This Summer we have been filled with lots of family time, travels back to our hometown of Waukesha, WI, and many celebrations.  To kick off our first trip back home we headed home to celebrate Raun’s sister’s wedding by going to a shower.  I had the opportunity to spend time with a wonderful group of people and had a lot of good conversation.  While we were home we celebrated Raun’s birthday and the birth of my niece, who now shares the same birthday as him.

The next trip home involved a much longer weekend stay.  A nice five day weekend to celebrate.  From the rehearsal, to the wedding, to tons of family we had a busy, whirlwind weekend.  It was a beautiful ceremony.  It was an interesting experience for Raun and I because the ceremony was at the same church we got married at and the reception was at the same place our was.  A little bit like reliving our wedding day, but yet very different (obviously).  So much time with family has been great.  We have seen so many family members; some for the first time, some it has been a while, and some that we get a chance to see on a regular basis.  It was a much needed weekend.

To end our Summer trips home we headed home to celebrate my grandfather’s birthday.  95 years!  But, more to come on that weekend later.  For now, I am thinking about the other happy times from the first part of the Summer. 

My Summer has been filled with weekend trips home, day trips around Saint Paul, and time with the ones I love the most.  How have you spent your Summer?

Leave a comment below sharing your fun times this Summer.

 

July 9

Happy Anniversary! It’s been six years. This last year I would have to say has been one of the hardest, just the latter half. It has been filled with so many up and downs and lots of emotions. There have been lots of changes too. However, some things have been good things. It’s amazing how one thing can change some many things.

But today is a good day. On this beautiful day Raun woke me up pointing at me saying get up and get ready for the day. I did and when I was finished I went downstairs with the smell of biscuits filling the air and carrying me to the kitchen. We ate breakfast and then hit the road. We took the great river road Highway 35 south on the Wisconsin side along the Mississippi River. The main destination was Stockholm, WI. However, along the way there we stopped at historical markers and took in the sights along the river. We arrived in Stockholm, a very cute little city. Where we stopped at the pie place and each had a delicious piece of pie. We sat outside enjoying the weather, chatting with the locals, talking with each other and learning about the city. After our yummy pie (Triple Berry for Raun and Peanut Butter Fudge for me) we explored the quaint downtown. We strolled down the main street and went into a few shops. We made a few purchases that I just couldn’t seem to pass up and picked out my anniversary gift from Raun. I picked a beautiful purple pot to add to my other pottery pieces. I also came across a journal/sketchbook that had dragonflies on it. Coincidently, not long before coming across the journal I was telling Raun that I needed to get a notebook. I also picked up a wood plaque that says to “Cherish Life’s Simplest Treasures”.

After we finished exploring Stockholm we continued on to Maiden Rock Winery/Cidery where we took in the views, as well as tasted various wines, hard ciders, and fruit beers and good conversations. To finish out our day excursion we took in the views from a bluff in Alma, WI and then headed back home along the river on the Minnesota side, stopping in Lake City to walk the beach and in Red Wing to eat a yummy Mexican dinner at Fiesta Mexicana.

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