11 October 2019

Moments 10 19 :: Week 02

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Last Friday night was the Homecoming football game! Nicolet had been doing really well this year, and this was a big game. Unfortunately, they lost. Such a bummer. I met up with some friends there, and Brian stopped by on his way home from Santa Barbara.

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These guys, headed out to the Homecoming dance. The theme for the Seniors was Vintage Hollywood. They all decided to go as greasers. That's easy enough. In other exciting news, I finally know how to bow a bowtie, without consulting a YouTube video.

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C went with a big group. They started out with dinner at Belair.

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Afterwards, they went to one of the girl's homes for an afterparty. C had such a great time. Yay!

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H went with a group of friends too. I'm just happy they stopped by! A couple of them play soccer and were in a tournament, so plans were a little last minute. H ended up picking them all up, going to Kopp's and bringing it to our house to eat. Afterwards, they spent the night at their friends house. He had a great time too.

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The Beautycounter holiday collection launched this week. It's my absolute favorite time of the year.

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The boys were off of school on Wednesday. H had a flight and met up with friends playing laser tag. So per usual, we didn't see him. C had a haircut, so we stopped by and had a coffee and smoothie afterwards. Love the German signs hanging up there.

04 October 2019

Moments 10 19 :: Week 01

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It's Homecoming week. All hail the Seniors!

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C ended up getting a really bad migraine on Tuesday, but Storm helped comfort him.

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C's soccer team played Shorewood JV. They ended up losing, but what a beautiful night under the lights. (They usually play earlier).

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Drove by the river today and had to stop. Whoa, guess we got some rain this week! I've never seen the river this high before. One of the fishermen there said it was 7-feet deep. That's crazy.

03 October 2019

Minnesota :: Day 3

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And now, the reason for our visit -- Minnesota State University Mankato. H is planning on studying Aviation to become a commercial pilot. Obviously, it's a pretty specific degree, so options are limited. We woke up early to get to our tour. The school is in the middle of nowhere, as you may imagine. We had a great visit. Going there would definitely get the job done. We were all very impressed. It's not number one, but it is a good option for sure. After the aviation tour and tour of the airport, it was time to hightail it home, which took about 5.5-6 hours. Such an exciting year for H.

02 October 2019

Minnesota :: Day 2

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What an amazing, full day. We slept in, but once we got moving, didn't stop. We started by visiting the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center. Such a cool place. Next, we got to pick Finn up and go out to lunch at Lu's for a Banh Mi sandwiches, and grab some Glam Doll Donuts. What a treat to get to see him. The boys even got a peek inside the soccer house where he lives. Brian and I stayed back in the car. Ha! Finn gave us a great tour of campus too. Oh my gosh, it was so great to see him and his environment. After heading back to the hotel for a bit, it was time for some Minnesota United FC soccer! It's the inaugural season at their stadium, and we were totally blown away. It was a sold out game, and the vibe was incredible. The fans were great, the stadium was impressive, and the entire place celebrated diversity on so many levels. Super refreshing. After the game we went to Red Rabbit for a late night dinner, then it was time to head back to the hotel and sleep for a few hours, before heading out to the main purpose for our trip -- a college visit.

01 October 2019

Minnesota :: Day 1

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H&C had off of school Friday & Monday (yay!). Since we didn't really go on a vacation this summer, we decided to go on a college visit and make a weekend out of it. We left Saturday morning, and took the scenic route to Minneapolis. Seriously, it took us almost 10 hours, which was (in my opinion) so much fun. We went to the Observation area at Wildcat Mountain State Park, drove through Amish Country in Cashton, had lunch in LaCrosse (it happened to be Oktoberfest, so that was interesting), stopped in Red Wing to check out the factory store, and finally made it to our hotel. After being in the car so much, we all wanted to walk around a bit before dinner, which ended up being Bacon Social House -- right in our hotel. Perfect.

27 September 2019

Moments 09 19 :: Week 04

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C's high school team was in a tournament last weekend. Here are some of the action shots I got. Ha!

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They ended up winning 2 games and losing 1. And eating a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches. I must have dragged C with me when H's team played this tournament, because all he was talking about the amazing grilled cheese sandwiches here. Funny he even remembered that! It clearly was the highlight of the tournament for him several years ago. Most of the team got on board with his grilled cheese kick, so I'm glad he remembered it correctly.

