BBQs, Long Runs, Hiking, & Food Prep for Two

I sometimes hesitate gloating about how great my weekend was. I'm pretty damn happy in life right now and I feel like I'll jinx it if I say to much about it. I'm really, really appreciative of everything I have going on now so I'm hoping that helps to keep the good times rolling. On Friday Travis and I headed over to Fort Walton Beach to join the family for a BBQ. Mom and Dad have the cutest birds nest in their hose hanger. If you look you can see two baby bird faces flanked on each side with yellow stripes. 2014-07-04 11.41.51

Mom and I had the usual BBQ veggies (marinated in this amazing soy sauce + orange juice concoction) and the guys had steak shish kabobs.

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Mom finally gave up on her little raised bed garden after months of trying to get it going and now it's starting to actually sprout things. Go figure. Not that these carrots would feed much aside from teeny tiny mice.

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After lunch we went to walk around downtown Fort Walton Beach for a bit. Despite it being in the low 90's the breeze and low humidity made it feel gorgeous out. We saw a dolphin swimming right around the pier! My brother commented that I shouldn't be as excited to see one as I was since I've lived in Florida my whole life. I defy you to find any woman, anywhere, who doesn't freak when she see's a dolphin. 2014-07-04 14.20.22

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Dessert was frozen yogurt - per the norm when I'm around my family. I'm convinced I only get it as an excuse to eat the toppings. I actually gave up on the yogurt toward the end and let Travis eat the rest of it for me.

2014-07-04 15.01.37Saturday morning we woke up early and did 8 miles at the beach (10:30 pace!) Whenever I run with Travis he speeds me up and I slow him down. It's a great relationship. He's been running a bit longer than I have but hasn't been as obsessed with it as I am. He just ran his first unofficial half marathon last weekend for fun (in under 2 hours, how sickening is that?) He's training to run the Pensacola marathon with me in the Fall.

2014-07-05 07.04.40 After the run we spend a few hours cooking so we'd have some healthy food on hand to eat the rest of the weekend and for him to take home. Can you believe I actually found someone who doesn't mind waking up at 5 a.m. on the weekends to run and likes to food prep with me? #Keeper

2014-07-05 17.40.12Sunday morning we were up early for a hike in Blackwater. We did about 7 miles around some of my favorite trails there - Bear Lake and the connector trail to Krul Lake.

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2014-07-06 10.29.20-1We had a little picnic lunch at the lake after our hike before heading home. Sunday afternoon was pretty lazy, and pretty perfect. Early dinner downtown at the Food Trucks, and now I'm writing this before we dig into some ice cream and I try to work up the nerve to watch a scary movie (which is likely not going to happen.)

I hope you all had a happy 4th of July. I hope I continue to have more weekends like this.