There was a lot going on this weekend back home so this post is going to be laden with plenty of pictures, particularly BABY pictures. You're welcome!
Friday started out with a 4 mile run around my parent's neighborhood, followed by manual labor in my father's garden. I pruned tomato plants for the first time ever. I'm a farmer now. Do these look pruned or what?!
Later that evening, my dad and I celebrated the 4th in possibly the most American way ever: with baseball! The Phillies' AAA farm team plays in Allentown and my dad got seats in his company's box for us. LIVING LARGE.
Just a couple of ballers.
The game went into seven extra innings. I repeat, SEVEN. I watched 16 innings of baseball that night. And after all that, they lost.
And then we stayed for the midnight fireworks:
Saturday morning I met up with one of my very best friends so that we could run together. We ran track together in high school, TWENTY years ago! And she was amazing. Definitely faster than me. She was a middle distance runner (the 800m was her event) and made it to Districts freshman year. Well, she has just started running again, and is training for her first half marathon in the Fall. So I couldn't wait for us to take a trip down memory lane and go for our first run together in years. I HAD SO MUCH FUN! I hope she did too. I can't wait to do it again. In fact, I think I'm going to run the half marathon she has chosen in the Fall as well. (This one)
High school track teammates and BFF's - 20 years later.
Later that afternoon, I went over to my sister's house so I could hang out with my new nephew! He is such a sweet baby.
We had a nice chat.
I miss him already. Every time one of my sisters has another kid, I think, "How can they possibly top any of my current nieces/nephews?". And somehow, each one comes out just as cute. I really hope there's no limit to these good looking genes because I'm counting on them coming through when I eventually reproduce.
On Sunday, I went on a long walk and then came home and stacked firewood outside for my dad. WHO AM I!?! Paul Bunyan apparently. I am paying for that manly display today.
In the afternoon, we were invited to our grandparent's house for a 4th (5th?) of July cookout. My grandfather is the one who has the grape arbor that came from Sicily almost 100 years ago with my great grandparents! The grapes are so plentiful now that they create a huge shaded awning over the back patio, and this is where we've had all our family cookouts since I was little!
It was great seeing my grandparents, cousins, aunts and of course THIS GUY again!
We had 4 generations of our family celebrating Independence Day yesterday!
So much outdoor time, family time, and baby time this weekend. It was perfect. I hope yours was wonderful too.
What did you do for the 4th?