Our April weekends were absolutely PACKED. Totally fun, but totally busy. Add the beginning of baseball practice and my decision to go ahead and open the etsy shop to the month, and we were living, as I said in the title, completely without margin…breathlessly running from one event to the next. Though we’re still really busy, May doesn’t look quite like April did, which is a good thing.
Here’s a recap. With pictures to break up all of the wordiness.
FIRST WEEKEND: We kicked April off with a visit from Matt’s sister, Heidi, and her husband Jeff. We had a full Saturday which consisted of a trip to Castlewood Park (I’m beginning to be fascinated by that area’s history), a trip to the Botanical Gardens, dinner at Zia’s on The Hill, and Ted Drewes custard, where Matt’s parents joined us for dessert and then came back home with all of us.
SECOND WEEKEND: Luke and Bennett participated in the Read, Right and Run marathon at Forest Park with several thousand other area elementary students. Over the course of the school year they read 26 books, did 26 good deeds, and ran 25 miles, completing the final 1.2 miles as a part of the Go! St. Louis Marathon events. They both did really well, but Luke, especially, is quite the runner! Shocking, as I despise it and his dad hasn’t run on purpose for years (though, truthfully, he was a good runner). Matt left immediately after the run for a bridge tourney in Effingham with his dad, so I was solo with the boys the rest of the weekend.
THIRD WEEKEND: Heidi’s baby shower in Chicago! Super fun weekend, but a whirlwind – I was gone from 3:30pm Friday – 12:30am Sunday. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world, though!
FOURTH WEEKEND: To Effingham to celebrate Easter with the family!
FIFTH WEEKEND: College roommate reunion in conjunction with the 10k that was a part of the Illinois Marathon in Champaign-Urbana. Karen and I crashed at Kim’s (and family’s) beautiful home in Champaign on Friday night, where we ate pre-race Monical’s Pizza (doesn’t everyone?) and reminisced and laughed. On Saturday morning, Karen ran; Kim and I walked. It was great, and 6.4 miles didn’t seem that far when walking with a friend! I could do without this horrible lingering pain in the arch of my right foot (I’ve already self-ruled out plantar fasciitis, per WebMD, knower of all medical things), but I can’t wait to do it again next year, and preferably with some actual training beforehand.
Things to know: we had a faux sorority that I’m fuzzy on the details about (when it started/how/why), which explains the tees I made for the race. We spent Saturday afternoon on campus checking out some of our old haunts. It was just so much fun.
During those 5 weekends we also squeezed in a friend birthday party for Bennett, small group most Sunday nights, an art fair, a performance of “The Three Piggy Opera” by Bennett’s class at school, a family night at church, etc, etc…