Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to two wonderful men.

We love you!

Wisconsin Vacation

For my entire childhood, each summer my family vacationed on Lake Katherine in Minocqua, Wisconsin (no, the name of the lake isn't just a coincidence...). It was quiet and relaxing. We visited the same spots, ate at the same places, and spent most of our time fishing every year. To some it might have appeared monotonous, but to me it was a place to look forward to, a place that I felt truly at home.

I hadn't been back there for many years, and Husband had never been to the area. When we were invited to the nuptials in Madison, I jumped at the idea of taking a few extra days, driving the extra three hours, and enjoying my favorite little town with my favorite person.

We stayed in a hotel in downtown Minocqua ("downtown" being a broad use of the word since the city is quite small and surrounded by water).
In fact, the "downtown" is really just one street, lined with cute shops, a candy store where you can watch them work through the picture window, and one of my favorite restaurants, if only for the name.

"My" lake is actually located in a tiny nearby town called Hazelhurst.
She is the "Queen of the Northern Waters."
This is where I began to learn to swim, where I read for hours while looking up and gazing into her waters, and spent hours fishing with my parents, even catching an almost 40-inch muskie from her depths. I love her.
I hope husband loves her, too.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wisconsin Wedding

Two weekends ago we attended our first wedding of the season, which was totally strange since we usually have three weddings under our belts by this time every year! The wedding was in Madison, which I've only visited once, very briefly. Husband and I were totally impressed with the city -- it was easy to navigate and really lovely. We stayed in a hotel right next to the state capital building. It was gor-jus.


There's always a but.

Staying at our gor-jus hotel the same weekend were attendees of WisCon, a feminist science fiction convention.

Oh, you read right. It was full-on nerdville. So much awkward. So much awesome.

But getting back to the wedding.  Also gor-jus.  The ceremony was held at a botanical garden. Aside from a minor sunburn and some concern about imminent rainfall, it was completely lovely. The bride was beautiful.
Her bridesmaids carried parasols. Here's my personal favorite bridesmaid, though it was a hard choice to make, trust me.
They done got hitched...
...and the happy couple strolled off to a bright future.
Their guests were pretty hot too.
Loved the flowers...
...the personalized favors...
...and the cake topper!
The bride is such a sweet, happy girl. We love her.
We spent time with some of our favorite people in the world.
Really, our favorite.
Seriously, FAVORITE!  Note the photobomber.
Splendid way to kick of Wedding Season 2012.  Congratulations to the fab couple!