Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall is inevitably here…not to say that I dislike the season but saying goodbye to summer is always hard.  I already miss the sandals, cute tanks, smell of sunscreen, and of course the water.  But at least fall is like a transition period before the frigid days of winter.  I love all things pumpkin whether it be picking pumpkins, carving pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spice candles, and most of all pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

Two years ago, one of my favorite blogs posted a recipe that I couldn’t resist trying here and now I look forward to making this recipe (a couple of times) each fall!

I am practically drooling while waiting for them to cool down

Trust me you really should make them!

(and there isn’t a shortage of canned pumpkin this year so no excuses!)

Seriously these cookies are soo good, and it just so happens that my counterpart is not so fond of pumpkin which means that the eating is left to me 🙂


Stephen and Kirstin’s Wedding

My good friend Kirstin got married yesterday and Bob and I had a great time at their wedding.  Kirstin and I went to college together and worked together at our first jobs for almost a year.  We also traveled to Europe together!  Her husband Stephen is so fun, and the few times that all 4 of us spent time together we always had fun!

Kirstin and her parents walking her down the aisle.  She looked absolutely beautiful!

As you can tell from all the heads in the picture, we were seated towards the back so my picture taking opportunities were VERY limited!

Their first kiss as a MARRIED couple!

We are so happy for Kirstin and Stephen!  You can tell in this picture how happy they are together!

Emily, Kelly, Mariah

I had been looking forward to Kirstin’s wedding for MONTHS to see these girls!  Emily and Mariah are classmates and I miss seeing them SO much!  We had so much fun catching up and hopefully it won’t be 10 months before I see them again!!

They had this cute trolley to take the wedding party over to the Arboretum where the reception was.

Everything went perfectly (that we could see!)

Nurses! (Linde is added to this picture)

Rob, Katie, Kelly, and Bob

We were also excited to see our friends Katie and Rob who just got engaged last week!!  We are so happy for them and look forward to their wedding!

Rob and Katie

Bob and me

Mariah and Ben

We had fun in the Arboretum during the cocktail hour…the flowers were gorgeous!

Mariah and me

The reception hall was absolutely gorgeous and Kirstin had so many little touches that made it so special!

Their cake was gorgeous and was delicious as well! (I remember Kirstin showing me a picture from a Bridal magazine of this cake!)

Everything was just so perfect!

Their food was probably the best wedding food that I have ever had.  The chicken was to-die-for….

The namecards were adorable!

Bob and me

Katie, Kirstin, and Kelly (you can imagine how tough it was for our coworkers to keep us straight when we all started working at the same time!)

First dance

Emily, Linde, Kirstin, Mariah, and Kelly

We had a great time and wish Stephen and Kirstin the best in their new life together!

Brian and Mandy’s Wedding

It surely is wedding season in our house…and we were blessed to be a part of Brian and Mandy’s beautiful wedding this past weekend.  Brian is one of Bob’s oldest friends and Bob was happy when Brian asked him to be a groomsman.

Mandy’s family owns a resort in Northern Wisconsin, and it is only a half hour away from our family’s cabin so we were able to stay at the cabin and enjoy visiting with my parents as well!

I hardly took any pictures from the rehearsal, but this rainbow was too gorgeous to pass up!!  The wedding was held at Mandy’s family resort with the ceremony on the lakefront.

Vincent, Jordan, and Bob

The rehearsal went well, and Pastor Mary (who married us, and is my brother-in-law’s mother) did a great job of instructing everyone.  We enjoyed a FABULOUS Italian dinner (homemade by Brian’s family) and just had a great time visiting with everyone.

Ryan and Bob

The guys were all flustered and couldn’t figure out how to tie their bowties but my wonderful husband came to the rescue and did what he does best, he Googled it!  Sure enough he figured it out and then proceeded to tie each and every bowtie…what a guy!

The guys did a few pictures before the ceremony (I loved the little ringbearer…he was SO cute and well-behaved!)

Carl and Brian

Brian and Ryan

Bob and Brian

Jordan and Brian

Sweet Jordan (her umbrella said ‘Here Comes the Bride)

AJ looked adorable!

Jordan, Carl, Bob, and Ryan

****I know all of these photos are dark but I couldn’t use a flash due to the photographer***

The day of the wedding, we prayed so hard that the rain would stop for the ceremony after it poured for an hour so we quickly dried off all of the seats, fluffed and straightened all of the bows on the chairs, and waited….

