It’s been a while since I’ve written (2 weeks) so I thought I’d do some catching up.  Did you miss me?  I missed you! ;)

The first week off from writing was time for me to do some thinking.  I’ve been struggling with my eating, my exercise routine, and my motivation.  Mostly I’ve been struggling with fear.  Fear of trying, failing, not being as good as I used to be, even fear of succeeding.  That deserves its own post and it will get one next week.  I needed the time away to work out some of those feelings.

Last week my parents came to visit from Wednesday to Monday and my sister Mindy joined us for the weekend.  It was so wonderful to have them visit and get to spend so much time together.  Not living close to my family has always been hard for me and times like this help.

We did lots of fun things.  Like go to a painting class where we painted a nighttime lake scene with acrylics.

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I love that they all turned out differently and I’m actually pretty happy with the way mine turned out.  I found the painting pretty relaxing and could see myself doing more of it in the future.

We did quite a bit of baking as well.  My Dad made banana bread.  Mom and I made two recipes from my Grandma’s recipe box: cinnamon braids and poppyseed coffee cake.  We also made one of Grandma’s crock pot Italian beef recipes.  It was all delicious.  I learned about sifting flour, making dough, and using a pastry cutter.

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On Sunday we did the John Deere Fall Classic 5k.  This was the first 5k where my Dad walked the entire thing!  I am SO proud of both of my parents for this accomplishment and it was awesome to share it with them.

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Since they all left on Monday I’ve been feeling under the weather.  A sore throat and congestion (the kind you can feel in your ears… blech) are the biggest problems.  I’m trying to fight it but it is requiring a lot of sleep.  Hopefully I’ll kick it to the curb this weekend.

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