Thursday, August 19, 2010

Monets and Temples and Rednecks, Oh My!

Spencer and I celebrated our 6th anniversary on August 7th. To celebrate, we drove to St. Louis (about 3 1/2 hrs away) to do sealings in the temple there and then spent the rest of the day hanging out like newlyweds (minus the vast amounts of PDA).

A huge thank you to my mom for coming up early and watching the mowglis (she was coming up to help with Ezra's surgery the following Monday).

This was our first trip to the St. Louis temple and we really enjoyed it. It's a lovely temple (as are they all), but after the nearly 9 hour round-trip drive, I can't even wait to get our own in north Kansas City a mere 40 minutes away.

As I was too absent-minded to take a picture in front of the temple, you get these instead. No, I didn't take these, but I wanted to give you a chance to see how lovely the St. Louis temple is. Go here for lots more beautiful photos.

After we got done with the sealings we picked up some lunch and headed over to the St. Louis Art Museum. It was totally Spencer's idea to spend our anniversary wandering around, looking at old paintings...does my husband know me or what? :)

Overall, I was really impressed with the SLAM. First off, it was free. I suppose they kind of have to be since they have the motto, "Dedicated to Art and Free to All" chiseled over the massive front entryway. Inside...*happy sigh*...I was in heaven. Absolute bliss. There were works by Monet, Rembrandt, Manet, Warhol, Lichtenstein, a crazy van Gogh and not so crazy van Gogh, Cezanne, Seurat, Rothko, Degas, Gauguin, Giacometti, O'Keeffe, Picasso, and just so, so many more.

It was my first time seeing one of Monet's huge Water Lilies pieces in person and it was absolutely awe-inspiring. You know when you look at a piece and you just...get sucked in. All you can see or think of is the colors and the image; you're practically breathing in the piece, drowning in it. Well, that's how it was. I walked away from the SLAM remembering why it was that I spent my entire time in college studying Art History. When I'm around art, I feel as if I simply can't live without it...but this post isn't supposed to be about art, it's supposed to be about my anniversary, so I'll now show you some pictures of my husband to even up the score.

Cute picture of Spencer in front of the museum grounds.

A very little Spencer in front of the very big museum entrance

Whitney in front of the fountains

On the front steps

After we were done with the museum we walked around the grounds a bit. While they were lovely, I'll still take the Kansas City Sculpture Park (attached to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) any day.

On the bridge

Token kissing picture

We went out to dinner at Fitz's, a fun little burger joint that makes and bottles the best root beer (if you've ever been to the previously mentioned Route 66's Pops, I know they for sure sell it).

While I didn't get any pictures of us there, I did, however, snap one of the restaurant across the street. Apparently, it's a Mac 'n' Cheese shop. How funny is that?

This one is for, you Grey Grey.

After dinner, we started the long drive home, just enjoying the silence radiating from the back seat.

I love you, my dear. Thank you for making me happier then I could have ever hoped for.

I normally would end there. However, Spencer would be entirely disappointed if I didn't include the highlight of his evening. Seeing this beauty pull up next to us in the gas station, I'm pretty sure it was obvious to all that we were officially in Redneck Country.

While I didn't notice it at first, Spencer quickly pointed out to me the absurdity of a station wagon pulling a trailer much longer then itself. The coup de grace?...

The fact that the back wheels weren't even touching the ground.

The End.


kristin said...

a) you're beautiful
b) congrats on your anniversary!
c) holy hannah, at first I thought the station wagon was being put on the trailer, not pulling the dang thing. I was gonna ask why you though old station wagons were so hickville... I'm still chuckling over the whole rear tires don't hit the ground.

Jennae said...

Goodness gracious! I would have been entirely disappointed if you hadn't mentioned the rednecks. Thank you an uplifting moment!

Aubrey said...

Oh that's great. Happy Anniversary. I'm so glad you got to go to the temple and see art, husbands are just great like that.

Alabama Apples said...

Oooh, fun anniversary. You are adorable and I want to just give Spence a seems like FOREVER since I've seen him last. :) I love has sure been a LONG time since I've enjoyed it. What a sweetie your love is to plan that! Yummo for eating out without beasts/beastettes. I laughed so hard at the wagon and trailer. Ha, the rear funny!!! I'm still chuckling! Thanks for the smiles and the laugh!

Steph said...

How. totally. funny!! Leave it to Sence to pick it out and then think it's hilarious. I would've probably just thought, "hmm, how odd...". I love Spence's humor (generally ;).
What a fun, refreshing anniversary!! Congrats on seven years!! I love that you went and did sealings. Fab idea. You look like a doll, of course and I loved the shirt Spence wore. Loved the pics! :) Ahhh, can't wait to see you'll be like a tall glass of cold water.

So, I missed the last post because I have been boycotting my computer. I believe it's a "cut off my nose to spite my own face" deal...oh well. *shrug* But I h.a.v.e. to comment on the last post. I literally laughed so hard out loud. That would be the best shirt-seriously-ever. I remember when you had Ez and I thought of the band. But now, how oh-so applicable that shirt/band has become. Ohhh, your guys' sense of humor kills me.

holyoak said...

I must speak up in defense of a fellow redneck. I can imagine the thought process that went into that outwardly rediculous situation. But having been rediculous on oh so many occasions I have empathy. I would imagine that their old truck, was out of order, maybe the brakes' master cylinder was leaking, and they really needed to haul that old truck bed, or whatever is strapped the trailer, over to whomever needed it. They looked around and said, hey the old wagon has a trailer ball let's just hitch her up and get this taken care of right now. We'll take it easy...

I can see that!

Megan said...

congrats on 6 yrs! so glad spenc found you to add to the group - you are amazing and i am so grateful for your spunky friendship. glad you got to revel in what you love - art. the station wagon is awesom too!

Coty said...

Omygosh, so many cute/funny/redneckish moments Lifferth time.
Congrats on 6yrs guys!
And Whit, you are looking the picture of perfection these days.

Loved all of it.

Annie said...

Happy Anniversary! You look great. Love the station wagon and trailer - too funny!

So... someone snapped a picture of you two kissing? I would feel silly asking someone to do that!

whitney said...


Don't worry, we just set the timer on our camera. I'd feel really awkward asking someone to do that too, lol!

Gardners said...

Happy anniversary, Whitney! What a treat to get away for a while - yea!

Marilee said...

So fun, happy anniversary! Looks like you guys had a great time. Everyone needs a little vacation for the anniversary!