Nashville Trip Report

Tom and I are just back from a few days in Nashville – our first time there – so I thought I would share some pics and give you a little trip report. We flew from KC to Nashville on Friday morning, checked into our downtown hotel, and then walked the few blocks to Broadway, […]

And He’s Off to New York

Last month our youngest, Grant, graduated from Saint Louis University and started a new job in … New York City! You guys, I’m not gonna lie, this development has been tough on this mom, but he is absolutely living his dream, so it’s all good. It’s great, actually. He is living in Brooklyn for the […]

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 […]