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Goodbye, 2012!

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2012 highlights

January– I visited my sister for a mini ski vacation.

Vail in Jan

Vail in Jan

February– Went to Rob’s cousin wedding. It was another excuse to purchase a new dress!

Wedding in Feb

Wedding in Feb

March-We became Godparents!.

Godparents in March

Godparents in March

April– Rob went to visit my sister and learned to ski, in Vail—while I stayed at home and worked.

Skiing/working in April

Skiing/working in April

May– 10.5” of my hair was donated to Locks of Love and I became a “pixie”—my ballet production team performed their last time to Hoppipolla, a 4 minute ballet I choreographed, of which I’m really proud of!

Ballerinas

Ballerinas

Hoppipolla Ballet   (I’m working on getting this video so you can see)

June– Ran a ½ marathon in Milwaukee with my buddy, Maria! Celebrated 2 years of marriage in Door County, WI. Had a great visit from some of my MI friends.

half marathon

half marathon

anniversary

anniversary

July– Packed up the house, danced at Jenny’s wedding, and celebrated in Chicago for Kristen’s Bachelorette party.

Party

Party

August– We moved me and our stuff to Ithaca, NY…

moving!

moving!

September– Rob became Dr. Rob and joined me in NY and my parents visited!

Rob's Defense!

Rob’s Defense!

parents visit!

parents visit!

October– I stood up in my friend, Kristen and Ryan’s wedding and was able to dance the night away with my sister and her surprise (to me) attendance at the wedding.

Oct. Wedding

Oct. Wedding

mac and me dancing

mac and me dancing

November-Hosted our first Thanksgiving, even with a broken oven!

thanksgiving

thanksgiving

December– Celebrated a super wonderful Christmas in the Pacific Northwest with lots of smiles.

PNW Christmas

PNW Christmas

2012 brought us many adventures of which, we were able to spend time with loved ones and create new relationships to cultivate in 2013.  We’re ready for the next 365 days to see what brings smiles our way.

Ithaca is Gorges

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One of the most famous saying around here is:

ITHACA IS GORGES

It’s a pun on how many gorges are around Ithaca and just how gorgeous they/the city are.

Before we moved here, everyone told me Ithaca was really hilly.  I will admit, I was a bit naive.  In my mind, hills are tiny little gradual bumps in the horizon.  The hills here are more mountain-like.  I’m pretty sure my commute is more daring than my sisters, who lives in Vail, CO.  I’ll gladly take these steep hills, because Ithaca really is beautiful.  It’s  especially stunning now that the leaves changed colors throughout the hills. Due to these hills and past glaciers, waterfalls and gorges result.

Rob and I have visited only a few of the 100+ waterfall/gorges located within 10 miles from downtown, with many on our “to visit” list.

Taughannock Falls (Tuh-GAN-ick)

Taughannock falls

Taughannock falls

Ludlowville Falls

Ludlowville Falls

Ludlowville Falls

Ithaca Falls

thaca Falls

Ithaca Falls

Around Cornell’s Campus–sadly, too many (drunk) students jumped into the gorges so now Cornell has fences, making for not as pretty photos.

Cornell Campus

Cornell Campus

We have a lot more exploring of gorges to do, Buttermilk Falls and Treman Falls are next up on our list!

A NJ “Graduation”

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A few weekends ago we visited Rob’s sister and her fiance in NJ for a housewarming party.  On our way we picked up a few items at the IKEA behind the Newark Airport.  We arrived so prepared with a list of exactly what we wanted and were still in the big box store for 2.5 hours.  Now, we didn’t know our way around that IKEA.  Had we gone to the IKEA in Schaumburg, IL I’m sure we could’ve made it in under an hour and a half.  I’m aware of IKEA’s plan to get you to buy more by snaking you around left and right, but come on, we knew what we wanted and desired to get in and to get out. But…I fell into the IKEA trap and purchased a few little items that weren’t on the list.  I am glad we went, we were able to put most of the finishing touches on our home thanks to that trip.

Robs sister lives in a cute little neighborhood and we had a great time at their housewarming party.  We met their friends/coworkers, and even Robs cousin from NYC came in!  Robs sister makes a mean spinach and artichoke dip.  Halfway through the night she surprised Rob by playing  the Pomp and Circumstance March,  pulled out a cap and gown, and popped some champagne!  It was a really fun and cute way to celebrate his PhD!

"graduation"

“graduation”

It was a quick trip and great to visit with everyone! Wish we could’ve stayed longer but the boarding kennel where Meiko was staying has very strict hours of operation. As usual, Meiko was pretty happy upon our return…and we missed our little pigbaby.

happy meeks

happy meeks

Birds, Falls, and Wine.

