2015Back Home Again: 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 In Review

1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before? Ran. A lot. Three 5k races, a 10k and a half marathon!
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Yes and no. I made a resolution to start running and I did, but I also made one to get back to grad school weight, and that failed miserably.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not super close, but I have several friends who gave birth. One to twins!
4. Did anyone close to you die? No
5. What countries did you visit? The good 'ol USA although I did add Mississippi as a new state.
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015? No credit card debt and one less student loan...we're getting there!
7. What date(s) from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? I'm too lazy to look up the exact dates, but here are a few things:
Ewan's birthday
Starting and finishing c25k 
Finally planting our garden 
Going on a girls' winery day 
Nashville trip and Tennessee Renaissance Faire 

Running my first 5k race 
Traveling to Stillwater, MN for a friend's wedding.
Running a half marathon 

Celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary and my cousin's wedding on the same day.   
Cecily's birthday 
Traveling to Chicago for work and catching up with friends and family I haven't seen for years.
Celebrating New Year's Eve then going to Disney World tomorrow!  
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Completing a half marathon!
9. What was your biggest failure? Not paying off as much credit card debt as I'd hoped
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? My plantar fasciitis came back during half marathon training. And I discovered that I have a bulging disc and bone spur on my spine.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Our Disney trip, my Garmin running watch
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? All the people who have supported my running
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? People who are supposed to be "close" who can't be bothered to tell you important things going on in their life and you find out via mutual friends on Facebook who ask you about something they posted.

14. Where did most of your money go? daycare, debt, vacation, running
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My garden, running
16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2015? Umm...?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? about the same

ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter, even though I'm running...I have the problem of being rungry!
iii. richer or poorer? Richer
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? enjoying the little things instead of stressing out all the time
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Trying to be friends with people who clearly don't want your friendship.
20. How did you spend Christmas? You can read more about it here, but the short version is we celebrated Christmas as a family on Christmas Eve morning then went to Louisville and celebrated that night with Alan's extended family. Then we celebrated with his parents, brothers and their families on Christmas. We'll celebrate with my family after we get back from Disney in January.

21. Did you fall in love in 2015? More in love with my husband and kiddos
23. What was your favorite TV program? Downton Abbey, Blacklist, Once Upon A Time, Reign, Big Bang Theory
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? No, but I am definitely frustrated with a few!
25. What was the best book you read? I read SO MANY books this year! I honestly can't name one that was my favorite. I'm just excited to be reading again.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery? In terms of my own music, sadly I haven't had much time for it because life and work have been so crazy. 

27. What did you want and get? A newfound passion

 28. What did you want and not get? A trip to Iceland
29. What was your favorite film of this year? Did we see a movie in the theater this year? I'm pretty sure we did, but I don't even remember what they are!

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? 34 and here's a detailed account of my day.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015? Comfort, as always
32. What kept you sane? Starbucks, running
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? No one.
34. What political issue stirred you the most? birth rights, gmo foods
35. Who did you miss? Friends and family I don't see often
36. Who was the best new person you met? Running friends
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016: Same as last year: You can't make people want a relationship with you and even though it may hurt incredibly, it's ultimately their loss 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Have You Ever Tried Garcinia Cambogia?

I received this product for free through Tomoson in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Seeing that I have gained all of the weight I had lost a few years ago and then some, I have decided that 2016 will be the year that I am really and truly done. Over the last few months I have read numerous blogs and articles about the magical properties of Garcinia Cambogia Supreme 85% HCA Standardized and have been dying to try it. It's made from the rind of an Asian fruit, Garcinia Cambogia and supposedly helps with weight loss because it helps to inhibit glucose absorption.

I really wanted to like it, I really really did. It's top allergen free and vegan. It also contains no soy, additives or stimulants. However, about 20-30 minutes after I took it, I got sick. I wanted to create this awesome post about how I lost all this weight in a couple weeks. But it made me sick every time. I'm not one to take dietary supplements normally, but I thought I would give it a shot. While it may work for others, it clearly is not for me. However, the service from Life & Food was wonderful and I would purchase other items from them in the future.

Have you ever taken Garcinia Cambogia? Did it work for you?

