Sunday, October 2, 2016


October is definitely one of our favorite times of year.  We spent the first weekend of October enjoying as much time outside as possible!

I spent Saturday working at White House and was super excited to wear Fall clothes!  Sier'a and I had a fun Saturday at the store.

Sunday was all about Kya.  Honestly, my life is always all about Kya and the cats.  

We started our morning off with a walk to Starbucks.  Kya loves having an ice water at Starbucks!

We spent the remainder of our afternoon in the back yard enjoying the cool weather.

I feel pretty confident that Kya knows she is beautiful!

I absolutely adore this girl.  She is definitely a mama's girl.

It is Kya's world and if she wants to lay on her daddy's foot, that is her prerogative! 

Ken caught Kya and me snuggling. This picture 100% melts my heart.  

Our first October weekend was a great start to what should be a wonderful month at our house!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Labor Day Weekend...

Our Labor Day Weekend was full with what we love doing most, spending time with friends!

We kicked off the weekend with some wonderful news on Thursday afternoon before I went to clinical. I was offered a Registered Nurse position in the medical surgical trauma ICU!  To say that I was excited was an understatement.  It was such wonderful news to hear before I headed off to clinical for the night in that same unit.  Now all I have to do is finish this semester and pass the NCLEX!

Celebrating the great news with a little cocktails and sunshine!

We woke up Saturday morning to join Rob and Michelle for some sunflower viewing at Grinter Farms near Lawrence.  Yeah, we lasted a total of 15 minutes and that included the time walking to and from the car.  It was madness.  People were everywhere with families dressed to the nine for family pictures.  It was definitely a one time thing.  

The funniest part was when we were leaving, we were questioning where the general store was.  We were driving along and I spotted it and said, "hey, there it is!"  Rob, without even looking or hesitation, gunned the car and pretended like he did not hear me.  I guess it is safe to say he did not want to deal with anymore madness.  It was too funny!  We are still laughing about it.  Only Rob!

Ken and me enjoying the sunflowers.  Now that I look at this, it would be quite possible for me to get lost in the field of sunflowers!  Most of them were taller than me!

Prom posing

The sunflowers were quite beautiful.

Rob was much more impressed with the corn

On Sunday we met Brian and Jill at Somerset Ridge for a little birthday celebration for Jill's birthday.

Brian and Ken enjoying the day and dressed as twins

Such a fun day talking about playing kansta at Jill's old apartment 12 years ago!

Happy Birthday Jill!

We wrapped up the long weekend with Ken playing golf and me running 15 miles on the treadmill.  We topped the day off with Mike and Katie coming over for some grilling.  It was definitely a fun-filled weekend!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Life Lately...

It has been a fun last few weeks!  School has started, which has meant the start of clinical for me.  This is super excited, mainly because I am on the medical surgical trauma ICU during the night shift!  This has been an adjust from a sleep perspective, but very enjoyable!

Here is a peek into what we have been up to lately!

We had lunch with Mike and Katie in the Stockyard District and then made our way to the Stockyard Brewery to taste some craft beer.

Mike and Katie at Stockyard

Ken and me at Stockyard

After we left Stockyard, we went to one of our favorite places in Kansas City, KC Bier Co.

Enjoying some German bier and wishing we were back in Munich!

Since I have a night shift clinical this semester, these two have been super concerned about my sleeping during the day.  I am not sure if they are more concerned about why I am sleeping versus mad that I have been gone all night.  Life with cats is never boring!

I think everyone wants to share some time with the husky I won at the Missouri State Fair!

Theo is definitely pro-husky!!!

Jill and I attended a Kendra Scott event for the March of Dimes and had a lot of fun!  We both found a few items to bring home with us!

That is what we have been up to lately!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Truth About Hallstatt...

Hallstatt, Austria.

Beautiful Hallstatt, Austria

It is beautiful isn't?  I wanted to do a blog posting on what Hallstatt is really like.

While I was planning our vacation, I searched and searched to find out if we should go to Hallstatt or not.  It looked beautiful, but I was hesitant.  I knew that there would be a lot of tourists there (I am fully aware we are tourists too), but we do not like places that are overrun with tourists.  Remember our day in Rothenburg ob der tauber?  Anyway, I had read it could possibly be busy but that we should visit anyway.  We like to do things that a most traditional tourists do not do, so I figured we would be safe.  I mean, how bad can some tourists be?

Boy was I in for a surprise.  I have never seen so many Asians in one spot in my entire life.  I had no idea that instead of seeing any Austrians, we would see so many Asians.  Now, I would like to point out that I am in no way racist against Asians.  One of my closets friends from high school is Asian.  I have no issue with Asian tourists other than the fact that they have zero self awareness, run and push, and are so concerned about rushing to get their picture that they could care less about anyone or anything else in the process.

The moment we checked into our beautiful hotel, Gruner Baum, I had wondered if I had made a bad decision in coming to Hallstatt.  There was an instance where we were trying to enter our hotel's front door and we simply could not because so many Asians were blocking the door and had zero regard for us saying excuse me.  It was bad.  It was so bad that our hotel had Asian music playing during breakfast and even had egg rolls and noodles for breakfast.  It was bad.  It was very clear that Asians make up the majority of the tourists that come to Hallstatt, so it is hard to blame the hotel for catering towards them, but it was still frustrating to us since we wanted local cuisine.

