away we went

This past weekend, Nathan and I took a quick trip to Missouri for a dear friend’s wedding while Broderick had some time with Grandma. It was my first night (and then night and night) away from him but I think we both had a really good time. He got extra time with Grandma, and Nathan and I got to spend some time away with friends.

We left on Thursday afternoon and drove to Kansas City. We stayed downtown and had an amazing dinner and drinks at the hotel. It was gorgeous–I kind of wish my whole house looked like the hotel.

After sleeping in, we went to the Nelson-Atkins Museum in KC, which I had not been to. What was amazing and awesome about this is that they had one of Monet’s water lily paintings, which I have always wanted to see. It was amazing.


We drove down to Springfield that afternoon, where we started our super-fun weekend with our friends.

The next day I got to go see “Inside Out,” which I had wanted to see for a long time and it was really good. Not the best movie to see when away from Broderick for the first time, but that’s OK, I liked it anyway!

We had the wedding that night and it was really fun to stay out late and hang out with people we don’t always get to see too often.

We came back on Sunday, and were definitely glad to be home. It was nice to be away and spend some time together and with our friends, but we definitely missed B. He missed us, too, and by us, I mean Nathan. 🙂 I also meant to write and work on some of my other goals while we were gone, but really just appreciated the time to relax.


the lakes at the lake

Nathan jokes that I only married him because of his last name because I am obsessed with the water. I grew up on a lake and spent the summer in the water pretty much every day. And one of my favorite places is Lake Mac in Ogallala, which my parents took us to a lot as kids.

Last year, my two dear friends from college and I planned a trip to Lake Mac as it was a great meeting point for the three of us. It was a blast and with our second trip this year it has become an annual tradition.

Last year Broderick would sit in the water and seemed to like it. This year, he seemed to like it in specific situations–he liked to stand in it but not get to deep and loved spending time floating around. wb

This year the lake was so full that there was hardly any beach but we still had a blast. It was great to spend time with some of my favorite people in one of my favorite places.


In terms of our future family trip, this was a great preparation for when we decide to go somewhere on an extended trip. We have learned that Broderick does OK somewhere else, just not at night. He slept really well the first night but not great the second or third. It could be that he doesn’t like the pack and play or just that he didn’t like sleeping in the same room as us, but either way, he didn’t sleep much…

I have to admit I not only have the travel bug after this weekend but also still am craving the water, so hopefully Broderick and I can get some pool time in before the summer is over!