Better Than Ezra and Egg Sandwiches

When I think about the life I want for our little family, I often dream of adventures – big and small. While we’re not jet-setting around the world (e.g. Entre Family Travels) or traveling full-time across the country in an RV (e.g. Newschool Nomads), we do try and make the most of our time together. And since a life isn’t lived by sitting in front of a television for indeterminate amount of time and we’re happiest when together, we’re constantly seeking opportunities to try new things as a family. This past weekend was everything a weekend should be – filled with pizza, strikes, test-drives, bike rides, playgrounds, french toast, hikes, river views, and even a date-night.

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Pizza and bowling bowls were the name of the game Friday night. We figured that since rental shoes were available in Violet’s size that we’d check out the bowling alley on post. If you were wondering what it is like to bowl with Violet, check out this video I posted on Instagram. Let me tell you, bowling with a five-year-old and a two-year-old is not for the faint of heart. That being said, we’re still laughing about our experience that night so I’d call it a success. After the kids went to bed, we watched A Fish Called Wanda and debated politics while eating late-night egg sandwiches. Just one of the many ways we have a blast together.

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Our low-key Friday night was in perfect juxtaposition with our Saturday night. Clay and I went Kansas City Live! at the Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City to attend a concert featuring one of our favorite bands – Better Than Ezra. Unfortunately, there were part of the Under the Sun Tour and the last to hit the stage so we had to endure Sugar Ray and Uncle Kracker sets before getting to see the main event. Nothing that beer couldn’t alleviate. On a positive note – Eve 6 opened the show and while we aren’t familiar with their most recent work, we were able to sing along with every word of Inside Out and Here’s to the Night. No surprise – Better than Ezra were amazing and as much as we love their albums, they sound even better live. I even managed to catch a pick after Desperately Wanting, which was a concert first for me. 

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Sunday afternoon involved a late morning/early afternoon hike along the Missouri River. We checked out Weston Bend State Park, which is only about 10 minutes from Fort Leavenworth. We walked up and down a forested ravine and along an old logging road. While it wasn’t near as wild of a trail that Clay and I would choose if we were hiking on our own – it was a nice hike for our family with just the right amount of challenge for a five-year-old.

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We encountered so many butterflies on our hike – the kids loved taking note of the different types of butterflies and squealed when their laughter scared the butterflies away. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a gorgeous day.

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I am often in wonder of the life Clay and I have created together. 14 years ago, we were two smitten teenagers who married just a few years later. And now we have two kids who challenge us daily and encourage us to be the best versions of ourselves.

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{A train came through near where we were taking this picture, scaring Violet}

As Kurt Vonnegut said…

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

Sounds about right.

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3 thoughts on “Better Than Ezra and Egg Sandwiches

  1. Oh how i love Better Than Ezra! We saw the Under The Sun tour a few years ago and we loved it. It was Fastball, Vertical Horizon, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth. So much fuN!

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