Wednesday, October 9, 2013


I'm in Chicago meeting my new niece, but wanted to share some more fun pictures of when Kate was in town.  Last Saturday, we went to Lawrence to visit our old stomping grounds at the University of Kansas. I hadn't been to campus for a while, so it was fun to walk around and talk about what class we had here or there. I'm biased, but KU has one of the most beautiful campuses around. It's on top of a hill so I always got my exercise. For those of you who think Kansas is flat, let me know what you think once you lug a backpack up a steep hill that seems to take 20 minutes to get up. 
Below is where I spent the majority of my time. 
And this is where my mom spent her time when she went to school here. 

I love that I went to the same school as my parents. I can just imagine my mom as a rebellious 18 year old in the 60s walking the same sidewalks I did, and I can see my dad picking her up for dates in his old car and getting her back too late to the scholarship hall. My dad even proposed to my mom on campus, following a classy dinner out at KFC and getting to see Harry Belefonte. There's so much history for my family here and so many memories. 
My brother and sister-in-law bought my parents a brick on campus so they will always be here on campus for generations to come. 
They put this new hotel up near campus. In order to make room for it, they had to tear down the first Yello Sub (my favorite sub place) and a cool old bar. I have mixed emotions about it. I'm sad to see that part of the campus's history go, but you can't beat the views from the top of this place. 
Below is the first building of KU. It's still standing as a testament to time and all the people who have come here to learn. 
The inscription reads "whoso findeth wisdom findeth life". 
Then we went to my favorite bar, The Sandbar, and was elated to find out they opened up a sub shop across the street. Now I need to make a special trip back up there to try it:)
So many fun memories of these two visiting our apartment in college. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


  1. What a wonderful story. I'm so glad you had such a memorable visit. The brick in your parents' name is such a lovely idea. I really loved this post Kari, it's what life is all about - old stories, history, learning, energy and promise and happy endings. Fantastic. Hope you both have a good weekend.

  2. I'm so glad we had such beautiful weather and wonderful people to share it with. It was so fun to walk campus with your mom and my parents. And, so fun showing my folks The Sandbar!

  3. How cool to return to your old stomping grounds. It's so special that your family has so much history in the same place. That campus is beautiful. I loved getting a little peak at it. It's kind of like a virtual college tour. Hope you had fun with your new niece! Congrats!

  4. I'm from Michigan but for a short stint last year I lived down in Wichita and worked at Wichita State... When I saw KU I was in love! What a lovely place! Although I am happy to be back home in the Great Lakes state now, I learned 1 very important lesson about myself, I canNOT be landlocked! haha

  5. You make me miss Manhattan! :) I love the history of all of your family going there. That's so special! College truly is one of the best times of a person's life. Visiting college campuses is awesome. When we celebrated our first anniversary in Arizona, we walked ASU's hill and went to one of their baseball games. It was so fun!

  6. That is beautiful. That campus looks divine. I loved reading that bit about your parents. How sweet! Never have I thought to visit Kansas until "meeting" you. Now I want to go. It looks beautiful there. :)


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