Archive for ‘Summer’

August 18, 2012

vermillion vacation


Not sure that our long weekend up in Vermillion needs much more explanation than the above, but I will still tell you we had a great time! (Amy has obviously improved her range of motion since her appearance in Couple’s Retreat.) Seriously though, watching this video makes me more tired than the most tired I was during vacation.

My Dad was able to escape the job site in Nebraska and Joe and Alyson flew in from California to make our first all family trip complete. It was a dream to have our “out-of-towners” with us for so many days. It made everyone thirsty for the day we all reside together in good ‘ol MN again.

We played together like most families do while up north, but added saving a bird that flew into the cabin window and crawfish hunting to our agenda. Joe and Brent tried out the wake board that had been resting in the attic for a few years, we all enjoyed plenty of campfire and played what was possibly too much Farkle. Oh. And the food! We definitely didn’t go hungry! That’s how we do it on Reichow family vacation!!

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July 22, 2012

Couples Retreat | Round 2


We wrapped our second successful Couples Retreat this weekend and it has been confirmed that every year we get a little better at camping and have even more fun. This year we took our 5-pack of couples to Camp Ripley. Thanks to Justin, our beloved soldier, we were able to gain access to this fantastic park (free firewood! free ice!). We spent lots of time around the fire, in the water, and with plenty of food and beverages to keep us all very full and plenty silly. Traditions being made!

July 12, 2012

God Bless America!


These fine people sum up our 4th of July festivities pretty well – perfect! Between whooping it up in Marine on St. Croix for the 3rd of July fireworks, dancing in a sunny, Stillwater swimming pool (to Call Me Maybe) on the 4th, and rounding out the weekend at the Basilica Block Party right in Minneapolis, this party was possibly the best string of events for the summer!

July 11, 2012

door county tour

We have not only returned to Minneapolis, but also to reality! Brent and I had an outstanding week off celebrating our very first anniversary, a festive 4th of July (more on that later), and a weekend with friends in Minneapolis.

Our trek started off with a realization that Door County isn’t actually “just a couple hours” from the Twin Cities … it’s nearly 7. WOOF! Strike one on my vacation planning ability. After our long-ars drive (I’d guess longer for Brent as he had to listen to my constant singing and in-depth endless life questions), we rolled in to the Chanticleer Guest House in Sturgeon Bay. The space was beautiful, the guest rooms full of character, and a pool to boot! Yes!! I win on this find! … or so I thought. Unfortunately, Sturgeon Bay is at one end of Door County – the end with little to do, leaving the “action” roughly 30 miles from us. Strike two! As we quickly learned, if you’re heading to Door County for more than one night of romantic bliss, you want to stay in Fish Creek, Egg Harbor, or Sister Bay. We loved our bed and breakfast, but I’d only recommend staying that far out if you’re just planning to enjoy the bed and breakfast property – or if you love to sit in the car.

We spent lots of our vacation driving to and from Sturgeon Bay but managed to fill our days with lots of activities including mini golf, a lighthouse scavenger hunt (thanks for my history-loving husband), a nature walk (complete with Wisconsin’s best beer), swimming pool time, breakfast in bed daily, and tons (TONS!) of eating – including a taste of our 1 year old wedding cake. Still delicious! Some of our favorite eateries are highlighted below – go hungry!


DOOR COUNTY MUST-EATS!

  1. AL JOHNSON’S: GOATS ON THE ROOF! Seriously, there are goats on the grass-top roof of this Swedish restaurant – the food is good, but the exterior attraction is even better (pictured above). 
  2. THE COOKERY: The history of this restaurant is right up my alley – a love story plus local, organic, delicious food – did I say delicious? I drovewould have driven 30 miles every day to eat at this place. 
  3.  CHOP: Mmmmm! Our anniversary dinner was spent at Chop with big ‘ol SHRIMPS! So, so good! The perfect restaurant if you’re in Door County celebrating something special – quaint, romantic, and a little bit fancy.

 

Overall, I’d recommend Door County as getaway spot if you: 1. Love to shop for knick-knacks (strike three) or 2. love to eat (win). To sum it up, we had lots of fun together but I’d credit that to my hilarity, which Brent gets all day wherever we are, more than to Door County.  The biggest thing I’ve learned over this past year is that the best things in life are really worth waiting for – so cliché, but so true!

