Hello loves! I hope you all are doing wonderful, if not marvelous! 🙂 The weekend, as usual, always seems to go by SO quickly! It always seems to go that way, lately, but I’ve been enjoying them nonetheless. My favorite link-up party of the week is here, hosted by Katie, to focus on the marvelous-ness! Let’s get this party started…
This past week we have finallyhad a taste of spring! It was SO welcomed after such a long, cold winter. The sun was shining almost everyday this past week, and we got into the 60s and close to 70! It doesn’t get any better than that! You can just tell when the weather starts to improve because people actually start to be friendly again haha. It’s sad, but true. The weather does so much to effect one’s mood! I’ve been doing my warm-weather-breaks at work again. I go in my car, get some fresh air and sunshine and usually read. It felt nice to be able to go in my car again and NOT freeze!
The end of the day Friday could NOT come fast enough. The sun was shining and everyone was commenting about how the weather was so gorgeous. I wanted to leave early so bad, but we already two people out of the office in our department on Friday, so it wasn’t practical. 😦 But I was finally free at last! I came home, went for a run, then met up with Scott to take Max for a walk!!
Everywhere I go, my camera comes with me lately. That is not at all an exaggeration. I often have my camera stowed in the trunk of my car for those moments when you don’t necessarily go out with the intention of taking pictures, but discover something worth photographing. I love it. Our walk was so nice, the weather was so great! After our walk, we dropped off Max and his mom’s place, then headed to our apartment. Scott ran while I freshened up, he showered, then we headed out. We wanted to go out and get a drink at one of our favorite places to go, and to talk. The main purpose was to talk, but having a drink makes the whole thing more enjoyable, too 🙂 With Scott being so busy during the week, we don’t get a chance to have quality conversation time, which we both know is super important and which our couple’s therapist definitely encourages us to do. So we try to schedule “date nights” where we just get out of the house and have time with one another.
It was perfect, we had the corner couches to ourselves, so we sunk in and had our little nook to ourselves, away from the noise from the bar and the musician playing. It was really nice. I think I needed it, after feeling a little lack of good communication throughout the week. I felt much better coming home, and we just ended up crashing on the couch watching Parks n Recreation before bed when we got home. The perfect end to the week!
Saturday was forecasted to be gorgeous weather…we were supposed to hit about 70 degrees with rain in the morning then clearing up to party sunny skies. My parents made plans to go for a hike with my brother and his wife, and I was going to come along with them since Scott was going to do some work at his mom’s house. I figured it’d be perfect, quality time with my family. Well, waking up it was really gloomy and really chilly. We had planned to go in the afternoon, so I figured it would hopefully clear up and warm up by then. I ended up hitting the treadmill and went 8 miles. It felt good, and I was enjoying my reading haha. Well instead of clearing up the later the day went on…It ended up pouring and storming for a long time, too…we even had hail for a while! Dexter came to watch out the window with me for a bit…
That face. haha. Gets me every time. Well it definitely did NOT warm up at all even though the rain eventually stopped. Instead of 70 degrees, we were at 44 degrees! I couldn’t believe it! We ended up cancelling our hike 😦 I was planning on using the afternoon to do some errands then instead, and happened to jump on weather.com and noticed one of the saved locations I had on the site (Galena, Illinois – from a previous time I went there for a weekend with my parents) and it was 78 and sunny! That was only THREE HOURS away from us. I was making to leave the house, when my brother was texting me that he was still planning on hiking, even though it was cold and damp outside because he was sick of being inside all of the time…then he mentioned that he saw it was around 80 in Chicago. You guys, Chicago is literally TWO HOURS away from us!!!!! I got a crazy notion and ran with it…
I gave Scott a call, asked what he was working on and if he could break away from it. He told me he was painting and could stop whenever. I told him about how warm it was to the south and that we needed to head as far south as we had to in order to get to warm weather. He was all for it! He mentioned bringing Max with us and I was totally cool with that. So he got Max ready to go and came and picked me up and then we hit the road! We had no real destination in mind, just head as far south as it took in order to find some sunshine and warm weather! (With a pit-stop at Chick-fil-A (the only one in the state!) near the border of Wisconsin and Illinois to get a chicken sandwich which Scott loves and a cookies and cream shake!) I was SO excited about our adventure. It was a total, in-the-moment spontaneous decision and I loved it.
Well we had crossed over the Illinois border and we only went up a few degrees, to 52 in that entire amount of time. I was getting a bit worried that maybe a cold-front had moved in and the warm weather was gone. I was getting really disappointed…but, not for long! Scott was just as excited as I was. The temperature rose from 52 degrees, to 77 DEGREES in a two-mile stretch of road. We kept looking at his dash while the temperature just kept going up and up and up. It was so crazy! We literally could not even believe it!
Once we hit some warm air, we plugged in the GPS to take us to a park in the area so we could get out and walk around and enjoy the gorgeous weather! The first one we came upon didn’t allow dogs, but the lady working there gave us a map of about a billion different parks and trails in the area. So we picked another one and made our way there…we got lucky, it had a parcourse, which made for a fun time haha
We both had a blast! It was so perfect! The weather was gorgeous, the walk was gorgeous. It was just what we both needed. It put us in such a good mood! We made our way back home, dropped off Max, and headed up to cuddle up on the couch. We made an otherwise crummy day, into a really awesome one! 🙂
Sunday was a pretty relaxing, easy going day. Scott and I studied for church in the morning, went grocery shopping, and then I went for a run. I made some banana bars before church, then quickly changed and headed out. The rest of the evening was spent inside…it is raining like CRAZY out there! It’s supposed to rain all night, too. Then, I heard maybe even a little bit of snow in the early morning…?! Ugh, spring needs to just come and stay now! Pleaseeeee! All things considered though, I’m in pretty good spirits and will try and keep my optimism up until the weather finally stays warm! We are so close!!
This week is going to be another super crazy one. Lots of things going on, lots of events. But I do have off work on Friday, so that will definitely help! Hope you all had a marvelous weekend and have a great week, too! ❤