Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017 Goals: Update

I haven't done a goals update since March and I thought it was time to check in.

Here is how things are going.

*Finances- This is probably the goal that I am the most proud of! Since we purchased my car brand new last March, my goal has always been to pay it off early. Kyle gives me full control of the finances so my focus was structuring our budget so that we could always make monthly principle payments on the loan. Now while this isn't always an option for most I was determined to make it happen. After a lot of hard work and determination, we successfully paid off my car on August 4th! A whopping 3 1/2 years early. Now we can focus on our one credit card, after that is paid off, hopefully by mid-2018 we will be 100% debt free! 

*Health- As most of you already know, I am an avid runner. One thing I haven't always enjoyed is other forms of working out. It was just never my thing. Using weights, machines, etc., just never interested me. I always got bored. However, that all changed when I started going to Stroller Strong Mom classes. When you have a baby going to regular gym classes isn't always an option because some don't have childcare and some are expensive. I love that I can take E with me (and there are usually fun things for the kids to do during and after class) and I can get a great workout in that includes running and circuit training. Beyond the workouts I am making great friends, which is an added bonus. I have definitely noticed a difference in how I look and feel. I have more energy and confidence. 

*Be More Present- I think this is one that most people struggle with and I'm no exception. I have tried to make it a point to disconnect for periods of time during the day. I don't have my phone in my hand when I am playing with E because that takes away from her. I do keep it close, mostly so I can take photos of something cute she does. I also put my phone away for at least an hour after E goes to bed so Kyle and I can have downtime. It's nice to just talk about our days and focus on spending that quality time together. While it won't always be perfect, but it's working right now. 

*Declutter- This goal has stalled for right now. Since we are mostly settled there isn't much that we need to get rid of at the moment. We do still have some boxes in the garage that need to be broken down and taken to the recycling center but otherwise this goal is on hold.

I really am proud with how these goals are going. I certainly hope to continue on this path and to end the year on a high note in these areas! 

Did you make goals for 2017? If so, how are they going?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Routine Is Necessary

There is always a period of transition that occurs during a PCS whether it's the last few days at an old duty station or the first few weeks at the new one. I'm all about being spontaneous but after a while I need structure. It always seem like the lack of a routine is the hardest part for us to deal with. 
Every time we have PCS'd Kyle has taken 30 days of leave. His leave typically begins once he signs out of the old duty station. I know people who will use some of that time at the old duty station but we prefer to save it for the new place. Thankfully, 10 days of that is non-chargeable leave (the Army is generous in giving soldiers 10 days of leave to look for housing). 

While it is amazing to have Kyle around and present during that time, it's also hard. I certainly don't take the time together for granted but not having a routine is rough. He will tell you the exact same thing, after a while we both are itching for him to go back to work. He misses the structure of work and I miss being able to get things done around the house and take care of errands when I need to. 

This transition has been significantly more difficult. Even though he signed into this unit back in June, his class did not officially begin until yesterday. So we have been together almost nonstop since the middle of May, that means he has been home for 90 days with a few days of in processing thrown in there. That's a lot! When he is home, neither of us have a desire to get things done around the house that need to get done. Instead, we would rather be out exploring and doing things. So, of course, some things suffer. 

We also know that too much time together has a tendency to lead to bickering. We both have very strong personalities and are stubborn so a seemingly small thing can turn into something big. It happens, but we did our best to avoid that. 

To keep from bickering about ridiculous things we had to make the effort to do things without each other. He would golf or go to a concert with friends and I would go get a pedicure or to playdates with E and friends. While spending time together isn't a bad thing, Kyle and I know each other well enough to know that after a while it's time for a little space to do our own thing. This is what almost 10 years of marriage has taught us. E is just like us and she notices when there are shifts from our standard routine, but she is still a ridiculously happy kiddo.

After roughly 90 days at home, he officially started class yesterday. Almost immediately we both had a huge sigh of relief as we settled back into a bit of normalcy. Yesterday was great because we both had things to focus on during the day but we came together as a family in the evening and it was wonderful. 

