So it’s the middle of July and I’m sitting here wearing jeans and a long sleeved shirt. Say what?! Some kind of crazy cold front has moved in this week and it’s only hit the mid-60s today. It’s fine by me actually since it makes for great sleeping with the windows open and does wonderful things for my running abilities.
Let’s flash back to last Thursday though when it was hot and sunny. Night number 2 without Reagan at home provided the perfect opportunity to hop on our bikes and explore. Lloyd’s bike had been sitting in his dad’s garage since he was in high school and I just recently picked one up second hand. So basically what I’m telling you is that we have really awesome top of the line equipment :). Maybe not, but they are both in great shape. I’ve been scouring Craigslist in hopes of scoring a deal on a bike trailer so that we can go on family rides, but no luck yet.
After throwing together a quick grilled dinner of marinated chicken and brown rice, we rolled out of the garage, through the backyard, and onto the trail. We hit quite a few downhill areas in the first half of the ride, so we knew we were in for some nice challenges on the way back. We ended up riding along the river and stopped to survey the scenery.
And of course the obligatory selfies
Ha, it was a little windy, please excuse the hideous flying hair. Our destination was the downtown area of Mankato in hopes of finding an outdoor patio calling our name to take a breather. Mission accomplished.
Blue Moon for me and a Michelob Golden Light for him. It was so nice to just sit, enjoy a drink and chat with nowhere else we had to be. We paid the tab, hopped back on the bikes and headed for home. The uphill portions we hit on the way back were just challenging enough but totally doable. We made it home right at the 14 mile mark. Decent workout and a great time.
It was a great couple of days just the two of us but we were so ready to see Reagan when we picked her up on Friday night. She had so much fun with her aunt and uncle and was plenty spoiled. We spent the night at my dad’s house then continued on our trek south to Des Moines on Saturday afternoon.
Patio numero dos :) After hitting up a couple of stores, we stopped for happy hour, Coronas, chips and salsa. Reagan had a milk ;).
We walked around the lake area at Jordan Creek mall for awhile and watched the ducks. You can guess whose idea that was.
Heart completely melts every time I see these two walking hand in hand! We killed some time walking around before it was time to head out to visit our friends that we stayed with for the night. They’re little boy turned 2 so we were in town for his birthday party. It was nice to see some good friends that we definitely miss now that we live further away. It was a long drive home Sunday afternoon, but as soon as we got home we had to turn around and pack Reagan’s stuff back up so we could take her to stay with my mom at the cabin for daycare vacation week two. We are so fortunate to have family that has been able to help us out these two weeks. Saving us a lot of money not having to pay for backup care but best of all giving Reagan a chance to spend time with people who love her so much.
More free time for us this week! We’re in the car right now heading north into Minneapolis for the evening, I’ll be sure to fill you in on the nights adventures! This week is off to a great start. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday as well! And if you’re experiencing the same cool weather we are, try to enjoy it, humidity and 100 degree days are likely right around the corner.
Would love to hear about what you have going on or are looking forward to this week.