Penny's Passion: Thinking Out Loud Thursday - March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - March 23, 2017

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Glad you stopped by and hope you all link up below to share what you're thinking out loud about this week.

I'm still thinking about what a fun trip Eric and I had to Kansas City last weekend so that's what I'm thinking out loud about today.  We headed out Thursday night after work so we could be there bright and early on St. Patrick's Day.  Didn't want to miss a single moment of the fun!  Thank goodness Linda didn't mind us rolling in to her house while it was still barely St. Patrick's Day Eve.

Our friends, Mary and Kevin, hosted an all-day party that started with breakfast and Irish coffee.

It didn't take long for the games to bust out.  I was delighted to have enough people around to play my all time favorite card game - Hand and Foot!  Thank goodness my friends indulge me by playing even though I know their love for the game isn't as big as mine!  Anyone else love to play this game?  If so, come on over and let's get a game going!!

Early evening we raced to hear Kelsey, my friend Linda's daughter, do her thing at the State qualifying forensics tournament.  We hit one too many red lights along the way and ended up not getting into the room in time to see her, but we all huddled around the door and was able to hear every word of her poetry reading.  She's a rock star!  And I'm sure you are wondering if she qualified for State.  Well, yes she did!  So proud of her!

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Saturday we enjoyed a skating party for our friends twins, Alex and Adah.  Even though we didn't actually skate ourselves, we had a blast watching the kids (and some adults) move around the rink.  The ice cream cake wasn't bad either!

Everyone gathered for lunch after the party at the home of the twins' parents.  When all the little cousins scooted off to play, the adults once again broke out the games and cards.  We were almost as competitive as the basketball games that were on in the background.  I swear on Sunday night when I laid my head on my pillow I was still hearing squeaky shoes and a ball bouncing!  Not that I think that's a bad thing - the NCAA tournament is one of my favorite things!  Is your team still in?

Saturday night me, Eric and Linda continued our hunt for the best burnt ends in the Midwest.  We ventured to Char Bar in the Westport area of Kansas City to sample theirs.  They did not disappoint.  However, we feel we must continue our search before rewarding the title of best burnt ends to anyone.

We thought the cocktails, appetizers and sides were equally as good.  We had the fried green tomatoes to hold us over while we waited the 45 minutes for our table.

Sunday we had to come back home so Eric could go to work.  We sure enjoyed ourselves!  It's too bad St. Patrick's Day is only one day a year!

I treasured the time we got to spend with our friends this weekend even if it was a speedy little trip across the state.  We should all treasure every minute we get to spend with our friends.  This week has been a constant reminder of that as Facebook has been prompting me every day of where I was and who I was with just two short years ago.  My friend Jane (pictured below in the center) passed away less than a year after we took this trip to spring training.  We would have never guessed that was our last trip together.  Live life big friends for you never know when your time in this place will come to an end!

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So that's what I'm thinking out loud about today.  Now it's your turn ~ what's on your mind?

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  1. Wow, so many fun things going on and look at all the delicious food!
    I love spending time with friends - it makes it all worth while!
    Happy Thursday and thanks for the linkup, Penny! xxx

  2. Mmm all those drinks and food! Looks kind of amazing!

  3. So much fun! And it's great that you added a blog link up to the end of it all!

  4. Fun, fun and more fun!!
    This has been my catch up week since we were gone last week on vacation.

  5. That looks like a super fun St. Patrick's Day! I love a good cup of Irish coffee!!

  6. Looks like you had a lot of fun! I love Irish coffee and everything St. Patrick's Day for that matter. I am Irish, so I suppose I'm a little biased.. :)


  7. I love all your pics!! The pictures of all the amazing food and drinks are making my mouth water. just started low sugar way of eating. Torture!! Love!!

  8. It looks like you had a fantastic weekend. I'm glad you were able to celebrate St. Patrick's Day big and with lots of friends. I've never heard of that card game! That's great you were able to play. :)


  9. Looks like quite the action-packed weekend!!! Fun fact: I just tried fried green tomatoes for the FIRST time EVER in my entire 30-years of living.
    I. Was. Missing. Out.