A routine for us is necessary, it keeps everything moving right along. 

Do you thrive on routine? 

Friday, August 11, 2017

It's Friday!!!

Well, hello Friday! I feel like this week went by in a blur. I tend to stay pretty busy during the week so Friday is always welcome in our house. 

Here are some things that have made me happy this week!

1. Sweet Emma! I'm not going to lie, we haven't been able to give Emma and Fishy as much attention lately but we are doing our best to fix that. Emma and I have been getting lots of snuggles at night and I'm so thankful. Fishy doesn't care too much but I know Emma just want lots of pets.

2. Kylie and Grayson had their first day of school yesterday. If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you know how much we love our niece and nephew. They are now a 1st and 5th grader! I'm in denial at how fast they are growing. Speaking of family! Huge shout out to my Dad for his offer on a house being accepted and to my sister for receiving a huge promotion to a Vice President position at her work!

3. This week I knocked out a workout with Stroller Strong Moms every day and I feel great. Yesterday, I attend my first Thursday class. You have an option of either yoga or a track workout. I, of course, chose the track! We did 4 sets of eight 100m sprints. Holy cow I was smoked but it was awesome.

4. Recovering from any sort of workout is important and my favorite recovery drink has always been chocolate milk! You can't beat the Shatto chocolate milk we can get here. Thankfully, I picked up a few more bottles of it a few days ago and I'm so glad I did. 

5. I swear there is never a dull moment with E in the house. She was in her play area yesterday while I was cleaning up. I thought she had fallen asleep until I heard her giggling. She was just laying there being silly. This picture is a new favorite for sure!

This weekend should be a good one as I have an event planned tomorrow morning (Manicures and Mimosas!!) with the SLAM ladies and we are running a 5k on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Plus, lots of family time before Kyle starts his structure class on Monday.

I hope you all have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Adventures of a Military Move!

Since we have been settled in Kansas for almost 2 months now I thought it was time to share the crazy yet comical experience we had getting our stuff. Let me just say that if you make it through this whole post, you are a rockstar!

So if you have followed my blog for any length of time you know that I am 100% all for the military moving us. I have zero desire to pack all of our stuff, rent a u-haul, load it, and unload it at our new location. So I will take my chances and have someone else do all of the hard work. This is the 6th time we have had the Army move us and by far the craziest experience we have ever had. 

While by all accounts our move went smoothly, we had 2 things broke (an old plate and the tail off E's giraffe table, but that's an easy fix) and we received our stuff within a reasonable time frame. However, making that happen proved to be much trickier than we anticipated. 

Let's back up to the day our stuff left Louisiana. We were told by the driver that on Sunday our HHG (household goods) would be leaving Louisiana and would arrive in Kansas for an 8am delivery on Monday. This prompted a change in plans, I was heading to Kansas early to sign for the house and receive our goods. Yay right?! Well that's what we thought. 

I arrived in Kansas on Sunday night, unloaded E, and the furry kids into the hotel. Let me tell you, doing that solo is hard! On Monday morning, I loaded everything and everyone back into the car so I could rush to housing, pick up the keys to the house and wait for our goods. I honestly had never been so happy to be in an empty house.

Well, 8am came and went with no sign of the driver. Kyle and I both called only to be told that they were just leaving Branson, Missouri. Ummm Branson?! That's on the other side of where we are and completely out of the way but okay. They said they would arrive by 10:30. I'm sure you can guess what happens next. Yup, no goods at 10:30. After numerous phone calls to both the driver and the manager at the home office we were told our goods would arrive NLT 2pm. 

I get a phone call at 1pm from the driver saying that they are in line waiting to be inspected at the gate!

An hour phone rings. The driver's helper can't get on post because he has a prior conviction on his record from 20 years ago! Now, not only is this frustrating for me but for Kyle as well. He was 12 hours away and could literally do nothing to help.

