Saturday, July 30, 2016

Kansas River Canoe Trip

By an amazing quirk of luck, today Helen and I both found ourselves with a free Saturday. Even more amazing, a friend of Helen's sent her an email last night at 10:34 pm asking if we'd like to join her, her big happy family and an assorted group of friends to canoe and kayak down the Kansas River. Sure!

Here is the group as we prepared to launch.

Helen led the way.

We even stopped for a sandbar party. 

Kids went too.

The weather was perfect as we paddled from Silver Lake to Topeka. We ended up near the Governor's Mansion at the Kaw River State Park.
It was a blast.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 4th weekend

Samantha, Jake, George and Aria joined us for the fun 4th weekend. After celebrating Aria's 1st birthday on July 2nd, we entered into July 4th mode. Despite all of the activities and fun, the best parts were probably the quiet ones. Like Helen reading to George  
and me giving Aria her first ice cream cone.
Mega thanks for the memories. 
Happy family.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Aria turns 1

In a blink, Aria turned one. The past year saw lots of dramatic changes in our family. Aria took it all in stride and turned 1 on July 2nd.
Mega thanks to Samantha, Jake and George for bringing us the fun.

Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13th

It has been almost 4 months since Mother died on Valentine's Day. Every day since, Dad has ridden the turbulent waves of grief. Today would have been Mother's 91st birthday. 
Brother Sam came to town to commemorate the day
and to celebrate her life. 
 We miss you, Mother.
Happy Birthday.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day - 2016

This pretty much tells the story.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dan plays golf in Arkansas - again

For the 21st straight year, our golf group met in beautiful NW Arkansas for 4.5 days of good friendship, tasty food, cheap cigars, mega-drinks and marathon golf.
Looking forward to year 22.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Helen's birthday

Phill and Sheree hosted a fun-filled evening for Helen's 64th birthday.
It was a blast.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dad turns 90

With great pomp and circumstance, Dad turned 90 years old on May 5th. We had parties for 2 days. His office hosted their annual luncheon and the family hosted dinner for 35 - complete with Dad making fun and interesting remarks. 
The sunflowers stood in for Mother.

Of all the pictures and videos taken, this is one of my favorites. 
It is fun to see Dad smile. I think 90 looks good on him.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Elms Hotel and Spa

The Elms Hotel and Spa is a funky old place located in Excelsior Springs, MissouriBuilt on a reputation of healing mineral springs in the 1920s, it flourished until the 1960s when critics discredited the medicinal powers of the natural waters. The next several decades were tough on The Elms Hotel, and the entire town. Our visits there in the 1980s saw a shabby Elms Hotel in the middle of a semi-ghost town.

Hearing that both had rebounded, we tried again. While it is still funky, The Elms Hotel and Spa is in excellent condition and offers a wonderful resort-like escape.

Excelsior Springs is recovering as well. There are fun and tasty restaurants, tons of odd-ball shops and two live theaters. The once magnificent Mayan Revival art deco Hall of Waters is being restored too. It is a piece of art in itself. It features the World's Longest Water Bar (no kidding) and also provides a historic walk-through of the glory days of Excelsior Springs.

Relaxation and healing - a formula offered by The Elms Hotel and Excelsior Springs. And, one we gratefully welcome after these last couple of months.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tag Sale

The home at 207 SW Broadmoor has served as the repository of Gardner and Janssen family possessions for more than 62 years.  Covering 6 generations spread over 2 continents, some are heirlooms dating back to 1823. Some are mere curios. Changing circumstances sometimes requires difficult decisions.  With irreversible finality, family history was distributed to hundreds of new homes during this weekend's tag sale.

207 Broadmoor still stands strong and proud, but poignantly void of the thousands of memories it so valiantly preserved.