Hello, hello! Hopefully by now you have embraced the fact that Monday is happening and the extra long holiday weekend has come to an end.
I know… I’m still dealing with it too.
Scott and I had a great Fourth! Friday and Saturday were both spent with friends while Sunday was left to… well… rest. Or fight off the plague that has slowly taken over my body, either way.
I’m the type of person that will deny the signs and pretend I’m not getting sick for days… until I finally have no choice but to succumb to what is happening and raise my little white flag.
Yup, today is for sure a sick day. Yesterday was too. And I hate sick days.
I can appreciate a sick morning or afternoon every now and then, but when they fully take over my functionality and workout plans, I start to have issues.
I guess all I can do is get rest and move on, right? Good thing I have these snuggle bugs by my side for inspiration.
But enough about that. Lets take a step back and highlight the fun parts of the weekend shall we?
My Fourth of July started early by driving a sported out ambulance in a parade and keeping up with this nut of a mascot we call HOOPER.
With just a bit of patriotic flair, we set out in a local parade with my American Playlist (minus a few tracks) jamming.
Parades with the furry crazy horse are never dull, that’s for sure. We tend to get in trouble for at least one thing every time. This go around it was for throwing mini-basketballs.
As soon as I got home from the appearance, I quickly changed, got a picnic lunch and drinks together, and Scott and I headed out to meet some friends to spend the afternoon at Stoney Creek Metropark.
The park is awesome and I can’t believe we haven’t taken advantage of living relatively close to it in the close to two years we’ve been here. There’s several hiking trails, camp grounds, and even a beach!
Scott, Alex, Alex and I spent the afternoon in the sun and it was the first time it actually felt like summer had arrived in Michigan.
The boys went towards the sand to throw a football while Alex and I stayed on our towels, perfectly content with our surroundings.
(Oh, hey there Presley!)
All the group of us wanted for our holiday weekend was to find some sun and be by the water, even if it was for just a few hours. Our location turned out to serve us perfectly and we have plans to return in the very near future!
We wrapped up our time at the park around 5:30 p.m. and had plans to attend a get together at Alex’s friends house. That was the first time I felt a sickness trying to creep in, but I ignored it and enjoyed the rest of our holiday doing American things.
We dressed in red, white, and blue, ate pizza and patriotic desserts, and spent the majority of our time outside in the front yard.
Have you ever heard of the game KanJam? It’s an ultimate frisbee disc game that tests your aim and teamwork skills. Here are the deets.
To sum it up, Alex and I are not too great at it and left the competition spots on teams to the boys.
We also played a few rounds of cornhole before the sunset and left with the group to watch the Lake Orion fireworks.
Going off of the past thirty years or so, there was supposed to be a great show set up to go off above the trees, right about here.
We had prime real estate… or so we thought.
Before long, we started seeing a few test fireworks go off and realized the show had moved across the lake this year. We now had the absolute worst seats in the house. Literally.
The people who have been attending this fireworks show for years were pretty upset! Scott and I thought it was a bummer, but more humorous than anything.
Eventually, we gave up and walked back to our ride to try to see if we could see anything from the other side of the lake. Just our luck, more trees!
Eh, you win some you lose some.
I woke up feeling achy Saturday, so I let myself sleep in and laid low with laundry and a little bit of housework through the afternoon.
I had plenty of help and entertainment from these guys, as you might have seen via Instagram.
I swear, they’re like toddlers. So funny!
We were invited to attend a backyard barbeque for Alex’s father’s surprise birthday that evening, so I wasn’t going to let feeling “achy” stop us. It was great to get out of the house and enjoy another summer night outdoors.
(Loved the food, and especially that pasta salad!)
We finished off the night with a bon fire in the backyard, which felt amazing when the sun went down and it got chilly.
Alex and I have plans to go up north next weekend, so this little preview got me really excited for it!
Right before we were about to go back inside, we heard loud bangs coming from a few doors down. Finally, fireworks we could see!
Three cheers for you, neighbors I’ve never met!
Sunday was pretty uneventful, considering I felt the opposite of incredible. After church, I finally gave in and let myself rest in order to fight off whatever is trying to take it over.
For the past couple of days, I have heated up a lot of soup.
(This one was with a small side of grilled cheese!)
And eaten a lot of fresh fruit.
That’s all my body has really been wanting, and I’m okay with it.
After an entire day of lounging around, I finally started feeling a little better and decided to take Roadie out for a long walk to celebrate.