SO! I try to vouch for the helper because I want my stuff but that's a no go (which honestly is to be expected here). So the helper got dropped off at a hotel and the driver headed back to post to deliver my stuff by himself. At this point it is 3:30pm, I'm hangry and E is flaming out. I grabbed food, headed home, and then my phone rang. The driver can't get on post because his truck is leaking!!!!!! WTF!?

At this point I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I'm pretty sure I cried out of anger and frustration. Since the truck wasn't being let on post, the driver had to go rent a u-haul which was a 1/4 of the size of the moving truck our stuff was on. I'm sure you can guess where this is going. Our stuff had to be offloaded between two trucks without me or Kyle there to watch. Cue panic. It didn't help that the driver was pissed at us (I still to this day have no idea why) and he made it incredibly awkward. So our stuff was off loaded between two trucks in a hotel parking lot. 

The driver was able to deliver one load of stuff at 7pm on Monday night with the help of another worker they managed to pull from another crew. However, that worker was unable to help him on Tuesday so instead of bringing our stuff to start unloading he sat in the hotel parking lot pouting until his manager let him have it.

It took him 3 trips on Tuesday but we finally received all of our stuff. Typically the movers are supposed to put together anything they took apart at the origination location. I said no because I just wanted my house to myself. So that night, I put all of the beds together so I didn't have to sleep on the floor again haha. 

I'm not writing this post to complain at all because let's face it I would rather deal with this then pack my stuff myself haha. We can laugh about it now because it's over and done with. Plus we just got our travel money from the move and paid off my car so that's a win in my book haha! 

Have you had any out of the ordinary moving experiences?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Weekend Adventures

Now that Kyle isn't working a ridiculous schedule we are able to take advantage of weekends together and boy are we loving it! We have a hard time sitting at home during the day especially since there is so much to do. 

Our weekend started as most have lately, with a race. We were up at 6:15am to get ready for the Great Escape 5k on post. The awesome thing about this race is that is took place at the Old United States Disciplinary Barracks (aka the old military prison). The start line was just inside the perimeter of the prison and it was the location of the last known escape roughly 20 years ago. I had initially planned to run with E but it started raining prior to starting so Kyle ran with her instead. Before the race started I met up with my SLAM group for a photo. 

I started running with my friend, Lauren, and let me tell you she kicked my butt into gear. The rain tapered off during the run so it wasn't terrible. For the last mile I ran with my friend, Allison, and we agreed to finish the race together. It was so fun having so many friends along the course cheering each other along. 

I rounded the corner for the finish and I could see Kyle and E cheering me on. I wasn't paying attention to my time until I crossed the chute. Then I realized I had PR'd my time by well over a minute! I have never in my life been a fast runner,  but seeing a 28 minute 5k blew my mind.

Afterwards we went to brunch with our friends and it was a nice reward after the race.

Sunday, we had no real plans at the start of the day. Kyle decided he wanted to plan something so off to KC we went! He decided on the Sea Life Aquarium. It was a great idea! Even though E is still little she gets so excited when she sees animals of any kind and this was no exception.

After the aquarium we grabbed lunch at the Crayola Cafe followed by dessert at Sheridan's. Dirt and Worms concrete for the win! 

Our last stop was the Mummies Exhibition at Union Station. If you have ever heard of the Bodies Exhibit (we went to it in NYC) it's similar only Mummies. It was incredible! Kyle certainly outdid himself with planning such a fun day.

It was the perfect way to spend a dreary weekend. 

I hope you all had a great weekend! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

When Blogging and Real Life Collide

When I started blogging roughly 9 years ago I never thought that that my real life and the blogging world would ever collide. It just didn't seem like something that was possible. Over the years I have made some wonderful friends that to be honest I've never met in real life. I only began to meet blogger friends when we lived in El Paso, I met several in person which was so fun! When we lived at Polk, I met Jenna from Shallow Roots Living and she is one of my favorite people. 

