July 9, 2014

We’re Back !!! (and our menu of course)


What a whirlwind!  We are home from a long and very fun trip to Wisconsin to visit family and friends.  We were literally on the go from the minute we left Orlando until we returned home and instantly crashed.  We are now resting from our vacation (should be the opposite, right?!?).

Below are just a few (picture) snippets from our trip which had funsies planned every.single.day in and around the Madison area…just the way we like it.  It’s a lot of planning on the front end, but we never had a moment where we were saying, “What should we do?”.  We love having options, and although we don’t have to get to all of them, we definitely try to!

Our final schedule of events ended up closely mirroring the one we had planned before we left.  Here’s a recap:


Wednesday – June 25:  Depart Orlando, stop in SC to see Pops and Vicki

Thursday – June 26:  Arrive Madison 7am, USA World Cup game, family BBQ

Friday – June 27:  Mickie’s Dairy Bar, Henry Vilas Zoo and Middleton Splash Pad

Saturday – June 28Dane Co. Farmer’s Market, golf for the guys, Camping at Hickory Hills

Sunday – June 29Devil’s Lake State Park for swimming, hiking and fishing

Monday – June 30Eugster’s Petting Farm, Milton Splash Park, dinner out with friends

Tuesday – July 1Bike Madison, Babcock Creamery Tour, Picnic Point, Camp Randall Tour, USA World Cup game and the Memorial Union Terrace, dinner out with the fam.

Wednesday – July 2:  Visit with Great Grandpa Art and Great Grandma Katie, Cave of the Mounds, Free Family Night at the Madison Children’s Museum

Thursday – July 3Monona M.Y. Dream Park and Summerfest in Milwaukee to see The Zac Brown Band.

Friday – July 4:  Evansville 10K run, 4th of July Parade and cookout and fireworks with friends.

Saturday – July 5:  Paddleboarding around lake Monona at Brittingham Boats, Madison Mallards Baseball game

Sunday – July 6:  Depart Madison, stop in Chicago to see Erica (and The Bean), drive straight through

Monday – July 7:  Arrive Orlando 4pm and crash!!!



From top left to right: 

Madison Mallards game, E having fun with his friend Will at Eugster’s Petting Farm, Milton Splash Park, family walk around Edgerton, photo in front of the rhinoceros exhibit at the Henry Vilas Zoo, a visit with Great Grandpa Art and Great Grandma Katie, Camping at Hickory Hills, running on the field at Camp Randall (home of the UW Badgers), parade watching on the 4th of July in Evansville, and Summerfest to see Zac Brown!


To see the full Flipagram recap of our trip, click here.


As for this week, Mike is back to the grind, I am actually back at work for a few days of workshops before summer camp starts for the next two weeks and E is at daycare 3 days a week to get back in the grove.  Busy, busy, busy – but fun.  Here’s our menu for this week (so happy to have some home cooked meals – eating out gets very old!)


M:  Pantry Dinner

T:  Chicken Pesto Pizza on Garlic and Herb Pizza Dough (from Trader Joe’s – my first trip!)

W:  Grilled Pork Chops w/ Mushroom Baked Potatoes

Th:  Taco Salad

F:  Grilled Steak w/ Balsamic Roasted Green Beans

Sa:  Stuffed Peppers w/ Mashed Potatoes and Chopped Salad

Su:  Pasta Fagiole


Have a great week!

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