Good-bye Grad School, Hello Henry!

Part of me still can’t believe that I’m finished with grad school, the past two years have went by so fast! I did a whirlwind tour of the Mid-West the last two weeks of August, finishing it off with my Master’s presentation in Madison. Oh, how I miss that place! Also, Kansas City. And Springfield, MO.

While I was back I also got a visa for my new work contract. Yay! It’s only for four months, but with so many people having such a hard time finding work, I’m super happy to have it. James and I will for sure be in Paris through mid-January!

Also…I brought Henry back with me! He was scared when we first got to the airport and then through security, but once we were on the plane, he was so sweet. The ladies sitting next to me didn’t even realize he was there! I couldn’t have done it without the amazing blog DogJaunt, the help from our fantastic vet, and of course both sets of parents. My parents were so sad to see little Henry go!

Henry was a little scared of all the people, dogs, and loud noises, but he’s starting to get use to it. I’m hoping for a family trip to the Eiffel Tower sometime very soon!


Au revoir Madison!

James and I have made it back to Missouri! We were both really sad to leave Madison. Our year there, while quite stressful, was very fun and we both loved Madison as a place to live. Hopefully we’ll be back someday!

James’s paperwork came through last Friday so we took a little detour through Chicago on our road-trip home. We’ve made it to KC and I’ll continue on to Springfield at the end of the week.

I still can’t believe that we’re picking up and moving to Paris (and I probably won’t until we’re both there!). I’m also super excited about working at ESCP!

More details to come, but I should be in Paris by this time next week! Yay!!

Milwaukee with the Feess Fam

Taking a little break from the wedding blogging, I thought I’d blog about the Feess Fam coming to Wisconsin!

This time we met them in Milwaukee, which turned out to be a wonderful decision (everything was planned by James’s travel-savvy mom). We met them at the hotel on Friday night after work, chatted, then headed to a fantastic Italian restaurant for dinner.

walking along the river Friday night

family photo!

On Saturday we rode the trolley around downtown, went to the art museum, ate lunch the Milwaukee Ale House, shopped in the Third Ward (definitely my favorite area of Milwaukee!), and walked around Bastille Days. Bastille Days is supposed to be an outdoor French festival, but the only French thing I ever saw was a mini-replica of the Eiffel Tower. It was super crowded so we just ate some gelatto and headed back.

getting ready to catch the trolley

trolley ride!

Milwaukee River (& fancy boats!)

Before their flight left on Sunday and we had to be back to pick Henry up at the kennel, we managed to squeeze in a Miller brewery tour and lunch back in the Third Ward. It was a fantastic weekend and wonderful to see the in-laws! We’re SO lucky to have such a wonderful family!

beer garden after our brewery tour

On a side note: I bought my plane ticket for Paris! I’ll post more once I actually have my visa, but I’ll be back in France in less than a month!


Every summer/end of June-ish in Madison they start six weeks of Concert on the Square. Its every Wednesday night starting at 7pm and I’m fairly sure everyone in Madison attends. Its really just a chance to sit outside of the Capitol building (us amateurs on a blanket, the fancier people bring chairs and mini-tables), eat, and drink alcohol.

We’ve been twice so far and always mean to meet up with work people, but we either never manage to find them or its way to crowded. Tonight’s music was “Film Noir” (which was awesome!) and we brought little Henry Pooper along! (Who we’ve been calling HP to gear up for the new Harry Potter movie…) Everyone loved Henry, and he loves being around people, so it all worked out. I’m super excited for the ABBA tribute band next week!!

A few pics:

PS: I going to try to do a few wedding themed posts, but first a weekend in Milwaukee with the new in-laws! 🙂

Now a Mrs!

After about 5 month hiatus, I’m back! The spring semester was super crazy for me (working 20 hrs a week, 4 classes, planning a wedding…), so blogging was not a high priority. I made it through, although sometimes I’m not sure how.

Our wedding

Even though we had a few bumps in the road (reception space closed down by the fire dept, bomb threat two blocks away the night of…I swear I thought David Tutera was going to appear), I had the MOST amazing time! Everything was completely wonderful. Just how I imagined! I loved seeing all our family and friends, we’re still amazed at how fast the night went. A huge thank you to our parents for all they did for us. Our photographer has already given us some highlights from the pictures she took (they can be found here), and I’ve also attached a few of my favs. I just love reliving it…:)


Thanks to James’s wonderful, generous, amazing parents, we spent our honeymoon in Aruba. Our place was on the beach and we spent a fantastic week relaxing on the beach, watching TV, hanging out by the pool, and whipping up some fancy (well, maybe not-so-fancy) meals. We treated ourselves to dinner at Wacky Wahoo’s and had some delicious seafood.