When we found out that we were moving to Kansas I knew that there were several other bloggers turned friends that already lived in the area and some that were moving the same time as us. I was so excited that we would finally be able to meet in person!

I've followed Amanda from Somewhere Over The Camo for years! We have co-hosted the Military Spouse Appreciation Day link-up together the last few years and I knew that getting together was a must. We met up at a children's museum with our kiddos and let them play for a while. We were able to chat more over lunch and it was awesome to finally meet her. She is just as sweet in person as she is on her blog. I'm sure there will be more meet-ups in the future. 

Lauren and Lisa are ladies that I met through blogging many many moons ago haha. They just so happened to be moving to Kansas at the same time because their husbands are attending the same school as Kyle. 

I met Lauren through blogging when we were both at Bragg, we had the chance to meet in person but it never did work out. Lauren and I shared a common bond due to infertility/recurrent pregnancy loss. Lisa, I remember following her blog but we fell out of contact only to reconnect a few months ago prior to the move. 

In just the short time we have been here the three of us have become fast friends and our kids love to play together. Lisa has two boys, one is the same age at Lauren's daughter and the other is the same age as E. So it's perfect! We have enjoyed a few girls nights, adventures with the kids, and kicking butt in our work out classes. It's nice to have friends that are in the same situation as you. I'm definitely already grateful for their friendship. 

There are a few other bloggers that live in the area that I'm looking forward to meeting in person. It really is amazing to see how big the blogging world is. I'm certain that no matter where we move I will come across someone from this pretty fantastic community. 

Have you ever met a blog friend in real life?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Life Lately

I can't believe that today is August 1st!! This year is already half away over and that blows my mind. 

We have been doing our best to stay busy lately and it is really nice. Here is what is happening in our neck of the woods.

1. We completed 2 more races this past weekend. On Saturday, we ran the Grant's Cause for Spina Bifida 5k. It was a great event benefiting an even better cause. On Sunday, it was the Diva Dash 5k for just me and E. It was so fun running with her. We are working on our goal of completing 100 races by the time we leave Kansas, these were number 81 and 82 (even though Kyle didn't run on Sunday, he is running a few races solo so that way we stay even). Woo!

2. We have a few events to attend over the next few weeks in support of the school that Kyle is attending. We have a social for his branch next week, followed by a Commandant's reception at the end of August, and then an International Friendship Gala at the end of September. Looking for dresses is hard, I don't want to buy so I will likely look on Rent the Runway. Oh yeah and we have to buy Kyle's mess dress uniform. I'm not even lying when I say how EXPENSIVE that uniform is. Thank goodness for the coupon we should be getting for it in a few weeks haha. 

3. We have been working on the last few touches around the house. I hope that we will have all of the pictures hung up by this weekend. It took me quite a long time to pick new frames. I plan on doing a house tour once I have everything exactly how I want it. One of my favorite walls has Kyle's plaques, I do love how it turned out.

4. The weather has been cooling down a bit lately and I am reminded that I will experience my first true winter this year. I'm a desert girl who has lived in really warm climates haha. I better bulk up my cold weather wardrobe. 

5. Speaking of it being August 1st, that means our little precious E is 11 months old! Ummm excuse me?! Since we are only a month away from her birthday, birthday party planning has begun. It's not going to be anything fancy but it is going to be special. We did decide to rent a place on post to have her party. It has a lodge to use (with a full kitchen and seating area) plus there is an huge outside area with playground equipment for the kids. It just makes the most sense.

My family as well as Kyle's parents will be flying in for her birthday and we are thrilled!!! We are so excited to have so many that want to celebrate this precious little girl. 

Here is to an amazing Tuesday!!!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Don't Focus On A Number

After E was born I remember writing a post that talked about envying those who were able to bounce back quickly after having a baby. Which let me say, to all those who did, you are amazing!!! While it's amazing carrying a life it has a tremendous impact both physically and mentally. 

