We celebrated our first Thanksgiving with our "supper club"
I believe this picture captures the night as Sam ate WAY too much food and fell asleep then felt sick for hours afterward...something new for him! Josh, Ben, and Josh Brittni and Bri Crystal and Megan Helen and Josh and yes...the SWEET pic of Catherine and me...not sure what happened!
We celebrated Sam's 29th birthday this past weekend up at our ski condo. We rented a place with a bunch of friends for the season and decided to go up and check it out. Other than not being able to make the dinner I had planned for him since the stove wasn't working (minor detail) it was fun.
Then...we came down from the mountains to celebrate Brooke's 30th birthday. We went out for a fun dinner and a little bowling. Brooke with her cake that Jim (her hubby) made for her.
Me and the birthday girl Brooke and Brea (who staged a MAJOR comeback in bowling round 2!!) Brooke and JimSam and Jim...these two just crack each other up every time they are together
After our weekend in Wisconsin we headed down to Chicago for Sam's conference but had the first afternoon to walk around.
This church was right across from where we were staying and was AMAZING! Sam by the river...crazy how green it stays even this late in the year! (They dye it for St. Patty's Day) Navy Pier from afar And the start of our visit to Navy Pier because you have to when in Chicago! However this time we learned that Navy Pier used to be a school after it belonged to the Navy, then was turned over to the city...fun new facts. not shadows this time...but the fun mirrors lighthouse off of the pier you can see how windy it is by the waves in the water! shore view of Chicago City view Sam loves that his hair can now blow in the wind! :) On Navy Pier they have a really cool stained glass exhibit that we hadn't seen before.
We sure love this city but are not sure we could get past the wind/cold/humidity to live there full time.
Oh how to explain a fishboil??!!! I'll leave it to a travel guide:
Door County Fish Boil A Fiery, Flavorful Favorite
What is it about the Door County Fish Boil that makes food writers, travel columnists, visitors, and locals sing its praises?
Maybe it's the main ingredient - steaks of mild, delicate whitefish fresh from the local waters of Lake Michigan. Perhaps it's the fiery spectacle of the "boil over" that signals it's time to eat. Most assuredly the savory combination of ingredients that fill the boiling kettle plays a strong role. One fact everyone seems to agree on - the end result is delicious. What began as an economical way to feed large, hungry groups of lumberjacks and fishermen has become an integral part of the Door County experience. It all starts with a hot wood fire under a kettle of salted water. When the temperature is just right, the boil master adds to the kettle a porous steel basket filled with small potatoes and onions. A few minutes later, another basket with the fresh whitefish steaks is added and the water is brought back to a rolling boil. At just the right moment, a dose of kerosene is tossed onto the fire, causing it to blaze well over the top of the kettle - to the accompaniment of clicking cameras. The superheated fire causes the water to boil over the kettle's sides, dousing the flames while carrying off the fish oil that has collected on the surface. With the use of a metal pole, the baskets are lifted from the kettle, drained, and then served up with a generous drizzling of butter. Even people who say they don't like fish have been known to change their minds. Second servings are expected, so don't be shy. But save a little room for the traditional dessert. You guessed it - Door County cherry pie. You'll find the authentic Door County Fish Boil served at restaurants throughout the county, but you won't find the real thing anyplace else.
here we are on Lake Michigan waiting for the fish boil the boiling food and the boil over where they toss a container of kerosene on the fire! here's our plate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMpbRSzB2yE (fish boil video/info)
Sam had a conference in Chicago early this week so we decided to extend the trip for a quick trip up to Wisconsin to enjoy the fall weekend. I haven't really seen much of Wisconsin as each trip back has usually been for the holidays full of lots of activities, so this time mom planned a fun weekend of Wisconsin viewing for us.
Hortonville, WI (where the parents live) This is main street...and yes this year they got their SECOND stoplight! :)
SATURDAY- DOOR COUNTY
even the churches have learned to deal with the snow
In Door County...this is Green Bay behind us and on our way here we did pass through towns smaller than Hortonville! Population 250...
The "jewel of Door County" or so THEY say!
Dad and Mom Troge
shadow pics...our favorites
just thought this tree was amazing!
SUNDAY- VISITING WITH THE GRANDPARENTS & WATCHING THE PACKERS
We went to check out grandma and grandpa's new place in Appleton then spent the afternoon relaxing watching the Packers and enjoying the backyard. This is the amazing treehouse that dad has built for the grandkids!
Laurie grew up mainly in Colorado (4th grade on) then started college in Boulder and transferred to New Hampshire. After finishing school I moved to Boston to teach... and that's where I met Sam. Sam grew up just outside of Green Bay Wisconsin and went to college in Colorado. He luckily got his first job in Boston and the rest is history. We got married while in Boston then moved to LA. We are now back in Colorado and loving life! We have been lucky to make great friends along the way and have some amazing experiences!! But the best thing that has happened to us is our little boy, Cohen.