It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Note: This post – about a very surreal moment at the end of several very surreal days in my life – was originally published on The Family CEO. It took place two years ago today, and I’m reposting it here as a #TBT. So, funny story. A year ago this week, Lindsey and I were […]

Links for Your Weekend: Miami Edition

I missed putting up this post last Friday because I was on a plane headed home from Miami. Tom and I were there for four days of a business convention that was much more play than work. Our goal was to make this a complete relaxation vacation, and we succeeded. We ate at Joe’s Stone Crab, […]

Boston 2010

Yesterday I stumbled across the pictures from our Boston vacation exactly five years ago – July 2010 – and found myself remembering what an especially fun family trip it was. This was just a few weeks before Lindsey headed off to college and Grant started high school. It’s amazing how much their lives have changed in just five […]

A Nell Hills Visit and Entryway Artwork

Over the weekend I made a visit to the Nell Hills Briarcliff store and I texted my mom to tell her I was there. She lives in Florida full-time now so she asked me to take some pictures so she could get her Nell Hills fix. Taking pictures of a store might seem odd, but Nell Hills […]

Lake Weekend

Last weekend Tom and I took Grant and seven of his high school friends to the Lake of the Ozarks for his birthday. Lindsey went too, brave soul. We stayed in two trailers owned by Tom’s mom: boys in one; Tom, Lindsey and me in the other. This is the fourth year we’ve done this. Can I tell […]

Eataly Chicago

When Tom and I were headed to Chicago last fall, my friend Lynda, whose daughter lives in Chicago, said to me, “You have to go to Eataly! Emma took me there and I loved it.” How to describe Eataly? The Chicago location (there are also locations in New York, Japan, Turkey, Dubai, and of course, Italy) […]

4 Things I Learned About Creating a Life in 2014

It’s a gift to have my family under one roof. I know these days will be fewer and fewer and, honestly, the almost empty nest has its advantages too, but for this year, Christmas 2014, all four of us have been under one roof for two full weeks, with two weeks still to go, and […]

Christmas at Kansas City’s Union Station

Grant took the train home from St. Louis for Thanksgiving and he said it was so neat to walk from the train and through Union Station all decorated for Christmas. Actually I’m sure he didn’t use the word neat. He probably used sweet or sick to describe it. If you have a teenage boy, you know what […]

A Fall House Walk Through Oak Park, IL

One of the things I wanted to do on our recent trip to Chicago was visit Oak Park, a village ten miles west of downtown Chicago that happens to be where the home and studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright are located. It’s also the birth place of Ernest Hemingway, and the Hemingway home, the Wright […]

Catching Up

I was apprehensive about entering this new phase of life we’re in. Technically our nest isn’t empty since Lindsey moved back home after college graduation, but with Grant, our youngest, off to college out of state, we’ve definitely transitioned to a new place and I wasn’t entirely looking forward to it. I shouldn’t have been concerned. Life […]