Hey guys! Hope you have enjoyed all the guests posts over the last week or so while I’ve been away! How awesome was that DIY by Joanna!?  I am already itching to make that care package for a friend!

I wanted to share some iphone pictures from our trip.  Rylee was a trooper on her first plane ride.  No meltdowns = success! Haha.  She was a handful though because she is at that age where all she wants to do is be on the ground crawling.  But with a lot of distraction and one hundred games of peek-a-boo, we made it to Wisconsin in one piece.  As heart breaking as it was to attend the funeral and say my final goodbye to my grandpa, it was so good to reconnect with family and laugh together about memories we shared.  All of my cousins came (none of us joined by our spouses) so it literally felt like we were 15 again on summer break.  It’s crazy how quickly I can revert back to that time.  We share so many memories of that place.  It had been a long time since I had been back there and it is still as beautiful as I remember.  The same paths I walked through 12 years ago are still mapped out through the trees and my Grandma’s house still smells of cinnamon apples.  It was the first time Rylee got to meet her great grandma too, so that was pretty special.  She was able to bring her joy in a time of such sadness for her.  I was so thankful for that.

Sam and I are looking forward to July when we will be heading back out there again to celebrate the fourth of July.  Nothing is better than fireworks on a lake!  This time, we will be visiting Sam’s family cabin as well. Sam is originally from Minnesota, but like me, his family also owns a cabin on a lake in WI that he visited as a kid.  Isn’t that funny!?   Each cabin is a few hours away from one another, but sometimes I laugh at the idea of somehow meeting him out there when we were 8 and him being my summer crush every year.  Haha!  We probably would not have ended up working out if life would have taken that turn…but it’s fun to imagine!  I love that Wisconsin holds such a special place in both of our hearts.  Especially living in southern California, which is SO different from there, in so many ways.  It makes us want to let our kids experience it as we did.

P.S. –  I got a few people asking me what iphone app I used for some of these photos, and for most, I used VSCO Cam.  It’s my new fave. Check it out.


  1. April, Everyday Forgotten

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandpa Kelli! Looks like you still had an amazing trip though. The photos are lovely – especially the one of the 4 generations – its amazing how much you all look so alike! Hope you have a lovely week!

  2. TJ

    aw, i just adore following you on instragram! all of these images are absolutely beautiful! especially the “4 generations” shot. you can really see a family resemblance. all such beautiful women ;)
    xo TJ

  3. Kaitlin

    i swear these are the most darling photos in the entire world.
    your little tot is so adorable looks like one splendid trip if you ask me.

    xo kaitlin

  4. steffy

    i love these family photos! how funny that you and your husband both visited the same place! my parents grew up a block apart but didnt meet til’ college… life is funny sometimes :)

    Steffys Pros and Cons

  5. Kacie

    Love these photos… my goodness. They are so charming and so lovely. Glad you’re having a wonderful time.


  6. Brandi Lisenbe

    Awe that is cute! I love the what if game. You guys are the cutest and yes I couldn’t imagine anything better than fireworks on the lake! We spent memorial day on the lake and I didn’t want to come back!
    I love all the old photo’s! My g-ma is like me and keeps every picture and note so I spend hours reading old love letters or old letters from my aunts and uncles to her from when they were kids.
    You and Sam are very blessed! xo

    • kelli

      Oh I love that Brandi!! We will both be old ladies with loots of paper filled boxes! haha. I just can’t throw that stuff away! Looking forward to meeting you and your sis! xo

  7. Leah

    These photos are so lovely, Kelli! I’m glad you were able to reconnect with your family. I’m actually from MN originally, so I can relate to the feelings that come back while I’m there. It’s odd, but neat.

  8. teddi

    oh how i adore your photos, & the words that you’ve written to accompany them. glad you got to reconnect with your family, sad for the reason why.

  9. Laura

    I love all these photos so sweet :) the 4 genrations is so lovely too



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