Chicago Trip Report

I know we’re all knee deep in Thanksgiving planning but Tom and I are just back from a trip to Chicago, so can you handle a trip report? We’ve been to Chicago many times, but this was one of our favorite trips so I want to document some of the things that made it special. […]

Big Cedar Weekend Getaway

Last weekend Tom and I went to Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozarks for a little getaway. It was a work trip for him, but there was no work involved. The best kind. We were thrilled to get to go because Big Cedar has been on our places to go list for a long time, […]

London Souvenirs

Lindsey was in charge of our London itinerary, and she told me that we had to go to Fortnum and Mason. That I would love it. She was right! Fortnum and Mason is a specialty foods and department store with a history that goes back 300 years. Originally the store was a grocery store; today it includes […]

Lovely London

Last week Tom, Lindsey and I traveled to London to meet up with Grant, who is studying abroad this semester in Rome. Lindsey spent eight weeks interning and studying in London a few summers back, but the rest of us had never been. She was a fabulous tour guide of this city she knows and loves so […]

Quick Chicago Trip in Pictures

We are just back from four days in Chicago, our favorite place for a quick getaway. This time we went with friends for a KU basketball game (which we won’t talk about) and I kept my iPhone handy to take quick shots of some of things that inspired me. Starting with this view of Michigan Avenue from […]

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 […]

St. Louis by iPhone

Tom, Lindsey, and I headed to St. Louis last weekend to see Grant and to attend Family Weekend at Saint Louis University where he goes to school. Friday also happened to be my birthday, and we headed out to dinner at Scape in the Central West End. Tom and Lindsey chose the restaurant and they […]

Memorial Day and Simple Summer Pleasures

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I know the first official day of summer isn’t until sometime in June, but isn’t Memorial Day weekend really the unofficial start to summer? This year I’m celebrating the kick off to summer by revisiting what was special about the last one. Really it was all about the simple pleasures. And […]

Doorways of San Francisco

I love visiting beautiful cities and – to me – there’s no city more beautiful that San Francisco. The hills, the bay, the bridge…it’s stunning. Our family visited San Francisco two years ago this summer. It was the first time for the kids, and I was so excited to share one of my favorite places […]

Saint Louis University’s Cupples House

Last weekend Tom and I took Grant on a college visit to Saint Louis University. A very pleasant surprise was the visit the school planned for the parents to the Samuel Cupples House, which sits in the middle of campus. I’d walked by the house a number of times before on previous visits, but had […]

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