For J&J: Lawrence, Kansas (July 31st - August 5th, 2015)

We discuss our time and history in Lawrence and what it means that we're leaving.

For J&J: Lawrence, Kansas (July 31st - August 5th, 2015)

Posted January 02, 2016 by Bailey Mareu

Hey J&J,

So, Phil and I are living out of our pop up camper so we can travel and see cool new places! Part of the reason why we are traveling is to decide where we should live. We love Lawrence: it’s not too big and it’s not too small; it has a fun downtown with lots to do, has GREAT restaurants, and we have a lot of friends in Lawrence and close by in Kansas City. It will be hard if we decide not to come back - it’s a pretty cool place.

The lease on the house we were renting ended July 31st, 2015 so we had to be out of our house and living in the camper by then. We weren’t ready to hit the road and explore right away so our first stop was a close one: we spent 5 nights at Bloomington Park at Clinton Lake just outside of Lawrence.


Phil moved to Lawrence in 1996 and Bailey moved to Lawrence in 2003. They both attended The University of Kansas and graduated in 2007. But they didn’t meet until the attended one of the first Lawrence Tweetups in February 2009. They became friends with each other and some of the other people they met through the tweetups. In 2010, they both realized they liked-liked each other and started dating that July. 


After graduating from KU (which is the reason she moved to Lawrence after she graduated high school in West Des Moines), Bailey got a job advising juniors and seniors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS includes majors like psychology, biology, history, sociology, math, English, Spanish, Arabic and Art History.) 

After Phil graduated from KU, he started working full time at the engineering firm where he interned while a student. 

The same month that Phil and Bailey started dating (July 2010), Phil left his job at the Engineering firm because he wanted to work for himself building websites. In February 2012, Bailey left her job at KU to work for Phil’s company, Philsquare.


On January 3, 2014, while at home, Phil asked Bailey to marry him. They planned a wedding for that September. They were married at Clinton Lake’s Overlook Park on September 20th, 2014 surrounded by family and friends. (Do you guys remember being there? You were part of the wedding, too!)

Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence, a city of 90,000 people, is home to The University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nation University. It was settled in the 1850s by people who wished Kansas  to become a free state - not a slave state. Lawrence ended up being quite an interesting location during the civil war and saw many attacks from people of Missouri (who had hoped Kansas would become a slave state). There are still remnants today of Kansas’s original “Free State” mentality: Free State Brewery and Lawrence Free State High School just to name a couple. Read more about Lawrence, Kansas history here.


"For J&J" is a series that will focus on the history or background of the places where we stay for more than a couple days. J&J are Bailey’s nephews but we welcome anyone to read the trivia/history associated with the places we go. :)

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