Where did the summer go? Summer is not officially over until September 22, but I unofficially declare it fall the day after Labor Day. And since Hallie has been back to school for nearly three weeks now, our summer is toast. So let’s look back at summer 2015. In this week’s Friday Five link up we’re listing five things we did this summer. Be sure to check out the hosts, Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What,and Mar at Mar on the Run to see how these ladies spent the past three months. (I am sure there are some races in there!)
So what did I do this summer?
- Traveled to St. Louis for a Jimmy Buffett concert. If you read this blog you know that I like running. I love Disney. I adore my family. But what you may not know is that I am true-blooded, hardcore Parrot Head. Yes, I am a HUGE Jimmy Buffett fan. I try to see him in concert each summer. And we often make a trip out of it. We’ve seen Jimmy in New York City, Cincinnati, Chicago, and of course, in Nashville. (We are the people my parents warned us about.) I also saw him a time or two (or three) in Ohio in my pre-Brett years. This summer we saw him on June 4th in St. Louis. My brother-in-law scored us 11th row VIP tickets. One of the best Buffett shows I’ve seen. We came. We partied. We drank boat drinks. Hey, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, right? The only thing we were missing was that lost shaker of salt. What a way to kick off summer! Can’t wait for the next trip around the sun. (Sorry, I just had to get some song titles in there. Bonus to you if you caught the reference in the blog title. Fins up!)
- Took a road trip to the Virginia coast. We loaded up a rented minivan and headed east on July 4th to visit my sister and her family in Yorktown, Virginia. They moved there last year and we hadn’t seen them since then. It was such a great trip. We did so much in the Hampton Roads area. Spent a day on the beach. Ate wonderful, fresh seafood. Played at the Virginia Living Museum. Explored Colonial Williamsburg. Learned all about the Revolution at Colonial National Historic Park. Strolled along the banks of the York River. The most fun was just being with our family and watching Hallie and my nieces play together.
- Finished decorating our dining room. It’s only been four years since we moved into our Nashville home. I figured it was finally time to do something with the dining room that just sat there, mostly unoccupied for 48 months. We didn’t have a separate dining room back in Memphis, so we weren’t really sure what to do with it. We actually painted the room last fall. This summer I pledged to finish it. We bought a rug. Hung art on the walls (most created by a young artist named Hallie). Placed some accent pieces here and there. And, voila! Mission accomplished. Now, on to the formal living room (that is mostly empty)!
- Started training for a half marathon. I was actually longing for this to start as I hadn’t kept up a serious running regime since last winter. I joined a group training program sponsored by Fleet Feet Nashville for the Nashville Zooma Women’s Half Marathon in November. We started August 8 and I have met a wonderful group of women with whom I enjoy spending my Saturday mornings. I really thrive as a runner when I take part in a group training program. So I’m happy to continue this into the fall.
- Created a blog! Late to the Party is a personal project/hobby I wanted to do for some time. Blogging is fun. But it is also time consuming. I am still learing how to balance the time it takes to research, write, and edit photos for this blog and my real job. Plus my family duties, which have increased greatly since school has started again. But I enjoy writing and think I have some good information to share. I hope you enjoy reading and will continue to follow along on my crazy adventures about miles, the mouse, and motherhood!
What fun things did you do this summer? Drop me a message in the comments below.