There is so much catering to the Asians that the advertisements for drindl rentals are shown with an Asian girl on the billboards.  It seems as though the entire village has accepted that the Asians are their target audience, which does not bode well for us non-Asians.

You might be wondering why the Asians are so obsessed with Hallstatt.  We learned that a Chinese business man built a replica of the village because he found it to be so beautiful.  I guess it is a status symbol in certain Asian countries to say you have visited the real thing, even if it is for a few hours to take a picture.

My advice to you if you want to visit this beautiful area, is to stay in Obertraun, which is across the lake from Hallstatt.  There area a few Airbnb options in this area and also a few hotels and restaurants.  Our afternoon in Obertraun was delightful.

Our bikes just outside of Obertraun with Hallstatt across the lake.

The view of Hallstatt from Obertraun

If you stay in Obertraun, it will be a lot less busy and possibly a little more enjoyable.  You can take the train to Obertraun or ride the ferry over from Hallstatt.  If you get off the train at Hallstatt, do not worry, it is a short 20 minute walk to Obertraun which is no big deal if you are wearing backpacks.  Wheelie bags might be a different story!

If you do choose to stay in Hallstatt, I would suggest to plan activities that take you out of town during the day.  If not, be prepared to be pushed, shoved, and not to get any pictures of anything you want that does not have a hundred Asians with their Nikons. 

We enjoyed our time in Hallstatt, but it was an area that we will not visit again, which is too bad since it is so beautiful.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Life Lately...

Things have been pretty uneventful the past few weeks. School has started back for me, (yay!) and I am finding a new routine.  

My two loves heading out for a walk while I was going running.  I love that fluffy tail.

We spent last Sunday afternoon at one of our favorite places, Somerset Winery, with some of our favorite people!  We were celebrating my last full time week in the OR.  

The beautiful sunset we got to see on our walk the other night.  There are not many things that I love about Kansas, but the sunsets are definitely one of them!

I have night time clinicals this semester and I had my first one on Thursday this past week.  I woke up on Friday afternoon to this.  I think they were super concerned as to why their overly active mama was sleeping during the day!  Angel had also brought me one of her toy mice to sleep with, what a sweetheart!

That is a peek into our life lately!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Missouri State Fair...

Corn dogs, funnel cakes, carnival games, live stock, and lemonade all in one place?  Sign us up!  Can you believe that Ken and I neither one had ever been to a state fair before?  I guess considering that the Missouri State Fair takes place in August and it is usually in the triple digits might be one reason we had never gone.  With milder August temperatures, we decided to change that.

We woke up on Saturday morning and Ken told me his goal for the day was to win me a prize.  He told me he wanted to go to the fair.  Who am I to deny myself of a corn dog?

We loaded up and made our way to Sedalia, MO for a little fun at the State Fair.

We were both surprised with how large the fair was!

Ready for some fun at the Fair!

We spent most of the day wandering around looking at pigs, chickens, and of course the other people at the fair.  We played a few games, ate a corn dog or two, and enjoyed some beer and lemonade.  We avoided riding any rides because, you know, a basic rule should be to never ride something that can be assembled in less than a day.  Plus, on a girls trip we once met a carney and I have to question this guys ability to problem solve, therefore, he is my only example of the traveling crew, hence no carnival rides for us.  :)

The mule cart show with a lady driver that we watched.  We had no clue what was going on, but we had fun commenting on the carts and the mules.

Ken enjoying his beer at the fair

The proud owner of a stuffed husky that only cost us $30 in games to win, but you know, winning the husky made it more fun!

We definitely had a fun afternoon at the fair!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Happenings Before Vacation...

The week before we left for Europe was super busy for us!  We did a lot of fun things that I want to be sure and document.

After working an afternoon at White House, Sier'a and I went out for a glass of wine to celebrate her recent graduation.  This girl is in the process of applying for medical school and I am so excited for her!

I absolutely adore Sier'a!  We had a great time chatting about everything.  

Ken and I went out for Sunday brunch.  We were wanting to go to the Voltaire, which is amazing, but they do not open until 11:00.  We decided to go to the Royale, which is next door, and it was amazing!  They have wonderful bloody Mary's and our food was to die for.

Sunday brunch at the Royale

We celebrated our favorite teenager having a birthday.  Mr. Braeson turned 15 on our anniversary, so we celebrated with an early birthday dinner.

Between the two of us it is a toss up as to who can eat more sweets.

Our friend Jane had us over for dinner a few nights before we left.  She had done a similar trip in the 90's and had us over so we could see her pictures and discuss things she did while in Europe.  She was so sweet and cooked us a German meal complete with dessert.  We had a wonderful evening spending time with her and are very grateful that she is only one mile from our door.

I love that she decorated with German beer steins!

Delicious dessert by Jane!

It seems like it was forever ago, but it was an amazing week with so many different friends!