We have a few highlights from our Memorial Day and The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory had to be one of them…. Andrew went with the toffee (I’ve never ever been a toffee person?!), Brooke had the marshmallow covered in chocolate M&Ms and I had the Snickers caramel apple.
Before that we had lunch. We found a perfect compromise for our marriage tastebuds. Andrew gets to have his Chipotle (I know, I’m just not the biggest Chipotle person anymore and it’s weird… I will say their guac is the best).
Right next door to the Chipotle is a Potbelly’s so I grab one of those and he gets his Chipotle and then we eat outside together. Win-win-win.
Our day was full of randomness including roaming around some toy stores.
And a splash pad too. I have a feeling there are close to 600 splash pad pictures on this blog… it’s a thing we do.
We played a lot of rounds of Go Fish! Andrew’s parents came over, hung out and brought these cards to Brooke. She is a Go Fish expert at this point.
Our dinner was so amazing… Megan D and her husband (he and Andrew are mountain biking buddies too) invited us over for a barbecue. We brought the fruit (please not my favorite plate that we used for further below in the post) and a salad.
Megan has a new puppy (yellow lab) that might actually be the cutest thing in the world and it may have convinced Andrew that he needs a puppy now too…
Brooke is convinced too!
If you are ever looking for a bag of chips that will make you want to eat the entire bag in just one sitting… look NO further. This is the bag. I couldn’t stop.
We had burgers (with grilled pineapple, avocado and bacon) and they hit the spot!
We had a great time talking with them while the kids played hide and go seek. We had some delicious leftovers that we were excited to eat until they got dropped on the stairs and that plate shattered into a million pieces. But we do have lettuce and watermelon left:) The saddest part is that the pineapple was absolutely perfectly ripe and do to the fact that we have a dog… there was no way to save it.
I don’t think Beretta was very happy about the fact that we were spending time with another pup.
Go Fish is such a big deal in our house right now that Brooke even fell asleep with a card in her hand. I seriously do not understand how kids fall asleep in these random positions… I need complete comfort when I go to bed at night.
I am back to running again (going out for 3-4 miles today wahoo!) but over the weekend (when I wasn’t running) I was thinking about many of the reasons I love running to be a part of my life.
The below quote from THIS BOOK by Kristin Armstrong definitely describes one of the many reasons why I love running… WE WORK IT OUT. We work whatever it may be out… whether it is pain or stress or anxiety or anger or frustration or simply the need for simple perspective change. The miles, sweat, tears, thoughts, prayers or conversations with our running partners just help us work it out. I know for me I have always found it to be incredible during the toughest times of life that with each mile I can feel more peace or calmness even as my heart rate is increasing. It’s strange to me that a side effect of more sweat and muscles telling me to quit, a brighter and more grateful perspective comes for me. A lot of the times I’ve gone out to ‘work it out’ for the people in my world’s problems too. A few months ago one of my sister-in-law’s lost her father very unexpectedly and I went out for the run so upset for her and for what she was experiencing and feeling. With the tears and running (and many prayers for her) I still felt so beyond sad for her and while I never could fix her situation, I came home feeling more love than ever for her, ideas to help and a more positive perspective. It doesn’t matter if the problem is huge (for me I ran my divorce out) or small (a minor work problem or a frustrating morning with kids) the run works those things out for me. It might take a few miles, a training cycle or a year of running with your favorite running buddy but it is amazing how things get worked out on the road. I don’t know if this is a part of other sports too but one of the things I love the most is the way we WORK IT OUT on the run.
I have a question for you today from a reader! She has been a runner for 14 years and now hasn’t been able to run for the last YEAR due to Chronic IT Band syndrome. She has tried so many different things but I’m hoping someone out there reading has had an experience like this and can help her. Please leave a comment if you have any ideas/stories for her!
Toffee… yes or no?
Ever had IT Band syndrome? What did you do to help it? Can anyone help the reader above?
What would you say to be the most addicting type of chip? Are you a chip person?
What was your dinner last night?