Month in Review: December, 2018

Month in Review: December, 2018

I never intended on stepping away and taking a digital detox. It all began with tucking my phone away to soak in quality family time over the holidays and catching a cold on the flight home from Florida. A weekend offline suddenly turned into three weeks and I was in disbelief. The holidays really took a toll of me this year! Thankfully, the cold has passed, our Christmas decorations are back in storage, and I’m ready to take on my 2019 goals. One of which, is to rejuvenate this space. To start, let’s rewind a bit and dive into December’s month in review!

Month in Review: December, 2018

December was a magical month full of light displays, sugar cookies, and holiday parties. Ian and I fully immersed ourselves in the season and filled our calendar with outings to drive down candy cane lane, bake our favorite holiday treats, and attend our first play in Milwaukee – Christmas at Pemberly. We ended the month celebrating Christmas with my family, then flying to Florida to ring in the New Year.

Month in Review: December, 2018

It was a month filled with tradition – some old and some new. That’s one thing I love most about the holidays. It’s a time to create your own magic and be filled with the wonder of the season. Watch the video below to see one second of every day in December. Enjoy!

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Month in Review: November, 2018

When you flip over your calendar to start a new month, you never truly know what life has in store. Notes are scribbled on various dates, reminding you of scheduled outings, but nothing is really set in stone. All it takes is one phone call, one moment, to make time stand still. Then all those notes on your calendar seem irrelevant and life choses a new course for your month.

November was one of those months where life took control of our schedule. A mere two weeks into the month I got a phone call that my grandmother had passed away. Even though she was 93 years old, the news of her passing came as a shock. My heart wasn’t prepared to say goodbye just yet, but it was healing to be surrounded by family as we celebrated her life.

Picking up the camera to document our outings slipped my mind this month, but I was able to find a few photos to share. First up is our visit to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. It was a brisk winter day, but Ian and I bundled up and walked along the winding trails. We came across ice covered ponds, a wigwam, and an observation tower that overlooked Lake Michigan. Seeing as the nature preserve is only a short drive away from our apartment, it was the perfect way to enjoy a low-key afternoon.

On another chilly afternoon, Ian and I drove to a new café/brewery in town, Vennture Brew Co. Being a combined brewery and café, Ian and I were both able to enjoy the experience. I ordered a pour-over coffee and Ian tried out one of their seasonal brews. I have a feeling we will become regulars!

November ended with a trip to parents’ house to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our stay was filled with playing games, decorating gingerbread houses, and meeting up with friends at Wollersheim’s Vintage Christmas. Spending time with friends and family was the perfect way to close out the month.

Interested in seeing a snippet from each day in November? Watch our Month in Review video below!

 

Month in Review: October, 2018

Month in Review: October, 2018

The buzz of summer events officially died down in October. While I’m sad that I have to wait six months to attend another street market or listen to music in the park, there is a small part of me that is thankful of a bit of quiet. With weekends free to explore, Ian and I have been making day trips to visit new towns and visit family.

October began with sake in hand at Boerner Botanical Gardens’ China Lights event. We missed last year’s event since we were on vacation in China, but I made sure we were able to attend this year! As soon as we walked through the entrance I was in awe. The display of lights was breathtaking and Ian and I enjoyed sampling sake, eating Chinese dishes, and catching a few stage performances.

Month in Review: October, 2018

As the leaves began to change color, I asked Ian to take a drive to Holy Hill. I heard the views from the church are best in the fall which meant this was the perfect time to make a visit. When we arrived at Holy Hill, we were immediately surrounded by a crowd. Clearly, we weren’t the only ones excited to see the view!

Month in Review: October, 2018

Later in the month, Ian traveled for a work and I took the opportunity to visit my sister. We spent the evening taking her little puppy, Poppy, on a walk, grabbing dinner, and catching up on life.

Month in Review: October, 2018

In search of a low key afternoon, Ian and I drove to the lake to sit by the water. One of my favorite pastimes is watching waves crash along the shore. I could have sat there all day, but eventually the cold got to us and we had to leave this beautiful view behind.

Month in Review: October, 2018

Month in Review: October, 2018

Our month came to a close with a day trip to Port Washington. Neither of us had visited their quaint downtown which made the afternoon feel like a mini get-a-way. We hiked up the hill to visit their lighthouse, strolled along the waterfront, and popped into a café for a warm cup of tea before heading home.

Month in Review: October, 2018

Month in Review: October, 2018

Want to see more of our month? Watch one second from every day in October!