Milwaukee is for Lovers

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Okay, so that's actually Virginia's slogan but Milwaukee is where we headed to celebrate our ten year anniversary a few weeks ago. We were totally last in, Loren came home from work, we decided to go, packed, and left. Thankfully the drive is about an hour and a half from our house so we all piled in the car and headed off.

You can see our always faithful road trip companion in the backseat. :) Once we got into town our hotel options were limited because it was so last minute, and we had our fur-baby with us but we ended up getting a great deal at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. A little hotel booking tip, we saved over $30 a night by booking through Priceline's Express Deals versus just booking through Priceline or Hilton directly. EXACT same hotel just cheaper! Crazy right?! We literally booked it on our phone right outside the hotel and then Loren went and checked us in. Anyway, just wanted to share that tip with you all.

Once we got Ruby settled into the room, Loren and I ended out to explore a little. We decided to get dinner at Pier 106 so we could get seafood and sit out by the river and enjoy the evening. The food was okay, but I fully admit to being a seafood snob. After living in the Pacific Northwest for so long it's hard not to be! We stopped for a nightcap on the walk back to the hotel but left once the hair band started playing. :)

Saturday was a fun-filled day! I had found this post from and it was helpful for us to find activities we could do with Ruby. We walked along the Milwaukee River for awhile and then headed over to Brady Street to roam for a bit. We mostly just window shopped but places had water out for pups to cool down after being walked all over town. Nomad World Pub was a nice place to stop for an afternoon drink. It was nice to sit outside and people watch.

After we left Brady Street we headed to the park for some paddle boating. Paddle boating with a dog, while wearing a dress turned out to not be the smartest idea ever so we only lasted about 10 minutes.

After the paddle boating experience, we decided that going on another boat was a good idea. This time it was an architecture tour with MKE Boat. It was a nice time. The boat took us on the river and then out onto Lake Michigan. The boat also had a bar so you could get a drink and snack while on the cruise.

After the sightseeing cruise we went back to the hotel for a little snooze and then Loren and I headed out for dinner. We went to the Milwaukee Ale House. The food was good, beer was good (according to Loren), and they had Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling. :) A win in my book. This is the best picture I have.

That's a wrap on our weekend in Milwaukee. It was a fun little getaway to celebrate our anniversary and it's always nice to explore a new place with my adventure buddy. Until next time...


Fourth of July Celebration

Monday, July 11, 2016

We spent the week of the Fourth up north at my cousin's lake house in Traverse City, Michigan. I tried to write up one big recap of the week but it got WAY too lengthy, so I'll do separate posts of the highlights of the trip. :)

The Fourth of July is actually one of my favorite holidays. I love celebrating this beautiful country we live in and when the holiday celebrations end in fireworks!? You can't ask for much more. The guys went golfing in the morning and us gals started the day lounging in the sun.

After the guys got back we headed out on the boat for some tubing and to watch the Blue Angels. We even took Ruby out on the boat for a little bit! She liked being on the boat wasn't such a big fan of actually swimming in the lake (and yes, I make her wear a life jacket).

When it was time for the air show to start, I was excited but didn't expect to be as moved by it as I was. Loren and I have seen the Blue Angels before when they do a show at SeaFair in Seattle but something about seeing it on the 4th was really spectacular. And being in the company of some of my favorite people in the whole world, that was the cherry on top. :) 

We spent some more time in the sun and then headed back for dinner. Once it was getting close to being time for fireworks we headed back out on the water for a party! We had glow sticks and good jams so we danced it up while we waited for the fireworks to start. 

Ruby was over all the excitement and just wanted to snuggle with Dad. :) Overall, it was one of my favorite Fourth of July holidays I can remember. I'm so grateful that we were able to have such a fun day, and can't wait until next year! Hope you had a great holiday as well! Thanks for reading!


Ten Years

Friday, June 24, 2016

Today is our ten year wedding anniversary. TEN YEARS! 3653 days! I honestly can't believe that Loren and I have been married that long...especially since I haven't aged at all! :)

It's been a wonderful adventure and I'm so grateful to have Loren to experience life with. Obviously, it hasn't been all puppies and rainbows but to know that I have someone to always stand with me, truly calms my heart and gives me peace. They say that the first year of marriage is the hardest, but for us going from year nine to ten was a real doozy. Learning that you can make it through tough times, slight nervous breakdowns (mine not his), health scares, and a total life upheaval and still smile at each other at the end of the day is really a major thing and something I think I took for granted. I'm so happy to have a partner who can see through my "fake it til you make it" BS. While no one is perfect, Loren is perfect for me.

I started thinking about all the things we've experienced since getting married and it was so fun to think about. If my memory is correct (which is able a 50/50 chance) we've visited 11 countries, 22 states, bought and sold our first home, bought our second home, became parents to the best dog ever, Loren got his master's degree, ran A LOT of races, and so much more.

Thanks for reading my mushy post. And Happy Anniversary to my most faithful reader! :)


Weekend Recap

Monday, June 20, 2016

Is it just me or did Monday arrive way too quickly?! My parents came to visit for the weekend and we had such a good time with them. A good mix of getting out and about, relaxing, and getting a few things done around the house. They're good helpers. :) 

It was my Dad's birthday so we had celebrated that and Father's Day by heading to the Chicago Cubs game on Saturday night. It was the first time any of us had been to Wrigley Field so it was pretty exciting...especially for my parents and Loren who really like baseball. And the Cubs won! 

So many blue shirts. The bus ride getting back to our house was a bit of a fiasco so we didn't get home until after 1:00am which I think through Sunday off for us a bit. But after sleeping in and having such pancakes for breakfast we all worked on a few house projects. My Dad and Loren hung up a few things for me and Mom and I worked outside getting flowers planted and the front porch cleaned up. Amazing what a little power washing can do! 

It was a great weekend and I'm glad I was able to spend it with them. I think it's been ten years since I saw my Dad on his birthday! Hope you had a nice weekend too! 


P.S. We also went to see the new Kevin Hart movie Central Intelligence and thought it was hilarious! Check it out if you need a chuckle! :)

Loren the Spartan

Monday, June 13, 2016

I like to use this blog to give a peek into our lives, which means sometimes it's Loren's time to shine and today is one of those days. Yesterday, Loren completed the Spartan Sprint Race here in the Chicagoland area. I'm so proud of him for finishing this race! I went and watched it might be the one and only time I've cheered for a Spartan.

The course was insane. An approximately five mile run with 23 obstacles along the way. And some of them are apparently so "intense" that you have to wait until you get there to know what it is. (Loren was following the red route)

Honestly, having to get over a wall just to get to the start line would've made my eyes well up with tears but Loren was still smiling as he waited for the run to start.

The viewing areas for spectators wasn't great for the beginning of the run so I didn't see Loren until he was arriving at the 16th obstacle. He was already covered in mud and now had to carry a weighted bag through this wooded area.

The next obstacles I saw him complete were the Herc Hoist and Spear Throw.

I hustled over to the finish area to catch him there. A couple walls to get over, a jump over fire, and he was done.

So muddy.

Like I said, I'm so proud of him for doing this run. It looked incredibly difficult and I totally would've chickened out. He's a tough cookie! Love you sweets!

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave Loren a congratulatory comment if you want! :)

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