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May

May, one of my favorite months of the year, as come to a close.  May is great — the weather is delightful (read: not hot), the flowering trees are blooming, and the optimism of spring is all around.  June will be fun though because — surprise — I’m going to ICELAND!  I have never in my life taken a spur-of-the-moment trip… until now.  So I’m sure I will have SO MUCH to post about in June. But until then, here’s May!

Oh those pink flowering trees are my favorite.
The warmer weather marks the beginning of porch season.
Cinco de Mayo at the beginning of May = tacos galore.
Sadie, just casually watching some TV before bed in that upper left frame.
Walk with Mike — plus I got to see the colorful bridge lights in rainbow order!
Anytime I see a killer sunset (or sunrise…or rainbow) I become GIDDY. I always feel lucky to see something so beautiful that will never happen in the same way ever again.
We went to the Downtown Oshkosh Star Wars day celebration – it was very cute.
Star Wars sushi at Manila
I got very sweet mother’s day cards from Mike and the kids — I didn’t expect it and it was wonderful. We also went to the Mineshaft’s game room for the first time — holy crap. Skee Ballllll!
Mother’s Day with my wonderful momma.
Migraine time.  And Book-It night with the kids!
Went to Madison for a day to have lunch with a law school friend and now colleague.
Big project of the month = removing my first floor carpet (which I’ve hated since the day I moved into this house) to reveal the beeeeeeeautiful blonde hardwood floors underneath!  No sanding or refinishing was necessary. I was so lucky!
Sadie’s seizure situation is improving with medication. Always a happy girl.
Mid-month we went to Chicago for a weekend with the kids — and Mike’s mom and step-dad joined us. It was so fun!
Lincoln Park Zoo
Memorial Day weekend
And Mike helped me to hang these babies up — and we didn’t bicker at all!

See ya next month!

April

April!  The month of Easter, my momma’s birthday, and the true start of nice(ish) weather here in Wisconsin. Onto the photos…
Eat the rainbow.
We follow the Caribbean Taste food truck all over the place. So good!
Another wonderful Easter basket from my dad.  And I dressed Sadie as a Peep!
Easter Sunday hangout at Mike’s.
Got a new iPhone (hot daaaamn the photo quality is amazing) and Denny and I went to LaSure’s for the last time.
So much Sadie.
Moderna dose #2! Props to science and public health!
Moderna dose #2 took me dowwwwn for few days — happy to feel crappy though.
Happy birthday, sweet momma.
Sadie started having a lot of seizures this month. Poor girl.
My favorite coffee mug.  A little “midwestern sushi.” And a great new book of life lessons – I chuckled at the “be glad you are not in middle school” one.
Sadie went to the vet and got diagnosed with epilepsy.  And we geared up for a Star Wars weekend with the kids.
Ewok Sadie!
Jawa cookies!
BB-8 pizzas!
I was very proud of my Jabba the Hummus
Wookie cookies!
We made our own lightsabers, which was awesome.
More Sadie in the springtime.
My favorite little pink flowers emerge the last week of April every year. I look forward to seeing them every year!  See you all in May…

March

Here are my photos from March!
Spring decor.
Back to doing puzzles!
Gus & Gracie lived with me for a while this month while my parents had their floors re-done.
I was whining to Mike about how much I missed supper clubs — so he brought a supper club to me.  He’s the sweetest human.
Yes, I’m a professional who uses Lisa Frank products.
I was vaccinated!! I get my second dose on April 9th. I’m so endlessly grateful!
Wouldn’t be a holiday time without some holiday treats.
The daisy trend of my tween/teen years is BACK and I’m here for it!
We had a bunny hutch party for the kids!
Sadie-bunny!
Bought some cookies from Manderfield’s — and cheeses from Aldi!
St. Patrick’s Day!
And a huuuuuge ice shove.
Saturday errands – and a stop at McFleshman’s
I’m outdoorsy in that I like getting drunk on patios.
Sadie met the Great Danes that live next to Mike.
We follow the Caribbean food truck everywhere… so freaking good.
More cupcakes… Sorting Hat cupcakes to kick off Harry Potter weekend!
Butterbeer + fish ‘n’ chips
Tabletop Quidditch… aka beer pong ;)
English low tea and sandwiches
The next day brought a Harry Potter scavenger hunt!
Sadie Potter! And RAVENCLAW 4EVER!
We ended the day with homemade shepherd’s pie.
And before the month was over, we did a one-day virtual trip to Paris w/ the kids over their spring break. Didn’t know so much fire was involved in French cooking. ;)
Sadie was too pooped to party.  See you all next month.

February

February is gone and we are onto March!  Here are my pics from the last month.

