Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Here it comes, ready or not....

It's always the same. I stick my head in the sand, drag my feet, whine, throw a fit, or hold my breath until I turn blue, but it always happens. Summer ends. I love Summer. It means the pool, baseball, sunshine, eating alfresco & flip-flops of course. There is a long list of why Summer is my favorite.

Autumn, Fall, or Autumnal Equinox, whatever your term of choice is, it's really a wonderful time of the year just like her sister Summer. There's football, chili, really cute boots & sweaters, pumpkin mochs, beautiful leaves, Thanksgiving & of course the World Series. Once I get over missing Summer I really do love "hoodie weather".

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the first day of Autumn. This year they "fall" on the same day- sorry couldn't resist- and this doesn't happen again for many years.

Here is my view of the Harvest Moon 2010
So tonight I give up missing what I can't have, and enjoy what is. Hello Fall 2010!

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”

~ Stanley Horowitz

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Girls night....

What do YOU think of when I say "Girls Night Out" ? This last weekend in Kansas City it meant a tradition that means a lot to me! My daughters, my friends and their daughters, to the KC Royals Girls Night Out.

Me and my girls....
Danee, Courtney,Britt, Darla, Jen
Me & Kell

The hotel this year was a little ways from the stadium, which meant a shuttle... a trial in itself, but thanks to Darla, all worked out just fine!

This is my baby girl.... Danee. And I have some news... my Danee girl is going to be a mommy. That makes me a Nana x 4. I love this girl more than life.

1st view of Kauffman Stadium for the night. The clouds might be a little ominous, don't you think?

I love this team... I get a little frustrated, but that's life & baseball

This is the moment that I wait for... the moment that you first see the field. Unless you feel it, there is really no way for me to explain it to you.... A religious experience for me. I don't mean that disrespectfully in any way. Usually it involves tears. You see, I'm not just a girl that looks good in blue... I LOVE BASEBALL. That line in Pretty Woman about opera fits here too....
If they love it, they will always love it. If they don't, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.
It is part of my soul

My Girls... Darla, Brit (goofy girl, look at me!), Danee, Kelly, my oldest girl Courtney, and Jen. What you don't see is that 3 of these beautiful ladies are pregnant! So we had at least 1 little man for girls night this year.... Brit is having a little boy, Kelly is having a girl, and we don't know with our Dan is having yet... stay tuned. :o)

Kelly got an awesome new camera... I am soooo jealous.

Clouds are getting a bit scarier...

We got to sit in our seats for about a 1/2 an inning and then here came the rain. Can you see the wet base paths??

They ended up closing the upper deck and asking us to get under cover as it was about to hail... itty bitty hail but LOTS of rain.

LOTS of rain...

This beautiful statue is of Ewing and Muriel Kauffman and is in left center field area. Doesn't it look like they are just having a blast in the rain?? Completely joyful. Just like a trip to the K should be!

I love Girls Night at the K... for so many reasons. It really brings together so many of my loves... my friend and my Royals. Love my Boys in Blue... and there's always next year.


Monday, September 13, 2010


I've lived in a few places. I was born in California, moved to Alaska as a teenager, and to Missouri in my mid- 20's. And there were various cities in those different states. In a lot of ways I envy those people who's roots run so deep that they couldn't possibly be moved, even if they wanted to. But I also love that I have wide and varied view of life in very different areas of the country. But when I say HOME, I mean Alaska. The place where my family still lives (I really am the black sheep). When I land there I feel that I'm home, and when I leave, part of me is petrified I'll never be back again. But let's be real.... I was not made to live there.
Here is a tiny look into my whirlwind visit home- because when I go there, it isn't a vacation, it's a visit.
We left Kansas City at 6:45am~

By Noon (3pm KC time) this was the view from my window. God I miss mountains!

And She is my favorite mountain on the earth... The Sleeping Lady...
Sleeping Lady Legend

God I love this man! We have WAY too much fun! We spent a day with my very best-est girlfriend Patty, her hubby Todd and her kids, Adam & Kady. We wandered Anchorage downtown like tourists in the rain and had a great time!

We put 982 miles on the rental car. When you rent a car in Alaska you have to agree to keep it in the state. No really! Like where the hell are we going to take it?? You have to have your passport and registration to go into Canada, so I think we were pretty much stuck!

