In the Land of Happy People and Cheese – A Photo Essay

A wild rumpus

Let the Wild Rumpus begin!

Courtney and Kelly are channeling Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are

while playing with the mural my dad painted.

Last week, my family flew back to Madison, Wisconsin. You gotta love their (our) sense of humor. As I was leaving the terminal at the airport, the security guard said, “Welcome to Des Moines!”

They had a monster snowstorm a few weeks ago and the snow was melting. Yes melting. It was a balmy 35 degrees when we arrived.

Everyone took turns walking Charlie Brown Spot.

walking the dogThere was a beautiful park nearby.


My dad came down to breakfast armed for combat while shaking his fist.

combat hat

We celebrated a birthday. Doesn’t everyone look happy?Mike's birthday

The kids wore their party hats too!

mike's birthday2

We went out another night to celebrate life and


…slurp oysters.


Yes, that is a huge slab of butter on a bread plate.

We had to buy cheese. After all, we were in ITS land. We drove to theΒ Decatur Dairy.

World Class Cheese1

The kids needed their fix.

world class cheese3It really is!

Kind of a small home for a cheesemaker, don’t ya think?

world class cheese 5

Men of cheese…

world class cheese5On our way back to my parent’s house, we stopped at the grocery store where I found the mother lode of sausage. The man from the meat department asked why I was taking a picture of the sausage display. I don’t think he understood that in Boulder we don’t have huge cases just for sausage.

land of logs o beef

While I was packing up, I discovered a clove of garlic in a pink bag Courtney had brought Christmas Eve. I was a few cloves low. I brought it to Breckenridge, but forgot to return it. That garlic traveled all the way to Wisconsin! I had to immortalize their reunion as we left for the airport.

Traveling with garlic should keep all those pesky vampires away. Right?


We’ll be back to visit the Land of Happy People and Cheese after the lakes thaw out!

This is an aerial view of Madison, Wisconsin. The State Capitol is located in the center of the isthmus.

aerial view of Madison

When we arrived back at DIA, it was a frigid 9 degrees!

Do you have any travel plans for 2013?

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  1. Loved this, Susie. Great to get together with your family and who could ever argue about the merits of cheese and sausage? And, yes, it has been very, very cold here. I think it was probably the Broncos undoing…


    1. I was raised on cheese and sausage!
      I think it was all the Broncos fault! We arrived at DIA at the end of the 4th quarter and stayed to watch the double overtime. It was so disappointing. When we walked out into that frozen air, I thought of the fans in the stands for all those hours and how they must have felt walking back to their cars… Brrrr…and …Grrrr!
      Thanks for coming by!


        1. So true! I heard that it seemed as though a few plays were called in favor of the Ravens and Patton lost his confidence. It makes me feel so much better about choking in tennis matches when the pros do it too! Hahaha!


          1. It was a really weird game. Officiating took forever – they stopped play on many occasions to decide what had happened, reviewing videos, etc. – meanwhile the players were standing around getting colder and colder. I think that interrupted Peyton’s rhythm. But overall, just amazingly frustrating to watch.


  2. Looks like you had a fun trip. LOVE cheese. Who doesn’t? Let them be outcast! Just kidding. That’s so funny, the guys was curious why you were taking pictures of his display. I guess he doesn’t get too many people snapping away as much. Didn’t you mention you were going to immortalize his display? πŸ˜‰


    1. I think was too busy trying to defend my picture taking. He was pretty curious, like I was going to do an expose on 20-20 or something! I should have handed him a card. I always forget to pass them out! πŸ™‚


  3. Looks like you had a wonderful visit. Your dad’s mural is awesome, and I love his combat hat! Great photos, Susie!


    1. My mother-in-law’s boyfriend!
      It is truly the Dairy State. πŸ™‚ My Dad can create anything from a table leg to a watercolor. He is a master of media and still going strong at 86!
      Thanks for coming by!


      1. Cheese Curds in Wisconsin is our Happy Place! Really great blog you have here, but we’re probably biased because we are happy cheese head people. Happy to come across another Happy Cheese Native! Don’t let our bling Hollywood image fool you (our lake in Wisconsin can be seen here: Cheese Heads Rule! Oh, and we can’t forget: Go Packers! (And Badgers!)


        1. Hahaha! Thanks for following!
          I have always said that they can take the girl out of the Land of Cheese, but they can’t take the cheese out of the girl. My blog is pretty much like me, a happy place. πŸ™‚
          I will check out your lake!


  4. I love your photos! Especially one at the park and all “cheesy” family pics! πŸ™‚ It was actually this blog that made me look for some holiday photo essays as you hardly find more spirit anywhere else but I love yours so much more. Take care πŸ™‚


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