When I got pregnant, I was at my lowest weight which I think was around 115 pounds. When I gave birth to E I was 173 pounds. Yes, you read that correctly. I gained almost 60 pounds. I remember being nervous every time I went to the doctor that I was going to get yelled at for weight gain, but I never did. Baby was healthy, I was healthy, and I was measuring just fine. I didn't eat terribly and I still worked out but the weight still came.

When I got cleared to work out at 6 weeks, I was relieved. My focus immediately went to losing the weight and I stupidly went to put on pre-pregnancy clothes. I had seen a friend who had a baby a few months before me have no problem fitting into her pre pregnancy clothes, so I thought I could. I immediately lost it and started crying. I struggled with that for a while, I wanted to bounce back quickly. I stressed myself out because I was focused on that and in doing so I started stress eating. Horrible combination.

I soon realized that my body just isn't like that and it's okay. Some are lucky enough to do the bare minimum and have the weight fall off while some have to work a little harder. It's okay either way. At the end of the day being happy with who you are is far more important. My goal was to be happy with myself, there wasn't a specific number I had in mind. I wanted to be comfortable in my own skin again and I wanted to be an example to E. I chose to not kill myself to get where I wanted to be. I went through this before with weight gain after fertility treatments. It was rough.

I share this side by side not to show weight loss but to explain to you what I see. On the left I was 2 months postpartum and I was miserable. I was so down on myself and disappointed that I hadn't "bounced back".

On the right is a photo from last week. I see someone who is happy! Happy with who she is and finally comfortable in her own skin again. Am I at the weight that I wanted to be after I gave birth? Absolutely not, but it's okay. I'm a work in progress. I have stretch marks, flabby skin, and a beautiful daughter who gave me all that. :)

It has taken me almost 11 months to get to that point. But if it had taken me more time than that's okay.

You see, feeling good about yourself does not have to focus on a number. It should focus on mind, body, and spirit. We live in a society where image is everything, it shouldn't be that way.
Being comfortable in your own skin and having confidence in yourself is all that matters.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Birthday Weekend

This past weekend I celebrated my 32nd birthday. 32?! I have to say that my 30's have been the best! 

I'll be the first to admit that I am not big on celebrating my own birthday, however, I will celebrate everyone else's and sing them Happy Birthday all day long haha. We didn't have anything big planned and I was perfectly fine with that. 

Kyle of course wanted to celebrate so I obliged. On Friday, he spoiled me with homemade orange chicken and fried rice. It was an early night for us because we had to be up early for another race. We ran the Digital Ally Open 5k. It was held near a golf course and was sponsored by a golf tournament that started yesterday. Each participant received 2 ground passes so we will use those this weekend to check out the tournament. 

It was a great event but let me tell you hills in Kansas are a bitch! haha. 

That night I met up with 2 friends, Lauren and Lisa, for an awesome girls night/birthday celebration. I met both through blogging many years ago (mine and Lisa's husbands actually met back in 2007 at an Army school prior to us meeting, it's a small world). We ate, laughed, and enjoyed margaritas. 

Sunday was my actual birthday and we were invited to brunch by a friend of Kyle's that he worked with at Polk. Our neighbors also went (it's like 6 degrees of separation here because you are bound to find people who know each other) and we had a great time. 

The rest of the day was spent shopping and just relaxing with my 2 favorite people and my furry babies. They gifted me with a spa day and I can't wait to use it. 

I FaceTimed with my family, thank goodness for technology because it makes days like this that much better. It was a great way to kick off my 32nd year of life.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Disconnecting and Reconnecting

One of my biggest goals for this move was to step outside of my comfort zone and become more social. When we were at Polk we purposely stayed to ourselves and stayed low key. We had a handful of friends but we rarely made it a regular thing to hang out with friends. Now some of you may be thinking how silly that is. Believe me I understand. 

