Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Day in the Life...

I thought it would be fun to document a day in the life of what it is like for me being at home right now.  Soon enough, it will be back to reality, so I wanted to document what a typical day is like.  I decided to document this past Tuesday.  The main reason I chose Tuesday is because I have a love hate relationship with Tuesdays.  I am always at home on Tuesdays and I am sometimes really happen about that and sometimes super sad about the fact that I do not have a place to go to on a daily basis.  What a shame, right?

Rise and shine at 7:13 am.  You can tell by my screenshot that I shamefully enjoy playing Candy Crush and other like games.  

Coffee is the most important part of my morning.  I absolutely love my Keurig 2.0!

Theodore was my buddy while I was enjoying my coffee.

Ken was at home with me in the morning because he had an early morning conference call.  The best part about the call was when Kya knew he was on the phone and started howling at the back door.  A girl has got to have attention, you know?

She got her way and decided to go back to bed for a bit.

While I enjoy my coffee, I usually watch the Today Show.  I absolutely adore Matt Lauer.  On Tuesday I happened to notice there was some purple on the plaza that looked quite familiar.

It was March for Babies day on the Plaza!  Don't forget about March for Babies Kansas City on May 1st!

Around 8:30, I took on the never ending task of laundry.  Laundry seems to be a fact of life kind of like paying taxes and dying.  

After all the fun I had folding laundry, I got dressed for a run.  It was in the 50's at the time, which means I had a partner join me.

Kya is very patiently waiting on me to put her harness on her.  She was so excited to go for a run!

After our run, Kya decided to celebrate.  Who doesn't sprint laps after running???

While Kya was celebrating, Angel was playing with mice and Theodore was taking a nap.  They obviously suffer a great deal.  

While all the hooligans were busy, I did home work and watched Grey's Anatomy reruns.  I had to work on a disaster nursing project via the American Red Cross.  

After my exciting disaster stuff, I did a little research for our upcoming vacation.  I am oh so excited about it!

To end our day alone, Kya and I went for a walk.  A run and a walk in the same day makes for a very spoiled husky!

Ken got home around 6:00 and we left to run a few errands.  We stopped at Martin City Brewery for a little dinner and a drink.

Fire, beer, and a pizza on the way is not a bad Tuesday night!

It was then off to bed to watch Friends on Nick at Nite.  Can you guess what episode this is?  

That is a basic Tuesday for me!  I enjoyed this Tuesday more than others because the weather was nice enough for Kya and me to get out and about.  The only thing I missed doing that she and I usually do is walk  to Starbucks.  :)  All and all, it was a nice little Tuesday.  I am sure I will miss these days once I am working full time again.  

Have a good week!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Come Fly With Me...

Last week, Ken and I did something that we had not done since we were kids:  we flew a kite.  Neither of us could even remember the last time we had flown one.  I would definitely say it has been 25 years or so.  I forgot just how much fun flying a kite is!

It took a few minutes to get the hang of it.  There may have been an incident where the kite came spiraling down and I almost peed my pants from laughter.  Alas, we flew the kite 800 feet above Ironwoods Park.

Ken enjoyed being a kid again!

There is a tiny dot toward the top of the photo.  That is the kite!

I had so much fun flying the kite!  

Thanks for suggestion such a simple, fun evening Ken! I love doing things that I did as a kid.  :)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Back to Back Husky Hikes...

One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday is load up in the car, stop for a latte, and head towards Perry Lake for a hike with Ken and Kya.  Fortunately, we have had some pretty mild weather lately, so we got to do this on back to back Saturdays.

Kya never turns down a hike.  Never.

Our favorite area to hike at Perry Lake is on the Old Military trail.  You have the choice of two different trail heads at this spot.  We chose the less hilly side on this first day.  

Kya and me.  This girl sure does love to hike!

Our best attempt at a family picture.

We hiked around eight miles and then made our way into Lawrence for lunch and beers.  This and the hiking go hand in hand for us to make a day of it!

Two Alley-Oop Dunkels and some sunshine, yes please!

Ken enjoyed his day of hiking with his girls!
The sign of a successful day for a husky!  

This past Saturday we decided we could not pass up the beautiful day and drove to Perry Lake yet again.  This time we went the opposite direction, which is a hillier hike. It is my favorite trail to hike on in Kansas.  We ended up hiking around 10 miles up and down the lake.

These two had a lot of fun hiking!

The hike from Kya's point of view.  

The wild flowers have bloomed!  The blue heart flower is my favorite.

With the weather warming up, our hiking opportunities are getting more limited.  The weeds are starting to grow and the snakes are coming out.  We ended up seeing two snakes on our hike this past week.  Eew!!!  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Life Lately...

Life the past week or so has been all about spending time with friends.  Last Monday I got to join our friend Jane at the Olive Tree for a cooking class by the famous Kansas City chef, Jasper.  The theme was Spring time in Italy and we got to taste some delicious food.  My favorites were the flat breads and of course, the gelato.

The most delicious gelato that has ever been in my mouth and you know I have had my fair share of gelato.

Jane and me full of yummy Italian food.

Last Sunday, Somerset Ridge was having their release of their rose wine.  Well, rose wine is a Jackson favorite, so it was a must to go.  Sadly, Ken had plans to play golf, so Jill joined me for an afternoon of rose drinking.  We snacked, drank, and gabbed.  It was a fabulous girls day.

Cheers for rose!

