So you know how you put something off for so long that the mere thought of returning to it is more daunting than just ignoring it all together? Sadly, this has been the case with my dear blog. So much has gone on since my last post that I’ve just thrown my hands up and said, “fuhgeddaboudit.” But as always, when my husband comments on my lack of posting, it gives me a little kick in the pants. And I’ve gotten a number of those comments. So without further ado, here’s my much overdue attempt at a recap of August 2014.
Just after my return from Nashville, the hubs and I were invited to spend the day in Louisville with our friends Rob & Amanda for the PGA Championship! Now ya’ll should know I’m not the biggest golf geek out there. But my other half,, BIG fan. Playing and watching. We even have a golf room in our house for pete’s sake! So needless to say he/we jumped on the chance to spend the day with friends and enjoy watching some grass grow.
Being the lucky souls that we are, the weather forecast was god awful. The Louisville weathermen told us there was a 100% chance of rain. And they were right.
During the drive, I kept getting texts from Gigi (who came down to watch Emery for the day) about how beautiful it was back home. Suuuuure!
The parking areas were a giant muddy mess after a night of rain. & since our vehicle was not really the off-roading type, we contemplated bailing and grabbing lunch downtown instead. But we decided to go for “the experience” and thankfully made it through the mud and onto the course.
Valhalla Golf Club is absolutely beautiful, but was sadly overshadowed by the gloomy day. Amanda and I, who were rocking flip flops like true golfing spectators, were forced to walk about an inch per step due to hills + mud. We were doing all we could not to bite it.
We had access to the Wanamaker Tent, where we had a nice lunch and beveraged up. I told the group that my goal was to see someone famous. So we walked as close as we could to the ninth hole, where we saw Rory, Bubba, and Martin Kaymer. Though we were 20 spectators deep and they were like insects to watch, I still found my famous people! Pretty cool.
We left a lot earlier than we really wanted to and thankfully there weren’t many people trying to exit, meaning the mud wasn’t as deep as it could’ve been. Our Beamer escaped without getting stuck and 2 hours later we found ourselves back on the north side where we dined outside at one of our favorites, Divvy. All in all, a fantastic day!
I’ve been to a couple of concerts this summer, both in August. The first was REO Speedwagon & Chicago with my Mama (the same weekend as the PGA). Such a blast. Nothing like rockin’ to the oldies while watching lots of tipsy oldies around ya!
The next was Steve Winwood (“Valerieeeeeee, call on me!”) + Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers up in Michigan! A group of 12, a hummer limo, and boozy birthday celebrations. Hilarious and oh so fun.
While we were in Michigan for Tom Petty, the hubs and I celebrated our sixth anniversary! It’s hard to believe,, time sure does fly. Gigi and GPop took over baby duty while we had a fabulous dinner at The Capital Grille. Such a fun night with my love.
Running has been an adventure this past month. I started a training program put together by my friend (& recent cover model!!!!) Lindsey, which has kept me more accountable than I have been in the past. For one of our weekly long runs, Dad and I ran the Crim 10 miler, which I had ran once four years before. Though it was muggy as all get out, the temps were perfect in the low 60’s, and the distance was exactly right. Though we weren’t exactly gazelles, we conquered those horrendous hills and finished hand in hand per usual!
Sadly, I’ve fallen a little off the wagon in the last couple of weeks (thanks to a lingering illness that knocked me down & around), but I’ve still got my sights set on some good times at the Freep and Monumental this fall.
A couple weeks ago, the hubs and I celebrated the wedding of our friends Rob & Erica at the barn in Zionsville. It was a gorgeous venue and a toasty summer evening with great friends! Congrats again you two!
Now, it’s time for some Emery updates! Our little guy has had a pretty eventful month with all the travels and such. But the biggest adventure has definitely been his increase in mobility. As soon as I returned from Nashville, I was informed that he had been using his gator walker all weekend. My first thought was,, “he started walking without me??!” But since it was more of an assisted cruising, I calmed down 🙂 But there was no doubt about it,, he was on the move!
And not just with the walker. Kiddo was moving around everything. The couch. The ottoman. The island. The kitchen table. Anything that he could make laps around, he did.
I won’t give away any secrets since this is an August recap, but as of this second week of September, he has “progressed” in the moving department if you catch my drift (check FB or IG for more hints!).
In other E news,,,
We hung out at the Gymboree Fireman & Ice Cream Party! He got to climb in and around the firetruck after a nice cup of vanilla-flavored sugar.
Lots of trips to the park. E LOVES the swings!
Soaking up the last of our summer days.
Upgrading to his big boy convertible carseat! Seamless.
Celebrating his 13th month birthday with a fancy dinner & his best bud, Dom.
Shopping trips with Mom. Some rougher than others.
And my favorites,, all the lazy mornings,,,
& snuggly evenings together.
And that’s it for now! I promise I’ll be back soon(er) with the latest and greatest from this month. I swear, the more frequently I blog, the less painful it tends to be. These posts are a lot of work, but I treasure each and every one.
Have a fabulous weekend!!