No place like home

I saw this Amish buggy going down the road in rural Missouri next to SUVs.

My mom was going to come out and visit us this month, but we kind of decided at the last minute to change the trip so that my sister and I went home to Kansas instead. Even though it’s wonderful here, I hadn’t seen my family in a long time, so I’m glad I got away for a few days.

It ended up being kind of a whirlwind trip. The first night we got together with our good friends Liz and Galen. While there, we realized their house is only about a block from my aunt Rox and uncle Jerry’s house, so we walked down there and saw them, too. The next day I drove up to Des Moines and had lunch with three of my breakfast club girls. Then I drove on to Kirksville, MO to see my best friend Erin.

She and her husband just bought a house and got two adorable kittens.

Erin is quite the hostess, so of course she planned a great dinner, complete with HUGE steaks, bruschetta with local heirloom tomatoes, and grilled romaine lettuce. Have you heard of that? I don’t usually like wilty greens, but the smoky flavor is amazing.

Yeah, that steak laughed in my face.

Then Erin taught me how to roast your own coffee beans, which I’ll show you in another post. It’s so cool!

The next morning she had to work, so I drove all the way back to Kansas so I could go bargain shopping with my mom and Megan. We loaded up carts of stuff to try on at NBC, and bought quite a few things. I hardly ever buy clothes anymore, so it was really nice to indulge a little. And then I got to take home an extra suitcase full of clothes that Liz can’t wear since she lost a bunch of weight. Thank goodness she is such a stylish lady!

After shopping, we went to my aunt Lark and uncle Randy’s house in KC for a mini family reunion. My sweet grandma was there, and she gifted Mike and I a cross-stitched piece with our wedding date on it. I might have welled up a little over that one. And we also got to see my cousins and their spouses (and dogs Lucy, Quincy, and Rudy).

I shopped some more in Lawrence, lunched with my dad and stepmom, helped my mom organize her antique mall booth, and probably a lot more I’m forgetting. Oh I know what I’m forgetting.


My mom’s boyfriend got a matching Boston terrier, so now Charlotte has a buddy.

Unfortunately, she is used to being the only dog around, and she pretty much hates him. But it’s pretty darn cute to see the two of them together.

Now I’m back with my own doggies and doing California things like ordering double doubles at In-N-Out Burger. Yum!