Month in Review: December, 2016

Month in Review: December, 2016

As I sit down to write these posts each month I think, “We didn’t get up to much this month. What will I write about?” Then I start scrolling through my photos and I’m reminded of all the smiles, adventures and laughter we shared. It’s crazy how moments can slip your mind – especially in the whirlwind of the holiday season!

Therefore, I was shocked by how busy we were in December! I knew we had a full calendar, but looking back over the photos I’m surprised we were able to fit everything in!

To start the month, Ian and I braved warnings of a snow storm and drove to Chicago. It’s been on my list to visit the Christkindlmarket and I was giddy to get my hand on a souvenir mug full of mulled cider! It was a bitter cold day, but experiencing the holiday spirit in the city was worth a few red noses.

Month in Review: December, 2016

Month in Review: December, 2016

Month in Review: December, 2016

We also partook in a glass ornament event at a local museum. The day was filled with hot chocolate, live music and of course – ornament making! Ian was a bit disappointed since his design shifted around in the kiln, but it was one on my favorite ornaments on our tree. I couldn’t help but smile every time I saw it.

Month in Review: December, 2016

In the blink of an eye, Christmas was upon us. A snow storm delayed our trip down to visit family, but eventually we made it. Christmas Eve was spent sledding with my family, then we drove to Ian’s grandma’s house for Christmas dinner and a competitive game of Monopoly.

Month in Review: December, 2016

Then we hopped on a plane and flew to Florida to thaw out for a few days with Ian’s family! It was nice to get outside, take a dip in the pool and work on our bag toss skills.

Month in Review: December, 2016

Month in Review: December, 2016

We ended the month with a road trip to Key West. It was our first time in the Keys and I couldn’t wait to explore! Ian tried the famous Key Lime Pie and we were able to put our feet in two bodies of water at the same time. Definitely, a wonderful way to end the month and start a new year!

Month in Review: December, 2016

Month in Review: December, 2016

Month in Review: December, 2016

Hope you all had a wonderful December!

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Top 10 Moments of 2016

Top 10 Moments of 2016

Happy 2017! I felt it was only fitting to begin the new year by reminiscing about 2016. It was a year full of great memories, so it was hard to narrow down our top ten! Here is our list:

  1. Ringing in the New Year in Florida

We rang in 2016 under the warm sunlight of southern Florida. Visiting Ian’s family over the new years has become a recent tradition and one that we anxiously await each winter. Since we live approximately 1,557 miles away from Ian’s family we don’t get to celebrate many holidays together. Therefore, this is a trip is something we cherish each year.

Top Ten Moments of 2016

  1. Family Visits

To put it in perspective, my family only lives 148 miles away, but that’s still a 2 ½ hour drive. This has been the farthest I’ve ever lived from my family, so in the beginning, it was quite an adjustment. After three years, the distance is still hard, but it’s something we have grown accustomed to. On the plus side, it means I get to play tour guide when my family comes up to visit. This year one of the highlights was taking them to listen to live music at the local winery.

Top Ten Moments of 2016

  1. Summer events

One of the things that made me fall in love with our town is the long list of summer events they host. Every year our calendar fills up with summer concert series, farmer’s markets, and festivals. I live for these events, so I was constantly on cloud 9 during the summer.

Top Ten Moments of 2016

  1. New Orleans

One of our college friends moved to New Orleans after graduation and we had yet to visit him. We decided it was time to change that and planned a trip in March. As life would have it, he ended up moving back to Wisconsin a few weeks before we were planning to visit. Ian and I were still excited for the trip, so we decided to stick with our original plans and fly down anyway. Luckily, our friend gave us a lot of insider advice, and we had a wonderful time wandering around the beautiful city.

Top Ten Moments of 2016

  1. Graduations

Time seems to slip by unnoticed until a big life event happens – like your siblings’ graduation! Ian and I both had a moment this year where we sat back and thought, “Where has the time gone?!” Ian’s brother graduated from middle school and my sister from college! Crazy! We were fortunate enough to be present for each ceremony and enjoyed celebrating the accomplishments of our siblings.