Jill and I had a great day at the winery, despite the horrible wind we were having that day.

Kya and I were happy about our Cardinals playing on opening day.  We were sad that they lost, but are glad that baseball is on.  With baseball being on, Ken will be glued to the TV.  Hopefully Ken and I will be able to catch a game in person this year.

On Tuesday we watched Katie be sworn in as the Olathe judge.  We are so very proud of her and are excited for her new position.  

Mike, Katie, and Braeson.  I just adore Mr. Braeson!

That has been our life lately.  Only three more weeks of class and then my final and school's out for Summer! Have a good week!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


We have very simple Easter traditions in our house:  brunch and the zoo.  Basically, we like cocktails and elephants!

This year we went to Voltaire for brunch.  It did not disappoint and we will definitely be back.  I was hooked once I had one of their yummy cinnamon rolls!

In our house, brunch always includes bloody Mary's and mimosas!

This cinnamon roll was delicious!  Those are brandied cherries you see. Yummo!

The weather was not super wonderful Easter morning.  In fact, it was snowing.  The snow did not last for long, but it was still pretty chilly out.  It was not too cold for us to venture off to the zoo.  Apparently, we were a few of the only people in Kansas City that was braving the zoo.  

I had to take a picture because we have never had rock star parking at the zoo before!  It was like our own private zoo.

Since it was on the chilly side, we did not get to see all of the animals like we would have on a nicer day.  In my opinion it is almost worth it not to have to deal with the stroller mania that is usually at the zoo.  I was only disappointed that I did not see the chimps.  You win some, you lose some.  

The stare down.  We walked around the corner and this guy was hanging out on the path.  He waited quite a while to move too.

The elephants' habitat was under construction, and for a moment, I thought we might not get to see them.  We saw some zoo workers walking llamas and they told us where to go to see the elephants.  Ken and I also got to pet the llamas!  

The elephants were getting ready to be let out of their sleeping area and have some lunch.  I was very excited to see the elephants eat hay.  I had no idea that they ate hay.

Lunch is served

Sweet little elephant

The hay always tastes better on the other side of the fence!

I love the elephants!

The sun finally came out and made it a beautiful day!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Celebrating Katie's Birthday...

On Saturday we spent the day celebrating our wonderful friend Katie's birthday!  She wanted to go to Union Station for the Uncorked Wine Event.  This was the first year for the event, but the March of Dimes used to put on a Winefest and this event was very similar.  I will say that the March of Dimes event was much better and I am not just saying that because I know the people at March of Dimes.  :)

Nonetheless, we had a great time at the event.  Ken chose to drink only rose wine, which was kind of difficult to come by.  All too soon it will be nothing but rose season at our house.

The birthday girl and her man.  

Ken and I had a good laugh about this picture. I usually do not notice our height difference, but it was in full force on Saturday!

Katie and me. We both liked the New House wine the best.  It is definitely what we like to call a Porch Pounder!

After a few hours of drinking wine, we made our way to the Melting Pot for dinner.  Mike and Katie had never been and Ken swore he would never go back, ha!  

My delicious raspberry-lemon martini

Katie and Mike red-faced from the steam.

Happy after eating our weight in fondue.  I consider it practice for the fondue eating in Switzerland!  You have to train for those sorts of things, you know?

Happy Birthday Katie!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Vacation Planning...

Something that is near and dear to my heart, vacation planning.  I almost love the planning as much as I like taking the actual trip.  Although, I am not so sure that my husband likes hearing about said vacation planning.

We have a very exciting trip coming up!  We our heading back to Europe for some hiking and fun.  This time Mike and Katie are joining us!  We are so excited.

Our first stop will be Lauterbrunnen Switzerland.  I dream of this place everyday.  Ken and I had such a wonderful time visiting in 2014, that we cannot wait to go back.  We will spend a few days hiking and taking in all of the beauty that the valley has to offer.  If I could pack up my hooligans and move there tomorrow, I would.

Lauterbrunnen.  I really hope this is what Heaven looks like, with husky puppies running in the field, of course.

I cannot wait to roll around in the dandelions again!

After we hike our hearts out in Switzerland, we will be heading to Munich, Germany.  Ken and I fell in love with Munich the last time we visited and cannot wait to have a few liters of beer with Mike and Katie in our favorite biergarten.  

The Marienplatz

Pretzels, schnitzel, and dunkel for everyone!

After Munich, Mike and Katie are heading off to Venice and Cinque Terre Italy.

Venice (source)

Monterosso, Cinqe Terre (source)

Ken and I will make our way to Salzburg Austria, which is the Sound of Music country.  

Salzburg (source)

While we are in Salzburg we planning on taking a few day trips for a little hiking in the Austrian and German Alps.  One place we plan on visiting is Berchtesgaden Germany.

Berchtesgaden (source)

After Salzburg, we will make our way to the beautiful lake village of Hallstatt.  I am hoping to rent a paddle boat and enjoy some time on the like with a bottle of wine.

Hallstatt (source)

We will end our trip in Vienna Austria.  I am most excited about visiting the famous Demel Bakery and visiting a cafe for coffee.  We will also visit Vienna's wine area and just enjoy the atmosphere of the city.

Vienna (source)

Once again we will be utilizing our backpacks for carry on only.  This always makes my outfit selection a well thought out process, but I am always grateful to not be dragging a large suitcase around on cobble stone streets.  

Do not fret, when we finally leave and return, I will be back with mountains of pictures to share!