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Look at me and how EARLY I am this month with my post! There are still a handful of hours left in the month of May! But oh my, May was a big month. A lot going on. Plus, you know, my dad’s open-heart surgery. No big deal. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. The second half of the month was completely askew.  He had the procedure done in Milwaukee and had an extended stay in the ICU, so there was a lot of driving back and forth — and a lot of time off from work. I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things in June. While it was a stressful month, it was also a good month. The surgery was a success and my dad is on the road to full recovery – we’re lucky the problem was discovered and able to be fixed.

Here are the photos!
Sadie photos, obvi.
Celebrating Michelle’s birthday.
Pete raises money every year for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids event. Spoiler alert: I’m much better at Wii bowling than real bowling.
Spent a nice Saturday at High Cliff. It was muddy and dirty hiking, but still fun.
Then we climbed the big ol’ observation tower in Calumet County. Pete is afraid of heights but, to his credit, wanted to get to the top anyway. I was happily buzzed with my old fashioned — and he was having major anxiety in that photo.
The next day we visited Holy Hill. He worked there in his youth — and I had major flashbacks to my days in Catholic schools. Why do all churches smell the same?
More scenes of May.
Unintentional twinning.
Mothers Day!
LOVE MY MOMMA. As do the dogs.
We stayed at the Kimpton in Milwaukee the night before my dad’s surgery. I’ll always love this hotel.
Nervous, pre-surgery Denny. And a pretty sunset.
The plant in the waiting room of St. Luke’s; plus, a trip home to care for the dogs.
Where I spent quite a bit of time; St. Luke’s was great though – friendly staff, caring nurses, good doctors, and a decent cafeteria. No complaints!
The 10 days of blooms = my favorite.
My heart necklace was appropriate; and Sadie knew we needed extra snuggles! Also, the lakeflies were terrible this year. Terrible.
Peace out, hospital!
Really good book; and a unicorn cookie for Scarlett, the daughter of the dogs’ groomer.
My mom and I attended the Women’s Fund luncheon – Jeannette Walls was an interesting speaker!
Kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with some cuteness. Rainbow sprinklesssss!
Donuts on yard work day; post-yard work day drinks.
Cocktails at OYC plus a pink heart balloon that got sucked out of a moonroof 30 seconds after this photo was taken.
The first little rainbow of the season. I love rainbows. But y’all know this.
Here’s to moving on to June – hopefully it brings good health and happy summer memories.
And finally, a big shoutout to Pete.  He’s done so much to help my parents this month (lawn care! yard work! furniture pick up! you name it!) — and I wasn’t the easiest person to be around due to worry and stress, so basically, he’s been a saint.

My April post is a little late — but better late than never (or, as Blanche Deveraux would say, “better late than… pregnant!”).  Here are this month’s photos!

Easter weekend! Sadie has no chill.
Made a killer cheese-and-crackers tray for Pete’s family’s Easter celebration – please note the inclusion of cheddar bunnies.
Then the following week I was sick. But on a positive note: balloons and Teresa winning for judge!

Momma’s birthday! I forced her to take the afternoon off work – so we went for manicures and a little shopping! Love her to the moon and back.
We had a freak spring mega-snowstorm right in the middle of April. What else is there to do besides dye your hair (temporarily) pink, make rainbow sprinkle cookies, and visit the Dollar Tree?!
Smiley balloon from Pete / oil rainbow / and winter just won’t quit!
Went to Milwaukee to visit Jillian!  Had to visit Batches cookies!
I really do miss Milwaukee; it was my fav.
Fav Mexican food at Bel Aire Cantina! And a very Wisconsin dinner with Pete in Winneconne.
My sweet Denny is so thoughtful – he knew I’d love that Disney magazine!
And the last weekend of the month was spent in Atlanta with Nicole!
The BeltLine, with all of its colorful street art, was my fav.
I really did like Atlanta – we had fun shopping, eating, and walking around.
Get yourself a guy who, after you’ve only been gone 48 hours, picks you up from the airport with a balloon, bananas (that are just a little green, as you like them), and a bag of honeycrisp apples – cause he knew you would want healthy foods for the week ahead. What a gem.

March is never my favorite month. It’s an inbetween month. Not quite spring. Not entirely winter. Nothing exciting going on. No more week-long spring breaks to look forward to. Aside from St. Patrick’s Day, not much happens. But I managed to squeeze a lot into the month! Here are the pics.

