My friend Neilam, whom I've known since kindergarten, flew out from California with his girlfriend Jen for Labor Day weekend. We had a great time hanging out, being tour guides, and introducing them to some local food & beer. Jen was also excited to find out that we had a local Penzey's Spices store (she'd seen our well-stocked spice cabinet!), so we wandered down there on Sunday.
On Saturday we headed to the downtown Kansas City library, which is in a former bank building that's been beautifully renovated. Ben had his hat and Puppy and was ready to go!
Here are Jen & Neilam in front of the neat book facade parking garage.
The recently renovated kids' and teens' section had its own floor with all sorts of neat touches. Ben liked the cow, stuffed tree, climbing cushions and flexible giant Legos. The entrance is flanked by giant book pages with quotations from children's literature and the steps are painted like books.
We went up to the upper floors and Ben was surprised to see that Neilam had snuck all the way across the library. He ran to the glass divider to try to get closer.
Jen & Neilam in the library's bank vault-turned movie theatre:
On Sunday evening we took a quick walk around Union Station. This was where Dave and I had our first date.
After Union Station, we headed back across the railroad bridge for a great barbecue dinner at Jack Stack. The weather was lovely so we sat on the patio. Ben especially loved it because there were 5-6 trains that went past on the tracks just beyond the parking lot. We all think that Ben ate us under the table at Jack Stack. He had a huge appetite and LOVED the onion rings & barbecue! After we were finished, he snuck a french fry from Dave's plate and reached for whatever else he could grab!
On Monday, Neilam treated us to some songs on guitar. Ben was fascinated.
Hmm, that looks like fun!
Look! I'm helping!
Trying to contain Ben a little while so Neilam can finish his song
Jen and Ben listening
We had a lovely weekend with our friends, although too short, as they all seem to be. Ben is still asking about "Nee-yum" and "J-J-Jen" so we will have to print out a photo of them to add to his little photo album.