It seems only fitting that today of all days that I take a moment to think about my favourite country and the wonderful trip we had this summer. We flew to Kansas City, MO for our 15th wedding anniversary as we planned to drive to Paris, MO the next day to meet a friend. Right around the corner, I saw this and it made me smile thinking of Jeanne’s kitty Louie.
It was horribly hot in Kansas City but being weird Brits, we decided to walk around for a bit much to the surprise of the lady who checked us in to our fancy anniversary hotel (Crowne Plaza which was brilliant and kind and gave us some lovely comps for our anniversary but were genuinely lovely).
If we hadn’t we might not have seen wonderful painted ads like this one. I was reading this article about how they are dying out and I love to record the ones I see.
Kansas City is well known for it’s beautiful fountains.
pao thought he might have found a new wife but she seemed a little wooden.
I took a photo of this building without realising what an iconic image it was. It was getting hotter so there was only time for a quick snap and run.
Our trip to KC was quite last minute so I was surprised to find out it was the Hallmark HQ.
We spent a delightful hour or two enjoying the Hallmark Visitors Center. pao got close up to Maxine and we had a fun time making bows with the bow making machine.
The Hallmark Christmas trees were quite brilliant. Sadly, they were in transition so were only just going to get their Christmas ornaments when we visited the gift store. I did get a lovely anniversary gift of this cartoon though. It is good advice to remember especially today. I send you many SMAKs, US friends!
I really loved this tree with the Santas on it.
My favourite display was about Snoopy.
I think this says it all. Whatever happens in the US after today, we can keep hold of the thought of happiness in small things. I can take my happiness in remembering a wonderful trip with wonderful friends and warm cookies.