Sadie snuggles / happy hour with Marianne and a bunch of lawyers / yellow is the happiest color.
Rooms of Blooms! Michelle and I met at Rooms of Blooms 2 years ago. We were wearing the exact same dress and we’ve been great friends ever since. Girl friendships are awesome like that.
Had to recognize International Women’s Day! / and some cute Sadie pics, obvi
Shamrock Shufflin’! / cheese curds are a great love of my life / Black Panther was entertaining (to me; Pete hated it!)
When you’ve got a guy in your life that remembered, from your very first date, that you love balloons… and then surprises you with balloons on a random Tuesday… HE’S A GEM / Moscow mulin’ with lady lawyer night! / Girl Scout cookie season is a great highlight of March!
Touring a submarine in Manitowoc; it was more awesome than I was expecting.
Look at all those instructions for using the toilet! I would screw up and sink the ship. / Manitowoc was cute; should visit more often.
More cheese curds – the only good thing about our meal at Horse & Plow in Kohler. Usually it’s so good but man, what a disappointment this time!
Wall o’ toilets / And while I swooned over the beautiful bathrooms at the design center, Pete merely tolerated them. #menarefrommars #womenarefromvenus
Winterspring / and all three fluffs waiting for my mom to come home.
I miss Milwaukee!
Sadie loves her new pretzel toy.
Easter is comin’! / plus a fun Good Friday happy hour
Am I a 33-year old lawyer…or a teenage girl? Based on my most recent trip to Ulta, it’s a toss up / I pretty much hate Starbucks’ new line of mugs, which is good, because I need another mug collection like I need a hole in the head / pretty Lambeau; had dinner at 1919, which was just alright.
Green Bay Gamblers game! Fun fact: they do racing beer cans. Two of them slipped and fell on the ice. One couldn’t get up. Busch Light won. I love Wisconsin.

Here’s the last of the Hawaii posts. Maui! Maui was the familiar old friend of this trip. I’ve been to the island many times — as a little kid, as a teenager, as a college kid, and as an adult. It’s always lovely but we were all surprised at how crowded it felt this time around — more traffic and more people! It’s full of memories though, so it’ll forever be a favorite place.

  • The day we arrived on Maui was terrible – windy, RAINY, gray, and again, so much rain. The weather forecast was not good and we were becoming very concerned that our time on Maui would be nothing but rain. It took forever to pick up our rental car, it took forever to drive to our condo, and we were all a little grumpy. So we stopped at the grocery store, picked up a pizza, cooked it at our condo, and had a sad first night on the island!
  • The next day, however, I woke up early, checked the weather, and probably looked like a kid smiling on Christmas morning. It was beautiful outside. Sunny with clear blue skies — just what we wanted! And it pretty much stayed that way until the day we left. We lucked out and are very grateful!
  • We went to the Shops at Wailea for some retail therapy and had lunch at the Tommy Bahama restaurant – which was a fond memory from our last trip. The food was delish! Later in the day, my mom and I walked down to Whalers’ Village – a shopping center down the beach from our condo. Are you sensing a shopping theme for our first day?
  • The next day we explored Lahaina. I have a love/hate relationship with Lahaina – it wouldn’t be Maui without it, but it’s kind of the seedy tourist trap area. *shrugs* HOWEVER, Dole Whip has made it to Maui and I almost screamed with delight when I discovered this! Y’all know how much I love Dole Whip.
  • We had a late lunch and many fruity drinks at the Westin next door to our condo building. The Westin’s food was really good — and their drinks were even better. It was so relaxing!
  • The next day was a lounge around day. We went to breakfast, sat at the pool, napped, lounged some more, etc. Rough life, eh? I went to the Chinese New Year celebration at Whalers’ Village, which was really cool.
  • I’ve kind of lost track of days, but one night we went to dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and it was so disappointing! Normally we love Ruth’s but man, this was a bummer. Never again!
  • Our last day on Maui was cloudy and dreary. Not much to do except shop (again) and eat (some more). Good thing we excel at both activities.
  • I enjoyed this trip to Maui. Last time I was there (10 years ago), it was go-go-go-go-go with non-stop planned activities like ziplining and snorkeling. This time around, it was more relaxing and a do-nothing kind of attitude. Loved it.
  • I joked with my mom that I’d like to come back to Maui again… but hopefully sooner than 10 years from now ;) Thanks to my parents for a wonderful vacation and for allowing me to tag along. I’m lucky for every day that I have with them.