(Don’t mind my bright and obnoxious attire, by the way.)
I felt bad for the guy. When we let him out before bed Saturday night, he came inside smelling awful. Think a mix between a chimney, sewer, dead bodies, and feet kind of awful. I asked Scott what the heck happened on their late night adventures outside and he said “that’s definitely skunk.”
Yup, Roadie got sprayed by a skunk.
Lucky for us, it was just a little one, because normally it can take a week of showers and several tomato baths to get a normal smell back.
We immediately gave him a long bath and sprayed him with some doggie cologne. When it was all said and done, he surprisingly smelled fine. Our carpet, on the other hand, took a beating when he came inside and rubbed a lot of it off before we noticed anything.
I feel like only Roadie would get himself in this kind of trouble.
Gotta love the crazy guy!
(Also, ignore my hairstyle here. That’s what you call attempting a french braid while you’re laying down, then sleeping in it for hours. Pretty stylish.)
And that was our weekend in a nutshell. Hopefully yours included better views of fireworks and less funky smells!
Linking our weekend fun up with Katie, and off to tackle the day!
What was your favorite part of your weekend?
Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie
What a seriously awesome weekend! Minus the sick thing – I hope you feel better soon!
Ha, thank you! I’m definitely feeling better already.
Her Happy Balance
Oh no, I hope you’re feeling better today! I am starting to feel a little funky myself and am trying to deny the signs, but I think a cold is brewing up in my body. Being sick in the summertime is just no fun. You can kind of understand it in the winter, but not in the beautiful summer!
My favorite part of the weekend was spending time with family down the shore and going on my first kayaking adventure!
It really isn’t! But you just have to listen to your body and accept those times it just needs to shut down and rest. Ohhh kayaking sounds (scary, but) fun!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
I hate sick days too! I hope you get lots of rest and get to feeling better soon. I haven’t gotten much sleep lately, so I’m crossing my fingers no sickness comes on because of the lack of sleep.
So glad you guys had a fun holiday weekend though! Looked like a blast!
Ahhhh lack of sleep sickness is the worst. Try to get some, momma! I know… easier said than done. Glad you enjoyed your weekend as well!
Kristin @ Crumbs & Curls
I hope you feel better soon! I’m glad you had fun though while you were feeling ok! I’m stopping by from the MIMM Link Up!
Crumbs & Curls
Thanks Kristin! I’m feeling much better already. Glad you stopped by!! 🙂
Every time you post about that sweet puppy dog of yours, it makes me want one again.
Aw, he’s a handful! But we love him so much!
Hope you’re feeling better! So glad I could make it to the picnic with y’all. 😉 haha I’m such a nerd.
Haha that’s awesome. Considering I still haven’t cracked the middle open (chatted instead) I will now take you up north next weekend as well 😉 #travelbuds
Jaclyn @ Bumpsweat
Sick days are no fun! But, you’re doing the right thing in letting your body rest. I remember waking up one Sunday morning with a terrible sore throat. Knowing I had to be up at 4:30 the next morning to train all day, I opted to stay on the couch all day and rest. The next morning, I felt great! I hope the same can be said for you 🙂
Aw, that would have been a very rough day to tackle sick! Glad you felt better. I sure do, thanks for the well wishes!
Olena @ candies & crunches
Awwwwww! I hope you feel much better today. I felt pretty crappy yesterday too. Roadie is so adorable. I can’t get enough of him. Thank goodness, he doesn’t have long fur. I honestly don’t know if Bella got sprayed by a skunk (she is a German Shepherd, just in case, so you get the idea lol!). BTW, right before you mentioned how obnoxious your outfit was, I thought exactly the opposite. Love the color of your pants and running shoes. Anyhow, sending you lots of good vibes! Get better soon!!! <3 xoxo
Aw. Thank you! I’m looking very neon these days. Also, you made Roadie blush! 🙂
Glitz Glam Gluten-Free
Sorry that you were feeling sick but sounds like you were still able to fit in some fun for the 4th of July weekend! How cool that you discovered that park and beach near you– must be nice since coming from Florida! I’m also totally loving the headbands you and Alex are sporting– too cute! That’s so cool that you got to see fireworks the next night after the firework fail the night before! I kind of figured I wouldn’t see any this year and then when I was at a light on the way home from a party, they were right in front of me! So I was able to see them for a bit which was nice!