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Girlfriends are Good for the Soul

October 21, 2016

My dear friend, Carey flew in from Portland to visit me!  It’s always great to see her and catch up on each other’s lives.  She’s one of those true friends…you know the kind…the friend you might not call as much as you want to, or might not text as much as you should, but no matter the time spent apart, you just pick up where you left off and never skip a beat.  I cherish friendships like that!

This time with her was a much needed break from Mommyhood.  I love being a mom, but sometimes it’s nice to break away from the routine and have some adult time too.  The single most common piece of advice I get as a mom is to “take some time for yourself”.  But that’s so much easier said then done.  However, all of the stars aligned for her visit and we were able to enjoy a fun weekend, partially with the kids, and partially without.  A perfect balance!

Friday night we wandered down to the First Friday events in the Crossroads District.  It was fun just walking around and looking at the stores and street vendors.  We had an apple cider cocktail at Extra Virgin, then made our way to the food trucks where I indulged in some carnitas tacos and Carey opted for a blue cheese burger.  Delish!  Why does food truck food taste so damn good?

The next day we went to Porch Fest KC.  This is apparently the 3rd annual Porch Fest, but being a Porch Fest virgin, I had never heard about it until this year.  I wasn’t sure what to expect…the website said 40 bands were playing on various front porches in a designated neighborhood one Saturday afternoon.  So, we went to check it out, not expecting much.  It was SO much fun!  The weather was amazing, the music was great (so many talented artists), and it just made for a really fun atmosphere.

My favorite performance was Hammerhead.  It’s a group of 3 brothers  (ages 10-14) who play Metallica songs, and they ROCK!  First of all, they are so freaking cute!  But, they sure know how to jam.  Here’s a pic I took.  I couldn’t see the 3rd brother (on electric guitar and voice), but aren’t these guys just adorable?  They are going to make it big some day.  You should check them out here.

Then we went to the Power and Light District for some cocktails and sushi at Drunken Fish.  I don’t get to eat sushi often because it’s not something the rest of my family enjoys, so this was a treat!

We also made it to the farmer’s market to check out the local offerings.  I haven’t had a chance to come to this market much, but I am going to make more of an effort to get down here because they have such a wonderful variety!  The produce looked so much better and was cheaper then the grocery store.  And, I’d just rather give my money to a local farmer so it’s a win win.

I tried bubble tea for the first time.  I have to say, it was a little strange.  Not sure it’s my “cup of tea” if you know what I mean.  He he, pun intended.

Spices galore!  So many to choose from.  Blends and various meat rubs.  I got a few to try.

I attempted to grow a little vegetable garden this past summer, and it did ok.  Not great, but I am learning, and it’s been fun to see the things that did grow.  So, after knowing what it takes to make a plant produce something you can actually eat, I was more then impressed with this gigantic zucchini!

Fall is here…pumpkins and mums were everywhere!

And, chickens?   This was a little confusing.  I didn’t stick around to ask if they were for sale.  But I’m still a little curious as to why they were there???

It was fun just walking around and checking out all that KC has to offer at the market.  There was a little bit of everything, including some live entertainment.

So, if you’re in the KC area, you should go check out the Farmer’s Market in the River Market.  Lots of fun restaurants, cute stores, and they even had a bounce house for the kiddos on Saturday morning.

All in all, it was a super fun weekend with my ole’ friend.  A little background, Carey and I met while working together in Las Vegas over 10 years ago.  Our lives have led us to different cities, but we still keep in touch and I hope that we always will!

After taking some time for myself, I felt a renewed sense of joy.  I was more present and enjoyed spending the day with my boys instead of just going through the motions.  The afternoon that Carey left, I took them to the pumpkin patch and we had a great time just running around, jumping on hay bales, picking out pumpkins and enjoying each other’s company.  At first, taking time for myself seemed rather selfish, but in reality, it was better for everyone because that little amount of time away from the kids made me realize just how much I love them and how much I love doing things with them.  It’s hard to have adult time, especially when your kids are crying when you leave, but in the end it’s worth it…for your own sanity and theirs!

Niki French

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