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Once Rob defended and celebrated his thesis, he packed up the remainder possessions he still had in Madison and drove to my parents house.  From there he and my parents came to Ithaca.  We spent the very short weekend exploring the greater Ithaca area.

A little preface…my Mom is an amateur ornithologist, though I’m sure she is more than qualified to teach any ornithology class out there.  She had been loyally watching The Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdCams long before Rob and I even knew we were moving here. The birdcams showcased the great blue herons nest and the red-tailed hawks nest.  So once she found out we were moving to Ithaca, she knew exactly where she was going first!  It was a beautiful fall day to walk around Sapsucker Woods through The Cornell Lab of Ornithology paths.

momma bird

momma bird

We were fortunate enough to see some “wildlife” and even one of the blue herons she was following! Good thing Mom brought her own binoculars! Mom, made a few friends along the path that were also loyal birdcam viewers…how cute. They chatted about all the exciting events they witnessed on the birdcams..how cute.

Wildlife

Wildlife

The red-tailed hawks nest is located on Cornell’s campus so we drove around Cornell’s campus to the field hockey/soccer fields.  Mom recognized the location immediately once she saw the light post she had seen from the birdcams.  See what I mean, such a loyal mommabird.

We traveled to the other side of Cayuga Lake to a few wineries (so delicious!) and Taughannock Falls. It is the tallest waterfall in the northeast falling 215ft.  That’s taller than Niagara (!) just not as wide/powerful.  It’s about a mile hike in the woods along the gorge to get to the falls. At one point, Dad was daring enough to walk IN the gorge.

Daring Dad

Daring Dad

At the very end of the hike, we took a right turn and immediately noticed the way the sun hit the top of the falls, it was heavenly.

taughannock falls

Taughannock Falls

There is a great little “only known by the locals” gorge only 3 miles away from our house.  Rob, Dad, and I explored below the fenced area while Mom was on the lookout in case anything were to go wrong.  Dad ventured across the gorge just to prove he could, show off! ;)

Ludlowville Falls

Ludlowville Falls

It was great having my parents up for the quick weekend.  Now they  can visualize where we are when we talk to them and tell them of our adventures.   :) Ithaca tours are available, just let us know when you’re coming!

Painting Penny

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Let me tell you about a wonderful little gem of a space in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. It’s a painting bar called Splash Studio.  You can sit at their bar like you would at any bar but the real experience of Splash Studio comes with either grabbing a “mini painting” for $10; or signing up for the three hour, artist lead guide of the featured painting. Rob and I have gone together a few times and I’ve gone once by myself. Before Splash Studio opened this year, we were invited to participate in the trail opening where we painted Barney in Paris.   Rob painted Meiko scaling the wall in alert to the “meiko call”which looks verrrrrrry similar to the batman call. In another painting, Meiko is on a sailboat–it’s nice she get’s to go on these adventures with us.

Barney in Paris

Barney in Paris–beginning stage

I’m usually drawn to the paintings of landscapes, my favorite being Poppy Field.  I was so excited one particular Friday when I didn’t have anything planned, I looked up the calendar on Splash Studios website and saw that it was the featured painting that night.  So, without any hesitation, I called Rob discussed if I was overlooking any plans, of which, I wasn’t, and drove after work to Milwaukee and painted my little heart out.  There was also a glass (or 2) of yummy wine involved. I love looking at it hanging on my wall, knowing that it was something I created.  Sure, I recreated it.  But I made it my own.  That’s what’s great about Splash Studio.  They give you a place to start and you get to decide if you want to follow each exact step, or make modifications along the way.

Poppy Fields

Poppy Fields

A few weekends ago Rob and I went with a few friends and painted “Looking Up.”    The painting is as if you were laying down looking up at the tree branches and leaves.  So, in Meiko fashion, she would be right in front of your face.  I love that all four of our paintings turned out a bit different.

Looking up

Looking up

I made a little modification, too!  I wrote “namaste” into my tree branches.  It’s subtle, but it’s there in the tree on the left side of the canvas.

Namaste

Namaste

The night before my half marathon in Milwaukee we stopped over at Splash Studio and created a mini painting. I made my way over to Splash Studio’s library full of art books to gather inspiration for my mini. I ended up painting a river with a grass field by using the techniques I learned in my previous Splash Studio experiences.  Rob and I sat outside sipping our beverages, munching on our wheat thins, painting, and laughing.

Mini Painting

Mini Painting

Ask yourself, when was the last time you had a creative outlet? Really, when do adults, get to be creative?  Unless it is your profession, creativity is looked at as a scary option in life.  Sure, a blank canvas is intimidating, but the great group of artists and staff at Splash Studio help you to realize your true potential as a “creative person.”  I’m re-inspired.  We are moving quite a bit of distance away from Splash Studio and I want to continue to paint. Once we get moved in I plan on brinign out my creative side with a canvas, some paint, and of course some wine. :)  Thanks Splash Studio for creating a fantastic enviornment where only smiles exist.

