The American Club – a Photoblog

The American Club is a 5 star 5 diamond resort located approximately 2.5 hours north of Chicago in quaint Kohler, WI.  It has a very interesting and unique story.  The resort was not built as a hotel originally, but rather as a dormitory.  It was used to house the immigrant workforce, needed after John Michael Kohler converted a cast-iron water trough in 1873 by adding 4 feet and enameling it, creating a bathtub.  This idea turned into a successful business that provided jobs for many immigrants. Walter Kohler believed that “A worker… Read More

Our Getaway at the Goldmoor Inn in Galena

We have lived in the Chicago area for just over 9 years now and really love it.  That said, we realized that while we took a year off to travel all over, we had yet to see some of the beautiful places in our own backyard.  So…we decided to explore and based on recommendations as well as a thorough Internet search, we chose to explore Galena, IL, a short 2 and one half hours drive from the western suburbs of Chicago. We wanted to choose a quaint, unique bed and breakfast for… Read More

Galena, IL Getaway – A Photoblog

With four children/teens, life has been busy.  This past weekend, however, we found ourselves in the unique situation of being “home alone” as all four kids were attending a winter retreat.  Long anxious to explore the surrounding areas outside of Chicago, we took off – our destination Galena!  Please enjoy the photoblog of our weekend away. According to Forbes Magazine, Galena is “…one of America’s prettiest towns.”  I would have to agree.  We were surprised by the rich history of this town and so much more. We found beautifully preserved brick buildings dating back… Read More

Sonoma and Napa Valley, CA

We have finally settled back into life in Chicago.  Ryan recently began a new job at Glassdoor, and flew out to California for a 3-week training.  What a perfect excuse for me to hop back onto a plane and fly to the West Coast!  After all, three weeks is just a little too long to be separated, isn’t it?  Is it my fault the training was changed to two weeks AFTER I purchased tickets to CA?  🙂 Interesting but after living in CA for six years, having three of our four children… Read More

Football, Friends, and Family

Let’s take a moment to step away from Italy.  I promise we’ll return…and up next will be the Colosseum and more about the Gladiators!  I just wanted to share one of the biggest joys of being back in the States again!  For the first time, our oldest son had an opportunity to play football and he loved it.  The truth is, we all loved it. It was made all the more special, however, when his grandparents (who live 12 hours away in Pennsylvania) surprised him by showing up at the last game… Read More