saturday afternoon shopping with Cari and some friends at an indoor mall, which had an American Girl shop, a Noodles and Company, and a Forever XXI store to mention a few.

Got a parking spot near the door.

The soccer banquet honoring all the girls, especially the seniors, was fun!

The girls passed the ball a lot and showed good teamwork.

Watching re-runs of "Say Yes to the Dress" in the hotel room with my granddaughter.

Watching Mizzou beat Texas Tech on a 46 inch TV in our hotel room.

Last soccer tournament of the season.

The Bad:

Last soccer tournament of the season.

Sitting in traffic near Columbia Friday evening for almost an hour on the drive to KC.

Stopping at a sketchy gas station outside of Columbia to go to the bathroom after being stuck in traffic.

Sitting in the wicked and cold wind in Kansas on Saturday and Sunday.

No wins.

My poor frozen toes and hands after sitting in the cold, wicked wind.

Listening to the Rams game on the way home--the Rams lost again.

The Weird

Filling up at a QT outside of KC, my granddaughter saw a girl she went to PSR at All Saints about ten years ago. The girl moved to the Kansas City area several years ago. 

More Good

Making it home in four hours by eating lunch in the van, one stop for gasoline and one potty break.

I love trips like this weekend's but I'm always happy to come home.


  1. Sounds like a really big weekend! These girls sound like fun. Weather is sinking into chilss and soon it will be the "season of no trips"! Enjoy while you can.

  2. It does sound like an eventful weekend. Glad there was a lot of "good" to report. Gotta love those "Say Yes" reruns. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Donna, road trips are my favorite. I love the energy and enthusiasm of youth, and malls. You captured the nuanaces of this trip, and I could relate.

  4. Hi Bookie,
    it was fun. Sorry it's chilly in Carthage. It's chilling here but supposed to be warm on turkey day.

    Hi Karen,
    Thanks for stopping by. Watching Say Yes is a guilty pleasure.

    Hi Linda,
    You are so right. I feel younger just being around my grandchildren. I just wish I had their energy.


  5. Sounds like a great weekend. I love how you picked out the good, bad and the weird.

  6. Hi Clarissa,
    Thanks. It was weird that we stopped at that particular gas station (actually we got off at another exit then got back on the highway when we couldn't find a station nearby and exited a second time and drove past another station to go to a QT) she ran into someone she hadn't seen since she was little.
    What are the odds?

  7. More good than bad. That's a win!

    Happy Thanksgiving :)

  8. Hi Carol,
    You are right.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  9. Those kinds of weekends are exciting and fun but often exhausting. A great memory maker though. Have a wonderful thanksgiving. Blessings!

  10. Hi Sally,
    Thanks. Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving, too.

  11. Sounds like you did a lot in one weekend! How nice for you to do that for your granddaughter.

  12. Sounds like a good time was had by all! Great memories.


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