DAY ONE | THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND
at 8:00 thursday morning, i dropped kenzie off at the airport at the southwest curb. once again she text me as soon as she saw her team inside. she sat next to kenzi on the flight and slept most of the way.
they arrived in kansas city around 12:30 (vegas time). went and checked in to their hotel, the crowne plaza. she roomed with kenzi and emily this time. then they went shopping for snacks. they did not get any of the watermelon kernels though. kenzie was pretty excited that they got to walk everywhere this trip. ;)
they went to eat at gordon biersch and she got a hamburger. then they went to the marriott, which is said to be haunted. i'm guessing it was the muehlebach hotel which is reported to have a permanent resident they call blue lady, for the blue dress she wears. she is reported to be in her 30's with blond hair pinned under a wide brimmed hat. legend has it she wanders the halls and sits in the lobby, searching for a long lost lover. the girls took a picture in the old lobby and claimed that the door at the top of the stairs opened on it's own while they were down there.
next, they went to the park and then back to the hotel, where they went up on the roof. she sent us the photos above which made us a little nervous since there are no rails or anything on the edge of the building. then when she got home, she showed us the picture below and i wanted to pop her upside the head. at least she was smart enough not to send us that one earlier or i would have ended up in kansas city to pop her upside the head.
i googled the building behind kenzie since she didn't know what it was. it's the kansas city power and light building. construction for the skyscraper was completed in 1931. the original plans included a twin building to the west of it but were abandoned after the great depression. which is why the west side of the building has no windows on it.
DAY TWO | FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD
she woke up at 6:00 to get to the convention center. darric and i got a text at 10:53 (VT)...
I got hurt how? I did something to my achilles thing when? second game is it bad? i don't know can you walk? kinda so you're out for the tournament? i hope not
then her and darric go on to talk about the games while she gets her foot iced. they ended up only winning one game today and losing the other two. then a little while later she sends us another text...
the greatest thing happened today what? so every morning someone from one of the teams sings the national anthem. and today the girl starts singing and not even halfway in she just stops and says oh my god. and then like a minute later everyone in the convention center just starts singing and finishes it.
she would get a kick out of something like that. max says hurting her foot was karma for thinking that was funny.
when the girls left the tournament they went to the grocery store for some food. then went back to the hotel to take a nap. later they went to BRGR to eat. kenzie got a burger and brussels sprouts. she didn't care too much for the brussels sprouts. next, they went to first friday. she sent us a picture, but she wasn't sure what it was of. i asked her if she got cross buns and she said no. i got weird vibes.
DAY THREE | SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH
kenzie woke up at 6:15. she played today with her foot taped up tight. they won two games and lost one. then they went back to the hotel for naps. later, they walked to a bbq place but the wait was too long so they walked back to the gordon biersch. she got a gorgonzola pear salad and mashed potatoes. then they went to a small theater outside and watched basketball. and then back to the hotel to go to sleep.
DAY FOUR | SUNDAY, APRIL 5TH
easter sunday. the easter bunny snuck an egg in kenzie's bag before she left. inside the egg was a $20 bill for a shirt, some butterfinger eggs, a little box of jelly belly jellybeans, 2 elastic headbands and a mini altoids tin. kenzie woke up at 6:30. they played one game and lost. the csa team was playing next to them. both of their teams lost all of their games.
kenzie finally bought her shirt today. we told her to buy it the first day. but she didn't listen and she ended up having to get a long sleeved hoodie because they didn't have her size left. when they were done playing, they went back to their hotel to take their bags downstairs to be held. for lunch, they had kansas city barbecue at jack stack barbecue freight house. she had chicken and ribs. they went and checked out the train station. the union station. completed in 1914. during WWII, an estimated one million travelers (many of them soldiers) passed through the station. it closed in the 1980s, the station sat empty and neglected, narrowly escaping demolition on several occasions. in 1999, a grand renovation was completed.
then they went up onto a hill where they took a nap. they went back to the hotel to get their luggage and rode in some vans to the airport. the csa crew, including ken johnson and coach pae were all right there waiting to board the same plane. awkward. the plane left a few minutes late because they had to fix a tire. she sat next to kiona on the way home. and kiona sat next to some old man that was getting drunk on the flight.
the plane arrived on time (about 8:58) and darric and i were there to pick her up. the luggage must have come out pretty fast because as soon as the girls walked up, kenzie was able to grab her bag and we left.