Once Christmas is over and the New Year begins, I start waiting for spring! Especially now that I live somewhere without snow covered mountains, sledding, or snow shoeing to distract me from the cold. Thankfully, there’s been a few fun things and quite a few beautiful, abnormally warm days over the past couple of months…
I escaped an ice storm in St. Louis when I headed to Dallas for MLK weekend. My mama and I went to visit some of our old family friends. My brother and I grew up with their kids, and it’s always a lot of fun to spend time reminiscing, laughing, and catching up on life.
[I also got to see a friend I met 10 years ago when I first moved to St. Louis! We had a delicious meal at the Grand Lux Cafe!]
Our annual Directors Meeting was in Mexico at the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa. While most of the week was spent in meeting rooms, we did get to enjoy our meals outside, and I squeezed in a couple of walks on the beach.
While I was in Mexico, my Mexican friend was in St. Louis for work. (How’s that for irony?!) I convinced him to stay through the weekend, so we could have some St. Louis fun when I returned. Between gooey butter cake at Park Avenue Coffee, the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour, BBQ at Bogart’s Smokehouse, the Delmar Loop, and the musical, “An American in Paris” at the Fabulous FOX Theatre, it was quite the weekend!
I went to Disney on Ice for the first time in a long, long time. It was a such a fun performance!
Valentine’s Day was especially fun this year! I had some wonderful ladies over for a night of hilarious stories and oh-so-much laughter!
For years, I’ve been meaning to head back to Oxford, Ohio for a Miami University hockey game. After I graduated, they built a big, beautiful hockey arena. I wanted to see a game in it, and this winter, I finally made that happen. I found a few other friends who were up for joining me, and then I made a weekend of it stopping to visit friends in Indianapolis and Cincinnati before and after the game. I got to meet five new-to-me babies, see two new homes, and have a lot of good conversations with friends I love. I just missed the arrival of the newest Miami baby. He came two days after I left!
Another Nestlé friend was in town for a meeting, and we got to catch up over dinner and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard on her last night in town. It was way too cold and windy to be eating frozen custard outside, but when in St. Louis, you gotta do it!
The St. Louis Art Museum had an amazing weekend event called “Art in Bloom.” Various florists designed arrangements inspired by a number of pieces of art throughout the museum. They were incredible!
Almost a year ago, my cousin proposed the idea of traveling for a weekend. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, and I haven’t seen him in a number of years. Long story short, we decided on a weekend rendezvous in Nashville, so we could see my mom, too. We crammed all kinds of fun into one day…Pancake Pantry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Historic RCA Studio B Tour, a beautiful afternoon downtown, BBQ, and the Grand Ole Opry (where Steven Curtis Chapman was one of the performers)!
[Studio B was Elvis’ preferred recording studio. He recorded SO MUCH of his music here! This piano was one he played in a number of recordings.]
Another work meeting took me to another beach. This time, Hilton Head, South Carolina. I had to wake up at 5:45am to squeeze in a walk on the beach, but it was worth to see the gorgeous sunrise! We had one dinner out at The Crazy Crab where I had some delicious crab legs.
To reach Hilton Head, you fly in and out of Savannah, Georgia, which is where one of my childhood friends lives. I arranged to spend the last night with him and his family, which was wonderful. They took me to dinner at The Lady and Sons, which is Paula Dean’s restaurant, and we got to walk around Savannah a bit after dinner. Their new baby is precious, and it was so wonderful catching up with them!
And now, it’s gone from 70*F to snowing in St. Louis, so I’m filling my home with things that look like spring in an attempt to ignore winter’s attempt at resurfacing!
Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait much longer for spring to appear and to stick around for a while…