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Full of Surprises

You may have noticed that I’ve been a little MIA over the last few days…

We went to Kansas City, Missouri for Christmas (by we, I mean Hubs, Mister, Sister, my parents, and I).  We actually stayed in the burbs, where Hubs folks live.  While there, Hubs arranged with our folks for them to watch the kidlets while he and I went into the city to visit Crown Center.  As we drove into the city, I jokingly asked him what tricks he had up his sleeve.  He smiled and asked what tricks I thought would be there.

After wandering around Crown Center for several hours, we decided we would have dinner.  He suggested that we drop our bags at the van before we went to eat, and I thought that would be a fantastic idea.  So, we headed toward the parking garage.  But, hubs detoured to the customer service desk at The Westin and requested to check in.  Huh?  Check in?

Yep.  My ever thoughtful husband chose to surprise me with a child free day in the city and then a child free night at the Westin.

Here is a picture of our room and the view…

The Westin at Crown CenterThe Westin Kansas CityKansas City Missouri

There was an AMAZING gingerbread village at Crown Center.  It had three trains, Santa’s sleight, the elves, and even the home of the Claus’…

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Of course, we had to take in the lights…

Christmas lights at Crown CenterChristmas lights at Crown CenterChristmas lights at Crown Center

Inside Crown Center, there is a huge hanging Christmas tree…

Crown Center Christmas Tree

It was just gorgeous.  And, just because I am a little weird, I had to get a picture from below it…

Hanging Christmas Tree

Isn’t that gorgeous?  I love how you can see the railing from the second floor on the sides, as well as the topiaries.

I have to say, I love it when Hubs surprises me like this.

Do you like surprises?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful time, and such gorgeous pics!

    • Ellen- With a 22 month old and a 3 year old, I don’t often get a child free day AND night! It really was a wonderful time. And thanks so much for the compliment on my photos!

  2. Melissa jackson says:

    OH MY!! What a fun time! Your husband needs to give my husband some tips! =]]

    • It really was fun. My husband can be the sweetest, most thoughtful person in the world at time.

  3. Leah Walker says:

    That is amazing. I am so very jealous. And what a wonderful surprise. I’m not competely sure if I like surprises or not. lOl. I think I like getting them but I don’t like waiting for one when I know it is coming. Does that make sense? Lots of times things make sense in my head, and in my head only. Hehe! Thanks for sharing your wonderful time. It was beautiful, kind, thoughtful, and sweet.

    • Thanks, Leah! The best part was that he was able to do it without spending $$$. He has had to do quite a bit of international travel for his work recently, so he paid for it with points. Yeah, sweet AND free. My kind of surprise!