Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The first trip

Let me just tell you that sitting in the car 10 and a half hours ain't a party! I am going to be honest, it is long and I would rather fly. We are taking that into consideration next time. Thankfully, we enjoyed 3 James Patterson's books on tape. I now feel like I am a real life detective specializing in solving serial killings. 

Our first picture-worthy sight: 50 miles of toll roads through Chicago. Every ten miles we hit a toll. I think our total count one way up was 8. Really, Illinois?! You need $1.80 from every car that wants to drive on the interstate? Obama needs to do something about that, it being his hometown and all. I know he wouldn't like to know that's going on!

When we did make it to Downtown Waukesha, it exceeded my expectations! We loved the place we stayed, Clarke Hotel (Thank you Eaton Corporation! :) ) I try to explain it to people but its just kind of a weird place. Its like a regular suburb outside of a big city, but in the heart of the town is a bunch of historic streets they have cleaned up quite nice! This was the view out of our window. There are lots of cute shops, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, diners, and weirdly enough, nice looking tattoo shops on every street.

We walked around and asked for native's recommendations on where to eat. We were told Taylor's People's Park. It again, exceeded our expectations. I might say these were the best sweet potatoe fries and chipotle mayonnaise I have ever put in my mouth! I also may or may not be wearing a wedding dress in 11 days?!

To top it off...it is a rooftop restaurant! We LOVED it.

So much so...that we went the very next night. Actually, we planned after eating the first night there that we had to come back again. Tyler already admitted that he knew within 5 minutes on the rooftop that I will ask to go here atleast 2 times a week when we move here!
Night number two...same seat :)

And that brings me to my next thing on the agenda: we have a new home!

Isn't it cute? We're in love. I think its because it is the first thing that is OURS. This is what we will share together and I could not be any happier! I wish I had more pictures to post, but it is still being built! (Lucky for me because no one likes to use a toilet seat thats been used before! Atleast not me) We are told it will be ready July 1st, however we will not be moving til July 17th. MATH: 2 days after our honeymoon....yep.

Another plus...we are within walking distance to the cute little historic downtown...so yes...we will be walking weekly to sip coffee (or maybe orange juice), visit the farmers market every Saturday, go shopping, sit on Taylor's rooftop restaurant, and maybe even get a tattoo. Kidding, mom.

To celebrate our accomplishment of why we went there in the first place...we decided to be tourists in Milwaukee. Let me just tell you that Milwaukee is a hidden gem to us in the south. It is actually a huge city and super pretty/nice/fun. We first went to the Historic Third Ward District to go to the Public Market.

And got local grown cheeses to bring back to the parents! This place is so fun...we felt really hip just being in it!

Tyler was feeling so hip...he even got a chocolate oatmeal stout beer....

We definitely wanted to see their famous Riverwalk...so we decided to eat at one of the most popular restaurants on the river- Rock Bottom Brewery. Everyone was so friendly as soon as we opened our mouths! I think Northern people really like Southern accents...so everywhere we went people wanted to hear our whole story of why in the world we were up there! It was actually shocking how everyone was so opening to telling us about the city and even offering to show us around!

Everywhere we saw we would "bookmark" things to do in our head when out of town guests come to stay with us. So be ready! We have a full itenerary. (AND two bedrooms! come visit :) )
Tyler was a popular man here because he supposedly looked like a worker at the restaurant...maybe we will make friends with Wisconsians after all!

All in all....we loved our new city! It was a successful trip and I am glad we got to experience it before the move. We cannot wait for all the people we love to come see it as well :).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Looking ahead

So I decided my next post would be about things I am looking forward to in Wisconsin. Living in Powell, TN...people will defend their homeland til they die. I being one of those. (And I always will) However, sometimes the reaction we get when we tell others we are moving to Milwaukee are "WOW!" "Better get your Ugg boots!" Or simply "Why?" Which then makes me think in my head...oh.my.goodness. Should I be severely worried? However, when we talk to people from Wisconsin, they love it and defend it just like good ole Tennesseans.

So long story short...my plan was to make a list of things I want to do in Wisconsin. BUT my fiance beat me to it...as a sweet surprise! Tyler secretively made a powerpoint he was going to show me when I was sad or homesick.  I will share some of the slides with y'all.

The fact that he added Justin Bieber's picture on the concert page means that I will definitely hold him to that.:)

THAT being said...we are leaving in T minus 8 hours for our first trip ever to Wisconsin to find our new home to be! AND have my first ever real like job interview at a downtown Milwaukee school :) Wish us luck navigating these Indian towns!


Sunday, June 10, 2012


If you know me...you know why this post is called beginnings. In 27 days to be exact...I will be a wife. If you really knew me, you know that I have been dreaming about this day for an estimated ten years. I take that back, dreaming is an understatement. Researching, blogging, praying, daydreaming, thinking, over-analyzing, stressing, and just flat out wishing since I was 14. And yes, it is almost here. Who woulda thought I would find a precious, close-to-perfect husband to go with this? I am lucky.

However, that is not why I decided to start a blog. I decided to start a blog because I have a lot to get out! For one, I have grown up in Powell, TN my entire life. Even got my PHD from there (Powell High School Diploma). Went to college at the University of Tennessee, oh have I mentioned how I now say WENT. Yes, I am an alumni. Extrememly recent.

SO with that said, in the span of two months...I graduated college.

He with honors...me without.
I am getting married.
 Kudos to TracieAncelet Photography.

I am leaving the country for our honeymoon.
Playa Mujeres, Mexico


You better believe I had to learn how to spell Milwaukee. You also better believe I had to look up the location of Wisconsin on a map. Really, Wisconsin? I don't think I have ever given the state a second thought since I learned the capitol of it in third grade. Which now has been forgotten. (I will relearn it)

Why would I move there? Oh, because I love my soon to be husband. More than life itself. More than Tennessee. More than soft pretzels and beer cheese from the Downtown Grill and Brewery. But not more than the good Lord who blessed me with him! So moving with my soon to be newlywed husband...makes the move alot more sweeter. I say alot...alot. And I will not space it like spell check is trying to get me to do "a lot" because I believe its just one word.

So this is my our beginning...of a new life. Cheers!