I’ve been so busy these last few weeks with training and cake making. We got to go home (Pennsylvania) for 2 weeks for my daughter’s birthday party and then my sister-in-law’s wedding the following weekend. We hadn’t been able to go home since Christmas, so it was a long overdue trip. My only complaint was that it went so fast! It seems like it went by in the blink of an eye and suddenly fall, along with all things pumpkin, is here.
Tuesday- 4 miles
Wednesday- 8 miles
I’m thankful that Plant Fitness is cheap and open 24 hours in order to make these super early morning runs possible. It’s kind of nice too because I feel like I pretty much have the gym to myself with the exception of a handful of other crazy people. 🙂
We went family grocery shopping. I love having most of my Fridays off now!
Monday- Orange Theory
I had to stock up on my OTF since they don’t have any back home. Then we made the roughly 5 hour drive to my parent’s house. Haylie wasn’t too bad in the car other than throwing things and then demanding to have them back. I’m surprised that I didn’t dislocate my shoulder frantically trying to grab things for her while driving, but we made it safe and sound.
We went for a little trip in the woods with my dad and picked some apples. Haylie really seemed to enjoy them.
Wednesday- 4 miles
It’s a little challenging running on dirt roads. I was slightly terrified of twisting my ankle on rocks with the race coming up, but the scenery is so beautiful. Such a nice change of pace from my usual city running!
I trimmed the tops off of her cakes so that they were nice and flat, then combined the cake trimmings with buttercream and rolled them in chocolate to make a cake pop/truffle of sorts. Haylie loved them and kept asking for more chocolate. I guess her sweet tooth is the one thing that she got from me. I made a simple cake to celebrate her actual birthday and we went out for a nice dinner with all of her grandparents. My father-in-law asked where we got the cake. Really?! lol
Friday- 3 miles
I decided to run through the woods which wasn’t my brightest idea considering it had rained recently. My shoes were quite muddy. Thankfully I brought 2 pairs!
Later we took Haylie to visit a dairy farm where my dad used to work many years ago. She got scared when the cows actually mooed.
It was such a nice party. I can’t believe that she is 2 already! The only bad part was our unsuccessful hayride. We had a hayride last year which was a huge hit, but this year the rain let loose as soon as we were pulling out of the driveway. So it was the shortest hayride ever. At least the rain held off until the end of the party.
The theme was ladybugs this year and mom even found a really cute happy birthday banner that fit right in.
I think this may have been my favorite day of the entire trip. I had a great run in the morning then a big group of us got together for breakfast right on the beach. Gotta love cooking eggs at the beach on Sunday morning! I miss living this close to water. I found several pieces of beach glass. Haylie kept calling them rocks.
I can’t remember the last time that I was at the Erie zoo. They’ve made a lot of improvements and it’s really nice now. Haylie got to see her first real life giraffe. It was a really hot day, but still fun. We rode the train then went to have lunch at Mad Mex which was amazing! I want them to open up one in Maryland. It is so hard to find a taco that has a vegetarian protein unless my husband makes it for me. I got the Herb O’vore’s Tofu Tacos and they were so good! I will definitely be back.
Thursday- 2 miles
It was a pretty cold and rainy day which wasn’t good for the wedding. Thankfully the happy couple didn’t seem too bothered by it and I was able to deliver the cake without it getting wet.
Stay tuned for my race recap.
I think this picture pretty much sums up how we all felt.
Do you ever feel like you need a vacation after your vacation?
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