12 January 2018

Moments 01 18 - Week 02

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On Sunday, Brian took the boys skiing. I stayed behind -- I just wanted a day to be able to do things at a slower pace, and it felt great. I also took the dogs out on a celebratory walk since the temperatures hit 30 degrees outside. We all needed the fresh air.

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Now, I know Brian and I do not have big kids. But I thought this photograph from C's basketball game was hilarious.

05 January 2018

Moments 01 18 - Week 01

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This never happens. But it's been so unbelievably cold. And there was a fire going. Cuteness overload.

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Ringing in the New Year.

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The morning after at Fuel Cafe.

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The boys went back to school on Tuesday, so we had a day to explore. Loved spending time at my happy place with them.

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We even got to celebrate this guy's birthday since it was the day they left.

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We have a basketball player! My mom's dreams are finally coming true with the youngest grandchild. He absolutely loved it.

03 January 2018

Other Highlights from Recent Days

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The last month and a half has been a whirlwind of fun. We've been able to spend time with so many people and it's been completely awesome. The last of our guests left this morning, and I'm so sad about it. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many creative people who are fun, kind, motivating and inspiring. When Yvonne (and Greg) leaves, I always feel so refreshed and alive. It's the only way to explain it.

We met Bill & Raluca at Fuel for brunch on New Year's Day. Afterwards, we came back home and Greg made pork and sauerkraut -- a tradition of Yvonne's to bring good luck in the new year. Bill brought a couple growlers which we enjoyed with it. Sadly, we had to say good-bye to them that night as they headed back to Chicago. We were all exhausted from our late night so hunkered down and watch Why Him. Hilarious.

The next day, the boys had to go back to school already! Yuck. It's been so brutal cold out, so you don't want to spend much time outside. We had a delicious, relaxing lunch at Bavette, then went to the Milwaukee Art Museum. (The crazy tapestries and sculptures are an exhibit by Jaime Hayon.) Later, we had dinner at Wolf Peach with the boys, then watched another movie -- Ingrid Goes West.  Today was back to normal. Brian went back to work. He dropped Greg & Yvonne off on the way. It's been a great holiday season, for sure.

New Years Eve

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We've been so lucky over the years to have out-of-town friends who have decided to visit us to ring in the New Year. It's absolutely my favorite way to celebrate. This year, Yvonne & Greg were in town for a few days from LA, and Bill & Raluca came up from Chicago. We drank too much great wine & amazing champagne (seriously, the best I've ever had) and stayed up way too late. It was awesome!

Menu:
Chorizo-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Cheeses (the Harbison from Jasper Hill Farm was crazy good)
Butternut Squash Bartlett Pear Soup
Roast Carrot & Avocado Salad, Crunchy Seeds, Sour Cream, Citrus Vinaigrette
Lamb Chops with Roasted Beets & Fennel
Cherry Pavlova (adapted from this recipe)

29 December 2017

Last Week in Moments

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Rosemary simple syrup for one of my favorite holiday cocktails, the Rosemary Gin Fizz. So easy to make a big batch up. And so good.

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Morning snuggles with this one before the crazy day began.

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Brunching with some of my favorite peeps. These ladies push me every single day to be a better me.
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Our holiday card, 2017. I had been fretting about getting a photo this year. Luckily, we were at a party with a photo booth. Done.

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Christmas Eve. at our house was pretty epic. Family and friends filled our house. So many people that mean so much to me. Wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

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Merry, merry us. Christmas morning.

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Christmas at my sister and her family's house. Bunch of goof-balls. I'm sure my sister would like to point out that the matching turtlenecks are courtesy of her son. Red for the ladies. Navy for the guys.

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Boxing Day shenanigans.

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This might just be the coolest thing ever. A tintype portrait (in the processing solution) by Artist in Residence at The Pfister, Margaret Muza. I absolutely love it.

26 December 2017

Scenes from the Last Few Days

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Just some images from the past few days. Christmas Eve. at our place, Christmas morning, Christmas at my sister's and getting ready for some soccer viewing on Boxing Day.

22 December 2017

Last Week in Moments

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Brian's company party was last Friday night. They sure know how to show people a good time.

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We visited Nina & Papa at their new (temporary) house, and said good-bye to the old one. It's bittersweet. Excited for their next adventures, but so many great memories made in this place.

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No one wanted to play with her.

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Our friend Eva, who is originally from Germany, invited us to a wonderful German holiday party. Gl├╝hwein, sausages, homemade pretzels and German chocolates. So much fun. What a great way to kick off the holiday weekend. 

15 December 2017

Last Week in Moments

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Snow! This one is soooooooo haaaappppyyyyyy!

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Annual cookie baking extravaganza.

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We hosted our very first high school swim spaghetti dinner. I think it was a success! We had about 28 kids. The best was watching a bunch of them sitting on the dog bed getting cozy in front of the fire. Perfect on a snowy night.

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The guy was the supervisor while I snow blowed.

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H had to swim the dreaded 500 yard freestyle. He came in 4th out of 6 against the strong Homestead team. His time was just over 7 minutes, which is quite good. I have a feeling this won't be the last time he does this event.

10 December 2017

Annual Cookie Baking Extravaganza

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The boys and I were so excited to get together today for our annual cookie baking extravaganza. Even my niece came home from college for it! It's messy and chaotic, but always a super fun day. One of my favorites during the holiday season.