We both finished work at the same time, so I met Katie for a quick bite to eat on Friday night before heading south. I took the scenic route through wind turbine country to Oconomowoc, WI, and met up with DH who got a head start in order to set up for a weekend art fair there.
I knew the route I wanted to take and printed out a fairly detailed map that included all the highlights — namely, Farmersville, Mayville, and Iron Ridge. Turns out, I took a wrong turn and meandered my way through the Byrons, too. I think. I really need a Garmin for these scenic drives. It's officially on my Want List.
We were guests in a wonderful '50s-era home on beautiful Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc. Many locals host artists during the fair, also throwing a big dinner party on Saturday night, and DH has always stayed with the same couple. I've had an open invitation since the beginning, but kids, weddings, family reunions — something — always conspired to keep me away. Even this time, I was able to stay only one night.
We had a relaxing evening on Friday, making acquaintance over a bottle (or two) of wine and wonderful conversation. I started Saturday morning watching a sailboat race and taking a tour of the lake by boat.
By Saturday afternoon I was heading west to Annie's and a babysitting date with Mack and Addison. Turns out, Karen and her family were there to help my niece move into a new apartment, so I had my two older nephews as able babysitting assistants!
I had a photo shoot on Sunday morning (sneak peek is up) while everyone else arrived for brunch — Uncle Jim, Sharon, Mike & Judy, Mom & Joe, another nephew and his girlfriend. It didn't start out to be so huge, but sort of took on a life of its own. Annie sure knows how to do brunch! It was delicious and a good time was had by all.
Tomorrow morning, I'll be out the door at 5:00 a.m. — that's 10 minutes before my alarm usually goes off! I don't mind, though — Mom & Joe will pick me up for a day-trip to Madison and it's a great time to make that drive. Not sure yet whether I'll post ahead, take the laptop and post from the road, or wait 'til I'm back home… but I will post!
The hayfield and haybales are from the drive home yesterday. Will I ever tire of that scene?