I had a really strong track workout in the morning which made me EXTREMELY excited for the 4th of July 10k. My original goal was to break 45, but based off of how I had been feeling, I started to think I should aim a little higher.
I then nannied for the rest of the morning into the afternoon. We went to our local splash pad & park.
In the evening I wasn’t very productive… I sat on my phone daydreaming of furniture & home decor on Pinterest & Wayfair because Austin said that our budget just may allow for us to purchase our very own place soon😬😬
These new babies arrived. I’ve always run in Asics GT 1000s or 2000s (literally always… since I started running in junior high) but I decided I wanted to try the Gel Kayanos because they have more support & cushioning (my two must haves in running shoes) than the GTs… so fingers crossed I don’t end up with a stress fracture from the change!
The night was finished off with The Bachelor. I’ve always secretly wanted to get into it, but never had anyone to get into it with until my sister & brother in law invited me to watch it with them when we were in Florida. Now I’m hooked lol. The show is so cheesy, so frustrating… but you cannot stop watching!!!!
Took the kiddos to Cherry Hill for the afternoon. It was HOT, so a perfect day for the waterpark!
Later that evening Austin wanted to go golfing, but the family wanted to mini golf, so the compromise was going to a local putting course.. which was kinda like mini golf minus all of the obstacles & on a regular golf green.
I lost big time hahah.
In the morning I went on a pre-race run on part of the 10k course with my families pup. He started limping a bit at mile 2 & so I had to call my mom to come pick him up😥
He is the BEST running pup. My parents have never trained him to run, but ever since the first time I took him on a run, he perfectly stayed by my side & didn’t tug on the leash. Sometimes I’ll even take him off the leash and he still stays close to me. I can only dream when Austin & I get a dog it’s as great of a runner partner as Boomer!
Later that afternoon my mom brought stuff to tie dye shirts with my brother & the kids I nanny. It was messy, but the shirts turned out SO CUTE.
4th of July!!! The race went just as good as I hoped for (race recap here).
After the race…. Austin & I binged on Stranger Things season 3. Like literally we stayed in our room for HOURS, UNABLE to stop. But I mean, it was the perfect day to do so because it was raining off & on all day.
We peeled ourselves away from the TV to go to an “indoor BBQ” at my parents house. My mom made homemade ice cream to go with dinner which was incredible.
At night, we didnt know if our towns firework show would be cancelled since it had been so windy & rainy off & on all afternoon/evening. By some 4th of July miracle, the weather cooperated for fireworks! We hopped in my father-in-laws truck & watched the fireworks out the back window while the kids sat in the bed.
To end the night… Austin and I stayed up to finish Stranger Things. Finishing an entire season in one day may not be something to be proud of, but we are proud;)
Austin, his dad & his younger brothers & I headed up to Bear Lake for the weekend. We stayed at his Grandpa’s lakefront cabin. We spent the day hanging out in the backyard with the lake at our feet, eating good food & catching up with family.
Started the morning off with a solid 12 mile long run at goal marathon pace. Like I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite parts of going on vacation is running in new & beautiful places & running around the lake did not disappoint!!
I decided to get in the ice cold water to wakeboard. I’m not very good at wakeboarding, I’m still trying to learn how to go in and out of the wake with ease, but I absolutely love it! I tried wakeboarding behind a jet ski, & it definitely felt more difficult than behind a boat, but it was still fun.
That evenng we had a family baseball game. It got competitive, as most sports with the Smith’s get😉 Our team pulled away with the dub though.
After dinner I reeeeally wanted a cookie dough shake. The place we were planning on going to was out of shake mix, so we made the 10 minute drive to the next town over & saw that all the shake places there were SO CROWDED. Everyone wanted to give up and go back, but I forced us to try a little tiny shake shack on the way back home. It took them 20 minutes to make 3 shakes, but I walked away with my cookie dough shake. Was it worth all the driving & waiting… probably not lol.
Went to church & ran into a couple of Kaysville friends there.
After church was my least favorite part of any vacation, packing back up & cleaning up. This process is especially long when you’re at a lake because you have to pack up all the boats & jet skis & all the other water toys.
Once we got home I immediately unpacked (Austin always hates that I immediately unpack when we get home from vacations… but I just feel like I can’t relax until it’s done!!!) I then wasted too much time on my phone looking at Pinterest and Tumblr, and then read a little bit. Currently reading: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experiece by Csikszentmihalyi (it’s pronounced cheek-sent-me-hal-i, I remember from high school AP psych lol). I’m hoping to finish it before my next class starts on the 15th.
Lately I’ve been reading on the Kindle app on my phone because books are cheaper & I always have them on me, but I’m really missing my paper copy reading. I get torn between wanting the paper copy & thinking about how the world is just going to get more & more technology based so why don’t I get ready for for that.
Grateful for the week & the many sweet memories that were made.