Let me explain why we did this. When we were at Bliss and Kyle was a company commander it was nonstop social interaction. Between interactions with soldiers in the company and FRG responsibilities for me it was people overload and it was exhausting after a while. Not only was I company FRG leader but I was a Battalion Senior Advisor (meaning I was coordinating events for 600-700 soldiers and their families). There was never a day that I was by myself, don't get me wrong I loved it but it was exhausting. I'm not the most outgoing person so it took a lot for me to step outside of my comfort zone. We also had several friends that we hung out with because we knew them from previous posts. 

Now don't get me wrong we do not take our friendships for granted but there comes a time when you need to decompress. When I found out that there was going to be no FRG at Polk, I knew that was a sign for us to just recuperate. I was exhausted, I was drained from the constant on the go that I was used to and I needed to just focus on myself, my family, and school. We had 1-2 friends that we saw on occasion but we were happier just shutting in on the weekends and doing nothing (well minus doing races). It was a much needed 2 1/2 years of very limited social interaction, I was able to just enjoy the time and not have any responsibilities that went outside of the home. 

Before we arrived in Kansas we made the promise to each other to be more social. To actively engage with people and to go beyond our comfort zones. We have a large group of friends here, but the best part is that I have my group of friends, Kyle has his, and then we are all able to come together as a group. It's an awesome balance. We are more social with our neighbors as well, we find ourselves sitting outside most nights talking with neighbors and letting the kids play. Now that I am part of the Stroller Strong Moms group I have been able to expand my interactions and meet friends that way, I plan on volunteering in some capacity on post, and I also have those who we get together with for playdates. E is also becoming social, she is playing with other kids and I love that.

I know that I would not be able to do these type of things had I not taken the break that I did. I needed the chance to focus on other things. For the first time in a long time I feel rejuvenated and ready to make this an amazing year. There is no shame in shutting yourself in and disconnecting for a while. Honestly, it could be the best thing you ever do. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! I feel like this week has flown by. It's crazy. It's going to be a good weekend in our house because it's my birthday on Sunday! 

There is no better way to end the week than to recap some of my favorite things.

* Stroller Strong Moms workout class. 

I was really nervous about going to one of these classes because I was unsure if I would "fit in" but I was immediately put at ease. I went with a few friends and it was awesome. Being able to work out and take E with me is a huge benefit. I signed up for the monthly membership which is good for unlimited classes. I plan on attending 3 days a week which for me is a good start.

* Shatto Milk. 

In the past I haven't been a big milk drinker but let me tell you that this milk has changed that. It comes from a small family owned farm north of Kansas City and is bottled in glass bottles. I don't know about you but I find something amazing about how milk in glass bottles tastes. I bought this at the grocery store but they also do home delivery (plus they have so many other products like cheese curds and bacon). 

* WTForecast App

This app cracks me up! I really don't like the traditional weather apps so this one is perfect for me. It's  humorous and makes me chuckle every time I open it. Go download it now!

Good gracious, it's delicious! I'm not kidding you when I say that I have made it at least 5 times in the last month. It is simple and so flavorful. I mean you really can't beat a one pan meal. You can add vegetables of any kind if you want. A few times I added asparagus to it and it was great.

I am normally really picky when it comes to shoes but we ventured into DSW and I fell in love with these wedge sandals. They are really comfortable and versatile. Let's just call them an early birthday gift to myself. :) 

What are some of your favorite things as of late?

Here is to an amazing weekend!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Experiencing Life With Kids

One of the most common things we heard before we had E was "You won't be able to do the things you want to do once you have kids". For a while we really did think this way because SO many people said it. We thought that we would be stuck at home all the time.

When I was pregnant we received one of the best pieces of advice from a friend. 

"Kids shouldn't stop you from doing the things you like to do, kids should just be added to the fun."

