Earlier this month we went to the county fair. The kids liked to see all the animals, but for some reason they were both really excited about the goats in particular. Swede and I rode the Ferris Wheel! We also took a day trip to Molas Lake and then went on to Silverton for coffee and muffins. The lake was so beautiful, and it was nice to do something different than our usual (and admittedly, not very exciting) weekend routine.
As you can see I finished just barely under two hours which is not one of my better times. This is not one of my better race photos either! See here for last year's recap with more details about the course, as well as a more cheerful recap as the race went much better for me last year. Having a bad race is so discouraging! Earlier in the year I had thought about doing an October race but there's nothing local and I don't want to travel this year so I think my next race will be a 5-mile Turkey Trot.
I also have to say that Abel has been very challenging lately, and I admit that it's gotten the best of me on more than one occasion. So many tantrums. So much food being thrown in every direction. I remember this same age with Swede as being difficult but he has the added frustration of an older sibling to compare and compete with. He wants to do all the big kid things that Swede does! He wants to eat Popsicles for breakfast! He wants to climb from his ride-on pony to the top of our bed frame to the windowsill and beyond! And he just can't understand why none of those things are possible.
Do NOT try to take this Popsicle away!
I'm realizing now as I write this that overall I've been feeling a little lackluster and scatterbrained these past few weeks. I need to refocus on mindfulness and gratitude as we head into fall. I do love all the fun seasonal activities and treats coming up in the months ahead. I have my eye on these Pumpkin Chai Crumble Muffins.
One last photo for the road:
That's all! What's new with you?