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!

Month in Review: October, 2016

Month in Review: October, 2016

I’m not going to lie, October was rough. It was sprinkled with health issues, anxiety over said health problems – but also laughter. I’ve always known the importance of laughter, but it was reiterated this month. So bear with me as I sort through my sparse photos (it’s hard to remember to capture moments when you’re not feeling 100%)

Month in Review: October, 2016

Ian and I welcomed fall with an afternoon trip to an apple orchard. I took full advantage of their free trolley ride and enjoyed a scenic tour around the orchard before picking apples. I had planned on baking apple crisp – but after picking 15 lbs of apples we had a slight change of plan! Co-workers were greeted with cinnamon apple muffins, baked oatmeal and applesauce the next day!

Month in Review: October, 2016

After weeks of planning, I flew up to MN for a girls’ weekend with my college friends! It was refreshing to explore a new city, watch chick flicks, and talk late into the night. So much has changed over the years, but it was heartwarming to know that we all could pick-up from where we left off.

Month in Review: October, 2016

Month in Review: October, 2016

Since I was feeling under the weather for most of the month I opted out of a few social events, namely Packer games. The silver lining? Ian was able to pack in a bunch of quality time with friends. Here is a shot of one of their tailgates!

Month in Review: October, 2016

Fall wouldn’t feel complete without a wandering through dried corn stalks! So Ian and I bundled up spent an afternoon navigating our way through a corn maze. It was the perfect way to say farewell to October!

Month in Review: October, 2016

Month in Review: October, 2016

Looking back, even though October was rough, there are moments I will cherish scattered throughout the month. I know November will have its ups and downs as well, but I’m excited to see what the new month has in store.

Month in Review: September, 2016

Month in Review: September, 2016

Ian and I spent the month of September saying goodbye to summer. Our weekends were filled with beach days, boat rides, and attending local events. We tried to soak in as much warm weather as we could before the changing leaves brought a chill to the air. Here are some of our highlights!

Month in Review: September, 2016

The Badgers traveled up to Lambeau to face off LSU early in the month. With the streets flooded with fans decked out in red, we felt like we were back in Madison for the day! It was nostalgic to dust off our college gear and tailgate with friends. My brother was even in town, so the day was extra special!

Month in Review: September, 2016

Month in Review: September, 2016

Over Labor Day Weekend we drove up to Door County and enjoyed one last beach day. It was bittersweet to sit on the sand, watching the sun set, and knowing we were close to closing the chapter on another season.

Month in Review: September, 2016

Month in Review: September, 2016

We couldn’t leave Door County without hiking to the shoreline filled with balancing stones. There is something magical about this hidden beach and it pulls us back every time we are in the area. After taking a few moments to soak in the view, we wandered around searching for the perfect stones to construct our own creations.

Month in Review: September, 2016

Month in Review: September, 2016

While searching for events in our area I came across a campus preview day that listed boat rides and horse-drawn carriage tours. That was enough to entice me! We spent the afternoon strolling around the courtyards, eating lunch from the food trucks and listening to live music.

Month in Review: September, 2016

Towards the middle of the month Ian and I packed up the car and drove down to Madison for my friends wedding shower. It was lovely to see many of my high school friends and reminisce when we lived close together! My sister and I even snuck in some quality time and I left with a full-heart and sore cheeks from laughing.

Month in Review: September, 2016

Month in Review: September, 2016

While the Pokémon Go craze is slowly dying down, every once in awhile Ian asks to walk downtown to take advantage of lures. Luckily, the walk weaves along a riverside path that ends at the love-lock bridge. With beautiful views like this there is not much to complain about!

Month in Review: September, 2016

Month in Review: September, 2016

Our month ended with an event I had been anxiously awaiting – the Alpaca Open House!! Yes, that is right! Ian and I were able to spend a day at an alpaca farm feeding the animals, cooing over the babies, and listening to music. While browsing the gift shop I found these giant fluffy alpaca slippers and fell in love! Sadly, they were $85 so I had to leave without them, but we had a great time learning more about these cute animals.

For a closer look at our month watch the video below! Enjoy!