Have a great weekend!
It has been so long since I've posted here, and I've truly missed it. I'm going to place partial blame on the school's new Internet blocks...I'm not saying I blogged there often, but now that it's impossible, I find myself forgetting once I'm home and settled in for the night. Additionally, a LOT has been going on, and all the sudden, it seems fall is almost over.
I've been having some on-the-road time (okay, a lot of it) to see this guy, but that's not a complaint!
We travelled to see my sisters, tailgate in beautiful October weather, and watch Iowa State take on Kansas State.
I went trick-or-treating with Rapunzel, and I visited Charlie Brown.
I watched a couple former Jays play in the big leagues on their home-court with great company, a lot of laughs, and a cute new shirt I was excited about ;)
Lastly - okay, not lastly...these aren't in chronological order - we celebrated this bug turning one! We've been on the road a lot, filling our weekends with time together and squeezing in family and friends (which we love), we've been busy working (they never tell you that part), I made a less-than-exciting trip to Urgent Care (who knew anxiety was so fun?), and I've also gotten a chance to relax between lesson plans. However, I have been cooking the WHOLE time (I never ignore food), so I have a few fall faves to share in Kitchen Diaries next week, and because it's cathartic for me, I'm going to try to keep up with blog posts. I guess it's good to know I have a lot to celebrate, love, and be thankful for. I just can't believe how much time it takes! :)
Have a great weekend!
It's no secret that I love the Midwest. I've never considered leaving, and that thought makes my tummy queasy - okay, maybe that's the weekend's residual Busch Light, but still. Speaking of, we had such a fun weekend taking in all the Midwest has to offer, Busch Light in hand, of course.
I've seen the ocean, I've left the country, and I've taken in many other states. I've loved every trip I've ever taken, and I love taking in new sights; while I'm not close-minded, few things beat coming home to cornfields and friendly people. No, we don't have huge cities (not a fan), and maybe we don't have what others consider a great night life, but we have a way of making our own fun, and you can't beat it! PS - night life has never been my thing, so maybe we have one? I'm the wrong girl to ask.
Thursday night we went to the Turnpike Troubadours concert, appropriately set in the middle of a cornfield. I'd never been exposed to much red dirt country music until I met this guy, but it's pretty fun, and we had a great time with great friends. I will say Midwest humidity never ceases to slay me...we would share a little of that with neighboring states if they're interested. We're generous, after all ;)
Friday after a trek to the middle of Nebraska, we took in Nebraska's "BIG Rodeo," and oh my it was fun! I hadn't been to a rodeo in a lot of years, but tell me you don't love cowboys and a beer garden! ...that's what I thought.
All those events led up to the weekend's big event - tanking down the Cedar River. I had never been, but I've heard good things from many others, and this didn't disappoint! Cattle tanks are good for a lot of things, and floating down the river goes near the top of that list! 22 of us loaded up countless Jell-O shots, about 12 coolers, and a lot of sunscreen to make the six-hour trek down the river, with plenty of stops for fun.
It was such a great weekend, and it once again affirmed that you probably can't get this girl to leave the good 'ole Midwest. Sorry, not sorry.
I've had a "busy" few weeks catching up with family and friends, and doing a little bit of everything, while nothing at the same time. The beginning of my summer was chock-full, and I've spent my off weeks doing my favorite things - mostly eating, cooking, and laughing with family. I can't believe it, but I'm starting to gather my thoughts and supplies for school already! I have more summer fun on my agenda, but I'm easing into school mode, too, with a couple conferences, trainings, and classroom organization. Here are a few of the July highlights so far!
I celebrated the fourth with my family, and in an attempt to bring some health food to the fried chicken world, I made this cute fruit salad. I had a whole watermelon cut into stars in under 15 minutes, and it was an adorable way to stay semi-healthy while celebrating. It was a holiday, though, so I make no guarantees that dip and beer weren't involved.
I got to spend the weekend pre-fourth with my favorite guy, and it turns out he's handy, too! I redid my bedroom after I got a new duvet for Christmas, and none of my decor matched the new paint or colors. He built this shelf for my new look, and he's definitely earning #keeperstatus around here :) We spent an afternoon fishing, grilling, and hanging out with friends, too, and it's always a fun group to join!
After the fourth, I tagged along to crash my parent's party at the lake with friends. We had a couple relaxing days on the water with great friends, and none of this is helping me ease into school mode...let me tell you!
I hope summer is treating you well, and don't forget to check out a few of my favorite summer foods until I get the chance to post more!
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