It's Ok December 29, 2015

...that I got some crazy deals at Old Navy!

...that I got to Target too late the day after Christmas to get any good clearance.

...that I really enjoyed watching the Harry Potter marathon this past weekend on ABC Family.

...that Ewan will be five in a week!

...that we leave for Disney in four days!

What's ok with you this week?

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas 2015

Let me preface this by saying that I am a goof and forgot my camera when we went to my in-laws for Christmas so the only photos I have a from Christmas at our house. D'oh!

We actually opened most of our gifts the Saturday before Christmas because I got impatient. However, we did still sprinkle reindeer food on the 23rd and Santa came to our house on Christmas Eve. 

While they got some toys, they got a lot of educational stuff too. Ewan is learning to read and got some phonics books and a science "game." He loved them both. Cecily got a bunch of puzzles, which she loves, but probably her favorite gift was her pink "Sheriff Callie" star to go on top of the tree. She kept talking about how Santa was going to bring her this star to go on top of our tree. She was so excited when she opened her last gift and there it was!

I then went for a quick Christmas Eve run before heading to Louisville for Christmas at Alan's parents' house. We all had a great Christmas there too!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

It's Ok December 22, 2015

...that it's 9PM and Cecily is still awake...for the third night in a row.

...that Alan and I have been watching Friends on Netflix and I love it just as much as I did watching every episode for the first time.

...that I still have that awful cold from last week.

...that I'm not sure how much I will be able to blog over the next few weeks with Christmas and our Disney trip right around the corner.

...that Christmas is in three days!

What's ok with you this week?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

It's Ok December 15, 2015

...that a mom in a mom's group I'm in basically invited her family to Cecily's birthday party and then didn't invite us to either of her kids' birthday parties this month. 

...that I'm trying to be the better person but I really want to call this mom out on it. 

...that Alan is out of town this week again.

...that the cold I have been fighting since Thanksgiving finally caught up to me. 

...that Christmas is next week!

...that we go to Disney in two weeks!

...that my baby boy turns FIVE in three weeks!

What's ok with you this week?

Monday, December 14, 2015

New and Old Traditions

I have written before about our tradition to go see the Christmas lights at the Winter Carnival at the local 4H fairgrounds. It's something we do every year and the kids love it, even if this year we didn't get to see Santa because the night we chose happened to be the only Friday night Santa's Workshop was closed because he was at a dinner that night....oops!

This year we have also started a tradition that we always did with my family growing up. I lived with my mom and grandma and when I was young my grandma made Holly Hobby dolls out of scrap material and then decorated my own birthday tree with them. She put this tree up every year for me and after she died it was something I wanted to continue in my own house. Except that I couldn't find the dolls until this year. They were stashed in a closet and I came across them when I was helping clean out my mom's house earlier this year. 

I was so excited to finally find them because I had been asking about them for years, even before she passed away. Most people that see them probably wonder what the heck they are, but they're one of the few things I have of my grandmother's and putting up my own Holly Hobby tree is a tradition I want to start in my own home. This year I have them on a small tree - another find from when I went "shopping" at my mother's - and I intend on getting a larger tree for next year because they're are SO many dolls that only a fraction of them are on this tiny tree. But, it makes a great addition to our dining room!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Cookie Party 2015

We started the tradition of a cookie decorating party last year and it was a total hit. This year was too!

We invited new and old friends and I made even more cookies. Sugar, Nutella and "Gingerbread." I cheated and used the Nutella cookie recipe but switched out the Nutella for Cookie Butter. They were fabulous. I also made stuffed pasta shells and everyone brought a side dish to share. Since there were two birthdays that weekend and another the following weekend, we had birthday brownies too.

The kids had a blast decorating cookies and just playing with each other. I'm so glad we were able to do it again this year and I know it will be a blast when we do it again next December!

Speaking of cookies, don't forget about the $20 Paypal cash giveaway to help you #SpreadCheer!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

How to Enjoy a Stress Free Holiday

With the holidays right around the corner I know I’m not the only Mom feeling a little stressed out. I already have a jam-packed schedule: a full-time job, cooking healthy meals, carting my children to and from school, working on my blog and staying active. And now I’m supposed to find time to buy and wrap presents, plan delicious holiday meals AND prepare the house for my family coming to dinner? There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

While this time of year is supposed to be a joyful time, it’s easy to find yourself a little overwhelmed. Sometimes we need some help decompressing so that we can actually enjoy the time with our family. Check out these tips to keep your yuletide season merry!

