24 February 2017
Just catching some sunshine and rainbows.
H and I tried out the new poké restaurant -- FreshFin. He made his own, while I had the spicy tuna bowl. So delicious.
The weekend was absolutely perfect outside. It felt like spring which was such a nice treat in the middle of February. We did a little exploring and finally made it to Black Cat Alley.
While H and I were taking in the sites at home, Brian and C were in Las Vegas for the Mayor's Cup Tournament, which C played at with his Wisconsin Fire team. They had 2 wins and 2 losses (to the same team -- the second time in the quarter finals). It was really such an amazing experience. Plus, it sounds like he made a bunch new friends from other clubs. Can't wait for Spring when they meet up again with their regular teams.
Monday was President's Day, which meant no school. H and I took a little road trip to Oak Park, and were so excited to meet up with my people at Ming Hin in Chinatown. Seriously, miss them so much!
C's futsal team took 1st place in their division in the Super League. They really played great. It was so much fun watching them.
The swim banquet was this week too. I know I've mentioned this, but what an incredible season it was for him. He earned his JV letter, and also got a trophy for Most Improved on JV! How amazing is that? I knew he had gotten better, but he cut off 8.18 seconds in the 50m freestyle, 16.6 seconds in the 100m freestyle, 16.15 seconds in the 100m breaststroke. Incredible, if you ask me. Here he is with the assistant coach, Krista, who worked a ton with him this season. We couldn't be prouder of him.
17 February 2017
Brian, H & I made a trip to the Milwaukee Winter Farmer's Market, then to the Haggerty Museum of Art on the Marquette campus. It was so fun being at my alma mater, and this museum is such a little gem. The business school is right next to it, so I spent a lot of time there as a little escape back in the day. Crazy, but this was the first time visiting it since.
It really is a great space, and the exhibitions right now are spectacular (and extremely relevant). Look How Far We've Come by Jeffry Gibson, We Can Make It - The Prints of Corita Kent and Lakota Voices - Collection Highlights from the Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School. I can't stop thinking about it.
On Tuesday, it was Valentine's Day. Can't believe that last year Brian and I were in New Orleans, and the boys were in Florida. Missed our annual <3 Day picture. Oh my gosh, do I love these guys.
After C's soccer practice, we celebrated together with a nice dinner. Buffalo tenderloin with herbed butter, oyster mushrooms, winter radish and roasted green beans. All of which (besides the beans and butter) came from the farmer's market, by the way! We also had a crepe cake and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. Delicious.
10 February 2017
Cheering their team on last Friday night, as Grafton hosted the JV Swim Invitational. H swam the 50m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke and came in 2nd place for both of his heats. He may not have placed on the podium, but the improvement since he first started was amazing, and he ended up shaving quite a bit of time off of his previous bests. Nicolet ended up coming in 2nd place overall.
Here's H and some of his swim buddies. See? His hair could have been worse, for sure. To celebrate, H and a couple of the guys went to Kopps for dinner. It really was a great season. The next day, they helped at the Varsity Invitational.
C's been working on a data project that entails making a company website. He decided his was going to be a cupcake and macaron store, so he's been busy making the goods to photograph for his site. These are chocolate and lemon curd macarons. I was pretty blown away. They even have "feet."
Tuesday was a particularly foggy day, which I happen to love. I even took a detour on my way home from the gym to take it all in.
Even on sedatives, Gretel is going a wee bit stir-crazy in her crate lately. We had been giving her a little more freedom and she blew it. She jumped on the sofa to look out the window as I was getting ready to take her outside, and screamed out in pain. She's fine, but it just goes to show that we can't trust her yet. She spent the rest of the day in her crate crying to be let out. The good news is, she was so tired she zonked out that night. Poor little thing.
03 February 2017
Girls night! Our friend Jo Ann was in town for the Pablove 8 concert on Saturday. Ali and I met up with her (which is always a treat because she is amazing), and the super cool, totally talented, absolutely adorable KT Tunstall who was performing the next night at the concert. We all ended up sharing a bunch of small plates at Tre Rivali in the Journeyman. Dinner didn't suck.
Saturday night was the concert. It's always such a fun night of incredible music and meeting up with friends. We are so happy to support it. Here's Goran, Willy Porter, KT Tunstall, Chris Porterfield and Brett Newski all together on the last song of the night.
C brought home another great piece of art -- Sunflowers. Love it!
This is the last week of swim team. It has really been great, and besides the fact that H is totally in shape, one of the best parts about the whole experience is the camaraderie of the team. Let's just say, soccer was a totally different experience from that. Anyhow, last weekend, the guys all met up and died their hair. H did too -- it's just not so noticeable. This week at Skettifest (when they all get together for pasta dinner), they shaved their heads. H wasn't 100% he was going to participate, but I kind of assumed a buzz cut was going to happen. When H arrived home with this head of hair -- courtesy of the Varsity swim coach! - I couldn't believe it. LOL! Believe it or not, this is one of the better hack jobs. Most of the boys have been sporting some really crazy hair all week. I did not know this was a thing! They have to keep it through Saturday's Varsity meet, but then can shave it. The things that are done in the name of spirit.