I suggest you “like” their facebook page, found here.  It’s one of the only business that posts helpful, fun, and inspirational information on their page! You might even find a few photos of yours truly in one or two of their albums. :) ….. go get creative!

 

Toodaloo ’09

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I’m thrilled to be welcoming in 2010; though, some pretty great milestones happened in 2009 that I’m so thankful to have been apart of and I’d like to share.

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Celebrated Rob turning a quarter of a century..

Burnt just about every single meal I tried to make in the oven…I think it’s broken, I can’t be THAT bad of a cook!

Took a private jetto Vail.

Watched Meiko chase Jack around my parents yard.

Still love Meiko kisses.

Sewed a million and one dance costumes.

Traded in my Michigan drivers license for a WI one.

Traded in Little Blue for the Tucson.

Performed in a May, August, and December dance performance.

Enjoyed watching the little girls I teach dance on stage.

Stood up as a bridesmaid for the wonderful Jessica and Steve Westbrooks wedding.

Jessica's beautiful bridal party 9/19/09

Attended the beautiful Natalie and Jesse Adkins wedding.

Natalie's in the White ;)

Attended Robs cousin,  Jamie and Tom Weibel wedding.

Took a road trip to visit my friend Stacy.

Spent many wonderful Wednesday nights with Ada and Frances.

Me-Ada-Frances

Enjoyed ice skating in a park across the street.

Made some great new friends,and cherished current friendship

Purchased Meiko winter booties for her precious paws.

Installed my One2Flush—seriously if I can do it, anyone can!

Spent many weekends on the road to MI visiting family and friends.

Treasured the time spent with my awesomely awesome sister.

Macker and Me

Shopped  Black Friday with my amazing Grandmother.

Oh yea…

And I got ENGAGEDto a wonderful man and my best friend, so I’ve done a lot of wedding planning, too!

toodaloo, '09

Bring on 2010–there are so many memories I can’t wait to have!

A Vaily Good Time!

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After spending 34 hours in the car and a whole week on vacation with Robbie I can officially say I’m not sick of him! Good thing since I decided to marry him!! I was sad on Monday morning when I realized I didn’t get to spend the whole day with him and had to return to work.

Rob and Me skiing

Robbie and I skied a few days at Vail.  Only about 28% of the Mountain was open due to lack of the fluffy white stuff, which seems like it’s not that much but we didn’t even ski all of the 28%; it’s that big!  One of the afternoons Mac was able to meet up with us and take a few runs, It was easy to spot which way she went in her green jacket and red snow pants!

Mac and Me at the top of the Gondola

MacKenzie works at a really fancy/expensive seafood restaurant called Montauk where we visited her at the bar and had really yummy lobster macaroni and martinis.  The wait staff was really confused when they saw me sitting there and then saw Mac bopping around.  Some of them caught on that we were twins….I heard a “there is a girl that looks JUST like Mac at the bar!” a few times.

Me and Mac and Montauk

Karrisa and Rob at Montauk

The  hockey team Mac and Karrisa play for had a friends and family night since everyone’s family was in town for the holidays so Rob was able to play with everyone and I sat in the stands with Meiko.  I believe Rob was the only one WITHOUT full pads, he had some under his Redwings shirt but I bet he would’ve like to have had butt pads, too! Here’s Rob trying to score a goal on Mac…

Rob in Red, Mac in Yellow--blocking the goal

Meiko's watching the game

Four of our meals we ate at Moe’s in Lionshead at Vail.  They have amazing pulled pork sandwiches, banana pudding, and macaroni! For only $9 you get the sandwich, your choice of 2 sides, and a drink—for anyone that’s been to Vail, that’s a STEAL! Everything is overpriced in Vail, so overpriced the gas stations don’t even put the prices up on their displays.  I guess that’s the price you pay for living in paradise.

us at Moe's!

Going on vacation with Meiko was a real treat! It was so nice to come back from skiing and be tackled by her kisses and love.  She was such a good traveler, sleeping 16.75 of the 17 hours there, and 17 of the 17 hours back! I think Meiko had a great vacation too; she was spoiled with love and got a few special presents from her GrandPawents; A snuggie and some very durable squeaky toys!

meiko in her snuggie

Robbie got some really great shoes, and I got the best present ever….spending time with Rob, Mac Karrisa, and Meiko.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’ll get made fun of because it’s really not that funny… I had a VAILY good time –get it? Vaily instead of very… I know, I know.

sorry for the poor quality photos, I neeeeeeeeed more than just my iphone camera.