Milwaukee Empty Bowls 2012

I look forward to Milwaukee Empty Bowls every year. Usually Brenton and I go by ourselves, but this year we were lucky enough to show his parents what all the fun is about. (To read about our experience at Milwaukee Empty Bowls 2011, see this post).

Here’s the concept: You pay $20 and receive a handmade pottery bowl. You then get to sample soups from 30 area restaurants. All the money goes toward hunger programs in Milwaukee.

Since I am a sucker for pottery and soup, this event is right up my alley.

Brenton’s Dad and I

What was so funny about the event this year is that we all picked the grab bag bowls so we didn’t have to wait in line (if you want to pick your own bowls, be prepared to wait at least an hour and a half). Oddly enough, all the bowls we ended up picking spoke to our personalities. Brenton’s mom and I both picked girly bowls (mine is the flower one, hers is the polka dots). Brenton’s dad picked out the super masculine bowl on the bottom left, and Brenton picked out the teal and maroon glazed bowl on the bottom right.

I tried several soups, but the few that I really liked were Saz’s beer cheese soup and Bartolotta’s New England clam chowder.

Le Reve’s potato leek was also delicious.

Sharing a father-son moment at the end of the event.

And a Special Occasion

Today is also our 6-year anniversary! I met Brenton when I was 20 (he was 21), in math class at UW-Milwaukee. It’s probably fate that we met because we were both trying to get out of that class (our teacher was the worst).

When I saw Brenton walking down the street by where I lived, I got up the courage to chat with him before class to ask him where he lived. It turns out we only lived 3 blocks away from each other.

From there you can probably guess what happened. We started officially dating a month later and we have been together ever since….through graduations, getting Oliver, a few surgeries, job changes, moving about 4 times and so many fun adventures in between.

And now some throwback pictures.

My BFF Hillary’s 21st birthday party in March 2007.

At Brenton’s sister’s wedding in June 2007.

Ringing in the New Year, January 1, 2008.

Out with friends on Old World 3rd in Milwaukee, August 2009.

Question: How long have you been with your significant other? What’s your favorite quality about him or her? I could go on and on about what I like about Brenton, but I especially adore his goofy sense of humor.

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