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April in Review

I have been so incredibly busy lately, I feel like I haven’t even had time to breathe.

  • My mom came into town! A group of women from her church came to Kansas City on a small mission trip. There is a seminary here in KC that they helped inventory their library. They came in on Wednesday so Andrew and I were able to meet them for dinner. We went to a place called Corner Cafe that is apparently pretty known to the locals. It was more of a southern, down-home-cooking restaurant, but it was pretty good.She finished up at the seminary on Friday while I was at work and it was great to come home to see my mom at my apartment afterwards! She took me out for a belated birthday dinner and afterwards we just stayed up really late and talked. It was so good to be able to catch up and just share life with each other.Saturday we meet my old roommate for brunch. We went to the wrong restaurant though (whoops!) so after a few confused text messages we finally were able to meet up at the right one. We talked wedding plans and just how good God is at working everything out when life is messy. It was really rainy the rest of the day so we just hung out and I worked on a bit of homework before work. She met with a friend from Greece while I was at work at IKEA. When I came home she told me about the store because I had never been before.

    So of course on Sunday, we had to go to IKEA. It’s a new store that opened probably within the last year or so in KC, and I have always wanted to go because I see all these great Pinterest ideas from there. Oh my goodness, we had a blast looking through all the showrooms and furniture, picture frames and kitchenware. My mom found a cute playmat for her preschoolers that we lugged around through the store until we realized when we got to the checkout we had grabbed the wrong one. :D So we mazed our way back through the store to get the right one.

    She had to leave to go back home shortly after so we shared a quick lunch. I may have gotten teary eyed when I said goodbye. My mom’s not just a parent; she is one of my closest friends and I was so glad she could visit for a weekend! I love my momma.

  • Apartment searching. This is more of a this-has-been-on-my-mind than a I’ve-been-busy-with-it. I have a studio which will be too small for Andrew and I when we get married in August. So I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for affordable one bedrooms. His apartment complex is pretty pricey, but I’m actually going to go look at the ones in my apartment today – so hopefully I can cross this off my to-do list soon!
  • Working two jobs. This and school have really been sucking up my time. It’s been so hard working forty hours (between the two jobs) and going to classes, I really don’t often have time for myself. However I’m not sure I have a job for the summer, so I’m just trying to stick it out for one more month before I go home and laze around. Weddings and living on your own and going to college are expensive guys. x_x
  • Classes. May or may not have mentioned that I hit the jackpot this semester with horrible professors. I failed my first test since entering college this week and I didn’t just kind of fail it. I got a 47% on my finance test. I would be more upset about it if I genuinely felt it was my fault, but my professor doesn’t teach, the tests have nothing to do with the class, and there was no way I could prepare myself for it. Just hoping to pull a C in that one, and hoping my group members in all my other classes will put their crap together and do their parts in the million group projects and papers I have to do. Group projects are seriously the worst.

So that has pretty much been my month of April. I hope your April has been a bit less stressful!


Alright ya’ll, I am officially 21!

I celebrated my twenty-first birthday on the seventh. I had a class to go to in the morning, but after that, I was ready to celebrate!

Andrew and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch (naturally, our favorite place pretty much on earth). We didn’t think they did anything for birthdays, but when we told our waitress that I was turning 21 she brought out a variety of beer samples for me to try. I enjoyed trying them all (the college student in me relishes everything that is free).

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But I still hate beer.

There is a famous brewery in Kansas City that (apparently) makes really good beer and they offer free tours twice a day. So we drove downtown and arrived only to find out that the tours had already filled up. I didn’t think that they would be very busy on a Tuesday and we even arrived half an hour early.

The guy was pretty nice though, and he directed us to the tasting room where he said we could try some free samples (yay free again!!). I haven’t tried their beer before so they gave me two samples. I can’t remember their names, but they were their two best sellers. They were really gross. I couldn’t even finish them so we just left. :P

Even though we didn’t get to go on the tour, we had a really nice time. We drove a few blocks over to Union Station because Andrew insisted there was a lot of things to do there. There really wasn’t, haha.

The World War I Memorial – which we had visited before and really enjoyed – was just across the street. It turned out to be a beautiful day to just walk around. We didn’t go into the actual museum, but just strolled the grounds and then went to the top of the tower, which has a great view of the city.



I think my favorite part was when the security guards yelled at Andrew for not walking on the stairs. He insisted they were talking about someone else, but I knew exactly who they were talking to. ;D

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That night, I went to Firehouse Subs to get my free (!!) sub sandwich that they give out on your birthday and then we stopped for ice cream afterwards. Andrew had bought a variety of cheap wines to try and they were very cheap, haha. It was really fun though. We had a couple of close friends over and played ping pong (I lost terribly). I got to wear a tiara, however, since I was the birthday girl so that made it better. My pride was only slightly wounded. You’ll have to excuse my selfies, but I was slightly inebriated and I really liked my tiara.


The Office was just playing in the background all night, but as we all became a little tipsy, we ended up just lying around and watching episodes back to back.

Not the most eventful 21st birthday, but I had a really nice time with Andrew and friends.

P.S. Fruity drinks are the best ever.