27 January 2017
I'm absolutely in love with this clay piece C made in school. Artwork projects and bigger, so we rarely get to see them. But this is definitely a favorite.
We picked Gretel up from her surgery on Saturday. Poor thing is pretty miserable, but doing ok. She has to rest in her crate for two weeks. So far, she's actually doing ok there. Can't wait until she's back to her normal crazy self.
We took the boys to Goodkind to celebrate the end of H's first semester in high school -- and straight A's! He has worked so hard and it's paying off.
H was off of school Monday, but had swim practice. I fit in a 10K row. Some days, it just feels so good to row and row and row.
Thursday was Dress-A-Freshman-Up Day for swim in honor of the meet that night. I did not get to see this awesomeness in real life, but here's what H got to wear all day. Hilarious!
Look who's in the cone now! She's been doing really well with her stitches, but they started coming out. Nothing a few staples at the emergency vet couldn't fix.
Today's dose of pretty comes in thanks to Trader Joe's. I didn't get these for the house, but they were amazing.
20 January 2017
Storm finally got to retire the cone -- with supervision. It's a good thing because the dude is like a bull in a china shop. I don't have enough duct tape to keep up with the repairs.
C has the opportunity to go to Spain in March with his soccer team. He is doing his own fundraiser to help him on his road to Spain. All proceeds go directly towards his travel to Spain. Cole's Road to Spain.
Two peas in a pod. Today, it was Gretel's turn to go under the knife -- CCL surgery. We get to pick her up tomorrow, and I cannot wait. It's going to be a long recovery, but I miss our crazy little girl.
13 January 2017
The place to be on a super cold Saturday night.
For some reason, we were all very attached to this Christmas tree and didn't want to see it go. I waited until Sunday to take it down, but realized, it probably was time for it to go.
Gretel snuggling seems to be a theme this week. She's the best at it.
It was Parent Night at one of H's swim meets. Unfortunately, Brian was in NYC for work so couldn't make it. Super proud of this guy. Swimming is a no joke sport. It requires a huge commitment and lots of dedication. He's still playing club soccer too, so has had to balance a lot. Not to mention school work. He's doing it though, and somehow making it all work.
Burned the last of my absolute favorite candle ever. Brian's been trying to get rid of it for awhile, but I made it last quite awhile longer. I'm going to miss you, Malin+Goetz Dark Rum candle.
Storm had to have eye surgery on Wednesday to get a huge tumor that was bothering his eye removed from the eye lid. Poor guy. They are anticipating everything to be fine, but he looks like someone punched his eye. Plus he has to wear the cone-of-shame for a week. The first day home, he could barely stand up and was walking around like a drunken sailor. He's back to being himself now -- just plowing into everything where ever he goes.
Nowhere for Storm and his cone to go thanks to his snuggling sister.
06 January 2017
Ringing in the New Year with the Elsmo Four. <3 <3
Had to take both (BOTH!) dogs to vet specialists this week. Storm had a gross eye growth that needs to get removed. Gretel has had an issue with her leg (which she's had since her puppy days) that is going to require CCL surgery. Not looking forward to either. The dogs and I had a log day at the vet. Fortunately, Gretel had a comfortable spot to rest her weary head.
It's been brutal cold outside. We are talking 0-degrees-during-the-day cold. At least the sun is shining.
01 January 2017
Our favorite New Year's Eves are those spent with dear friends. We were absolutely thrilled with the Elsmo Four (and Fitz) said they would be ringing in the new year with us this year! We miss these guys like crazy, and getting to see them was more awesome than I can even say. The evening flew by -- thanks in part to risotto that took forever -- and it was midnight before we even knew it. I can't say 2016 was terrible for us, but it seemed to be for a lot of people. There's always something refreshing to me about a new year. If last night was any indication of how 2017 will be, it's going to be a pretty great one.
30 December 2016
Christmas Eve. was spent at Scott & Ali's. We've been alternating years hosting with them, and it's always such a great way to start the holiday.
Our crazy family all together.
The 2nd annual Boxing Day soccer game at In-Bounds. Got to see some old friends, including Jesse and the kids. Always a great day when we get to see them. Our kids can't get enough of each other either.
We haven't been able to take advantage of Winter Break much. H has had swimming every morning, and C has Wisconsin Fire soccer training every night. But we did have an afternoon free and decided to go rock climbing. Oh my gosh, what a blast! I'm hooked.