I was extremely touched to get a handwritten note in the mail (anything that isn’t a bill is great, but a personal note is the BEST kind of mail to get) from a fan of We Are Girls Who Love to Run last week. She was concerned because I haven’t been blogging (or visiting others’ blogs) much lately and guessed hopefully that it was because I was spending more time with my family. Well, guess what? She was dead on!
I AM still alive and my summer was FILLED with plenty of good outdoor summer fun (and producing two quilts). I think the real proof of that can be seen in my son’s stunning physical skill growth this year:
- He now rides a bike without training wheels.
- He can go ALL the way across a long set of monkey bars or rings without stopping.
- He soccer ball handling is head and shoulders above what he could do even in the spring.
- He’s a few inches taller than he was at the end of the school year – no kidding, the hem of his pants from spring hit him at his shins. And his sister grew 2 inches in July. Maybe I didn’t blog because I was so darn busy feeding them all day!
We also fit in a trip to visit family for my husband’s sister’s wedding. We were all part of the wedding party and the flower girl (our daughter) turned out to be quite the little dancing party animal – she danced the whole night, right up through the last song. Her brother (one of the ring bearers) threw in the towel long about 8:30 and crashed out on some chairs we pushed together as a make-shift couch. We definitely have one early bird and one night owl.
Other adventures included some camping with friends, a trip to Oregon for the String Summit (put on by Yonder Mountain String Band – a weekend of live bluegrass – pure heaven), and our new favorite beach on the coast of Washington. Life really was good this summer, even though running wasn’t much a part of it.
That’s right, this girl who loves to run only got out to run a handful of times. Between our family adventures, being home with both kids all day and getting my hooping classes up and running, running was pushed to the near-bottom of the list. I think only blogging was farther down.
The break was good, but I did miss running. School started this week and I’ve already returned, sneaking in a treadmill run at the YMCA during Tuesday’s non-stop rain and enjoying 5K around a lake before picking up my daughter from pre-school on Thursday. Other than tight hamstrings, my body has gotten right back into the groove and is happy to be back at it again. And if this post is any indication, it looks like blogging is back for me, too.
What about YOU? With the start of “fall” are you returning to something you missed over the summer?