Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. We finally had some nice weather around here and made sure to take full advantage of it.
Last week was cool and rainy for the most part. Rock and I spent all day Friday in a First Aid and CPR certification course. We are both working as trainers now and are fortunate enough to be provided with top notch training. It was a full day course, but the weather outside was cool and rainy. So we really didn’t miss much. I needed to renew my CPR for several of my certifications and I always think it is a great idea to get a refresher before bringing a new baby into the home.
I have witnessed several occasions where CPR has been necessary. I cannot emphasize enough how great it is to at least have some knowledge of what to do. You really never know when a situation will present itself.
After we left work on Friday, we stopped at a new grocery store in Traverse City called Lucky’s. This place is a bit like Trader Joe’s and our new favorite spot to grab groceries. I am a bit of a nut for really great produce and meats and cheeses. The delicious baked goods don’t hurt either. We stocked up, picked Mary up from daycare, and then headed to the lake for the weekend.
The weather wasn’t great Friday night but we wanted to be out there bright and early because the weekend promised to be beautiful. Despite the cold rain, we enjoyed a nice warm fire and just chilled on the couch for the evening.
Saturday morning we were up and enjoying coffee and by 8:30am Mary begged us to put her swimsuit on and she was out playing in the sandbox. I took my coffee out on the dock and just soaked in what felt like the last little bits of summer.
In the early afternoon we headed over to Shetler’s Dairy Farm for a new adventure. Shetler’s is five miles down the road from our house. They have a fabulous dairy store that carries bottled milk and other products and also does ice cream. There is a petting zoo for children with calves and foals and a little area for children to play. While I am not a big dairy drinker, I love giving Mary this healthy option and have to say that their chocolate, strawberry, and orange cream milk is delicious!
Our friend Pete recently designed a huge corn maze on the property and we were the first ones of the day to arrive and give it a try. The Shetler’s have numbered posts inside with paper punches as a scavenger hunt. If you can find all of the posts with the different paper punches you can turn in your ticket for a prize drawing. Pete and his wife are runner’s and I told them that it reminded me of a much saner version of the Barkley Marathons.
The maze was fantastic but we came up short and couldn’t find one of the posts. Mary had an absolute blast leading us around all of the paths and looking for the prizes. We will likely be back because Rock wants revenge!
After getting some runs in during Mary’s nap time, we spent the rest of the day playing on the beach and in the sun. We grilled up some awesome bacon cheeseburgers that we picked up at Lucky’s. And to top it all off, during our morning walk a neighbor gifted us with some of their fresh corn. We threw that on the grill too. It was a perfect late summer barbecue.
Sunday morning was even nicer than the day before so we took a family walk and made sure to hit the beach nice and early. We played in the sun until Mary’s nap and then cleaned up the house and headed back home. It was a bit sad to leave as the leaves are already starting to change and I am not quite ready for summer to come to an end. Hopefully we will be able to return for a few more days again soon.
I finished the day off with a six mile run, leaving me with 43 miles logged for the week. I’m super happy with that number as I am now 33 weeks pregnant. While I feel better than I have in a few weeks, I also feel like I have a beach ball stuck to the front of me! The third trimester is definitely an adventure of ups and downs.
How was your weekend? Are you sad to see summer coming to a close too?