An engaging time!

Last weekend was so exciting! Our friends Mel and Chris got engaged!! So we were not there for this part, but let’s just say that Chris pulled off an amazing surprise proposal! Limo, wine, roses....he had everything covered (with a little help...shout out Tamara and Brandon!!). 

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After these lovebirds got engaged, they met some friends at the Lenexa Art Fest. Which also happened to have a beer and wine tasting. Andrea and I were lucky enough to get to cebrate with them!  

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The Lenexa Art Fair took place by the Lenexa Public Market. Super cute area and so much new stuff to check out! We mostly checked out the wine...all of the local wineries were represented. 

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The celebration continued with some cigars for the fellas....aren’t they handsome!?!

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To round out the night, we headed to Louie’s Wine Dive for VIP treatment and a delicious dinner! 

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Thank you to Chris for including us in the celebration! I am so happy for one of our favorite couples! Congrats kids! 

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Until next time...Cheers! 

~Leslie

Cindo de Rodeo Derby!

Saturday we were faced with a tri-fecta of festivities!  Instead of being asked “who are you wearing” we would be asked “what are you wearing”. Trying to put together a rodeo/Kentucky Derby/Cinco de Mayo outfit proved to be challenging but it all worked out in the end. Let’s Taco about it shall we?

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The 2018 Saddle and Sirloin Ranch Rodeo started promptly at high noon...or 2:00. The events to take place were Stray Gathering, Team Penning, Trailer Loading and the crowd favorite, Wild Cow Milking. Yes you read that last part right. It all started so fast with The Posse performing a routine to choreographed music. They did a brilliant job and truly set the scene!

12 teams of 4 came from all over Kansas to compete in this cut-throat rodeo. Stray gathering was up first and 2 steers have to be head and healed, with 3 legs crossed and tied. This was basically Cops for cowboys...whatya gonna do! Team Pinning was next and a random number was called out to designate which three cattle of the entire bunch they had to heard into a pin without any other crossing a line of chalk! This was basically getting into a bar on ladies night...all the guys must stay in line and not enter until they’re called. The third event was Trailer Loading and this is exactly what it sounds like: rope a calf/get it into the trailer/get the rope off and get out of the trailer for time. This is also knows as getting random drunk girls to hurry up and pee in a bar restroom when there’s a long line! The finale was Wild Cow Milking. This one is harder to explain but basically you have to rope a cow and hold it steady enough for another cowboy to “milk” it into a beer bottle and then sprint to a chalk circle in the middle of the arena where a horseback judge is waiting. There must be milk in the bottle or it doesn’t count! This most closely resembles a mugging that went wrong and everyone is a little banged up the next day.

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Once the rodeo wrapped up we went inside the clubhouse to watch the running of the 144th Kentucky Derby. We all had our favorites picked but when all was said and done the actual favorite, Justify, took the roses. After the most exciting 2 minutes in sports it was finally Cinco de Mayo time! Ay ay ay!!

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What happened next was nothing short of a typical Unfiltered Adventure night. Without being too wordy we ate/drank/danced/joined the cowboy table/danced with said cowboys (Hey AJ!)/watched the cowboys join the band and ended up in a hot tub (hey neighbors). Such a strange night but we couldn’t be more thankful for Bill and Maureen’s invite to share this gorgeous day with them!

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Adiós

- Steph

Llama Tell You About It

Last weekend Leslie & I packed our car and were on our way to the Texas Panhandle. We opted for an Oklahoma City Chili’s and Holiday Inn Express pit stop to break up the 9 hour drive. Our time in Oklahoma City was brief and filled with panhandlers (how ironic), giant beers, the Golden Girls, and the infamous pancake machine with our complimentary breakfast.

We arrived in Amarillo, Texas just in time to grab some sushi and head over to The Cadillac Ranch which is an installation of graffiti-decorated cars, partly buried in a field. Who knew spray painting Cadillac’s would be so rewarding?! 

 UA was here!

UA was here!

While we were in the neighborhood, a local husband and wife drove us to the intersection that was recently featured on Dateline in the Pink Gun Mystery. It could have been a random ditch for all we knew but we appreciated their interest in showing us all that Amerillo offers, both the good and the bad. 

 Pink Gun Mystery: Dateline  

Pink Gun Mystery: Dateline  

Next stop, the main event. The primary reason we made the long haul to Amarillo. The tiniest little human who looks amazing in blush pink, rocks her pearl pacifier clippy thing, and smells of fresh lavender. Caroline Arlene Hairgrove.  At just six weeks old she already has her auntie wrapped around her tiny little finger. 

