Monday Mentionings: November 28

Good morning and happy Monday! I had the most wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, most of the photos I have to share this week are from Thanksgiving in Hays. Monday and Tuesday, I ran with Amy and with Chris, respectively.  It’s dark before I get off work now, so running is done by the light of our headlamps.

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Kristen, Thayne, Chris, and I loaded up in the car and drove home Wednesday after work.  It was a fun car ride, and it was nice for Kristen and Thayne to get to know Chris a little.  Thursday  morning, Mom, Kristen, Chris and I ran before our Thanksgiving meal. We joked with Chris that he didn’t get the “wear gray and a hat” memo.

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After our run, before dinner, we got snoballs! Mmmm!!!

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Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful. Grandma and Granddad came over, and we ate a beautiful dinner of turkey ham, macaroni corn, dressing, rolls, and apple salad.  There was mashed potatoes and gravy too, but I didn’t partake in that.  Kristen had made 3 delicious pies before we went home Wednesday, so we also had pecan, apple, and sweet potato pies.  It was so great to spend time with everyone, it was such a great day.

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Friday morning, I ran a few miles solo, before running some errands with Kristen, Thayne, and Chris.

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We took Chris to Taco Shop for the first time! We also hung out with Ava a bit and did some shopping.  We didn’t do any big Black Friday shopping, but did check out some local stores in Hays.  Dad scored a great deal on a TV, and the story was pretty funny, listening to them tell how they beat the crowds and cheated some lines was pretty comical.

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Friday afternoon, just as the sun was setting, we went out to Munjor to visit Grandma and Grandpa at the cemetery.  Kristen took this picture, and it was really pretty out there, and so very quiet.

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Saturday, late in the morning, Chris and I headed out for our long run, and Mom joined us for part of it.  At our turnaround point, Chris saw his very first real life tumbleweed.  He said “it’s literally tumbling across the road” and I about lost it laughing.  We had to take a picture, to always remember this monumental event.  I ended up running 8 miles and Chris ran 7.  It was a much nicer run than last week’s long run, which was just a rough run for both of us.

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Saturday night, we went to the Q for burgers, and that’s about all I need to say. So. Good.

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We hung out Saturday night, put up the Christmas tree at home, watched some TV, and Chris played his guitar for everyone.  Earlier Saturday, he also played it for Grandma and Granddad; we spent some time with them before they went to the FHSU basketball game.  I really enjoyed the extra time and being able to spend time with everyone.

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Sunday morning, the 4 of us headed back to KC, for Kristen and Thayne to catch their flight.  I put up a few Christmas decorations at home when we got back, and was able to relax the rest of the evening.

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I really hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.  It’s so hard to believe that December is this week!

Monday Mentionings: August 15 

HI! I have a quick little post today!

I had a pretty busy weekend last weekend with family visiting.  My aunt, uncle, and cousin left last Monday afternoon.  Before they left, we made a visit to Scheels and mad sure to ride the carousel while we were there.

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After Scheels, we took Ava to Sky Zone, and she had a BLAST jumping on the trampolines and into the foam pit.  We basically had to drag her away!  Next time, I definitely want to jump too!

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Tuesday through Thursday were pretty uneventful.  I’ve been watching the Olympics a lot, and got in some good runs.  Thursday morning, I made kind of a last minute decision to go home to Hays for the weekend.  I took Jasper with me, because I always feel so bad leaving him when I go.  For the most part, he did well.  One little hiccup in the middle of the night Friday night, but other than that, he did ok!

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I had tons of my favorites while I was home.  Snoballs, an hombre and salsa from Guiterrez, Lamato’s pizza with cream cheese and canadian bacon, a Q burger.  Mmmmmmm.

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Mom and I got in a couple runs while I was home, too.  It’s really sad to not be able to run with Shay anymore, I definitely missed having her with us.  Lucy tried to cuddle a bit after our run on Sunday.

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I spent some time with Grandma and Granddad Sunday before I left. Tiger kept nipping at Grandma.

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It was a great weekend, but went too fast, as always.  I came home Sunday afternoon with Jazzy, and here it is, Monday again!  While I was home, I bought the orange sign in the picture below.  I’ve always loved this saying, and I love it right by my medals!

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Happy Birthday today MOM!! ❤

I’d better get back to work! Have a great week, friends!! I have not one, but two 5ks coming up on Saturday, so it’ll be another busy weekend coming up!

Pictures from Hays

I’m not sure how it’s Friday already! I was in Hays last weekend for the long holiday weekend.  I was lucky enough to take my 2 best friends with me for the weekend.  I meant to have this post on Monday, or Tuesday at the latest, but the week has gotten away from me!

So Friday after work, we packed up and headed to Hays!

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One of my favorite sights, the Hays exit!

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We had to stop at the Hays sign.

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Our attempt at a squatting picture, hah!

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Saturday morning was the  Wild West 5k! It was rainy and actually cool (for July).  Michelle busted out a huge PR, and Amy was only  seconds away from her PR.  I survived it, dealing with some knee/calf pain, and Mom did great!

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I don’t even know.  This just kind of happened, and we are all lucky enough that Amy got it on my phone.

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Mom, me, Amy, and Michelle after the 5k.

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Next up, SNOBALLS!!!

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After snoballs, we went to the Q for lunch.  Mmmmmmm that Q burger really hit the spot.

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Saturday night, we hung out at home and had pizza for dinner.  Then Sunday morning, Mom, Amy, and I headed out for 5 miles.  We ran by this little farm that has horses, and Mom packed some carrots for us to feed to them. Amy was terrified at first, but made friends fast.

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They were so pretty.

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Post 5 mile run fun.

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Later Sunday afternoon, Mom, Dad, and I took Amy to Sternberg.  She had fun, even though she’s not a huge museum person.  We had fun walking through the museum and seeing the exhibits.

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After the museum we went down to Frontier Park to check out the stepping stones and swinging bridge.

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Sunday night, we had Grandma and Granddad over, and had tacos and nachos.  Granddad had a little twitter lesson, too.

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After dinner we had s’mores, and listened to hundreds of dollars of fireworks being blown up by neighbors.

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Monday morning, we went for a short little run, and it was warm, but drizzly.

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After our run, the sun came out and it warmed up.  We drove around in the bug, got another snoball, and hit up Taco Shop for lunch!

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Then Monday afternoon, it was time to get back to KC.  We got some snoballs for the road, and headed back home!

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It was such a fun weekend, and the time flew by, as it always does.  I’m so glad I could make this trip with Michelle and Amy!  Can’t wait til my next trip home.