Travel Smart

Not having Christmas at your house this year? Lucky you! Unfortunately, airports around the holidays can be quite hectic. Crowded flights, long check-in lines, and not to mention astronomical fees to get all your gifts from point A to point B. Thankfully Orbitz offers amazing deals on flights and hotels to make your travel plans as easy and affordable as possible. Say goodbye to your sister-in-laws futon mattress and hello to a plush hotel bed!

Avoid the Supermarket

There is likely no worse place than the supermarket the week before Christmas. Friends and neighbors become enemies. Elbows are being thrown left and right to get your hands on the last bag of fried onions to go on top the green bean casserole. Lines at the cash register wind for miles. OK - I might be over exaggerating a bit, but it is a nightmare. Avoid all of that this holiday season with grocery delivery service, Peapod. You can order online and have your groceries delivered to your front door, totally pain free!

Help Others

You may think that adding another thing to your never-ending to-do list seems counter-intuitive but hear me out! Volunteering at a local soup kitchen or animal shelter will remind you to appreciate what you have. You’ll leave this good deed with a renewed perspective on what’s important this time of year. All of the holiday hoopla makes most people forget what this season is really about - giving.

Treat Yourself!

When all else fails, do something for yourself; you deserve it! Make time to do something you love, whether that be cozying up by the fire with a book or going out for drinks with your best friend. Don’t forget to buy a little something for yourself while doing your holiday shopping! Maybe you need something to make yourself shine again, in which case a Birch Box subscription is the gift that keeps on giving cosmetic samples for a whole year. Whatever it may be, don’t forget to take care of yourself this season!

Now I can’t promise a totally stress free holiday, but if you follow these easy tips you’ll find yourself enjoying the important things: food, family and friends. Don’t let the holidays get the best of you this year. This season is supposed to be joyful and it doesn’t matter how good your pecan pie is if you’re a stressed out grump at dinner!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

It's Ok December 8, 2015

Airing My Dirty Laundry

...that I share a birthday with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's son.

...that I think the name Saint is ridiculous and little blasphemous.

...that I have almost all of our gifts wrapped for Christmas.

...that I'm not entirely sure when I'll get the rest wrapped because Cecily doesn't want to go to bed unless I'm with her.

...that I'm really liking this #RWRunStreak business.

...to be giving away $20 in Paypal cash!

What's ok with you this week?

Saturday, December 5, 2015

I Turned 34 Today

I had intended to write a philosophical post about getting older, but I'll be real I got nuthin.' Today is my birthday and at the ripe old age of 34, it's still a national holiday in my world. I'll say it again.


I started out with 3.4 miles to celebrate turning 34. Which if I had written that statement last year I would've just laughed. But now it's totally me. Which is so crazy. But, I digress...

Since I'm always complaining that December birthdays get the shaft, Alan always makes a big deal out of my birthday and planned the day for us. I had breakfast waiting when I got back from my run, then we went to lunch and then to the Candy Cane Holiday Express, which is the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra's holiday kids concert. Sidenote - Alan had bought tickets several weeks ago but when I mentioned that I thought it would be fun to take the kids, he was like heck no, there's no way they'll sit through that and I wound up complaining about it to my saxophone sectionmate at my band concert last week...oops! He said that to throw me off....tricky tricky Alan!

With Santa after the concert. 

It was the kids' first concert and I totally cried through most of it. It makes me so happy seeing them experience the things I love and after this afternoon, I have pretty much determined that my kids will be in music at some point in their life.

We then went to the very end of the local gingerbread competition. We missed most of the fun and only got to see the final creations, but it was still neat to see. Here are a few of my favorites.

Our daycare provider is having a free childcare night tonight as her Christmas present to her daycare families so we dropped the kids off awhile ago and came home to eat my favorite Chinese takeout and watch The Holiday, one of my favorite movies. Kind of sounds like a lame ending to my birthday, but I wouldn't have it any other way after a busy day.

