What a glorious weather weekend! I am so thankful for the abundance of perfect autumn weather that we’ve been blessed with over the past week. Unfortunately, I think that’s going to end tonight, when rain brings highs in the 40’s and 50’s for the next few days. Brrrr…..
Anywho, we tried to soak up the best of autumn this past weekend, starting with the Susan G. Komen 5k on Saturday morning. It has been a really long time since I’ve run in a race, and I forgot how much fun they are! I’ve been hoping to enter some races to encourage myself to keep running once the weather turns cold, so this was the perfect starting point. Plus, I figured that we wouldn’t be able to leave the house on Saturday morning with all of the roads shut down for the race, so I might as well run. Afterwards, I met up with Eric and we walked to Magee’s for breakfast. A blueberry muffin is so much more satisfying after a good run and a long walk to the bakery (although Eric may beg to differ…).
We spent Saturday afternoon at a 5th birthday party for the little girl I nanny. Little kids are a hoot, especially on their birthdays. But the gifts we gave her were a huge hit, which was a relief. I was honestly super nervous to give a gift to a child. If you give an adult something they don’t like, at least they will be nice and pretend to like it. But if you give a child something they don’t want? I was afraid to find out. But she loved the little weaving loom (does anyone else remember making tons of potholders with those things?) and pink sparkly headband. We’ve already weaved a potholder for her Grandpa this week. Success.
After the party, we headed to Springfield for an evening at a friend’s family farm. The rest of the group was camping that night, but Eric and I needed to be fresh and clean on Sunday morning, so we opted to leave on Saturday night. I feel like our evening was very “Kentucky.” Why’s that? Because we shot guns. Don’t worry, parents, we practiced excellent gun safety. Lucas gave us multiple “gun safety” speeches before anyone was allowed to touch anything. And don’t worry, I won’t be interested in my own gun anytime soon. Turns out I’m a terrible shot. How on earth do you aim those things? We started out with a pistol, which we shot at a plastic jug. I’m pretty sure I didn’t hit anything. All of the boys were able to hit the target. Once we moved onto the shotgun, I knew all hope was lost. Those things are ridiculously heavy! Kudos to all of you hunters out there. I would starve to death in the woods because I wouldn’t be able to hold up a gun long enough to shoot anything.
Once it got dark, we built a fire and roasted hot dogs. Is there anything more satisfying than a hot dog grilled on a fire that you helped build? Well, yes. I’m sure that cooking something like steak would be far more satisfying, but those hot dogs were pretty darn good. Afterwards, we made s’mores, with the crazy little substitution of Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of chocolate bars. Try it. It’s good. My personal favorite way to make a s’more is to use brownies. Delicious. Try it and you will never use a chocolate bar again.
We wrapped up our Kentucky weekend on Sunday morning with a visit to Frankfort. My sister is a children’s ministry intern at a church there, so my mom, Eric, and I checked out her church and saw all of the fun things she has done since she started working there. You can check out Amanda’s crafts and other thoughts in her new blog! She is crazy talented and creative (and seems to have gotten the only crafty genes in the family), so it was really cool to see all of the fun stuff she has done for the children’s ministry. We got to eat lunch outside after church at a cute little Frankfort cafe, right in front of the old capitol building. Pretty cool.
All in all, the weekend was fun. The weather was great. I wish weekends never had to end.