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Heading Up North

We’re taking an impromptu trip up to Wisconsin*, to spend a little time in the woods at Brandon’s family cabin. We were last there five years ago. I was fatter, Brandon was thinner. We had no children, and no dog. Now we’re making the six hour drive with two little kids in tow, and a motion-sick dog in the back.

* Someone will be house-sitting for us, and we have a security system.

I look terrible in that photo, but at least I had clothes appropriate for the woods. I had a hard time packing my suitcase! The pencil skirts and dresses that make up my current wardrobe aren’t really made for traipsing about in the forest.

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  • Ilaria
    June 6, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Enjoy a bit of time off with your family!

  • Allison
    June 6, 2012 at 6:26 am

    No matter what size you are, you have the same cute smile! :)

  • Amber @ Pooch & Puddy
    June 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

    In that picture, you look like someone I know!

    Have fun in the woods with your kids =) My fondest memories are of camping with my dad.

  • Debora
    June 6, 2012 at 7:50 am

    It seems to be a really nice place.
    I loved the tree sided road. :)

  • Mari,
    June 6, 2012 at 8:07 am

    We love northern wisconsin! Makes me wonder where you’re headed … but we usually are on the west side, I’m guessing you’ll be on the east!
    And I agree with the others, summer camp/woods memories are some of my most favorite from my own childhood. Makes me want to plan a trip for our family right. now.

    • Making it Lovely
      June 8, 2012 at 12:50 am

      We’re kind of in the upper middle, near Rhinelander.

      • Mari,
        June 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        Never been to that area, but your photos and taxidermy) are making me think I should! We’re usually over near Hayward.

  • katrina
    June 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

    sounds like a lot of fun!!

  • Sandra
    June 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Cottage life is THE best life. We sold ours last summer when we moved out west (it was NW of Toronto) and have rented one for a few weeks this summer in the same region. Cannot WAIT to get there. It’s a “free range” life for all of us.

    The kids will LOVE it!

  • Gwendolyn
    June 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

    You’ve really turned back the clock, you look so young now compared to 5 years ago! I hope you have a great time :)

  • Giulia
    June 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Have fun and use the time to recharge! There’s something about nature that calms you down even if you love being a city dweller. Our kids love camping, getting dirty, chasing ants and collecting stones…the simple things.
    I’ve been to Sheboygan…not in the woods but a lovely place to be in WI (quite far away from Ottawa, Canada though)

  • Chedva
    June 6, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I laughed at the wardrobe part – I’d have the same problem. Have tons of fun!

  • Jules
    June 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

    You do look different, though I knew you 5 years ago and I think those pants are just unflattering. They make you look heavier than you were. Have fun! (I loved your house-sitting/security warning.)

    • Making it Lovely
      June 8, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Yeah, those were some bad pants. I was only 15 or so pounds heavier than I am now.

  • Mary H.
    June 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Try giving your dog Dramamine. It has done wonders for our motion sick dog. She ends up sleeping most of the trip. :)

  • AmyK
    June 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

    My husband and I had our honeymoon in Door County. Now we take a yearly family vacation there. No matter how crowded it has become I still love our week there and hope to continue this tradition for many, many years.

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres
    June 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Looks like a great place! Enjoy your vacation and good luck on the drive.

  • Mandi
    June 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Enjoy your trip!! That area looks lovely. I would love a post or two with fashionable-but-backwoods-appropriate attire, if you do a shop (or even just a virtual shop!) for that.

    You can give canines OTC meclizine (Bonine is one brand name, but most of the big stores carry a store brand too) for motion sickness, it works pretty well in my experience. Google or ask your vet for dosage appropriate for your dog’s weight.

  • Amanda
    June 6, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Eep! Have fun!

  • Rachel
    June 6, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I hope you have a wonderful time! For me cabin time always helps me recharge, especially when I unplug a little bit. Enjoy your time! :)

  • corrina
    June 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Enjoy! We’re moving back to the Midwest from the East Coast in two short weeks, and while we transition I am going to stay at my parent’s cottage up near Rhinelander. Kind of like you, we haven’t spent any summer time up the kids. It makes me happy to see such a popular blog reppin’ the North woods.

  • No
    June 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Wow! That cabin looks lovely! We are in the market for a cabin in northern Wisconsin for our family if your husband’s family ever decides to sell! It looks gorgeous! Have a great time! We love it up north!

    • Making it Lovely
      June 8, 2012 at 12:53 am

      I’m sure they’re holding on to it. It’s been in the family for decades!

  • Jamie
    June 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I have to ask if this is on Lake Metonga!?!? I have a cabin on that lake and all of your photos look strangely familiar, it makes me miss Wisconsin like woah!

  • bethany
    July 11, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Late comment (way behind on my blog reading due to an international move) award!

    Anyway, I just moved away from the middle of Wisconsin and to Kuwait, so I had to say that seeing your trip photos made me all teary, and yet feel a little bit closer to home. I hope you enjoyed every second, and my WI people treated you right! ;)

    PS: Did you eat cheese curds? It’s not Wisconsin until you’re nommin’ on some curds. ;)