Another weekend, another trip!

We just returned a few days ago from our fourth trip this year to Wisconsin. This time it was to attend a wedding and visit with family and friends. Like most of our trips back home to Wisconsin we try to fit in as much as we possibly can, so Nick and I were both exhausted by the time we made it back to D.C. (delayed flights on the way there and back didn’t help either!).

We’d planned to spend our first night with my friend and college roommate Shannon and her family, but because of our flight delay we arrived at their home really late, so we were only able to catch up for a short time until we were all exhausted and ready for bed.

The next morning we made our way to Cafe Hollander in downtown Milwaukee for breakfast. It was still early and the weather was the perfect temperature to sit outside and enjoy our breakfast. According to Nick the best breakfast starts with coffee, a Bloody Mary and a Lakefront beer chaser…even at 8:30 a.m. 🙂 We really enjoyed the food though and will definitely make a return trip!

On our way to Green Bay we stopped at Parallel 44 winery to take advantage of a gift certificate we received for Christmas from my brother and his wife. We’ve heard great things about the winery and it was fun to visit and do a tasting. We really liked the Riesling, Vignoles and Glacier Red wines.

After the winery we stopped for a nice visit with Nick’s grandmother before we made our way over to my brother’s house for a barbecue and to play with our three nieces. It’s been fun to see our families more often this year, especially the kids, who seem to change so much between each visit!


On Saturday morning, Nick headed to Ray Nitschke Field to watch the Packers practice while I went with my Dad and his wife, Judi to the Appleton farmers market. I was amazed at how large the market was and the amazing prices, so much more affordable than what we pay in D.C.!

That afternoon we made our way to the wedding a bit early so we could walk around downtown Green Bay, which has completely changed since I’ve lived in the area. Along the waterfront we found an amazing replica of the World Trade Centers and  9/11 memorial dedicated to the victims from Wisconsin.

And of course, I made Nick pose by a Packer statue in front of Titletown Brewery, the location of the wedding of my dear friend Marisa and her soon-to-be husband Brad!

The weather was perfect that day and the bride and groom were able to have the entire event outdoors.


Marisa and her family lived across the street from my family for over 20-years and we spent nearly every day together when we were children. I have very few childhood memories that don’t include Marisa, so it was wonderful to be there on her wedding day!



It was such a nice day and I’m so glad that we were able to make the trip home to witness their marriage…and it was a bonus that we could spend more time with family!

The next morning we made our way back to the Milwaukee-area to spend the night camping with Nick’s family. The entire family and a million ants came together later that day for a really nice barbecue. The weather was great, not too hot, and we were excited to spend the night in Nick’s parents new camper…it’s so much nicer than tent camping!



The rest of our trip was great…we ate good food, played with the kids, and enjoyed relaxing and spending time with family. While its always a good feeling to be back home in D.C. after traveling, I’m looking forward to our next trip to Wisconsin!

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