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!

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: June, 2018

Month in Review: June, 2018

June, you were a month to remember! Our days were filled with birthday celebrations, summer festivals, a wedding, and exploring new cities. By the end of the month I felt like I needed a nice lie-in, but lazy mornings will have to be saved for a later date. Summer is the time to savor being busy and lean into new experiences. Here are a few of our favorite memories from June.

The month began getting to know our own city better. We are still new to the Milwaukee area and were excited to try out new places to dine during restaurant week. Best part – this event landed on Ian’s birthday weekend! It was the perfect excuse to get dressed up, drive downtown, and indulge in a three course meal.

Month in Review: June, 2018

Shortly after Ian’s birthday celebrations, we were packing our bags for another happy occasion – a wedding! Ian’s cousin was getting married in Scotland and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to catch up with family and toast the happy couple.

Month in Review: June, 2018

Since we were already abroad, we decided to extend our trip to explore a new city – Copenhagen! It was our first time in Scandinavia and it won’t be our last. The city was breathtaking and we fell in love with the Danish culture.

Month in Review: June, 2018

Month in Review: June, 2018

We ended our trip with a quick stop in Paris. Since Ian and I had both been to Paris multiple times, we enjoyed exploring the the quieter spots tucked away in the city. I was teary-eyed a few times during our stay since it felt surreal to share this experience with Ian.

Month in Review: June, 2018

Month in Review: June, 2018

Month in Review: June, 2018

Once back home in Wisconsin, we were thrusted into festival season. On one Saturday alone there were six festivals taking place. I was overwhelmed with our options, but decided to check out the Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg. Ian and I strolled down the the main street looking at craft stalls, eating strawberry short cake, and stopping by the winery for strawberry wine.

Month in Review: June, 2018

We ended the month back in Green Bay! We grabbed dinner with old friends, visited our favorite spots around town and reminisced about our time living in De Pere. Even though we felt like we were melting in the 96 degree heat, we had the best time walking down memory lane.

Month in Review: June, 2018

Month in Review: June, 2018

Watch the video below for a deeper look inside our month! Enjoy!