Hey Friends!  I’m back.  It was a great mini-vacation, so great that I didn’t want to get up and come to work this morning, but here I am, me and all 12 of my mosquito bites!  I hope you all had a good bug-free weekend.

 

I won’t rehash the entire vacation for you all, but there was a lot of swimming, walking, and sitting on the deck watching the deer.  Our cabin was situated right along the edge of the woods and you could see deer, squirrels, and we even heard a pack of coyotes howling that sounded like they were just a few yards away!  It was so peaceful and quiet and I loved every minute of it.  I don’t know what it is about being in nature that makes your soul feel nurtured, but I need to find a way to incorporate that feeling into my everyday life.  I’m thinking that a little less TV and a little more outdoor time would be beneficial.  I even brought up the subject of discontinuing our satellite service, but I’m not sure how well received that would be among the hubs and kiddos. I could live with out it easy (especially since fave shows come on local TV channels). 

 

On Saturday we took a short drive to War Eagle Cavern where we got to go on a guided tour of the cave there.  It was really interesting and the surrounding scenery was so beautiful.  My son loved the cave tour and the girls loved the swings they had there.  There was a maze you could go through, but by the time we finished with the cave tour, we were all a little tired, so we skipped that part, but I think it would be fun.  (Trying to post some pics, but having a little trouble.  Will try to put them in another post soon. )

I did okay food-wise.  I stocked up on lots of healthy goodies (greek yogurt and walnuts, strawberries and blueberries, Kashi crackers and hummus – yum!), so I had plenty of good snacks, and we did a fair amount of walking and swimming at the pool, so I did okay.  The only thing I didn’t do well was drink my water, which is odd because usually I have to have it around at all times.  I showed a 3 pound gain this morning, but I am okay with that.   I attribute that to my lack of water, and no major cardio for 5 days (and the margaritas Friday night probably didn’t help much either!).  I think I can lose those 3 pounds this week just by guzzling my water and getting in a few good walks on the treadmill. 

 

So now it’s back to the grind, and everyday life.  There are four weeks left until school starts again, so I want to make the most of the rest of the summer.  I’d like to go visit my sister and her gigantic pool before school starts, and I’m trying to put together a surprise party for the hubs’ 40th birthday at the end of this month.  Still have lots more to do before this summer is over! 

 

I’m glad to be back – I missed you guys!!  =)