Happy Monday, everyone!
Before I begin this weekend recap, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your kind words and feedback from my Friday post. It was a last-minute decision to get that out there, and I’m so glad I did. Sometimes I’m not sure how people will receive my message or if I’ll be able to make sense of it all, but it turns out most of you could relate with what stage I’m at in my life. I love this supportive community! It makes me happy when you share your stories with me, and I love how comfortable you feel with being open on this platform. You’re not just sharing the struggles with me, but other readers who visit here as well. You are all so amazing! ♥️ And again, thank you!
Now, time for the recap! 😊
On Friday, I made a goal to get outside and be active atleast three times this weekend. I really wanted to jump back into my trail walks, more tennis, and connecting with nature. Since Kyle was still sick, we didn’t get around to playing tennis, so I just doubled up my trail walks, which was so much fun.
For breakfast on Saturday morning, I had a bowl of coconut yogurt mixed with vanilla & greens Vega protein powder, crumbled granola, blueberries, strawberries, coconut, and honey. It was delicious, and the perfect fuel before heading out on a trail walk.
One of the things I’m exciting most about moving is the fact that we are on the river. Our neighborhood has miles of private trails, kayak launches, and it’s own fitness center. I now have no excuse because I don’t even have to get into the car to get out and be a little more active. The dogs are going to LOVE this trail.
My mom and I decided to hike the trail together on Saturday afternoon.
It was a long trail walk because we stopped a few times to enjoy the water, chatted with some new neighbors, and walked through the house. After working out, I realized how important those endorphins were, and I loved every minute of them. This was the walk that helped me kickstart my new chapter.
After showering off, I made some arugula and avocado salad with a side of chicken pad thai. This reminds me, I need to get my pad thai recipe up soon. I did a tofu pad thai, but the chicken and brown rice noodle pad thai is where it’s at 😋 Here is that recipe if you’re interested.
While I ate dinner, Kyle and I started watching Wrinkles the clown documentary. I thought it was going to be good, but it was one of the worst documentaries we’ve ever watched. It showed a scary preview (which sparked our interest), and then the entire show was kids prank calling the clown, and then at the end, you realize it was an actor playing the clown the whole time. Just a waste of time! After that, we started watching the Hillary Clinton documentary because I’m always so fascinated by the lives of politicians.
And who says you can’t make the same trail twice in 24-hours? I guess you guys will have to get used to this one 😉 Becca and I used to walk together ALL the time back in the day, and since we don’t live close anymore, it’s been hard. We decided we are going to try to get together and walk at least once a week. We chose to walk the trails at 9 am on Sunday to get the endorphins flowing early in the day!
We did a nice 4-mile walk, and it felt great! The start of the trail was super cold, but it was almost 60-degrees when we finished!
I had some leftover pad Thai for breakfast (the egg was already eaten before the photo!) and took a quick power nap before we headed to my parent’s house to enjoy the fantastic weather. I’ve been cutting back on my afternoon coffee more, and it’s been tough 😂
I made some turkey burgers, and my parents made delicious grilled sweet corn, caesar salad, and sweet potatoes. I have to pick my blog recipe game back up because these turkey burgers were fantastic. I added honey, jalapenos, chives, gluten-free soy sauce, and all kinds of spices inside.
We played outside with the dogs all afternoon, whooped my parent’s butts in cornhole (I got my first four bags in a row!), and relaxed on the patio for a while. This is the weather I’ve been longing for! I do love the coziness of winter, but after Christmas, I’m ready for the warmer temps.
Leo is the master frisbee catcher! ♥️ I’m so happy we will be able to give him the backyard of his little frisbee dreams in 46 days! Eek! When we got home, I showered, turned on American Idol, and fell asleep before anyone auditioned! I was zonked.
There’s still so much to be done on the house, but it’s starting to look like home! This week they are going to finish the trim, inside painting, the tiles, and by the end of the week, our countertops and driveway will be done!
I am going to be heading to the local nursery this week to pick up my trees for the side of the house. I know when they landscape they’ll add nice trees, but I want gardenias and camellias to show through the side windows. I’m so so so so excited to get outside and garden all summer long. Don’t forget to follow Cottage Story on Instagram to stay up to date on all of the home-build changes!
I hope you all had an amazing week! I’ll be sharing a few recipes this week and also a blog post from my trip to see the Depot at Gibson Mill! It’s one of the coolest antique stores, and I have a ton of photos to share. Now, time for me to lace up my shoes and go out for a walk in this 68-degree weather! 😳
Questions for you!
- I told you I was going to ask you this! How did YOU stay active this weekend?
- What are your spring goals?
- Are you ready for the Bachelor finale tonight?!