Sunday, September 7, 2014

Savoring Summertime

They say summer is over, and in a family full of teachers, few would disagree.  This past weekend, however, the Runnells family squeezed a bit more summer out of Wisconsin -- and from what I hear, there wasn't much to be had in the past three months, so good for us!

On Saturday, after Brian and I got some good climbing in and visited with some pals at Adventure Rock, we headed to Miller  Park to join the Runnells family for the annual Brewers outing.  This year, being that we weren't sure of our schedule when it was decision time, we opted not to get tickets for the game, but we were all in for the tailgate.  The usual suspects were there -- almost all of the cousins, the debates over who is the #1 grandchild, the blonde brownies, and the butter horns -- and even Grandpa decided to join in on the fun.  We chatted, we grilled, we drank, we laughed, and when it was game time, Brian and I scooped up Grandpa and headed out. I definitely wouldn't have minded spending more time with the gang, but it was also nice to have a bit of one-on-one time with Grandpa.  It was also really nice, simple, and normal to spend a Saturday night watching football with BR, so I'd call our decision a good one.  

Addie -- aside from Grandpa, she is everyone's favorite Runnells

selfies with Grandpa, they're a real things for us! 

three generations
Brian, Grandpa, and Beeps! 

These Badger girls found a bit of room for Brewers pride 
A great Saturday rolled right into a great Sunday.  After a quiet morning around the house -- together -- we headed out to one of our favorite places to enjoy outdoor Wisconsin, South Shore Park.  We were invited on a bike ride this morning, but neither of us are much in the way of bikers, unless you count the motorcycle, so we opted to take a walk in the park.  We met up with the riders, said a quick hello, and then made our way to Classic Slice for lunch.  Brian and I were happy to be able to join in the fun; I know that once we're mountain dwellers, we won't have these chances as often, and we will really, really miss them.
strolling through South Shore 

It was great to spend time with family, to enjoy the simple things in life, laughter, love, and family.  Here's hoping for a quick week because this weekend will be another one filled with family and fun.  It's almost Al's Run time, which means Team Zoe will be out in full force, and my run buddy, JL, and I will be sparkling our way through five miles of running fun.

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