In the morning I ran 8 miles. That is my new standard "long run" distance. The first couple miles it felt like my arms and legs had been taken off my body overnight and put back on wrong. But then... The click. Runners - Do you know what I mean? That moment 2-3 miles into a long run when it all falls into place and you start to cruise along effortlessly? That's one of my favorite things about running.
Later... Swede lined up our dining room chairs and pretended they were a train. This was fun for at least an hour. She gave each and every one of her stuffed animal friends a ride.
This photo of Abel laughing brings joy into my heart! He is such a happy little fellow. So quick to smile and laugh.
In the afternoon our weekly babysitter came over, so Jonathan and I headed out to try a new restaurant, Plate. I liked the queso with fresh tortilla chips and this "Aspen Lemonade."
Abel's current schedule is that he wakes up around 6:30-7 and takes his first nap around 9-9:30, which makes it difficult to get to our usual 9:30 church service. This week we went to the 8 o'clock service. The timing worked out better for Abel's first nap but it was a challenge to get out to door by 7:45!
Afterwards, Swede and I went on a nature walk, and Abel could not stop playing with this tennis ball.
We went over to Jonathan's parents' house for dinner - Fried chicken and baked beans and potato salad and homemade ice cream. [With many many sprinkles for Swede.] Isn't that just a classic Labor Day Weekend meal?
I went on a hike around the neighborhood with Abel and Gumball in the morning, and then after Abel's first nap my mom and I took the kids to the river. [Which is what we did last year on Labor Day too!] Swede had a blast but Abel was more challenging given his propensity to put everything (sand, rocks) into his mouth.
After the afternoon naps things went a little sideways. Both kids woke up so cranky. So cranky! Abel was fussy, with nary a smile to be seen. And Swede - Let's just say it was a difficult afternoon and evening. The bright side is that I'm not entirely sorry to be heading back to work tomorrow... Sigh.
That's all! And onward we go into fall...