The month started out at Disney World! I did a bunch of blog posts about it. It’ll always be one of my favorite Disney trips evahhhh.
Settling in back home.  And shoutout to Festival Foods for having the Bernie Mittens cookie!
We did a Virtual Disney weekend with Mike’s kids.
I baked for the occasion.
Homemade blue and green milks!
Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious! Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!
Lots of puppy snugs and a Toy Story grilled cheese!
We also celebrated the Super Bowl — aka Junk Food Day!
CADBURY MINI EGG SEASON IS UPON US!
We celebrated Lunar New Year with the kids.
Valentine’s season.
We celebrated Mardi Gras with the kids a few days early; I ordered a King Cake from New Orleans, it was amaaaazing.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Mask making and hurricanes (for the adults only)!
Happy Valentine’s Day
All I wanted was pizza and mmmm hmmm, I got it. Then the dogs arrived – Gus is always NERVOUS.
Brought a King Cake to the office on real Mardi Gras. And Mike got Sadie a tutu. I died.
So many puppy snuggles.
Car wash unicorn vibes!
Out with February, in with March and a new season. I got the Peeps earrings for me and the girls. So tasteful and subtle, right? ;-)

Disney World – Part 3

Our last day at WDW!  Still sunny, still cold, still windy, still bundled up — but off to the Magic Kingdom! We started the day early with a breakfast of Mickey waffles (always a must for me everytime I visit the parks). We walked from the resort to the park and guys…. we were the first ones into the park.  No joke!  We didn’t plan that and it just happened!  How cool is that?

The park was not crowded so we packed a lot into just a few hours!  We went to see the castle (which is now pink and blue… my verdict on it is still out). Mike went on Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  We both went on the Tomorrowland Speedway.  I went on Dumbo — the pink Dumbo — as a nod to my childhood memory of making my dad wait and track down the pink Dumbo for me.  No other color would do!  Sounds like me at age 5, right?!

We went on Peter Pan’s Flight and it’s a small world. We stopped at Gaston’s and got a Grey Stuff cupcake, a cinnamon roll, and LeFou’s Brew as a second breakfast of sorts.

We tried to go on Pirates of the Caribbean but it was down for the whole day! What a bummer. But we did the Enchanted Tiki Room and we saw Captain Jack Sparrow hanging out in Adventureland (and I got my Dole Whip!), so all was not lost.

We took a break at Liberty Square and I bought a Mickey pretzel — and I checked on our flights for the next day.  A big snowstorm was scheduled to roll through the midwest and we wanted to beat it — so we changed our flights to come home sooner (early morning the next day instead of late afternoon).  I’ll forever remember snacking on my Mickey pretzel while using the United Airlines app to change our travel plans.

We covered all of the Magic Kingdom by early afternoon and needed to figure out what to do for the rest of the day.  We went back to the hotel and rested for a while, then decided to go to Universal Studios’ City Walk.  Mike wanted to find some Harry Potter stuff for the kids.  We had a late lunch / early dinner at Margaritaville (we find Jimmy Buffett wherever we go!).  Then we stopped for some Voodoo Doughnuts!  *chefs kiss* An excellent end to the day!

We headed back to the hotel to pack for our earlier-than-expected flight the next morning.  It was a good thing we rebooked because as it turns out, we would have been stranded in Chicago overnight had we not!

Our trip was so lovely and I’m just so happy that it turned out the way it did.  Mike was a great travel partner, the weather was great (no rain!), and we had such a good time.

Here are some stray bullet-pointed thoughts…
  • I think this trip to Disney was one of my all-time favorites (and I’ve been there many times). It was like the stars aligned in so many ways and it was just such a fun experience.
  • Disney during a pandemic was pretty great.  I thought they did a phenomenal job of taking every precaution possible.  Cast members were fanatical about masking — and they would speak up if someone wasn’t wearing one or wasn’t wearing one properly. Plexiglass barriers were everywhere. All food ordering was done through the mobile app, to reduce the amount of people standing around together in line.  Two thumbs up, Disney.
  • But holy crap, Disney is expensive.  I mean, I knew this.  I was prepared for this.  But still: holy crap.
  • I’m so excited to see what they do for their 50th anniversary celebration this October.  WDW is 50! Can you believe it?  Seems like it was just yesterday that my parents and I were there for the 25th — with the birthday cake castle.
  • And lastly, as much as this pains me to admit:  I have become a pin collector!  LOL.  I never thought I would but the bug bit me… hard.  The pins are just so cute and such an adorable way to commemorate a trip to the parks!

We were first in line to get into the park! FIRST!
I’ve never seen Main Street USA so empty!
What a beaut.
Fun fact: as much as I love all things outer space, Tomorrowland is my least favorite land.
Pink Dumbo!
Everything at Gaston’s was delicious! I especially love LeFou’s Brew — frozen apple juice mixed with marshmallow flavoring.  It sounds strange but it’s so good.
Mickey-shaped foods taste better.  This is a true fact.
Another impromptu parade!
Oh how I adore Mickey balloons.
This marked the end of our time at the Magic Kingdom — farewell, Tigger! :)
Now I’ll share a few photos from Disney Springs, which we visited a few days prior.
Disney Springs used to be called Downtown Disney.  It’s basically an outdoor dining and shopping mall and you don’t need a park ticket to get in.
We went to Universal’s City Walk on our last night in Florida.
Still cold and bundled up in pants, sweatshirts, layers, etc!
Goodbye, Disney World, I love you so.
Souvenir haul!
*whispers* I’m now a pin person!
O’Hare – we liked the dino with the mask on!
Heading home sweet home. ‘Til next time, Florida!