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It rained most of the day on Sunday. When you rather not be frolicking in the rain, this is the next best thing.

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Our friends Leif & Melissa were going to come up on Sunday. You see, Mel's brother was participating in the Pumpkin Regatta. Say what? Cedarburg has a big Harvest Festival, and it's an event that takes place during it. With threats of thunderstorms pretty much all day, they decided to stay back in Oak Park, but we had to check it out ourselves nonetheless. The weather definitely kept the crowds away. Good for us. Terrible for the vendors. Here's Jamie during the best decoration contest. He won that part, by the way.

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Unfortunately, his pumpkin didn't do so well as a water vessel. In fact, he came in dead last, only after pushing it most of the way. Here's the super impressive thing though. He grew his own pumpkin. In fact, I think he may have been the only one. I love that.

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Brian & me at the Harvest Festival.

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Also in Cedarburg. We really like that town by the way.

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And, back to soccer. C played three games this week. He was even invited to play with JV which was super fun for him (he's on the JV2 team -- with every single freshman player and several sophomores -- that's just how they do it). He had a really good week.

20 September 2019

Moments 09 19 :: Week 03

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Pretty much everything exciting this week was food! Brian and I had been hearing about Il Ritrovo for YEARS. Every time we thought about going, it was closed (Sundays and weekdays after 2pm). Last Saturday was beautiful, so we hopped on the motorcycle and headed to Sheboygan.

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Um, yeah. This was the Prosciutto Crudo e Ruchetta. It’s a certified Vera Pizza Napoletana pizzeria, which is a movement to promote and protect the style and tradition of pizza making found in Naples. It was amazing. Just saying.

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We had to keep the pizza intake at a minimum, because that night, we finally got out to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Decided to treat ourselves to special dinner at Sanford, which has been around since 1989 but we've never ever been too. It was fantastic. We haven't had a dinner like it in awhile, that's for sure.

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I wish I took a photo of the menu! First up, was smoked elk with plums and pine nuts and birch sorbet. Mind blown. (The next photo is actually from dessert. Cute.)

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I had an heirloom tomato salad, and Brian had a watercress gazpacho, which was out of this world.

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Our entrees were seared scallops with beets and greens for me, and rabbit, which was a rabbit sausage wrapped in rabbit, for Brian.

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The finale. I had the Italian plum tart with malt ice cream, and Brian had a strawberry rhubarb phyllo with pistachio ice cream. We also had a brandy that was infused with blackberry. Needless to say, we were both very, very happy. Here's to us!

13 September 2019

Moments 09 19 :: Week 02

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This, is fifty. . . And this is what I wrote on my Instagram post. "Such a big number, it sounds strange to even say. Honestly, it doesn’t upset me at all though. I’m happy. I’m proud. I’m surrounded by amazing people. The 30s brought so many changes and responsibilities. Mortgages, careers, babies. All good, but I remember feeling somewhat unsettled and nervous. The 40s have been absolutely amazing, and my favorite decade yet. Our family of family of four got in our groove and were all around during these years. (We did introduce a crazy dog to the mix though). My gosh, we’ve made amazing memories together, and I love simply being in their presence every single day. The 50s are bound to be a little odd. At least for a bit. The boys will be leaving the nest, for one. When it comes down to it, I’m excited to see what impact they have on this world. And I’m excited to see what I, personally, will end up accomplishing. I’m also ready to get to spend more time with my partner in crime, Brian — because right now, our lives are crazy busy and utter chaos most of the time. There’s just not a lot of time for us. In many ways, I feel like this is just the beginning. Here’s to many more happy, healthy, exciting years."

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What a beautiful night to celebrate with our parents.

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Brian put together an amazing, rather impromptu, birthday party for me at Hubbard Park Beer Garden. Seriously, it was perfect, and I loved being surround by so many of these special people.

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Such a perfect night.

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The next day the celebration continued, and we went to the Brewers vs. Cubs game.

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A few days later, we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. (Yes, it's been a lot of celebrating lately). Here's one from the early days.

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And our wedding in Chicago.

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Celebrating (early) in Door County this summer. Cannot imagine anyone else I’d rather be on this adventure with. We’ve had an amazing journey so far, and I’m so excited to for the years ahead. We've really created quite a wonderful life together.