Thursday, August 25, 2011

Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary

On Tuesday, Patrick and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. It's been an adventure so far and I hope we keep finding ways to find new adventures in our lives.

I made Patrick take a picture together before we left for work. Hence the reason we both look exhausted.

Patrick and Sara

To celebrate our anniversary we went golfing at Stonebrooke before we met my parents for dinner. It was very hot during golf, but luckily it cooled down while eating dinner outside on the patio. It ended up being a great way to celebrate our day.

Stonebrooke Dinner

Patrick and Sara

Monday, August 22, 2011

Duluth and Grand Marais

Last weekend we went up to Duluth to help my little brother Luke celebrate his 21st Birthday on Friday night and then we headed up to Grand Marais to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary.

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We got a hotel room at the Downtown Radisson on Priceline for $85 for Friday night. And here is the view from our room.

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We decided to hit up the Anchor Bar in Superior, Wisconsin for dinner. I guess the bar was on Diners, Drive-In's and Dives. It qualifies as a dive for sure. It took forever to get our food, but it was pretty decent for a greasy burger joint.

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We headed back to the hotel and saw a sign for a late night happy hour at the hotel. The hotel restaurant happened to be JJ Astor, the rotating restaurant on the top of the Radisson. I guess we were all about showing Luke his options. We even went to a real college bar called the Dubliner after the JJ Astor.

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On Saturday morning we headed up to Grand Marais. On the way we stopped at Tettegouche State Park and hiked to High Falls.

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We finally made it to Grand Marais by late afternoon. Before we even went to check into our campsite we went on a mission to look for ice cream. We found this little place called Sydney's Frozen Custard.

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We ended up eating dinner at Sydney's as well because all of the other restaurants had really long waits.

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Sunday morning was beautiful so we decided to take advantage of the half price golf offered by the campground. We thought we were going to get rained on for awhile, but the clouds went away and it ended up being perfect for golf.

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The golf ball mark on the green bench is from Patrick's ball. He somehow still managed to par that hole.

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When we were done golfing we were really hungry for lunch, so we stopped at the Angry Trout for lunch. We had tried to go there Saturday night, but there was an hour and half wait. The Angry Trout is a really cool place that is completely local right down to the ceramic plates and cloth napkins. The food was awesome, so I am sure we will be back in the future.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Amy's Shower

My old co-worker Amy is having a baby in October, so I decided it would be nice to host a shower with some of her old co-workers. She is having quite a few other showers, so we decided a diaper shower would be a great idea. I didn't do a very good job of taking pictures during the shower, but here are some of the shower details. The appetizers were veggies and dip and tomato bruschetta. For dinner everyone made their own pita pizza's. Erica brought cheesecake for dessert and I made the oreo truffles for a favor. It was nice to catch up with everyone and Amy got a good stash of diapers for when the baby arrives.

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Amy's Shower

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Oreo Truffles

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Friday Night Pizza & Basketball at Adam & Maran's

Patrick and I recently decided that we should try to implement a Taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday into our meal planning. We have tried to the pizza part before but we haven't been that successful at sticking to it. Last Friday we ended up heading out to Adam and Maran's new house for homemade pizza, a little basketball and the board game Zombies. It was a lot of fun, so maybe we will make it a weekly thing.

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And check out our awesome basketball skills.

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Basketball at Adam & Maran's

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Krista & Jay's Wedding Weekend

Last weekend we headed to Appleton, Wisconsin for my college friend Krista's wedding. We headed out early Friday morning to get to the 2pm ceremony on time. We made it to the church about a half hour early so we explored Appleton a little before the ceremony. Krista and Jay had a beautiful ceremony with a great tribute to Krista's parents who both passed away while we were in college.

Here is Patrick and I at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel Bar. Apparently this is the hotel where all the visiting teams playing the Packers stay at while they are in town. The bartender even showed us a picture of her and Brett Favre from back when his hair wasn't gray.

Patrick and Sara

Krista played volleyball in college and is now a PE Teacher and Jay is also into sports so their wedding was themed around sports. She did an awesome job of carrying the theme throughout the whole day. The wedding programs were designed like a sports program complete with everyone's name, height, birthday, position and a bio including their favorite sports memory.

At the reception our place cards were trading cards that indicated our meal choice by the different sport.

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And if that weren't enough she hand made all the centerpieces based on the name of the table. Our table was the UW-L Volleyball Table complete with a figurine playing volleyball.

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The most original part of the reception was the full sized basketball hoop. Krista is the only girl I know who would go wake boarding the morning of her wedding and play basketball at her reception. The basketball hoop was complete with the lines taped on the floor and was fully utilized during the dance including multiple rounds of lighting.

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Along with the awesome wedding we were able to see some friends from college we don't get to see very often.

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As if the basketball hoop wasn't enough fun they also had a photo booth for everyone to use all night long.

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And to end the night Erin ended up on the food truck and some middle aged man tried to lure Lexi to his house with his grilled cheese making skills.

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Since we were in Appleton we decided we may as well stay the weekend. So, on Saturday night we camped in Calumet County Park on Lake Winnebago. We were planning on doing some hiking around but it was so hot we didn't end up doing much. That night we ended up in Elkhart Lake at the Barefoot Tiki Bar. Elkhart Lake seemed to be pretty hopping compared to any of the other towns we had been in earlier that day. If we are in the area again we would definitely go back there. On Sunday morning we went to a pancake breakfast in Chilton and then headed back home.

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