Friday, August 26, 2011

wisconsin family history & memories

Earlier this month, we were in the midwest for my grandparents' 60th anniversary celebration. We actually flew in a few days earlier and headed over to the Manitowoc, WI area and visited with my aunt, uncle and their family. This is the area our entire family is from on my dad's side, so there is quite a bit of our family's history there. One of our ancestors actually founded the Manitowoc County. I love family history, so I asked if we could see the farm my grandma grew up on, where my dad grew up and a few of the places we always hear stories about.

Unfortunately the cheese factory that my great-grandpa owned is no longer there and the building where the liquor store was that my grandpa owned isn't there either. We did, however, get to see the farm my grandma grew up on.

I can't even begin to tell you how many stories she has told about the farm she grew up on, the school she went to and how long the walk was to school. It was so great to see it all in person! Here is the school she went to. We drove from the house they lived in, to the school...what a walk to make everyday!

Then we saw the church our grandparents got married at in 1943.

Then we headed to the beach at Lake Michigan. I remember growing up and coming to visit this area and going to the beach and the park with the rocks. It was so fun to see my niece and nephew enjoying and seeing the places we grew up with. I can't wait to take our kids to these places someday too!

Hmm...I remember these rocks in this park being bigger...

And this is where we stayed, at my aunt and uncle's dairy farm just outside the city. Preston loved seeing all the "moo's" and Leila got to see her favorite dog, Rocky. I couldn't help but remember the different trips my family would take to WI and our stays on the farm. I was always scared of the dogs and my brother got his head stuck in the hay barrels (classic family joke).

Thanks so much to my aunt and uncle who were fantastic hosts and my aunt who cooked delicious meals for us. :) I hope we'll be back soon!

Monday, August 15, 2011

weekend highlights

- Bike riding every morning around the neighborhood. I definitely don't dress that cute and my bike isn't as fun as that one, but that is how I want my legs to look eventually...lean and muscular. Being thrown off by the time change when we got back from our trip really helped me get in a better routine to wake up earlier and do this. This is the first step in getting in steps....

- Unpacking and laundry (so not fun)

- Lunch with the parents and shopping at Sur La Table (so fun!)

- Cooked some delicious corn from Sprouts (10 for $2 this week...seriously go buy some, its good!)

- Catching up on my shows. We had a ton of recorded shows to watch from the week or so that we were gone. Last night was the finale of the Next Food Network Star. I'm so sad Susie lost. She was my favorite the entire time. She reminded me of a hispanic Giada and I was really anxious to watch her show and learn some new Mexican recipes!

That is pretty much it. Mike was busy working and learning new material, but I had a really quiet weekend. It was nice just to get back in the swing of things and relax after a big trip last week.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

wisconsin family reunion

This last weekend our entire family headed up to Wisconsin to celebrate my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary and we had ourselves a little family reunion. Well, I guess it wouldn't be considered "little", there were about 40 people there...and we were still missing a few people!

I had designed t-shirts for the weekend (with the help of my Aunt Deb) along with a card for my grandparents. I also compiled pictures from everyone and created a picture slideshow that was shown after the vow renewal. Everything turned out so great and we had so much fun that we wish we could have stayed longer!

I just thought my nephew was so cute in these shirts! Oh and this is the face he makes when you ask him to show you his teeth. :) On the back we listed everyone...what a family!

And here are nearly all the cousins and their significant others. I believe we were missing six cousins in this picture. And yes my eyes are closed...its bound to happen with that many people in one picture!

Even the youngest of family members had matching outfits (thanks to my talented Aunt Deb who screen printed the onesies)!

More pictures to come from our other parts of the trip!