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!

 

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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!

Month in Review: September, 2018

Month in Review, September, 2018

September flew by this year and I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that it is officially autumn. Where did the summer go? In these moments, I’m thankful of all the photos and videos Ian and I take throughout the month. After putting together our September video, I was reminded of all the adventures we had.

The month began with a trip downtown to wander around the Third Ward. This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city since it’s lined with cute boutique shops, cozy cafés, and stunning riverfront views.

Month in Review, September, 2018

Then we found ourselves beachside with our toes in the sand over Labor Day weekend. While the water was chilly, Ian and I were brave and dipped our feet in the lake. The rest of the afternoon was spent grilling out lunch and listening to the waves crash upon the shore.

Month in Review, September, 2018

Month in Review, September, 2018

Visiting Villa Terrace, a Mediterranean estate turned art museum, was at the top of my bucket list this month. Sadly, I was turned away on my first attempt to visit the villa due to a wedding. Mind you, this was on a Thursday and the website didn’t list any ongoing events. So this news came as quite a shock! Since we were already downtown we decided to grab sushi and walk around the East side. That’s when we stumbled across Black Cat Alley! This street art alleyway had been on my bucket list for quite some time, so it was a pleasant surprise to turn a corner and discover it nestled between two buildings.

Month in Review, September, 2018

Month in Review, September, 2018

The following weekend my Villa Terrace dreams came true. After calling the main office and confirming there weren’t any weddings that afternoon, Ian and I made our way to the estate. Quaint courtyards and perfectly manicured gardens will always have a soft spot in my heart, so I was in awe as we wandered around the property. This museum has to be on your list if you ever visit Milwaukee!

Month in Review, September, 2018

Month in Review, September, 2018

Our next big event in September was Doors Open, a weekend dedicated to hosting open houses for buildings that are usually closed to the public. This event is right up my alley, so I scoured over the list of 170 participating building to settle on a two-day itinerary! Out of the eleven properties we visited, our favorites were the St. Josaphat Basilica, Oriental Theater, and Tripoli Shrine.

Month in Review, September, 2018

Month in Review, September, 2018

Want to take a peek into one second from every day in September? Check out the video below!