The weekend of the 18th was our town's Balloon Rally! As soon as I realized they were going up, I grabbed my coffee and headed out to the front porch to watch.
When I went back inside I came across my snuggly pups!
After work I went grocery shopping with my dad for dinner. We've been wanting to try portabello mushroom burgers for a long time and decided this was the day! Unfortunately a lot of other people in town had the same idea because we had to visit four stores before we found some in stock! I treated it like a burger and added guacamole and a tomato slice. It was pretty good! The texture is definitely not like that of a burger, but that's okay as long as you don't expect that going in!
After dinner Ryan and I walked down to the fair grounds to watch the balloons rise up close! It was so awesome! I haven't gone to the rally in years and am so glad we went this time. It must be nice to live right next to the ground because you can see up close from your own backyard!
There are so many colors! I wonder how you go about buying a hot air balloon?
This yellow one flew right overhead and we could see right into the balloon as it passed over!
The clouds made an awesome background.
The Balloon Rally was coupled in with a Blues Festival. We listened to a local group called The Jimmys for awhile. There was a super drunk fan who removed his shirt and swayed back in forth right in front of the stage. O.o
Afterwards we looked around for something to eat and found a stand called Kono Ice. To my surprise it was a snow cone stand with syrups sweetened by Stevia! Awesome! Ryan got a super mix while I got a key lime pie cone.
One balloon owner let people see his balloon up close and explained how it worked! We got right up close. The fire was so hot- I could feel the blast of heat ten feet away!
On Father's Day we had a nice quiet day with our dad. My grandfather wasn't feeling well so my mom went North to go visit him. My sister, father, and I went on a long grocery shopping trip, grabbed Jimmy Johns for lunch, then spent to afternoon playing Super Mario on the Wii.
On the 20th I tried to have a low sugar day after being inspired by the book Year of No Sugar. I was very surprised by how many things had sugar, and the high amount of grams in unsuspecting items! My fairly bland puff cereal alone had 6g per 3/4 cup! Although I'm not tracking my sugar intake as much this week and a half later, I have switched from drinking my coffee with Coffee Mate creamer to Half n Half. The book had a good premise- look out for added sugar- but became repetitive after awhile. From now on I'm going to try to avoid added sugar when I can!
For dinner that night we had brats, green beans, and onion rings. The night when we had portabello burgers my dad really wanted onion rings as a side, but the store we were at didn't sell them. Instead of accepting that fact, we walked the store four times checking and rechecking and even had a store worker help us look just to make sure. He finally got his onion rings!
After dinner Ryan and I went to play tennis. While I enjoy the game of tennis, I also love just seeing how long and to what extremes we go to keep a volley going!
When I went back home we had a campfire. I'm proud to say I built this one all by myself!
On Tuesday Ryan and I made Balsamic Mushroom Pasta. I liked how inexpensive the ingredients were, but it was a tad bit sour to me!
After eating we took my dog Buzz for a long walk. He doesn't get to go very often because Rusty doesn't like walking long and gets sad when he goes, but Buzz has gotten very pudgy since we got him and needs to be exercised more! According to the internet he should have an obvious waste, and as you can see in the photo he more closely resembles a sausage.
Despite being chunky he always runs the entire way on walks! He got very hot by the time we made it to the halfway point and instead of drinking water let it pool up before laying in it!
After the walk I made stir fry for dinner. Everyone had different requests and it ended up with a bit of everything! It had chicken, orange and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, onions, water chestnuts, and chick peas. When my dad saw the combo his exact words were "I find it surprising you put garbanzo beans in something you expect me to eat." I don't think he cared that much though since he still ate them all!
I was doing well keeping my added sugar intake low until my family picked up a fudge brownie ice cream cake from the store for dessert. It was so good though! We nommed while watching Castle. We're on the fourth season now.
Wednesday night after work I went to a friend's to watch Jaws 3 in 3D! Her dog Cricket is one of the cutest, smiliest dogs I know.
LOOK OUT FOR THE GIANT SHARK- IT'S COMING RIGHT AT US!!!
I officially weighed Buzz and found out he is 19.2 pounds compared to Rusty at 14. Ouch! I put down some rules in our house to try and help them both he healthier. No more human food leftovers, daily exercise for Buzz, and carrots over dog cookies for treats.
Thursday afternoon Ryan and I made strawberry lemonade. It required many more lemons than we expected! We had to use some lemon juice from the fridge as well to get the two cups we needed!
For dinner we had BLTs and raspberries picked fresh from our garden. I love having homegrown produce and want to have a big garden some day myself!
The dogs waiting for leftovers they won't be getting.
After dinner we went for a spontaneous kayak trip! I love my family!
Friday morning I took Buzz for a walk. He ran the entire way! I'll have to try running with him too.
Afterwards Ryan and I went for a nine mile bike ride! We stopped at the halfway point to take some darling photos.