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It's OK December 1, 2015

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...that today is the first day of December and I'm still wondering where the heck 2015 went.

...that I had my kids take an early nap on Sunday because they were driving me crazy.

...that I decided to partake in the Runners World holiday run streak between Thanksgiving and New Years #RWRunStreak

...that I ate WAY too many cookies from our #SpreadCheer cookie baking fun this past weekend.

...that I'm excited I can finally listen to Christmas music.

...that I am OBSESSED with the Pentatonix Christmas album

...that I'm giving away $20 Paypal cash on the blog.

...that my birthday is on Saturday!

What's ok with you this week?

Monday, November 30, 2015

December Goals and November Recap

First of all, I am in complete denial that it's already December. This year has completely flown by and I'm sure this month will too. But, there's a reward at the beginning of 2016...a trip to Disney!

Here's how I did in November:
  • Get the yard taken care of. This is half done. We got all the leaves up except for the tree that loses its leaves in early December. We'll get this done this month sometime.
  • Complete my two races. I only ran one race, the Turkey Trot 10k. Not because I didn't want to, but because I was out of fun money to register for the 8k. Oops!
  • Finish the Outlander series. Done! I really hope Diana Gabaldon is writing another book because I feel there are so many loose ends with how the last book ended. Now I need to get to reading my book club books...
  • Book our Fast Passes for Disney. Done! Well, Alan did them. All I wanted to do was go on the safari at Animal Kingdom. But I helped with our dining options!
And now for December: 
  • Get our Christmas cards sent out by December 15. I normally have them ready to go by December 1st, but I'm behind this year. 
  • Have Christmas presents wrapped by December 20. I usually wrap all of the presents at night after the kids go to bed throughout the month, but there's a little girl in our house that doesn't want to go to bed lately. 
  • Have a successful cookie decorating party. We started this tradition last year, and I cannot wait for our party this year!
  • Enjoy my birthday. 
  • Take the kids to the Christmas lights display at the fairgrounds. 
  • Enjoy Christmas!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Spreading Cheer With Cookies!

A good friend of ours always bakes tons of cookies and delivers them to her friends and family every Christmas. We decided to mix it up this year and deliver cookies to her and her family since she's had a rough couple of months. 

So, I headed out to our local Walmart to get supplies and came across several Betty Crocker cookie mixes. Now I normally prefer to make everything from scratch, but with being on a time crunch, these were perfect. I grabbed a package of sugar, peanut butter, chocolate chip for the kids and egg nog and white chocolate cranberry for the adults.

The kids and I spent the afternoon baking these goodies to deliver to our friends' doorstep the next day. These mixes are so easy and the kids loved being able to help.

We had so many cookies that we decided to spread even more cheer and drop some off to our neighbors too.

Betty Crocker wants to help you #SpreadCheer with cookie recipes, printable coloring pages, gift tags and a coupon. Oh, and they want to give you $20 via Paypal too!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Louisville, KY Turkey Trot 10k

Thanksgiving morning I ran the Northeast YMCA Turkey Trot  10k in Louisville. It was surprisingly warm for this time of year and it was a really nice morning for a run. There were about 2600 people that participated in either the 10k or 5k - larger than the Evansville Half Marathon! Unfortunately, I don't have any photos because Alan was a goof and forgot to take any (there might or might not have been some tears and threats of pie in the face... :-) )

Mile 1: 11:48 One of my fastest miles ever! I was trying to hold myself back but the course started out downhill so I just kind of let gravity help me along. Somewhere in the first or second mile, one of the volunteers was like "look at her, she's running for two. you go lady!" right as I passed by him...I'm just going to pretend that he was talking about the lady who passed me a couple minutes later with a jogging stroller...

When I hit the 5k mark, it was the fastest I have run one in a race. I don't remember the exact time, but it was in the 39-minute range. I was super excited because I have been working on running faster and it was paying off. By the time I hit mile 4, I thought that there was a chance I might actually finish under an hour and 20 minutes (my goal was to finish in under an hour and 30 minutes).

