Month: October 2012

Springfield Bucket List

Brad and I have lived in Springfield, MO, for almost three months now. We’ve experienced some really cool stuff, like Rutledge Wilson Farm, Grad School, and Big Mama’s Coffee. We’re both locked into two year commitments here in the Ozarks, so we really want to make the most of our time here! What does that mean? Bucket list. I’ll blog about our favorites!

Springfield Cardinals Game: Brad and I are loyal Royals fans and always will be, but we have to admit that Springfield Cardinals games sound pretty fun. This year’s season is over, but we’ve got next year!

Silver Dollar City at Christmas: Okay so this is Branson, but it’s only thirty minutes down the road! I’ve only been to SDC at Christmas once when I was little, so I’m really excited to go back this year, especially with my hubby :)

Visit every coffee shopI’ve already posted about this one. We like coffee. There are a lot of neat coffee shops in Springfield, so of course we have to visit them all! We’re already hit up a few! Some that are still on our list are Heroes, Dancing Mule, and The Potter’s House.

See a movie at the MoxieThe Moxie is our local hipster movie theater; they show independent and foreign films. Plus it’s a non-profit that has kids programs! It’s really unique and something we didn’t have in Bolivar or back home, so we’re looking forward to experiencing this piece of Springfield.

Eat at Aunt Martha’s Pancake HouseAunt Martha’s has been open for over 53 years! I hear it’s delicious, and I mean how can you really go wrong with pancakes?

There are, of course, many other things we are excited to do in Springfield, but these are the big ones! I’ll keep you updated on our adventures! Plus, we’d love more suggestions! Have a happy fall weekend.


Coffee Adventures (Pt. 1)

Remember our coffee challenge? We’re going to visit all the coffee shops in Springfield! Here is part 1 of our journey.

First stop, The Hub.


We’d heard about The Hub and it’s pretty close to our place, so we thought we’d check it out. It’s small, but has a really neat atmosphere. It’s in an old brick building and there are bicycles hanging from the ceiling.



The Hub is a coffee shop and a bicycle shop in one. Springfield is all about riding bikes. We see people riding their bikes here all the time. I’d really like to get one, and The Hub seems like a great place to find a really unique bike.



I got a frappuccino and Brad got a mocha. I actually wasn’t a big fan of mine or Brad’s, so Brad pretty much drank both of them. I’m a lot more picky when it comes to coffee than Brad is.


Loved this.


We went to The Hub when it was actually still pretty warm outside in the evenings, so we decided to take our drinks outside and enjoy the nice weather.

Overall, we liked The Hub for its atmosphere and location, but not so much for the coffee. I’m glad we tried it, and maybe we’ll be back for bikes!


Our next coffee stop was Big Momma’s Coffee and Expresso Bar.


This coffee shop is also close to where we live. We had passed it several times and decided to check out the website. When we saw that they had an open mic night, we knew we had to go.


I got a mint mocha. I liked it, but I was hoping for more mint.


Of course I brought my mini-Uno cards!

20121021-121557.jpgBig Momma’s was quite an experience. Funny. Awkward. Weird. Inappropriate. To hear about it check out Brad’s post about it!


I came home for the first time since being married this weekend. I’ve been trying to break the habit of thinking of Raymore as “home” but I think that the place I grew up will always feel like home.

I’ve always loved our house. I appreciate that my mom makes our home warm and inviting for everyone. I especially like the way it changes through the seasons. Right now our home is decked in fall decor. I decided to share a few snapshots of some of my favorite things in the Donley home this fall season.







Happy Birthday Mom

The fourth of October is a special day. It is Lynn Donley’s special day. In honor of her birthday I decided to write a special little post and share some of my favorite things about and memories of mom.

I’ve been blessed with a great relationship with my mom. She’s always been one of my best friends. One time in seventh grade I was feeling insecure and like I had no friends on a Friday night. So mom dropped what she had going on and took me on a special mother-daughter date. You know that song by Taylor Swift, The Best Day? It was just like that. Best mom award.

Speaking of mother-daughter dates, mom is a great shopper (another quality of a great friend). Have you ever gone shopping with someone and you didn’t enjoy it? They didn’t like the same stores as you, they walked too slow, they wanted to eat at the food court, etc. Well mom is the perfect shopping companion. Best shopper award.

Did I mention that my mom is funny? (Actually both of my parents are pretty funny. And cute. I mean look at the cuteness going on in this picture.) She is always cracking Dylan and me up. I’ll admit that sometimes we may be laughing at her, but she is always laughing with us. Funniest mom award.

Prettiest mom award. I mean need I say more?

Mom and I took a trip to Europe with my aunt and cousin a few years ago. It was an amazing trip. So many memories.

Want to hear a funny story from the trip? We got off the plane in London and hunted down a place to eat. We walked in to a cafe and got seated. Mom: They must have heard us speaking English and gave us English menus. Us: They speak English here…

Another story from the trip: just moments after this picture was taken, we lost mom. Lost. In London. Without phones. Not to mention it was the summer that the movie Taken came out. We had one day in London and we spent the majority of it searching for mom. Okay, so maybe not the happiest memory, but it was a memory. At the moment I was pretty upset at mom, but I felt a little better a few days later in Rome when a bird pooped on her.

I’ll make it to London again someday and I’ll see more than just Buckingham Palace. Don’t worry, the whole trip wasn’t lost! We had many more wonderful memories of spending meals with out Swedish relatives, shopping at a real Swedish IKEA, losing our luggage, eating gelato, and walking all over Rome. Best Traveling Buddy Award.

Happy Birthday, mom. I hope you have the most wonderful day, because you deserve it. I love you!

Some Encouragement

I know many of my friends are graduated and living in the real world now where your life is not run by semesters, but I still am.

We’ve reached that point in the semester. School has been in session for a while now, yet there are still many weeks to go before that glorious Christmas break. It’s at this point that I usually need some encouragement to keep pushing, especially since this is the time when the work load really starts to get heavy.

So if you are having similar feelings, here are some encouraging words for your day.

And of course puppies always help too.