Dining in Sonoma and Napa Valley, CA

We have had the opportunity to dine in many different countries this past year, and I can unashamedly say the Sonoma and Napa Valley restaurants rival some of our favorites!  We lived in Southern CA for six years but for some reason, I was never made aware of how enjoyable to dining experience was here.  Had I known, I never would have waited so long to visit.  Below are a few highlights: Le Bouchon Bakery in Napa:  Some of the most amazing food I’ve ever tasted.  We read about this bakery and then heard… 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

Day 366: Time Flies…One Year Already!

Unbelievable! Today, June 16th, marks our Round the World one year anniversary! It’s difficult to believe a whole year has passed, and yet here we are in Vienna, Austria, making plans for our return.  Over the last few days, I’ve been putting together a “Year in Review” with photos and commentary, but as I progressed, I realized it would take much longer than I anticipated.  Perhaps I will save that for our return. In the meantime, as I was reflecting on the past year, I was reminded of God’s goodness to us in… Read More