Listmaking, Cliff Jumping, and Rain Storms

When Chad and I had been dating for five weeks, we made a list.  Those that know me well know that I love listmaking, but this one was different.  We made a list of all the things that we would do in the first three years of our life together.  We knew that early that we had found our soulmate.

It was 101 Things to do in 1001 days.  There were small things, like the Milwaukee Film Fest and building snowmen, but also big things like getting married, buying a house, having kids, and going to Apostle Islands.  It was in no particular order, but rather what popped into our heads as we made the nine hour drive south back to Madison after Chad met my whole family at Thanksgiving.  (Yeah, he’s a champ)

As big as it was to make this decision, it was the soundest decision I have ever made in my life.  I second guess everything:  what to make for dinner, what skirt to wear, which chair to buy for the living room, but this was the best and only thing I have never second guessed.  I met my person.  We met each other, and we knew it right away.

So, without further ado.  Here is the very first thing that popped into our minds – Trip to Apostle Islands, that we could finally cross off this week.


Liam was able to drive the ferry for a while!  They let him drastically turn it too!


Learning to skip stones on the Bay











It was awesome.  We made it through one of the roughest storms that they’ve had in years, where roads further south were literally washed away, and spent the long car ride reading to each other and singing to bad music.  Puppy was great and (mostly) listened to us.  We didn’t attempt canoeing this time around due to the high winds, but we managed to run through the waterfalls and cliff jump.  We saw many cities on the way, traveled around, and had another great adventure together.

Things we did on the Summer Bucket List

Make a sandcastle

Six mile hike

Books Read: 

About a Boy, Nick Hornby

Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephan Chbosky

Tracks, Louise Erdrich

Many chapters of Story of the World, history book for kids


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