What a weekend! I know I’m a little late in posting this, but yesterday felt like an extension of the weekend, so my brain’s telling me today is Monday.
I was considering running another 10K on Saturday, so I could have another shot at hitting my 50 minute PR, but then I remembered kind of last minute that I’d signed up to help out at the spring Girls on the Run 5K!
I’m a huge supporter of this program (I’d love to be a coach someday, schedule-permitting) so there was no way I was missing out on the event. Plus, it was only a few miles from home. (And, let’s face it, I wasn’t feeling that confident about the 10K so soon after the trauma of my last attempt…)
It could not have been a more perfect morning for a race. Cool, but not too cool (about 55), and cloudy, but not in a depressing way.
I was on traffic-directing duty, and ended up being positioned at this gorgeous spot:
90% of the route weaved through a beautiful park, but leave it to me to get the muddy, cement-pipe-decorated street corner. Ha.
The spot ended up being pretty amusing, though—there were some dramatic reactions to that little strip of water across the road (“new shoes! new shoes! gaah!”) and I got to make dumb jokes about how the race was actually a mud run.
It was so cool watching the girls dominate this run—can’t wait to sign my future daughter up for this! (Hope she’s cool with that…)
Later in the day, we logged some family time at the park.
Mason’s way obsessed with glasses right now.
My mom was visiting for the weekend, which is always a treat—especially for little M.
He was all over her glasses, too.
We have NO idea how two brunettes managed to produce a blonde child—I’m slightly nervous about a switched-at-birth situation.
On Sunday, we went to visit my brother Ryan’s tea shop, which he just opened in the mall on the other side of town.
I was so impressed! Look how cute, clean, and well organized it is! Couldn’t be prouder of my bro.
He’s selling tea in small tins that customers can return for a discount, so they’re really only paying for the tea itself. The smaller tins also encourage them to try different kinds of teas and to keep smaller amounts of tea on hand, rather than buying in bulk (logically, this keeps the tea fresher).
He also had jars of the teas on display for smelling, which was awesome.
I went around sniffing every single one, and ended up taking home 6 tiny tins of teas (how’d you like that alliteration?). So far, I’ve only tried the Ear Grey Moonlight, and it was heavenly. So unlike any other tea I’ve ever had.
While we were at the mall, we got these amazing Russian dumplings. They came with a sour cream dipping sauce and were to DIE for.
Back at home, I scooped up the boys and we headed to the zoo for the afternoon.
Mason was more excited about this bench than anything else. Standard.
And, of course, we couldn’t resist one of these shots:
Poor kid. We didn’t think much of his glassy expression here, but it turns out he was coming down with a virus. 4 hours later, he had a temp of 103 and looked like this:
It was a rough night for the little dude, but he recovered quickly. By the next morning, he was pretty much back to his old self again.
I even convinced him to wear his hat for awhile!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Have you ever volunteered with Girls on the Run?
Are you a tea drinker? If so, what’s your favorite kind?
When I get tea at coffee shops, I also go for Jasmine Pearl. But now I think I might have to venture out—I had NO idea chocolate chai tea existed!