Praying with Pastor Mary before the ceremony

During this pre-ceremony time I tried to find things to keep me busy and went around taking pictures of all of the cute touches!

Mandy’s dad built this awesome Tiki Bar that was just outside of the reception tent….

It got a lot of use!  Her dad was telling us that he surprised her by building it without her knowing and blindfolded her to unveil it!  How neat!

The reception tent was gorgeous and they did a great job decorating it!

Each table had these beautiful centerpieces

The candy bar was definitely the hot-spot of the evening and was so cute!

There were so many cute details…

So adorable!

The cake was made and designed by Brian’s mom, Mickey and turned out so cute!

And it was delicious!  Vanilla with raspberry filling.

Like I mentioned before, sometime I am going to do a whole post on all of the wedding pictures Bob and I have together…I love this one though!  The dress I am wearing was the same one I wore for our rehearsal dinner and it is definitely a favorite of mine! (I just added a long-sleeve wrap since it was 60 degrees!)

Bob and Angela (Brian’s sister) walked down the aisle together

Cute programs….

It was a little awkward for me during the dinner and reception because Bob was gone due to being a groomsman and I didn’t know anyone else…but everyone was so friendly and I was just happy when Bob rejoined me after dinner!




RT (Mandy’s brother)


Mandy looked absolutely gorgeous!

The bride

It still was not raining at this point, but no sooner than did Pastor Mary start the ceremony the rain started as well.  My camera went away as well, so I don’t have any pictures really from the ceremony until the end!

Husband and Wife!

Beautiful Bridesmaids

The whole wedding party

Wedding party again (the rain had let up again by this point)

So cute!

Brian and the girls

Mandy and the guys

So cute!

The happy couple

Bob, Pastor Mary, and Kelly

I love this picture!

Bob and Brian

I think this picture is my favorite from the whole weekend!

First Dance

Kelly, Bob, Brian, and Mandy

We are so happy for Brian and Mandy and look forward to spending time with them as 2 married couples!

My parents stopped in to give their congratulations at the request of the groom and my dad was thrilled to get to chat with Carl!

We had such a great time, enjoyed some wonderful food, danced a lot, and simply enjoyed the company!

Labor Day

We had a great weekend Up North and it was so hard pulling away knowing that summer has come to an end…I can not believe that it is already September!!

We had fun on the jetski, although I only took it out a few times because it is Bob’s favorite!  I sat on the dock and finished two books while Bob did donuts in the bay in front of me!

Bob has gotten so good at slaloming and we are already looking forward to next year and getting back out on the water!

We also got plenty of use out of our new wakeboard…the water was so calm on Saturday and Monday so every minute was spent out on the water!

We would literally rotate between the 3 of us (my mom, Bob, and myself) and just keep going until we were too tired!

My mom was awesome skiing!  I am so proud of her that she started slaloming again this year after not doing it for over 15 years!

Bob had bought a used kiteboard for $35 and I thought it was such a waste of money.  I was certain that we would not be able to do anything with it since it has no bindings…but we both popped right up on it and had a blast!  It doesn’t cut very well outside of the wake but it was still really fun! AND the best part was that it doesn’t hurt when you fall since you aren’t strapped in!  Wakeboarding is still better…but it was fun to try something new!

This happened a few times this weekend… 🙂

Dad did a lot of spotting (while reading…) and enjoyed the sun and he also got to ride the hotdog which is his favorite!

Sunday night we played mini-golf at a local course and had fun….Dad decided he didn’t want to play so he was the official scorekeeper

There was a touch of competition between the 3 of us…but we still managed to have a ton of fun!

Grandma would have been disappointed in our putting….

And probably my stature….

At the end of the 18th hole…the scores were tallied up and the winner was BOB!  UGH….I was bummed but he beat me by 3 strokes (although I beat him in the back 9)

Next time I will win (and maybe we will get closer to par!)

On our way home from the cabin we called the J family and decided to meet up for supper!  We had a great time visiting with them and it was so nice to see everyone since it had been over 2 months!

Of course we had to get ice cream…and Gabriel loved every bite!

We had such a great end of summer get-away and look forward to this fall and everything that we (already) have planned!