When we got back it was lunch time so we parted ways so I could go on a sister date with Katie. We went to Little Maya because Mexican food always sounds good. We had guacamole in addition to the usual chips and salsa and than shared nachos (not pictured because we inhaled it before I even thought to take a photo).
After lunch we grabbed some iced coffee from Chocolate Temptations before sitting on the porch.
When evening came around, my dad ordered fancy pizza from Pizza Hut and we ate while watching Castle. It's odd because my family started watching it before I came home from college so I'm behind. This means whenever a family member is gone for the evening we watch the older episodes to get me caught up but when we're all together we watch where they left off!
Run Buzzy run! He has so much energy!
Later last Saturday my dad, sister, and I went to the park to play disc golf. It was super hot so we only made it halfway through the course, but it was still a lot of fun!
My mom who was at an art fair came home for dinner and we ordered take-out Chinese. The woman who always asks us why we "don't order green beans" this time also added, "this time you order bean curd (which we always order) but no green beans! Youvmust like to switch things up!"
Sunday morning my mom took me with her to her art fair in Spring Green! That town is so cute and is home to the American Players Theater and House on the Rock! The city itself is awesome too because a lot of the public building are in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright!
My mom and her business partner always have the most colorful art booth!
I love all the amazing and interesting people that show up to art fairs!
For lunch we went to a local restaurant called The Shed.
I ordered The Shed Salad which had greens, pecans, apples, cranberries, and blue cheese. I loved it except for the blue cheese, which I think tastes like armpit.
We also got Dove chocolate ice cream bars from a local sports team fundraiser. The line on my Popsicle's stick was so cheesy!
After awhile I hung out under the tree behind my mom's tent and read a book called Too Big To Miss. It was a fairly entertaining book- not super great but cute still the same.
When the fairs are coming to a close, sometimes art vendors make trades. Thanks to my mom I now have an awesome handmade cutting board and trivet to take to college with me this fall!
It was a very sunny day. My mom let me borrow her explosively colorful sunglasses since I forgot mine! The day was long a wonderful, but eventually we had to pack up everything and leave.
On the drive back we stopped at a Culvers for ice cream. There special of the day was caramel pecan. After seeing it two times at different restaurants, we had to stop and get some. We also made the discovery that Culvers is quite a hopping place on Sunday nights! The stop in for some dinner followed by ice cream to go took about an hour!
We had family porch time when we got back. The dogs love family porch time because they get to sit on one of the cushioned benches between my mom and I and watch the cars go by. We also lit up an awesome oil lamp my mom bought at the fair. It's a dragon figure with the oil in the belly and the wick in the mouth so it looks as though the dragon is breathing fire! Where else but at an art fair could we find something this unique?
Monday the 27th I was able to use a new coffee mug my mom got at the art show the previous day and a coworker brought in these amazing pomegranate popsicles! I'll have to ask her where she bought them because when I looked for the brand at Walmart they didn't carry pomegranate!
We had salad for dinner. Using precooked chicken or frozen chicken strips, I think salad could be a fairly cheap staple for food this fall! All that was in this salad was romaine lettuce, chopped tomato, chopped chicken strips, a sprinkle of Parmesan, and Italian dressing!
Before work on Tuesday I took Buzz for a walk. It's becoming quite a habit now! Even though he hasn't lost any weight so far, he loves being outside (he wasn't walked when I went to college)! I brought his bowl along for a water break at our halfway point.
Later in the day Ryan and I went to the store to buy a planter. I've had two mysterious tree seeds in my room for ages that have begun germinating and want to see if I can actually grow them! I have to do more research and try and guess what they are because I know tress in particular can be finicky when it comes to soil type. On the way back home we took the highway and kept the windows down. I had a mini selfie spree.
Last Wednesday I weighed Buzz and found he weighs exactly the same as the week before I started his diet plan. I was slightly disappointed because the internet predicted that he should lose between 1-2% of his body weight each week on the plan. Oh well. Rusty, who hasn't been going on walks with us, gained .2 pounds! They were upset with us in the evening because it was spaghetti night and they LOVE spaghetti. However, we're not giving them human food anymore, so they sat outside the kitchen all during food prep and right inside the kitchen all while we put the food away and did the dishes. Poor pups, but it's for their own good!
I on the other hand ate about 13 meatballs with my spaghetti. I could barely eat any of my noodles because I was so full of meatballs! Whoops.
I only worked part of the day Thursday, so afterwards Ryan and I played tennis. It's been awhile! For dinner that night we had salad with avocado, bacon bits, tomato, green onions, and ranch.
Thursday night my parents and I went shopping for our Fourth of July weekend camping trip! It poured most of the time we were out, but after our last stop the sky turned a wonderful bright blue and we saw a double rainbow (it's very faint in the photo)!
It was a wonderful way to wrap up the month of June! I hope your holidays weekends were lovely!
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!