I walked through the water stop around 3 miles and was looking forward to walking through on the way back to get my strength to run up the hill back to the finish. Except they were packing up the water stop by the time I got there. I have no problem being at the back of the pack, but that is definitely a pet peeve. 

When I got to the big hill, I started running up it but walked around halfway up. When I got to the top and rounded the corner, I just shut my eyes and ran as hard as I could for the finish. My official time was 1:24:34. I originally thought that I had PR'd by a little over two minutes, but when I checked, it was actually just under four minutes, boom!

Alan drew me a "photo" of me crossing the finish line :-)

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It's Ok November 24, 2015

...that my neighbor uses his leaf blower at 7AM every weekend.

...that I made my first ever pumpkin pie from scratch for Thanksgiving.

...that I feel totally unprepared for my 10k race on Thanksgiving.

...that I was so not impressed with the final episode of Downton Abbey until the Christmas special.

...that I had to take a mini-Facebook break because of all the negative energy certain people bring.

...that I get a four day weekend!

What's ok with you this week?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

It's Ok November 17, 2015

...that I'm sharing my friends' gofundme page for their son, Gavin. He's got Klippel-Trenauney Syndrome.

...that some people in blogging groups get a little too into it.

...that some people just suck, no matter how much you wish they didn't.

...that I'm participating in #29daysofcomplaining instead of "being thankful."

...that we are touring a school where Ewan may possibly attend KINDERGARTEN today.

What's ok with you this week?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Butternut Squash Risotto

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I usually host Thanksgiving at my house and am always trying to find creative ways to incorporate vegetables that are healthy AND something my family will eat. A few years ago I came across a butternut squash risotto recipe in a magazine that looked delicious and I put a copy in my recipe binder and promptly forgot about it until I was looking through my binder not too long ago. So when I came across butternut squash on sale at my local Schnucks recently, I decided to pick one up and try out this recipe.

Here's what you need:

4-5 cups chicken/beef/vegetable broth 
2 tbs olive oil
3 shallots, diced
2-3 c peeled and cubed butternut squash 
dried thyme
tumeric I used for color
1 c arborio rice
1/2 c white wine
1/2 c Parmesan cheese 

I peeled and cubed my squash that I bought, but it's much easier and faster to buy the precut squash. Especially when you're cooking an entire holiday meal yourself!

Heat broth to steaming and keep warm. Heat oil in a saucepan and add shallots, then add squash, thyme, salt, pepper and tumeric. Add rice, stir until translucent then add wine and stir until almost absorbed by the rice. 

Stir in 1/2 cup of hot broth and simmer stirring constantly until liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding 1/2 at a time until rice is tender and creamy. Add cheese. This took me about 30 minutes and I used about 4 cups of broth.

I've spoken before about how I love the sales at Schnucks and this grocery trip was no exception. Not only did they have their buy 10 get the 11th free promotion going on, but they also had a deal where you purchase three orange dot meat items for $15. You could choose from things like steak, pork chops and bacon, as well as several other items.

Again, I love this kind of deal because I can stock up and freeze for later. It's so nice to be able to get fresh meat and produce (not to mention baking supplies - I love this time of year!) at a decent price. I posted a video on my Instagram showing off my freezer stocked full of peppers from this deal and when I open the freezer, I just smile. It's so great to just grab something out of the freezer to throw together a quick meal on a busy weeknight.

As you all probably realize by now, I'm really big on the family table and providing nourishing meals (aka real food) to which my family can down and enjoy. Schnucks is great at helping me nourish my family with their stock of quality food at a decent price. Sitting down at the table with an actual meal was something I never really did growing up and I want to instill that nourishing tradition in my kids.

I also love it when I can turn a Thanksgiving side into a weeknight meal that the whole family loves!

What's your favorite weeknight meal? Do you incorporate it into the holidays?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sheriff Callie Birthday Party

Saturday was finally Cecily's birthday party. Her birthday was a few weeks ago, but since we were out of town and the place where we wanted to have it was booked the following weekend, it was two weeks late. But it was worth it because we surprised her with a pony party!

I don't normally do this, but I had a theme for all of the food. It was Sheriff Callie and her friends' favorites. Sparky's hay bales, Deputy Peck's trail mix, Toby's popcorn, Tio's chili and Sheriff Callie's badge. 

