Kansas City Visit

Tommy and I spent a few days visiting family in Kansas City last weekend. Chris was in town from Thailand and my dad was planning a visit as well. So Dad and I planned to be there the same weekend. Tommy and I stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Tebow… or as Tommy would say, “gray-mee-mah and gray-bee-bah” and Dad stayed across the street at Uncle David and Aunt Jaymee’s house.

Tommy and I arrived on Thursday after a very long day of flying. We were unable to find a non-stop flight from SLC to MCI, so we had planned to fly through Denver. DEN was having a snowstorm, so we instead scheduled ourselves to fly through Albuquerque. High winds in SLC made take-off a little scary. It was the first time Tommy was freaked out by the bumps. We spent about two hours running around ABQ before boarding our flight to MCI. Once we arrived we hung around for almost two hours waiting for Dad’s flight from SFO which had been delayed. Tommy enjoyed climbing on the Smarte Cartes and watching airplanes. After a very long day, we finally arrived to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in time for dinner.

For dinner on Friday, Grandma made her famous barbecue brisket. Neither Dad or I hadn’t eaten it in a very long time so we both savored the smell that filled the house. We even had brisket sandwiches for lunch the next day. Grandma was gracious enough to share the recipe with me and I’m planning to make it for Bill sometime this week.

On Saturday morning we all headed out to the elementary school with my cousin Jenn teaches third grade. They were having a pancake breakfast complete with games and a chance to sit on Santa’s lap. It was really a lot of fun and it was an opportunity for Tommy to play with his cousins Emily and Ava (AH-meh-lee and AH-da). They held his hand so he could participate in the cake walk where he won a bag of popcorn.

Tommy really didn’t want to sit on Santa’s lap, so I ended up in the photo too. :-/

Chris got a great shot with his camera.

After the pancake breakfast, we played for a little while at Jenn and Kevin’s house. Tommy LOVED their trampoline. If there was an easy way to transport it, Jenn said Tommy could have it as the girls have almost outgrown it.

They have an antique rocking sleigh that I believe was in Kevin’s family. Tommy was the perfect size for it, but this was the best photo I got. We headed back to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for nap time while Jenn and her family headed out for Emily’s soccer game.

Saturday evening Jenn and Kevin attended a wedding while Uncle Chris babysat Emily and Ava. So they came over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for dinner. We ordered Chinese food from a local restaurant that was pretty tasty.

Some funny photos of Tommy, Emily and Ava:

Tommy attempting a big smile.

Showing Emily and Ava Angry Birds.

Aunt Jaymee helping Tommy get his socks back on.

A close-up photo of Chris and Ava. And a good example of the tiny depth of field my lens has.

Trying to get a nice photo of Chris and his nieces.

After dinner we attempted to get some nice photos of Grandma and Grandpa with their great-grandchildren.

This was the best one I got with my camera, even though everyone is looking at Chris.

Tommy showing Grandpa, Ava and Grandma how to play Angry Birds.

Sunday morning Tommy and I slept in a bit… which is saying a lot since he’s pretty much outgrown the Pack n Play and spent half of each night in bed with me. Dad went to church with Grandma and Grandpa. Afterward Jenn, Kevin and Emily and Ava came over to play for a bit as they had plans with Kevin’s family later that day. Tommy was very happy to see them again.

Tommy did amazingly well at Grandpa and Grandpa’s house considering the sheer quantity of porcelain dolls and other items (all handmade by Grandma) within easy reach for him. Even Grandma’s Christmas tree was decorated with some glass and porcelain ornaments. He only had to be reminded occasionally not to touch them. There was a porcelain clown that was perched on a stool that scared him, so I had to turn it around. I was able to snap a few photos of the ornaments that are my favorites:

My mom has one that is similar that Grandma made many years ago.


Different Santas from different countries.

Sunday evening Chris, Grandpa, Dad, Tommy and I enjoyed a delicious meal at Fiorella’s Jack Stack. Being the awesome wife that I am, I ordered a meal-to-go to take home to Bill. All he really wanted was the Crown Prime Beef Rib, but he also got everyone’s leftovers. So he also had some baby back ribs, burn ends and polish sausage.

He wanted gray-mee-mah to show him how to use scissors. He didn’t have the coordination down, but he definitely tried a few times.

Watching Sesame Street with gray-bee-bah.

Monday morning Dad headed out for his flight. A little while later, Uncle David drove Tommy and me to the airport for our flights. We ended up flying home via LAX. It was another very long day of flying, but Tommy really did well.

It was only a short trip, but a fun one. I hope we can visit again in the Spring when it’s not so cold!

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About wobetxela

Artist, mom, traveler, hiker, babywearer (for as long as they'll let me) and hobbyist photographer.
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4 Responses to Kansas City Visit

  1. stebow says:

    Looks like you had a good visit. The pic of Tommy pointing to the tree is a classic!And is surely a keeper!

  2. christao408 says:

    Wonderful pictures Alex.  Glad I had the opportunity to see you all.

  3. oldpartner says:

    We loved seeing all of you!  The girls constantly talk about Tommy and all the fun they had with him.  A driving trip to your house may need to be in order this summer to get the trampoline to Tommy.

  4. jandsschultz says:

    Thanks for sharing pictures of your trip, Alex.  We were sorry to miss you, Tommy, and your Dad.  The antique rocker is from Jerry’s family, actually.  It was one that came down to us through his father’s side of the family, it I remember correctly.  Both Chris and Jennifer played in it when they were small enough to do so, then we passed it on to Emily and Ava.  Hopefully it will go on to one of their children, should they have any.Hope you had a good Christmas.  Happy New Year!

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