June 27, 2012

one year

brent and i are escaping to door county to celebrate our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! i can’t believe i’ve been a married woman for 365 days already (well … 362). july 1 has become one of my favorite days to remember! i have much more to share regarding this last year’s adventure into wife-li-hood and also a bit more on door county upon my return! enjoy the weekend with fireworks of every kind!! xo

photo: our stay in door county

June 18, 2012

photo date


amy, finn and i had a photography date this week and i just can’t get enough. look at that face!  i am quite sure that my nephew is the sweetest baby. he looks just like his mama and makes it so easy to capture good photos!!

want a photo date? send me a line. i’d love to snap some for you!

June 10, 2012

season of sweet


sweet summer! we attended a rockin’ wedding on friday night, woke up saturday morning to welcome baby Harper Elizabeth into this world and rounded out the remainder of the weekend soaking up sun and swimming with “sisters” (*critch and biological) between Stillwater and the cities. the weekend was bursting with love for best friends, babies, family, and what i think is going to be one hot summer. bring on the sweetness!

*critch: (noun) sisters from another mister + mama; siblings you adore born to parents different from your own

June 4, 2012

i found my shoes


so i never actually lost my running shoes, but  i literally have not made running a regular practice since college high school (excluding a few VERY sporadic runs throughout college). it sounds insane when i think of how many years ago that actually was. i got super into yoga for a while and worked out at the over-crowded gym on occasion, but have pretty much completely abandoned running since high school track and for a while that was fine.

then i got married.

and then my husband started running. i had never seen him run before we actually walked down the aisle but then one day he put on his tennis shoes and went for a run. the next day he went a little farther … and now – just a little while after he took his first married run, he’s preparing to run the Twin Cities Marathon. if that wasn’t enough to light a fire directly under my butt, then i thought i better cash in my running chips altogether. thankfully i wasn’t quite ready to do that. and thanks to you, honey, for seriously inspiring me.

instead of continuing to act like uncle rico and reminisce about the days of high school i decided to do what anyone would do and hopped on pinterest for some inspiration. i immediately had luck finding numerous pictures of women wearing near nothing with little to no body fat and a whole lotta workout clothes i wanted to buy. then (thankfully) i stumbled into something with a little motivation.


it actually sounds ridiculously cheesy when i read it out loud, but apparently, that’s what i needed. a real kick in the rear … it didn’t matter how slow i went, as long as i got goin’! this past weekend my sister, Amy, and great buddy, Beth, ran the Grand ‘ol Day 5k together – first race in a while. Despite a mix-up at the starting line (meaning Amy and I were nearly 2 miles from where the race began 20 minutes prior to start), the race was great!!

i am still a work in progress but my running frequency has increased drastically since the spring began and i’m actually beginning to enjoy it. to avoid anything misleading, i’d still rather go to happy hour after work but running makes me feel much better! it feels soooo good to have my shoes back on!

June 2, 2012

farm sleepover

if you think you’re too old for sleepovers, i’d suggest reconsidering! we had such a wonderful night out at the farm – lots of friends, furry animals, and a roaring fire! after visiting with Mazy (quite possibly Macy) and Gilly – the fuzziest cows i have ever seen – we all sat down to dinner outside, opened some red wine and talked and laughed. the blazing fire was started with one little match (high-five jan) and roared for a while before we were able to get close enough to roast marshmallows. it was beautiful. wouldn’t it be a dream to live on a sweet ‘ol farm – friend’s homes connected by walking path, an enormous garden, and animals raised for ambiance? knowing near nothing about all the work that goes into maintaining my fantasy leads me to believe it would be amazing. a HUGE thank you to the strandemo’s for inviting us out to their perfect place!

June 1, 2012

to the farm!

brent and i are heading out to one of my greatest friend’s farms tonight (i.e. jan) for a little bonfire, a lot of little wine, and a little cow! i can’t wait to get a little farmy with my rob and kate!  lots of pics to come … stay tuned! photo courtesy of Casey