She did NOT want us to sing or even say Happy Birthday to her...what is up with my kids and three year old parties, I will never know. Ewan was the same way - he made us sing to him in Spanish when he turned three. 

She got to ride a pony, go through a petting zoo and run all over the playground and rock wall. The girl is fearless!

I'm so glad this girl had a great party!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It's Ok November 3, 2015

...that we only got one picture of the kids in their Halloween costumes. 

...that the mom of Ewan's best pre-k bud is a new friend.

...that the first day of November was almost 70 degrees.

...that I made this recipe for dinner last night and am still raving about it. 

...that I registered for a 10k race on Thanksgiving.

...that I finally caught up and commented on a bunch of my favorite blogs last night, only for the comments not to show up! Sorry Bekah, Ashley and Jenn!

...that some people never change and that there is a double standard.

...that December birthdays get the shaft.

What's ok with you this week?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Goals

I know I saw this every month, but I am blown away that it's already November. Especially since today it's in the 60s and sunny outside! I should be outside taking advantage to rake leaves, but I'm writing this post instead. Oops! :-)

Here's how I did in October: Killed it!
  • Complete the Evansville Half Marathon. Done! I wrote about it here and at the time I wasn't sure if I'm going to do another one, but I'm already considering two next year!
  • Finish planning Cecily's birthday party. I have everything planned out and her party is this weekend. Hopefully it all goes well!
  • Take the kids to the pumpkin patch and night time corn maze. Done! We had a blast and I wrote about it here.
  • Enjoy my cousin's wedding (and our wedding anniversary!) We had a great time and the kids both walked down the aisle!
  • Take time out to enjoy my favorite time of year amongst the craziness that is work right now. Done. Since it's been so crazy I have made an effort to look around and enjoy all of the colors nature has to show us this time of year. We drove through the Bloomington, Indiana area on my way to my cousin's wedding at peak color and I definitely paid attention. It was beautiful! I also stopped to take a photo along the river in my hometown.    

And here are my goals for November:
  • Get the yard taken care of. We have a several large trees in our yard and we wind up with tons of leaves every fall that we have to rake. My goal is keep up with them so we aren't out there in January raking, again. 
  • Complete my two races. I'm running an 8k here in Evansville and a 10k on Thanksgiving. I didn't run much in October since it was so crazy and I have been taking time off for my foot to heal. I did run my fastest 5k ever though!
  • Finish the Outlander series. I have been reading this series since I think April and am on the second to last book. I zipped through the rest of the series and then stopped basically. Book club has started up again so I really need to get this finished already. 
  • Book our Fast Passes for Disney. It's hard to believe that we booked our trip in July and now we're ready to set up our Fast Passes this month. It will be January before I know it!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Friday!

I had originally intended to write this post on Monday about our whirlwind weekend, but I went to Chicago for work and the week got away from me. So now it's a whirlwind week!

Last weekend we celebrated our wedding anniversary and Cecily's birthday, but also traveled to Ft. Wayne for my cousin's wedding. 

The kids both walked down the aisle, which everyone was excited about because I really didn't think it would happen. It was quite comical because the other ring bearer pushed past Cecily and she started yelling at him and then got mad because she wanted to stand up at the front of the church instead of sit with Alan and I. 

Sunday was her birthday so we opened gifts in the hotel in the morning and then went to a local park to let the kids run around and take some photos. The leaves were just past peak and BEAUTIFUL! I was afraid that we weren't going to be able to take our annual fall foliage hike with all that we have going on and we were able to take a mini one at least. 

We then took her to this place called Jungle George for her birthday lunch. It was supposed to be an arcade with inflatables and she really wanted to bounce so we went there instead of Chuck E. Cheese. Yeah...it was like they purchased a bunch of old arcade equipment from an auction and it was crappy. And more expensive! At least the kids enjoyed it, right? 

I then got to drive five hours back to Evansville and then turn around and drive six hours to the north side of Chicago for work on Monday. At least I got to one of my favorite cities, even if I do feel like a nomad this week :-)

Hope everyone has a great weekend AND Halloween!

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