A depressing airport photo of our depressing arrival.
But the next day was sunny and we were all happy!
Shops at Wailea.
More shave ice – what a surprise!
Big ol’ banyan tree.
Me trying to get Mothership to smile. :)
We drank so. many. fruity. alcohol-y. drinks.
The beautiful outdoor dining area of the Westin.
Pete somehow managed to send me a postcard – timed it exactly right! What a gem.
Breakfast with a view.
Intentionally matchy-matchy with our hats, unintentionally matchy-matchy with our outfits.
I’m 99% sure we were laughing at my mom trying to figure out my iPhone camera. It’s not her best life skill.
Every woman in the world should have the body confidence of every mediocre middle-aged white man.
Happy Year of the Dog!
View from the condo.
I bought the most Hawaiian dress of all time; trying to figure out how to make it work in Wisconsin.
It was dreary all day, then we got THIS sunset. *hearts in eyes*
I love how it’s 100% acceptable to have a turquoise house here.
When it rains on Maui, eat some ice cream and a rainbow sprinkle cone.
Our condo was beautiful.
My dream color palette – island greens!
On our way to the airport, we stopped here. CUTENESS!
Maui now has a Target. Which makes me happy AND sad. But because of who I am as a person, I made us visit.
Bye, Hawaii, you were great.
PS: The magnet collection grows!

Oh my holy heaven, Kauai is magical. It was my favorite island of the three we visited on this trip. The minute we got off the plane I thought to myself, “oh yes, I’m going to love it here.” It’s very relaxed, quiet, and full of wild chickens. Here are my bullet-pointed thoughts:

  • We only had 2 days here. Not enough time! I’d love to come back and spend a week.
  • Our hotel, the Grand Hyatt Kauai, was so lovely. Beautiful, clean, and aesthetically comforting – if that makes any sense. It took a nanosecond to forget our bad Big Island experience!
  • We had fruity drinks at the pool bar when we arrived, and then headed up to Waimea Canyon. Waimea Canyon is kind of like the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The drive up is lengthy with lots of twists and turns – it was a little nauseating, but the end result was worth it!
  • The next day, we took a DOORS OFF helicopter ride! It was so cool. Well, it was 90% cool and 10% scary… because, again, DOORS OFF. I bought a little harness for my cell phone that I wore around my neck because I wasn’t gonna be that person who drops her cell phone out of the helicopter.
  • The entire Jack Harter Helicopters experience was great – everyone was friendly and I felt safe the entire time. They physically seat belted you in, so you knew you were secure. Our pilot, Ian, was very chill and knowledgeable – and he got a kick out of the fact that we are from Oshkosh, as he’s been to EAA!
  • The helicopter ride lasted about an hour – it was chilly and windy – but you guys, it was Jurassic Park come to life. They even played the theme song over the headsets! I was giddy! A large portion of Kauai is inaccessible by car – so a helicopter truly is the best way to see it all. Though next time I want to see the Na Pali coast via boat!
  • Denny did not participate, but he met us once we landed and snuck into our photo! Uncool, Denny! It’s OK, I think he was just thrilled that his girls were back on solid ground.
  • After our adrenaline rushes subsided, we hopped back into the car and took a little road trip up to Princeville, Hanalei, and Kapaa. Everything was so dreamy and beautiful and colorful.
  • My mom and I stopped for a shave ice at Ono Ono in Kapaa – and of course, I made sure that mine looked like a rainbow. Strawberry, pineapple, and blue raz for the win! Shave ice is so good and refreshing.
  • Hanalei was hippie central and although I couldn’t be less of a hippie if I tried, I loved the area.
  • Are you tired of my raving about Kauai yet?! Too bad!
  • We returned to the Poipu Beach area and went shopping — because it wouldn’t be a vacation without a little shopping.
  • The next day, we had to leave. I was so sad. Happy that Maui was next, but I was really wishing for more time on Kauai. You know how you have some experiences that you know you’ll remember with a smile on your face for the rest of your life? Well, this 48 hours on Kauai, doing crazy things like a doors-off helicopter ride and simple things like eating a rainbow shave ice with my momma, will be one of those memories.

Even the airport is tiny and precious.
Grand Hyatt Kauai – isn’t she beautiful?
Relaxed and loving our leis.
A few tropical drinks and all is right in the world.
Waimea Canyon! Photos don’t really do it justice.
JB’s photo-taking skillz are improving!
Chickens everywhere.
Adventure awaits!
Na Pali Coast. So beautiful!
Sorry that some of these photos are a little off kilter. It’s more difficult than you’d think to take iPhone pics while you’re up in the air!
Welcome to Jurassic Park. That’s Manawaiopuna Falls on the right – which is featured in one of the opening scenes of the movie.
We did it! I thought it was really fun and I’d do it again – it’s like being on the world’s coolest roller coaster.
Puff the Magic Dragon-land.
Oh look, more shave ice!
Isn’t it pretty?
Back at the hotel – with more gorgeous views!
Hey, Beannie.
Vacation eating is the best. Chocolate chip waffles! Pineapple! More waffles!
Goodbye for now, Kauai. You were spectacular!