Farm Life

1 Year Anniversary

Today marks our one year anniversary of living in Wisconsin. It’s gone by in a flash and I know that sounds so predictable, but today when I sat and thought about everything we’ve experienced, the work we’ve done on the house and all of the people we’ve met, I really can’t believe it!

We moved in and two days later it snowed like crazy.

snowing in elkhorn

We met some fabulous people who have been so good to us for no reason other than they are nice and know we are the newbies.

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This picture is terrible, but it’s the only one I’ve got!

We remodeled some rooms. We painted. And painted. And are still painting.

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lucky break acres remodel

Anthony got to spend Christmas with his extended family in Chicagoland for the first time in 35 years.

Lucky Break Acres in Chicago

We spent so much more time with some of our lifelong friends.

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We lost our little Priscilla, but were happy that she got to be here even if for just a bit.

Priscilla Lucky Break Acres

We had lots of visitors. We made most of them stand by our giant tree, just to look up at it and grasp its enormity.

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We watched cows in our pasture, brand new calves with their mothers and listened to them mooing while in our bed at night.

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We watched Gialla turn into a farm dog, meet some cows and run around like a maniac.

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We picked strawberries and dandelions, made a few attempts at canning and fell in love with all of the flowers at our place.

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IMG_3751lucky break peoniesflowers lucky break acresIMG_4272 flowers lucky break acresWe experienced all four seasons. We bought eggs and sweet corn from our neighbors. We went to an alpaca shearing.

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We planted flowers, fruit trees and actually grew our very own apples.

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We sat on our front deck and watched the fireflies, had cocktails with friends and played Uno.

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We went to flea markets, dairy breakfasts, beekeeper club meetings and fish fries. And to fairs, auctions, antique stores, farmers markets and bluegrass festivals.

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wisconsin state fair

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We tested the waters on Delavan and Lauderdale Lakes. Anthony finally got his own fishing boat.

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gigi delavan lake lauderdale lucky break acresAnthony found a few softball teams to play on. And broke his nose.

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We started working on some of the outbuildings. We are still procrastinating working on those.

anthony chicken coop

We started numerous projects. We are still working on numerous projects. We probably always will be.

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cow hook project

We got our first real farm animals.

Patsy and Loretta

We still get weird looks when we tell people that we moved here from Las Vegas. “Why would you move HERE?” “Have you ever been through a winter?” But you can look at all of these pictures and I know I don’t have to explain why we live here. Not one bit.

we love wisconsin

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10 Comments

  • Reply Momma 2015-11-23 at 12:49 am

    Congratulations guys on your anniversary and all the accomplishments in the last year. I have been so lucky to have been able to visit and enjoy your summer, fall and winter. You have done an amazing job with the farm and I can’t wait to see what you will do with the place next year. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with Anthony’s family and I will see you very soon during the Christmas holidays.

    • Reply Michelle 2015-12-01 at 11:53 am

      Thanks Momma!

  • Reply Maryann 2015-11-20 at 11:53 pm

    I miss you guys but I know your loving your new life! I’ll be in next years photos, cause I’m going to come out to visit 2016! Kiss the cows for me! 🙂

    • Reply Michelle 2015-11-21 at 12:03 am

      Yahoo, we can’t wait to see you!

  • Reply Chris Braun 2015-11-20 at 11:32 pm

    What a wonderful journey you’ve had so far!! Thanks for sharing it with us ❤️. Many, many more WI anniversaries 🐄

    • Reply Michelle 2015-11-20 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks for reading Chris, and yes – here’s to many more!

  • Reply Lelia 2015-11-20 at 7:04 pm

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. You both look so happy and content in Wisconsin. Hope you have a blessed holiday and know that every time I think of you I’m sending a hug.

    • Reply Michelle 2015-11-20 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you so much Lelia, we have definitely found our happy place. Please do the same this Thanksgiving, and I’m sending a hug right back!

  • Reply Cindy Loomer 2015-11-20 at 5:59 pm

    You share it so well too. Thanks for keeping us posted and am bummed we forgot to take pictures when we were there. Happy thanksgiving to you. Enjoy, love you!

    • Reply Michelle 2015-11-20 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks Cindy, and I was thinking the same thing when I was posting pics, I missed a few of our visitors.

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