Sep 29, 2014

The Weekend

Another GORGEOUS weekend is over with, and it flew by!  Saturday morning Brad and Rachel woke up at 3 am for duck opener.  I hate the fact that I wake up too, but love knowing I get to sleep in...:)
It was a successful hunt with 28 birds shot.  Love having my fridge full of duck breasts....not.  We did make duck sausage this year with all the ducks from last year, and it actually turned out pretty good!


 I got a quick 2 mile run in Saturday morning, the other two girls were at friends overnight, so I was home alone!  I went for speed, instead of mileage and did 2 miles in 19 minutes, pretty stoked about that, since I'm such a slow runner:).

Saturday afternoon we headed down to the cities to watch the Minnesota Gopher women's volleyball team play Penn State.  These girls are AMAZING to watch!  It was a ton of fun hanging out with these girls and their parents, despite the fact it was like 90 degrees in the building...uff da.

Sunday morning it was just Rachel and I again (the other two were at a different friends house overnight...these kids are more social than us...) and it was nice to hang out with her.  Some of our best talks are in the car.  We talked about everything from church to school to friends to alcohol.  We covered a lot!  We ran a bunch of errands and then picked the other two up and brought an extra one home with us.

We went to the Millstream Arts Festival in town, it was gorgeous and HOT!  Within 2 minutes I had two of my kids whining about the heat and needing water.  Almost lost my shit.  Needless to say we didn't stay too long and then headed over to friends to watch the Viking's game.

We got home around 7:00 and about 15 minutes after we got home, I seriously thought we had left Alayna, because she was no where to be found...


Yup, that's the kind of weekend she had!

Sep 26, 2014

Friday Favorites

It's Friday peeps!  This week FLEW by....holy cow.  The weather here in Mn. is absolutely gorgeous and I am sooooooo wishing we were headed to Duluth for an impromptu vacation...wishful thinking...

Tomorrow is duck opener...*crickets*....I know, I feel the same way.  Brad and Rachel are heading out around, oooh, 3:30 AM.  Not sure how good the bigs will be getting up, we shall see.  I am hoping to whip up something yummy for them to bring along.

Other than that, we've been enjoying a lot of this:


And I am happy to report that Rachel made the A team, after playing on the B team for one game.  And not only did she make the A team, but she has been starting too!  Her coach pulled her aside after playing on the B team and told what a great job she did and what a a great team player she was, yes!  

And check out that serving arm,  cah-reepy!

 And this is what happens when you leave your phone for 4.5 seconds...mousey and her cousin Will.  Those two are trouble, I tell ya!  They're like Thelma and Louise...except not really.

Happy Friday!

Sep 24, 2014

Blazer Volleyball

We are lucky enough to live in a town with a beautiful private college, College of St. Benedict.  Rachel has attended all of their summer volleyball camps, and we finally decided to go to one of their games.  It's literally 10 minutes (maybe) from our house.

We met her friends and parents there too and had a great time watching the Blazers kick Macalester's booty.  Like bad. We got some sweet swag too!  They were throwing out t-shirts and I caught one of those, then they had a Gary's Pizza guy handing out free pizza...woop woop.
They were also having a Blazer garage sale, so all t-shirts/sweatshirts/pullovers were anywhere from $1-$10.  We bought a t-shirt and a pullover. 

We love our volleyball, and how can you not love these three??!!

Sep 22, 2014

The Weekend

The weekend flew by far to fast again, and what a GORGEOUS weekend it was!  

First off, we got this built last week....we've been waiting for this shed for over a year.  So glad it is (almost....need a garage door yet...) finished and we can start cleaning our garage out!

Saturday morning I ran a 5k trail run in Cold Spring and was very happy with my result.  I had no idea what the run was like and I went into it hoping to run it in under 30 minutes.  After 10 minutes into it, I realized that was NOT going to happen.  It was very hilly and way harder than I thought!  My time ended up being 32:43, which I was stoked with!

One of of my high school classmates got married Saturday night, and what a blast that was!  It was so fun to see her, and am so excited for her and her new hubs (who I also graduated with!)


Sunday may have been a rest day for this mama....I did manage to get laundry done and do some cooking, but I also had a long date with my couch...and kitty...

Sep 19, 2014

Friday Favorites

Linking up with these ladies for a little Friday fun...

Things I'm loving this week:

1.   I was home an extra day this week with a sick kid, boo:(), however I got SO much organizing done in the house.

2.  I had a FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC 7 mile run on Tuesday and then a 2.5 miler on Wednesday and 3 miler on Thursday.  Feeling stronger!

3.  Remember this?

Yup, still loving it.  Brad asked me yesterday if I ever get tired of salads.  Um, no.

4.  La Croix sparkiling water, seriously...can't get enough.

5.  Essential Oils...with all the crud going around our house, I am so thankful that I have the knowledge of these oils to get our health back!

6.  Running.  Yes I know I already posted about running, but I am so grateful that my body allows me to run!  I am doing a 5k trail run in Cold Spring tomorrow morning and I'm a little nervous, but it's a small race.

Happy Friday!

Sep 18, 2014

Color Vibe Run

Saturday morning Rachel and I did the Color Vibe Run in St. Cloud.  It was a lot of fun, and I was super happy to run it with Rachel.  However, I learned 2 things.  I'm not really a "fun" run type of person.  I'm too competitive.  I "ran" the whole 3 miles, which mostly consisted of me running in place waiting for Rachel because she would walk (she rocked the run though, she ran at least half the time, super impressed for her not ever running!)
And secondly?  At least with this run, I'm all for having fun, however please do not roll around in the middle of the road to get more color on you.  Um, people "might" trip over you.  Seriously, I almost ran over 2 kids!
And thirdly (I don't think I had a 3rd thing...) throw the damn color people!  It's a COLOR run, not a roll on the ground to get color.  I swear you have to ask the workers to throw color on you.  And then when they did, they would throw a handful of it at your face.

Here we are in all our colored glory.  I think most of that color came from Alayna who got to be a "worker" and got a free t-shirt!  And is it just me, or is anyone else creeped out by the powder?  Yes I know it's food grade, 100% biodegradable but still.  Will I have an ear fall off in 5 years???

Despite my grumblings, it really was fun to run it with my girl!


And I think this one had a leeetle too much fun with her color!!

Sep 15, 2014

Life Lately

Fall is upon us, and so canning season commences!  We have a huuuuge apple tree in our front yard, unfortunately the apples are teenty tiny.  I do have an apple peeler/corer, so that helps, but it took me damn near to peel enough apples to get 5 quarts of apple pie filling!

And along with the 5 quarts of pie filling, I received this pretty stellar burn.  I was taking a jar our of the canning bath, when the lid came off and the pie filling burned me.  Lovely.  

Another thing I am loving these days are my salads, I never tire of these puppies.  I eat a salad every single day.  I try to mix up the protein a bit, last week I had shredded taco chicken on top.  
 And have you had LaCroix sparkling water?  Oh my word, I'm in heaven.  Trying to cut way back on Diet Coke, and this fits the bill.  My favorite flavor is cherry lime, yumm!