On Friday morning (early), we got up and I rode to Kansas City with my bro and sister-in-law and their darling child. (They've been in town most of the week, so I've been spending lots of much-needed time with them!) It was fun because we talked and I played with C and got to know her--she likes me, even though I accidentally bit her finger. Ooops!
We then went and picked up cupcake baking supplies. We were in KC to get set up for C's 1st birthday party, and I offered (very insistently) to bake the cupcakes. A picked out some recipes, and B begged for German chocolate. We (me and my baking minions) ended up baking red velvet cupcakes, marbled cupcakes, and German chocolate cupcakes, half in ice cream cones, half regular.
The next morning, we got up and headed to KC for the half marathon. A and her friend were running the 5k, and my brother agreed to run alongside me for the half. We couldn't have asked for a better day for running in early June: the temperature was 53 degrees when we began the run, and it was sunny and clear and only got into the 60s by the time we finished. Perfect weather to PR--and I did. While I didn't remember that the run was all that hilly (it feels a lot hillier when you're running 8:30 miles for 13 miles), I felt great for most of it, coming in at 1:52:11. My brother had to slow down a bit because of an injury, but he came in 2 minutes after me. It was amazing--I love that every race I do, I learn more about how to run better, faster, and stronger. I think I see a possible 1:45 in my future.
|Running siblings--and my bright orange shorts!|
After the run, we headed back to A's parents' house, cleaned up, ate some food, baked a tiny cake for C's birthday, and then headed down to Fayetteville. They went to an event, and I chilled at home, taking a much needed nap. I was so tired, I skipped out on going with them to the bar to hang out and went to sleep instead...
|Frosting the cupcakes with a minion|
|C's little birthday cake, ready to be SMASHED|
C's party went off great--there was baby cake smashing and presents, and much fun had by the guests and the parents. Food was eaten, games were played, and L showed himself to be an adept helper (as usual) as well as volleyball player. We make a great team. :)
After much birthday partying was had, C took a nap, and we gathered ourselves to leave. We finally departed around 6, and drove back home.
And here I am. Home. This next week will be filled with running and ultimate frisbee and working on my comps lists (summer break is over!)
[For those wondering how I did surrounded by such delicious cupcakes...well, I managed to stay sugar free for the most part (except for a few things here and there because of the run yesterday and tasting my recipes), but I did eat two cupcakes today. But I don't feel bad about it because I enjoyed them a lot. I will be back on the sugar-free wagon, though, and I'm going to begin again at Day 1.]
Anyway, great and busy weekend, but a joy and a delight as well. I feel like I've packed in as much brother and sister and niece time as I can, and I hope it's a lot sooner when I see them next.