Summer in Columbia, Missouri

Our summer plans…

Mizzou, Stephens, and Columbia College have all had their graduation ceremonies and many students have moved away for the summer. We’ve already noticed the change: there’s more parking, you can get a table at Cafe Berlin for brunch on the weekend without waiting for an hour, and in general people are just moving a little slower and enjoying the outdoors.  Inevitably we get the question: so will it be a lot slower now that the students have left town?

Truthfully, it feels slower, but business tends to pick up as the locals come out from their hiding places and begin to love the town as townies do. They reinvest in the downtown businesses and restaurants and show us the love. As I’m sure many of our local Columbians are making their summer plans, we wanted to share some of ours with you.

First up… loving the outdoors. Owning our own shop is great but the only drawback is that we don’t get to spend as much time together as a family as we would like… so we’ve made a plan to visit as many creeks and trails as we can this summer. Columbia is home to tons of incredible places to explore including caves, trails, creeks, and more. We love to get outside and find the interesting little nooks and crannies of nature in Boone County – maybe we’ll see you out there.

Of course, we all want to read more.


Our soon to be 3rd grader has decided that she wants to read 15 chapter books and 1,000 picture books. We’re making her figure out how many books a day that means that she has to read to reach her goal. She loved reading Roald Dahl this school year so I’m sure she’ll take on more of his oeuvre and she’s quickly making her way through all of Calvin & Hobbes.


Our 4-year-old probably wants us to read one of the same 5 books he always wants at bedtime, so our goal for him is go to the library every week to pick out at least 7 new books each time so we have a new book to read each night.

Kelsey’s goal is not quite as lofty – she wants to keep up her average of two books a week but add an unread classic novel as one of the books each week. Currently in her stack:  Mosquitoland by David Arnold, Electric City by Elizabeth Rosner, and The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough. Also she’d like to listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath. As for those unread classics, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton is a possibility.


And we all want Joe to bake more… seriously, the kid can make a great cake. While he’s waiting for the cakes to cool, he can finish up one of the books he’s started but not quite finished: Station Eleven, The Diviners, Hawthorn, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Buried Giant, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and probably a few more.

What summer plans do you have? What is on your summer reading list? What kind of cakes should Joe make?



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