I feel like it’s been so long. You too? Maybe it was was a welcome break from me. Ha ha. I keep meaning to recap my epic half marathon from the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival last weekend, but I just can’t get my head in the game just yet. That happens a lot after a big race for me. It takes me a little while to let it sink in and recover. If I don’t write about it right away, I need a little time. It also turns out I need multiple servings of Costco animal cookies throughout the week following. I will not be buying those anytime again soon.
Friday I posted on Facebook that I was taking a long weekend to focus on family time and that, my friends, is exactly what I did.
We took our first ever family trip to Arizona for my cousin’s wedding.
I didn’t tell you about it. We didn’t want anyone coming over to our house trying to steal Kitty or anything you know. Plus, I really wanted it to be a weekend that I was away from my phone and the computer and just lived in the moment with family.
I won’t bore you with all the details of the weekend, but I will photo dump on you and share just some of the fun before I get to regular bloggy business this week.
My only workout Friday was running 2.8 miles pushing the double stroller. It was all I had time for and it was better than nothing. I think it made the 7 hour car ride a little more tolerable.
Maybe I’m just speaking for myself though.
We made a quick lunch stop at Subway.
We thought we were so cool until we realized there were Subways at pretty much every single stop after our initial one.
Oh, and if you haven’t been to Subway in awhile, you can now make any sub into a really awesome chopped salad.
Maybe that’s not a new thing, but it was new to me.
Unfortunately, finding a Starbucks was not as easy.
We never did get our Starbucks.
We had a great time with relatives Friday night. I played it cool though and didn’t subject them to my picture taking.
Back at the hotel, the boys got to share a bed for the first time ever.
Let’s just say that was not the best idea, there was quite a bit of blanket fighting going on and a few not so appropriate choice words used by STUFT Daddy after having to get out of bed for the fifth time.
Saturday morning I made a little deal with the family.
I could go out for a run if I brought some Starbucks back to the room when I was done. It was definitely a win win.
I got my run- 7 miles on the treadmill and 4 miles outside.
Then the family got their Starbucks.
Clearly they were excited.
After our caffeine fix we made a family trip to Target for some necessities we’d forgotten. Usually STUFT Daddy despises going to Target with us, however he didn’t complain this time. In fact, he even asked me to get out my phone and take a picture.
Yeah, that’s right. He not only asked me if I had my phone, but told me to get it out for a picture. I wish I was taping the conversation.
Want to see what the big deal was?
Pretty cool right? Charles Barkley shops at Target too. He was so nice and totally chatted with Joaquin for awhile. It was a highlight that’s for sure. The boys were impressed, they were just trying to play it cool in front of Charles.
Our celeb sighting was followed by some more quality time with relatives. Uncle Larry and Papap were very popular as usual.
That’s my cousin, Neal, who’s wedding we were in town for.
We went to visit The Railroad Park in between breakfast and the wedding.
Instead of cleaning up like a normal person, I just used a little action wipe
and wore the same clothes I went running in earlier that morning. Lovely.
Oh well, these guys didn’t seem to care.
There were other things to focus on, like this cool tunnel.
We tried our best to look nice and clean up for the wedding.
We were 15 minutes late, but lucky us, we still beat the bride.
Funny thing- while this weekend was all about me not being by my phone or the internet, my mom (who is not a fan of the career path I’ve chosen with the whole marathon racing and blog thing) suggested I tweet a picture during the ceremony to my brother who couldn’t make the wedding. Don’t worry, I didn’t do it, but it was pretty funny. Even funnier because my bother isn’t on twitter, nor does he read the blog. He’s a smart guy.
Here we are trying to be cool.
Do you want to see just how cool we are?
Yep. That’s how cool.
We found ourselves in Target for the second time in one day to find some replacement shoes for STUFT Daddy before the reception.
Oh hey. Are we having fun yet?
We eventually made it to the reception for some good food, good company and dancing. It was beautiful.
The boys and I spent quite a lot of time in the bathroom. That’s life with toddlers I guess.
Hey, have you seen the movie Risky Business?
We had to skip out early before the cake. I wasn’t too happy about that, but Judah told me he wanted to go back to the hotel to go “night night”. Priorities.
I was begging for a cookie in the car and Andrew told me he wished he had that on tape. Pretty funny. I never got my cookie, but more than made up for it when we got home.
Yesterday we were up early to hit the road. We made a couple stops. One for breakfast at this cute little place called Q-Town Café in Quartzsite.
They may not have had the fanciest coffee mugs, but they had some hot sauce for me.
Speaking of hot sauce, our next stop was this little place.
I really wanted these two things. Some spicy chocolate sauce and the spiciest sauce ever.
I settled on just a few others instead though.
We got smart on the way home and scoped out the Starbucks way in advance.
We were all clearly happy about that.
And well, while I should’ve been writing my half marathon recap post for you all, I was doing a little reading instead.
The night ended just as magnificently as the whole weekend had gone.
A new wine that was pretty darn tasty.
Some Papa John’s pizza.
Okay, I’ll be back soon. Thanks for letting me dump my weekend on you.
I owe you some good quality posts now, huh?
Tell me something fun you did this weekend. Then I won’t feel so selfish. Did you get some good quality family time?