Month in Review: July 2019

July went by in a blur. I guess that is the side effect of a busy month. As I sorted through all the photos and videos we captured throughout the month, I was stunned at how much we packed into 31 days. From catching up with friends to exploring Milwaukee with family, countless memories were made.

To kick off the month, Ian and I made a day trip over to Oconomowoc Lake to visit with friends. We watched a storm roll in over the lake while playing games on the deck and enjoying each others company.

After our goodbyes, Ian and I prepared ourselves for the crowded Summerfest grounds. We had tickets to see Bon Iver, and while the performance did not disappoint, the sunset over the lake stole the show.

As a Fourth of July tradition, Ian and I enjoyed a sunset dinner at Barnacle Buds. It is a quirky lakefront restaurant tucked in the middle of a shipping yard. The atmosphere transports you to the Florida Keys and makes you feel like you’ve been on a mini vacation.

In the middle of the month we made the drive back to the family farm. It was an afternoon filled with riding the Kubota and challenging each other to basketball games. You really couldn’t have asked for a better summer’s day.

During a rare free weekend, Ian and I drove up to Lion’s Den Gorge for a hike. I was stunned at the beautiful sweeping views of the lake. It was an easy hike, but it wasn’t long before the mosquitoes were chasing us. Therefore, we escaped the woods and drove to Kopp’s for a cheeky scoop of frozen custard before heading home.

The month came to a close with a visit from Ian’s family! We spent the weekend trying new restaurants, checking out new spots around town, and catching up. A highlight from the weekend was making it over to the new Mequon Public Market. It is a great addition to the area and I can’t wait to try out all of the food vendors – especially Santorini Grill!

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Month in Review: June 2019

The long holiday weekend interrupted my workflow, but the break was appreciated. As we look back on June, it’s clear a pause from our busy schedules was needed. From the beginning of June to the Fourth of July, our calendar was filled. We caught up with family, celebrated birthdays, attended a wedding, and squeezed in a few summer events. It was a bit hectic, but each event on our calendar were moments we couldn’t pass up.

June began with a big celebration – Ian’s birthday! He had one wish, to ride the city bus to the zoo. I felt like I was planning an 8 year-old’s birthday party, but I was equally excited to spend an afternoon acting like a kid. We ate dole whip, read all of the exhibit plaques, and road the tram. As birthdays go, this was one for the books!

Next on the calendar was pizza night at Mapleton Farm! I had heard about these events popping up around Wisconsin and was excited to find one close to Milwaukee. I felt right at home laying a blanket out by the farm, listening to music, and eating pizza.

Ian and I were also blessed with two weekends to catch up with his family! His parents alternated weekends and we enjoyed cider samplings in Mt. Horeb and cycling races in Grafton. It was nice to spend quality time with each of them, especially since we don’t get to see them as often as we would like.

In between celebrating our friends’ wedding and attending a bridal shower, Ian and I went on a mini trip to Rockford. Ian started a new role at a company stationed in Loves Park, so we enjoyed spending a bit more time in the area and checking out the local spots. While Ian was at work I slipped away to wander through the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens. In the evening, Ian and I packed a picnic to enjoy while listening to music at the Anderson Japanese Gardens. This was a quick trip, but it gave us a little taste of the community and we are excited to plan another staycation.

While these are just a few highlights, they offer a glimpse into our crazy month. We loved each and every event, but by the time July rolled around I was ready for some down time. Luckily, we have a bit of time before things pick back up again, but being busy is unavoidable in the summertime.

Month in Review: May 2019

May was a month where some dreams came true and others were crushed. It may sound dramatic, but it was a month of high highs and low lows. These extremes are not unique in life, but they are mentally and emotionally draining. Therefore, Ian and I were grateful to have a holiday weekend nestled within the month to regroup and start June on a fresh note.

May started off in the best way possible – on an airplane to a dream destination. I’ve had Greece on my travel bucket list for years and I was over the moon to finally visit. Ian and I spent a glorious week exploring the ancient ruins in Athens, soaking up the sun in Mykonos,  and watching the sunsets in Santorini. It was a magical trip that reignited my love for travel.

While it was difficult to leave Greece, I was grateful we made it back home in time to enjoy all of the spring blossoms. Ian and I made a mini date night out of driving around town to look at the blossoming trees. It doesn’t get more beautiful than this!

Towards the end of the month, we were giddy with excitement since we thought we found a house to submit an offer on. We have been house hunting for four months and haven’t fallen in love with a home like this before. Then we received a phone call from our relator that said the homeowners accepted an offer from a family friend and they were not looking at outside offers. Our hearts broke. We know this is a tough housing market and there are many more heartbreaks ahead of us, but that didn’t soften the blow.

Luckily, Memorial Day was right around the corner and we were able to enjoy a day at the beach to get our minds off of the house hunt. We chose to drive to a suburb of Milwaukee to get away from the crowds and soak in the sun. It was a quiet afternoon snuggled up on the beach, reading books, and playing card games.

With the start of each month, there is a sense of hope and excitement. It’s a fresh start to tackle your goals, make memories with friends, and enjoy your surroundings. As we look ahead in June, we are ready to make this month one to remember.