Saturday Small Talk

Apples, apples, apples! Hopefully, a majority of these will be turned into applesauc this morning. I should probably get started… Before I do, here are some links for your Saturday morning browsing.

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If you read nothing else, read this: My Beauty Uniform from Cup of Jo.

How American parenting is killing the American Marriage. I’m not a parent, but I found this interesting.

I made stove top mac and cheese for dinner last night. Oh my.

Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake. Yes, please.

After seeing a photo of some adorable tea towels on The Orange Slate this morning, I’ve decided I have to have them. The bad news: they’re pricey.The good news, you can DIY them (of course you can)! Apartment Therapy has some great ideas for different patterns.

The Quality that Can’t be Taught. I heard Christy Wright speak last month, and love her blog.

Be nice to your spouse. And say kind things about them.

Enjoy your day, friends!

A Trip to Paradise (Michigan)

This past week, my mom, sisters, and I went to Paradise, Michigan for Run for the Light, a fundraiser for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. It was a chilly but sunny weekend, and we had a great time!

My mom ran the half marathon, and nailed it! This was her second half, and she beat her previous time by 14 minutes. Go, Mom! We’re so proud of you!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI ran the 10K. I shaved 10 seconds off my previous 10K PR. It was such a small race, I won 2nd place in my age group.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbby couldn’t run because of her leg, so she volunteered at the finish to be the secondary timer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd Naomi had a cold, so she couldn’t run either. She was our photographer!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter Mom finished, we stayed to check out the Shipwreck Museum–it was really great! We climbed to the top of the lighthouse (the oldest, still functioning lighthouse on Lake Superior) to see a view of Whitefish Point and the beautiful fall colors.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe buildings on the lighthouse grounds are open and house different exhibits. The light keeper’s house is beautifully restored to what it would have looked like around 1900. The coast guard building features old boats and lifesaving equipment. The museum itself had displays about shipwrecks on the Great Lakes.

More than running and museums, I simply enjoyed spending the weekend together. The night before the race, we lounged in the hot tub for awhile and relaxed in our room. After the museum, we stopped in St. Ignace to go out to lunch.  I love being able to spend so much time with my family!

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Saturday Small Talk

Yay Saturday! After days and days and days of cloudy, rainy weather, the sun is shining again in the northland. I’m thrilled. It’s amazing what just seeing the sun does to elevate your mood.

Mom, baby sisters, and I are in the Upper Peninsula this weekend. Mom is running a half marathon, I’m doing the 10K, and Naomi plans to do the 5K. Abby just had knee surgery, so she’s going to be our cheerleader extraordinaire. Wish me luck–I’m hoping to PR.

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The internet, as always, has offered a wealth of random and interesting reads the last couple of weeks. Enjoy!

After swearing I would never get an e-reader, I got a kindle, and I really like it. Apparently, though, reading a real book is still better for your brain than reading a screen.

Gilmore Girls is on Netflix! I don’t have Netflix, but if I did, I’d be stoked. Ever wonder, “Where are they now?

Iowa Girl Eats shared 20 of her favorite fall recipes. Brown Eyed Baker listed 14 of her favorite pumpkin recipes.

Want some inspiration to get out of the house? Here are 50 fun, cheap date ideas for fall. Take your boyfriend, spouse, friend, and/or dog, and make something happen!

Michael Hyatt writes about the 7 benefits of keeping a daily journal. I firmly believe in journaling, but definitely do not do so daily. I might have to give it a try!

From Kevin DeYoung: What We Won’t Regret. If you’re looking for a convicting read by this author, check out Crazy Busy. It’s well worth the $10 price tag (or the $7 kindle price, if you don’t care about your brain).

Enjoy your weekend, friends!