I have been a bit absent from here. Here is my list of excuses:
1. No one reads this blog.
2. It's been kind of busy.
3. By the time I finish my day of work where I'm staring at a computer screen for 9 hours in my work from home office, I don't want to look at another screen.
4. Everytime I think about posting a blog, I don't even know where to begin :D
So what have I been up to?
Well, for one, trying to stay warm. It hasn't been the best weather here in Fargo. But I'm not letting that stop me from enjoying myself. And I really soak up the beautiful days.
Work has been quite busy. I don't tend to talk much about that part of my life these days. I'm feeling strained, and while I'm working or thinking about working - my stomach hurts. So let's focus on the fun things in life!
Love has been in the air in my family. My sister got married this past week. Blog post to come on that! What an event. What a month, really. I thank God every day that I get to be in the Midwest during this time to be able to attend and be a part of her shower, her bachelorette party, and the wedding festivities!
I was lucky enough to get to "steal the bride" aka "Bride-chilla" (instead of "Bride-zilla" - because she was super calm and at ease on her wedding day) the morning of the big day. We ran from downtown Minneapolis, past the beautiful church she got married at, and along the Mississippi river!
Sibling Photo! I love my siblings - so fiercely! There's a lot of us, eh? 5 siblings - but I count my in-laws as my siblings. I am super close with my sister in laws, and my sister's picked some pretty awesome men to marry as well! I got a new "brother" last weekend, and am so excited to get to know him better. He is a great guy! And hilarious.
We are just 1 hr 15 minutes from my parents' lake home. So just about every weekend while we are here, we plan on spending the weekend there! It hasn't been exactly "lake weather" yet - but we still have found some time for boating, kayaking, and I ever got out on the paddle board 2 weekends ago! (I just prayed hard that I would not fall in LOL)
1st fish of the season! My 2 favorite men in the whole wide world: Husband and Father. Good guys.
I have been finding all the great places to run in Fargo and at the lakes! Every Thursday morning, I run with a local run club - and am meeting some of the nicest people! I also enjoy running along the Red River, as there are miles of trails to keep me busy. It is so peaceful along the river.
I run on this path about 1-2 days/week. It's so quiet!! Hoping for it to warm up better soon, so I can get my bike out here! It's just been too windy and cold for cycling. (For me, anyhow...)
This is a run in did while staying with my sister in Minneapolis: my favorite place EVER to run! Cannot wait to return in September to run a half marathon together!
Snapshots of Glendalough State Park. This place is truly a hidden gem!
At the lakes, I have enjoyed Glendalough State Park. Another great running venue with paved and off-road trails to enjoy!
I'm really trying to soak up every day we have here. As I know October 1 will come fast. I do miss our friends in AZ with all my heart - and our house and our garden. (And perhaps the sunshine....)
But, I am just really loving this time. My heart is very full.
So I'll leave you with my favorite quote that sums out my belief on life....