14 June 2019

Moments 06 19 :: Week 02

Sleeping beauty.

Oh hey, H!

Took the covers off the furniture and this one wasted no time hopping on her favorite spot.

The last day of 8th grade deserves a celebration lunch.

Lobster, of course!

Can't believe we have two high schoolers.

Nina, Papa and Grandma all came to C's 8th grade promotion ceremony.

Proud parents. This kid killed it.


It's official.

Happy family.

And yes, I made him do this. The next day was H's last day of school. One exam -- his final lifeguarding test. Right in time to start work later that evening at The Town Club.

07 June 2019

Moments 06 19 :: Week 01

Last Monday during State Champions, the final game ended 5 minutes early due to lightening. All eight teams in the bracket were close, so they were required to play whatever many minutes they had left on Saturday. Some teams had 21 minutes, but sure enough, C's team had 5 minutes to play. They finished the game as it ended Monday (they won 2-0), but just missed out moving on to the semi-finals. Sadly, we found out that morning, that the team's friend, Val, who was in the accident a few days earlier passed away. There was no way these guys were going to let that win get away. They played hard, and had a much better showing than the year before which was great.

Brian & I left the game and drove straight up to Marinette for his cousin Aaron's wedding. It was such a blast catching up with his relatives. He comes from a huge family with about 15 cousins. Now that most of us have kids ourselves, it's a lot, and we just don't get to see each other nearly as much. It was a fun night.

We even participated -- as a group -- in the karaoke. Pettits are not known for our signing abilities, that's for sure. 


Look at these two. They crack me up. 

Today in AP Physics, they had a boat contest. His came in 2nd overall. I think this photo of him in the pool in his cardboard boat is absolutely hilarious. 

31 May 2019

Moments 05 19 :: Week 05


I don't really love Spring, but these blooms make it so much nicer.

Memorial Day "Murph" crew. While I was doing this, the boys went to Pinelawn for the annual service.

Last weekend was also State Championships. 4:00pm games every day Saturday - Monday. Sunday's game was during a downpour. It was crazy. Here's the really insane thing -- we couldn't finish the game due to thunder and lightening, so have to play the final 5 minutes on Saturday! The scores are so close that 6 of the 8 teams are in qualification for the Semi-Final game, which will be played later that day.
It's been a very sad week. At Wednesday's soccer practice, the boys and parents found out that one of the families was in a very bad car accident. The 16-year old was driving himself and 4 of his brothers (it's a family of 10) to practice, like they do almost every day. He lost control of the car and it flipped several times. Three of the brothers were ejected from the vehicle. Three were released from the hospital later that night, but two are still in critical condition. One is the 13-year old and the other is C's friend who plays on the other U15 team, but who played with him in the Fall and Winter seasons. His prognosis sadly is the worst it could be. It's heartbreaking, to say the least. I hope for an absolute miracle for the two still fighting, and hope for strength for the parents, the brother who was driving, and entire family.

24 May 2019

Moments 05 19 :: Week 04

Back from a day of work. These two refereed three games together. H has really developed into an amazing ref. C was so excited to get a few more games under his belt.

Finding inspiration in nature. A robin egg just joined our box of treasures. Robin egg blue might be my favorite color ever. We had a nest on our porch, and hadn't seen the mama bird hanging around since we got back from our trips. Brian went to check on it, and we found an egg on the ground and another cracked one in the nest. I'm sure crows got to it.

C had soccer games Friday-Sunday this week, which included a pretty sweet victory against one of the top teams in their bracket.

Sunday night dinner crew. Can tell we are related?

May 20th was National Rescue Dog day, so of course I couldn't go without saying how great we all think our guy, Storm, is. We adopted Storm when he was 10 months old. We were his third home. Can you even imagine? Thank you to the parent who didn’t want to the responsibility when their son went to college, or the other one who returned our guy after three days when they decided their young daughter wasn’t helping out enough. (All true stories.) The boys were 2 and 5 when Storm came home with us. We went to an art fair and came home with a dog. Seriously, I can’t even make that stuff up! Besides art and an amazing bench I still think about, the shelter happened to be there. 12 years later, I still can’t figure it out why anyone would give him up. I guess it was just meant to be because we all adore him.

23 May 2019

A Few Hours in Chicago


Oh my gosh, what a fun day! Brian planned a little trip to Chicago, and I decided to join him for a few hours. We both took the train down --  so much more relaxing than driving. He actually took an earlier train, so it was fun meeting up in the city a few hours later. Once we connected, we wandered around for a couple hours before it was time for our reservation at the WNDR Museum. I totally apologize for the photo overload, but what a fun place! It takes about an hour to get through, with surprises around every corner. When you entered, there were a couple resident poets who write a custom poem for you. Brian's topic of choice was German Shorthaired Pointer and Gretel, mine was sunshine. Here's how ours turned out. Of course. That little stinker. After the museum we went to Publican for lunch. Then it was time for me travel back to Milwaukee! It really couldn't have been a more perfect day. I'm not sure why I don't do little day trips like that more often.

18 May 2019

New Orleans :: Final


I was the first to have to leave on our last day in NOLA. Penny, Amy & I walked to Café du Monde again before I had to take off. Always so sad to leave these ladies. What a special trip this was. I still don't know how I got so lucky.

Our Airbnb, right off of Bourbon Street, was absolutely perfect for the five of us. From the outside, you opened a door that lead to an amazing indoor courtyard. Which we didn't end up using at all, surprisingly. But that's only because we had such a great balcony too! Anyhow, in the courtyard was this awesome, giant mirror, so of course it called for a group photo before every outing. Only the first photo was upon a return instead, and that was on the first day after I met everyone at the restaurant.

What a fun few days. I love this kooky city and these amazing women. And, I'm so proud of Emma and all of her accomplishments. She slayed college, and I know she's going to continue to do great things. It was such an honor to get to celebrate her and her graduation for a few days.