 Leslie's first time meeting the newest member of her family

Leslie's first time meeting the newest member of her family

What could we possibly do after the main event?  It seems as if there is nothing that could match the excitement and awe of a perfect baby.  Looks like our only option was to checkout The Big Texan Steak Ranch. This place had something for everyone.  If you want a cowhide planner, they've got it.  If you want to eat in a dining room surrounded by the heads of the very animals you are dining on mounted along the walls, they've got that too.  Or maybe you want to practice your shooting skills, they have you covered.  We decided to take in the full experience but spent most of our time at the Brewery.  Here is a little history about this wonderland that is the Big Texan Steak Ranch cited straight from their website, so I know it is full of facts and actual quotes.

 The day a legend was born

The day a legend was born

The FREE 72 ounce steak dinner legend was born soon after the original Route 66 Big Texan opened it’s doors in 1960, owner Bob (RJ) Lee was amazed at how many Texas Cowboys were coming in for his huge Texas size steaks that his menu offered. He also saw how much fun his out of town patrons & visitors were having watching these true Texans trying to “out do” each others carnivorous appetites. Most of his Big Cowboys dinners came from a near-by stockyard operation, & would stop in after a long days work. Friday’s were payday at the stockyard & he would cash their paychecks & offer 25 cent beer.  Note, the brewery does not currently sell 25 cent beers. 

 RJ, the mastermind behind 25 cent beers and 72 ounce steaks

RJ, the mastermind behind 25 cent beers and 72 ounce steaks

One Friday, RJ put several tables together in the center of the dinning room & sat all the cowboys together & told them he wanted to see who could eat the most one pound steaks in an hour. The cost was $5 per eater & whoever ate the most got to keep the entire entry-fee. Also note, the cost per eater is no longer priced at $5 per person. 

The rules were simple; you could not get up during the contest or have anyone help you eat, you did not have to eat the fat & if you got sick, you were out. The cowboys put in their money, took a seat & the contest was on, steaks were flying.

One of the eaters took the lead by swallowing two steaks in ten minutes. OMG, how is that even possible? Next, he politely requested a salad & a shrimp cocktail be served with his third steak. Because why wouldn't you want shrimp cocktail and a salad?  They do compliment a steak nicely. He consumed the extras, then this soft spoken giant called for his fourth steak & ask for a baked potato & a bread roll. I would probably do the same thing, carbs are my kryptonite. He wasted little time devouring those items & called for his fifth steak. Wait, what?

As the hour contest came to an end, this gastronomic superman had eaten: 4 & 1/2 pounds of steak, (which is 72 ounces) baked potato, shrimp cocktail, salad & a bread roll. May I point out, from a logistics standpoint this is impressive.  Numerous 72 ounce steaks were cooked to perfection within the one hour timeframe allowing plenty of time for each cowboy to eat as many as they could stomach.  Prepping salads, shrimp, baked potatoes, and bread, just image the line of cooks this kitchen must employ! Anyway, back to the facts.

In RJ's amazement & delight of the crowd, RJ stood up on a chair in the middle of the dinning room to proclaim that: “from this day forward, anyone who could eat the entire 72 ounce dinner-in one hour– would get it for FREE. On that date in 1962 the legendary 72 oz Steak Challenge was born & to this date the contests stands strong.

The Big Texan Brewery started serving hand craft beers June 24, 2011 after a lengthy process. The amount of work that was needed to put a dream into reality started decades ago and many miles apart between Tom Money (Brewmaster) and the Lee Brothers (Bobby & Danny).

 72 ounces of meat

72 ounces of meat

Wow, what an adventure the Big Texan was.  So much history and a gift shop full of confusing yet interesting items. Speaking of confusing, here is another photo from our trip to Amarillo.  I am not sure what the gas mask, fur shawl, and wet suit were all about but I liked it!  Oh and I like giant beers while sitting on patios.

One last stop, Leslie threw down some beats and was the DJ for her nephew Charlie's 3rd birthday.  No photos of Charlie because he is super fast and every picture we took was a blur.  Checkout DJ Leslie on the turntables! 

 Just kidding, she is just listening to animal sounds at the  Discovery Center .  Basically the same as DJing. 

Just kidding, she is just listening to animal sounds at the Discovery Center.  Basically the same as DJing. 

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This concludes our amazingly fun trip to Amarillo, Texas.  I hope you learned a little something about the Texas Panhandle and all it has to offer.  If you have more questions or simply want more stories, please comment below!  In the words of our favorite local yokel Khristi Jones, "Llama tell you about it". 

Until next time,

Andrea