Top Ten Moments of 2016

Top Ten Moments of 2016

  1. Picking up Tennis

The last time I played tennis was in high school gym class and it wasn’t a pretty sight (many tennis balls ended up over the fence and on the street…) It didn’t bother me that my tennis game was non-existent until I married Ian. He played tennis is high school and would head to the court with friends in college. Once we moved away from his tennis partners he spent less and less time on the court and would often say how much he missed it. So I dusted off my old garage sale racket and foolishly thought I could play against him. Wrong! Therefore, our evenings turned into tennis lessons as Ian patiently instructed me on how to properly serve and rally. My game still needs a lot of work, but I’m looking forward to hitting the courts again once all the snow melts.

Top Ten Moments of 2016

  1. Pokémon Go

Laugh all you want, but Pokémon go made a lot of fun memories of us this year. Summer nights were spent wandering around local parks and walking out to the Love Lock Bridge to catch Pokémon. It was crazy to see how many other people in the community were out and about playing the game! After a while, our interest in the game died down, but it was fun while it lasted.

Top Ten Moments of 2016

  1. Family Olympics

One summer weekend, when the family was gathered together, we spontaneously held a “Family Olympics.” Medals were quickly cut out and strung together while events were set up. The afternoon was filled with friendly competition, medal ceremonies, and a lot of laughs. I have a feeling we stumbled upon a new family tradition!

Top Ten Moments of 2016

  1. Door County

It’s no secret that Ian and I love to take day trips up to Door County! Therefore, when Ian’s cousin came to visit we knew a road trip was in our future. After popping in and out of shops in Fish Creek, we laid out a blanket to enjoy a picnic lunch by the water. None of us wanted to pack up and leave, but as the sun started to set we knew it was time to make the journey home.

Top Ten Moments of 2016

  1. Being Featured in a Magazine

I joined the Rising Tide Society a little over a year ago, and have fallen in love with the community. It’s a heartwarming experience to find “your people” and geek out about all things creative. One additional highlight of joining the group was having the opportunity to be featured in a local magazine! All of the members of the group are serious #girlbosses and I loved seeing them get the recognition they deserve.

Top Ten Moments of 2016

What was the highlight of your year? Leave it in the comments!

Month in Review: November, 2016

Month in Review: November, 2016

Oh, November. You were another rollercoaster of emotions.

After seeing a doctor about the pain I was experiencing in October, I was caught in a whirlwind of appointments and phone calls. The end result – I was booked for surgery. Recovery time was estimated to be 48 hours. Not bad, right?! But as I write this post I’m still in pain. Hence my social media blackout and lack of blog posts…

On the plus side?! I’m finally getting my energy back. So I decided to sit down and write my Month in Review. As I scrolled through my photos, I realized that even though this was another difficult month, there were so many moments scattered throughout the weeks to be thankful for. Here are a few of them.

November started off on a high note – my Dad’s birthday! Ian and I drove home for a weekend celebration. First, we tried our hand at frisbee golf. Clearly, we were all newbies. Just look at our frisbee selection! We spent the afternoon in a fit of giggles as we attempted to make our way through the course, hitting trees and all other obstacles in our way.

After our abysmal performance on the frisbee golf course, we drove to Ski Hi to treat ourselves with caramel apples before heading to dinner. Seeing as it was a birthday celebration, eating dessert before dinner seemed acceptable. (But honestly, when is it not?!) Looking back, this weekend was one of my favorite memories from November.

Month in Review: November, 2016

Month in Review: November, 2016

My surgery was booked in for the middle of the month, so my stomach was in knots the days leading up to my appointment. Luckily, I had a wonderful surgeon and everything went smoothly. Ian took a few days off of work to keep me company while I recovered and even surprised me with a mini gingerbread house! While it hurt to laugh at this point, a few giggles snuck out while we were decorating our little masterpiece.

Month in Review: November, 2016

Month in Review: November, 2016

November was also the month that my grandma passed away. Her funeral was bittersweet as we reminisced about her life and took comfort that she is reunited with my grandpa. My grandma loved family gatherings and never passed up the chance to have a bit of fun. Therefore, having her funeral reception at the local bowling alley seemed fitting. Everyone gathered to share a meal, a story and a few laughs to celebrate her life.

Month in Review: November, 2016

Month in Review: November, 2016

Then, in a blink of an eye November came to a close. I usually feel a tinge of sadness while I flip the page over to the next month in our calendar, but to be honest, November was rough. I’m looking forward to setting the reset button and getting lost in December’s holiday spirit. So bring on the Christmas carols, cutout cookies, and twinkle lights!

Catch a glimpse of our month in the video below! We filmed one second every day in November!