We drove to Fairbanks on Sunday and back on Monday. Quite a road trip! It is 6 1/2 hours each way so you better hope you are on good terms with the person you are stuck in the car with.

Can you see the rainbow? I saw 4 in a matter of a week.

Long drive...

I told you, it's a long drive. You do what you can to stay amused.

More mountains! I'm obsessed, can you tell??

The further north you go the more the leaves have changed. This is inside Denali Park and it is so amazingly beautiful it takes my breath away. The bridge is for the Alaska Railroad and although a long trip the Anchorage to Fairbanks train is more than worth it!

Fairbanks sits in the Tanana Valley. This is about 10 minutes out, but looks like you are still in the wilderness. Ok, you kinda are! This was taken at about 9pm. So although the end of August is cooling off and the leaves are changing, you still have lots of daylight! Something I LOVE.

We checked into the hotel a little after 9 and headed straight to Fox, Alaska to visit the
Silver Gulch Brewery for hands down, the very best fish and chips I have ever had in my life. Even better than London. Adam had halibut tacos that had a killer black bean salsa and just enough kick to feel it, but still taste the halibut. We had some great meals while we were there, but this was really the only 'vacation' part of the week and it tasted even better!

This is my sister Amy and I love love love this woman. She is 8 years younger than I am, and I used to take her with me everywhere possible. Not even kidding... she went on dates & she slept with me until I got married. She went with me and nobody questioned it, that's just the way it was!

This is a horrible picture as you can't see them, but this is my brother Matt & sister in law Brandy. They are so much fun and have been world travelers since they got married. Trying to get it out of their system before babies I think! Greece, Hawaii (a few times) a cruise around the tip of South America. I'm jealous.

These two heathens are my niece Avery & nephew Henry. They aren't really hellions, they just have unlimited energy and aren't afraid to use it! I decided to indoctrinate them early and brought them Mizzou gear for their birthdays.

This is me and I loved it. *big smile*

This is Hurricane Gulch and gulch doesn't really seem like quite the right term... I would say canyon.

It was very windy up there.... Can you just tell how much he loves me? Doesn't want to be out there, but does it anyway!

And off we go to the State Fair! Can't help it, I love the fair. Although, with only a few exceptions (thankfully this year was one) it is rainy, windy and cold.

This is one of the main reasons I had to go!

It's the giant veggies! You see, the almost constant daylight makes for some monsters!

I love this face! She is an exact replica of her mother, and I love her face too.

What is this you ask? It would be chocolate covered bacon. We at a lot of fair food. I would not recommend the bacon though. In theory I though it would be good... but didn't turn out that way. Oh well. It's always fun to try new stuff.

We were standing in line so Adam & I could take her on the ferris wheel and her mommy took this. She is clapping her hands and was sooooo excited.

Henry won a sword shooting goals. What's an Alaskan event without hockey??

One of the few shots I got of Casey & Henry... they went off to do the big kid rides.

This is the view from the ferris wheel, glacier and all. Quite a view don't you think?

And then in the blink of an eye, it's time to head back to CoMo. And this is the moment when I start to get the panic attack. When will I get back next? How long will it be? 2 years again? Probably, but it'll be ok. It's home.... it'll wait for me.

Monday, September 6, 2010


I have been on vacation. I don't just mean "leaving on a jet plane" vacation. I took a break from my computer, other than 1 very short session the night before we came home, and even mostly my phone. No, really! I know it is usually not more that a couple feet from me, if not in my pocket, and I act like I would stop breathing if I didn't have but I did pretty well. And are you ready for this?? I only made a few posts to Facebook, mostly to let my friends in Alaska & the kids know what was going on. And lo & behold, a friend from high school that I have not seen since 1997 saw that I was there and we were able to touch base. And the real shocker... I only opened Twitter a handful of times (I think 3 or 4). Talk about going cold turkey! I felt a little bad about it. When people go on trips, I LOVE to get updates and posts about what they are doing and seeing.
Why did I willingly and purposefully go without technology for a week (mostly)? I guess I just really needed to unplug. I have not seen my sister in 2 years and desperately needed to visit with her, and time with her was too short as it was. I didn't want to be constantly checking email, Twitter, etc. So, I'm back and pictures of the beautiful places we were will follow... soon.