Dancing Again + Paint Creek Trails

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine flew by, just as I suspected it would. I only have a few minutes to chat, so let’s get straight to the highlights!

Friday was interesting. I woke up planning to be super productive and spend the day knocking out a handful of projects and such. I had forgotten, however, that I signed up to help out with an out-of-town Pistons event that would end up taking twelve hours out of the day. Whoops!

Scott woke me up in a hurry and before I knew it we were out the door and on the road to a school show in Addison, Michigan.

I felt a little bit better about it after I convinced him to make a Starbucks run on the way. I was pumped for my first pumpkin spice latte (non-fat milk, no whip) of the season!

pumpkin spice latte fall 2014

To make an incredibly long story short, the show went great but we had a scary experience getting to and from the school. Luckily, everyone is just fine but it was a bit awkward rolling out for our two hour drive home like this.

Hooper truck out of business

Hey, whatever works right?

Carless, we walked across the street from the arena to grab dinner and since we both hadn’t eaten since breakfast we wanted all the carbs and thoroughly enjoyed a batch of crazy bread, caprese salad, white sauce pizza with veggies, and a cookie and ice cream dessert.

ciccarellis dinner

Everything was great, but the dessert, sadly, disappointed.

Saturday kept me busy with a morning of running around with Scott so I could take the car to a CPR certification class at lunch. I needed to get certified for my CPT, but have been wanting to learn the procedures for years just in case.

Management Education Center

The class was scheduled to be two and a half hours long and we learned and got tested on everything we needed to know an hour early. It’s a very quick and painless process for anyone interested, and I am happy to now feel comfortable knowing what to do in emergency situations!

CPR class

CPR certification class

Now done early, I had about an hour to grab lunch at home and loved the break.

chicken and hard boiled egg salad

Around 2:30 p.m., I grabbed a pile of neon clothes and headed to church. My friends and former Pistons Dancers teammates Alex, Amanda and I choreographed and performed a fun little cutesy hip-hop number to a rendition of “Everything Is Awesome” at all of the services.

dancing at church everything is awesome

It was great to be dancing again and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I hope to get to dance more often in the future!

dancing at church backstage

After church, I spent the remainder of my Saturday night at grandma status. I got in some reading and spent a good amount of quality time with Roadie with a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood.

falling leaves on our walk

It felt incredible in sweats paired with the cool weather that has crept up on us.

roadie on a walk

Sunset walks in cozy clothes are the best!

I spent about half of my day at church on Sunday too! I arrived bright and early at 7:30 a.m. to rehearse for the services and left right after lunch time.

Since I didn’t get to complete my training run the day before, Alex agreed to run with me after a quick stop home. She is running the half with me, and we run about the same pace so she has been the perfect training buddy!

We hopped in the car and drove over to the Paint Creek Trail, which I have only heard great things about. It was nice to be on a trail other than the normal loop I make.

paint creek trail running

This one is absolutely beautiful!

paint creek trail water

About a mile into our run, she took me down a path to see this graffiti rock display. How cool is this?

graffiti rocks paint creek trail

graffiti rocks

Sticking to our plan, we ran 7 miles in just around 1 hour and 10 minutes. I’d say we are right on track!

running near rock graffiti

After our run, we ran by the grocery store and picked up a few goodies for dinner. Her boyfriend (also Alex) made us some delicious homemade guacamole we basically inhaled upon arrival and she whipped up a healthy batch of chicken fajitas. YUM!

healthy chicken fajitas

We all left to volunteer for our student ministry right after dinner. I am proud to share that I am now a small group leader and will be spending the remainder of my Sunday nights for the rest of the school year hanging and sharing the word with high school students. It’s been great so far!

Scott picked me up since he was just down the road at a team practice and the two of us arrived home tired at 9:30 p.m. Whew! It was one of our busier weekends for sure.

I am just about to get out the door for a doctor’s appointment, and have another scheduled day ahead! I have always said that it’s better to be busy than bored, though, so I can’t complain.

I will be back later this afternoon with a full breakdown of how my half marathon training is going. Have a marvelous start to your Monday!

Questions of the Morning

• What was your favorite highlight of the weekend?

• Starbucks beverage of choice?

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