We knew from the start that we would implement this because we enjoy seeing new places and experiencing new things. We like exploring places and we wanted E included no matter what. When she was born we wanted her to be comfortable in public places, her first outing was at a week old. We did our best to not alter our way of life simply because we had a baby. We continued to go to restaurants and she ultimately learned to go with the flow. Is it always going to be easy to go places with her? No, but why can't we at least try. We aren't strict on nap times, if we are out, we don't rush home so she can nap. She is an expert carseat sleeper, which is so appreciated. We want her to appreciate history and culture, this is why we travel with her. While it may only be to the next town over there is still so much to experience. 

We added her into our running, she LOVES the jogging stroller. She did her first race with us when she was 3 weeks old and has continued to run with us. She sees the stroller and gets excited haha. She is part of that journey now. 

I got a few comments on my last post about how it was irresponsible of us to take her to a distillery (I did not publish them because I don't want the negativity, but I did address them privately because they are certainly entitled to their opinion). I don't understand how it's irresponsible to include our daughter in things we do. She was in a carrier and not partaking in alcoholic beverages. We ensure before we do anything that kids are welcome, if not, we won't do it. It's simple as that. But if kids are allowed and we want to do it, it will happen. We know that there will be things we can't include her in and we know that we need our time as a couple as well.

Life is an adventure and we want to include E in every aspect of that. The addition of kids shouldn't take away from your experiences, it should enhance them. Being able to see and experience places through your kid's eyes is incredible. E is still young but we see how inquisitive she is with every new experience and it's amazing. I can't wait to continue these adventures as she gets older. I am grateful that Kyle and I are on the same page when it comes to this. 

At the end of the day, we are a family, and we are experiencing life together. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Weekends Are For Exploring!

Since we likely only have a year in Kansas we promised that we would see all that we could in that time. 

On Friday we headed out to Atchison to pick up our race packets for the Amelia Earhart 8k on Saturday morning. On our way home we decided to stop in Historic Weston (which is in Missouri not Kansas). This town is known for Lewis and Clark stopping here and for it being the oldest settlement in the Platte Purchase of 1863. It was also a point for the Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail. We are big on history so we were kids in a candy store haha. 

It will filled with amazing little shops and restaurants. An adorable bed and breakfast plus a few small wineries. 

We had lunch at a place called Tin Kitchen. They had some of the best BBQ we have ever eaten!

E was a fan!

After lunch we walked around, checked out a few antiques stores and headed towards home. 

On our way home we came across the Holladay Distillery. We jokingly wondered if they did tours, 10 minutes later we had a reservation and headed back to check it out. They are a bourbon distillery and it is the oldest distillery west of the Mississippi (1856). After 30 years they finally began distilling bourbon again last year and after 20 years started doing tours again. We definitely came at the right time! They also produce different Vodkas under the name McCormick Distillery. 

What an awesome place!!! As we waited for the tour to start we purchased a few drinks. I had a drink that tasted just like a bomb pop, omg so good!

*Yes, we are those people who brought our baby to a distillery.* 

We were taken in the room where the mash is made for the bourbon and where the alcohol is extracted. We were able to taste the mash in various forms which was pretty incredible. 

The bourbon is made with limestone spring water that was discovered by Lewis and Clark. This is the exact location where it was discovered.

Next up was the barrel room, this warehouse holds 10,000 barrels of bourbon. It won't be ready until 2019.

The last stop was the bottling room where all of the vodka that is made is bottled and packaged. We weren't able to taste the bourbon but we did get to try their different vodkas and they are delicious! It was a great way to spend an afternoon. 

Saturday was race day. We were up bright and early to head back to Aitchison for the Amelia Earhart 8k. It was advertised that there was hill during this race. HAHAHAHAHA! That was a lie, there were 3 pretty epic hills (whoever says Kansas is flat is lying, well at least this side of the state isn't). 

Despite the hills it was an awesome run. This is the best I have felt in a while and I was thrilled. I ended up placing 2nd in my age group and Kyle placed 3rd in his.

It was a perfect way to start the day. We ended up with homemade pizza and ice cream in honor of our nephew's birthday. 

Sunday was the standard grocery shopping, errands, laundry, and prepping for the new week. 

I hope you all had a great weekend!