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Hello Again, Illinois!

Hello my friends!

So, I didn’t write a weekly recap for this week because on Wednesday I tripped and fell (again πŸ™„) while running and twisted my ankle. It’s been pretty sore since then so I haven’t run on it since. Bummer. And definitely not the way I wanted to kick off week one of half marathon training. But at least I didn’t skin my knees as badly this time. 🀣

Oh man, honestly I’m beginning to think my newer pair of running shoes is the problem. I’ve NEVER fallen like this whole running before and now I’ve done it twice within the last several weeks. The only difference is the shoes. I already prefer minimalist shoes so I usually run in Nike Free’s, but I also like to rotate in a different model of Nike’s just to switch things up. But apparently these shoes are just too much for me. I can’t feel the ground beneath my feet like I’d like to and I’m beginning to think that’s the problem here. πŸ€”

So yeah. Hurt my ankle. Haven’t been able to run since Wednesday. Freaking great. πŸ™„πŸ˜‘

In better news, yesterday Luke and I drove to Illinois to visit with family! This is our last big thing we’re doing for the summer and after this everything should be calming down around here. And hopefully my ankle will start to feel better so that I can really start digging into half marathon training!

Anyway, we made it to Illinois just fine and at around 4:30 that afternoon! We have all 4 dogs with us so our first stop was to Luke’s dads so we could say hi and then drop off Dean and Whiskey there. Then we went to my grandma’s to drop off Lily and Finn. We separated them because 4 border collies all in the same house that does not belong to them is a bad idea. So it’s better to split them up like this.

After the dogs were settled in we drove back to Luke’s dad’s house because him, his wife, and youngest son were going to this BBQ festival thing and they wanted Luke and I to go with them.

It was definitely an interesting event. One whole street was closed down and lined with bbq vendors. The food was pretty good. But really all I ate was part of a giant turkey leg. I love me a good turkey leg. πŸ¦ƒπŸ˜‚

Mostly though I was excited about the live music! They had a pretty decent 80’s cover band called “Jonny Rock-ITT” playing and I thought that was fun! Live music is basically my favorite thing!! They played for something like an hour and a half to 2 hours. Basically the whole time we were there. We got to listen to/watch them while we walked around and ate. They actually started their set a few minutes after we got there and finished a few minutes before we left, so I was pretty stoked that we were there for the entirety of the live music! 😊

Once we were done there Luke brought me back to my grandma’s so I could hang out with her, my uncle, and Lily and Finn for the night, and he went back to his dad’s so he could spend time with him, his step mom, his youngest brother, and Dean and Whiskey.

Finn thinks he needs to protect me from my Uncle’s dog. Poor Luther is really a good boy. Finn’s just an asshole. πŸ˜‚

Today Luke, his dad, his step mom, and I went to a local distillery for a tasting and tour. I’m not much into hard liquor, but it was still really fun! Plus they had some flavored vodka and whiskey that was pretty good! The photo below of of a Lemon fizz and it was DELICIOUS! πŸ˜‹

So first we got to try 6 of their vodka’s and whiskeys and then we learned how it’s made. So they grow their own corn and use locally peaches and apples to flavor their peach and apple vodkas which I think is cool! Hahaha and we got to keep our tasing cups afterwards which was cool.

So Luke and his dad each bought a bottle of the lemon drop whiskey which was what was in the Lemon Fizz, so apparently we’re going to be drinking that tonight. πŸ˜‚ But before that fun ensues we’re going out to eat at a Mexican restaurant for dinner.

So that’s what’s up next on our agenda while we’re here. I’m not sure what else will be going down, but we’re going to be here until Wednesday, so I’m sure we’ll be doing something else before then.

But that’s all for now!

Happy Sunday,

~ Ashley

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There Ain’t No Cure For The Summertime Blues

Hahaha I don’t actually have the summertime blues! I just couldn’t think of a title for this post and it seemed almost fitting. πŸ˜‰ We’ve been super busy here lately!! And unfortunately the past three-ish weeks have just not been good for me running-wise.

Between summer weather finally hitting us HARD (it was actually relatively mild up until the last week of June), a weird little niggle in my hip (which is gone now, thankfully!), one of my brother in laws staying with us (which isn’t a bad thing! I’m just a very routine oriented person and being out of my usual routine is a little difficult for me), preparing for and then celebrating Independence Day and Luke’s birthday, lots of treats and yummy, greasy, comfort/party food, alcohol consumption, and getting less sleep than usual, running has just kinda fallen to the back burner.

But I mean, these strawberry margaritas were definitely worth it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

I’m definitely not super stoked about that, but sometimes life happens and you’ve just gotta roll with it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ And I’ve definitely been rolling with it! πŸ˜‚

But this week I really want to buckle down and get some shit done! There hasn’t been enough suffering in my life lately and boy do I miss it!! (Hahaha my fellow runners know what I’m talking about! πŸ˜‰). And obviously I’ve just missed running in general, even though I have been doing some! It’s just not been enough.

I’ve still got a few more interesting weeks ahead of me before things calm down around here though! Later today two of my sister in laws will be arriving here and then the younger one will be staying with us for the week along with her brother. Not gonna lie, I have no idea what I’m going to do with two teenagers in my house! My brother in law is pretty chill and we get along fine. But like a lot of brothers and sisters, these two don’t exactly get along great all of the time. I’m sure we’ll all be fine! It’s just going to be an interesting week! πŸ˜‚

We didn’t have a flag, so on the 4th we played the national anthem and all faced my brother in law’s shorts. πŸ˜‚

Then next weekend Luke and I are driving to Illinois to visit some other family (this will be after my brother and sister and law will be back home in Minnesota). Obviously that will be more fun, but I can never seem to fit in any running while we’re there. Not a big deal, at the very least I know it’s coming so I’ll be able to fit in my long run (which is the run I’m always the most worried about missing) in earlier that week.

So anyways, that’s what’s been going on with me! Lots of fun, but very little running. Hahaha I really need to get my ass back into gear though! Half marathon training officially (because I already feel like I’ve been training πŸ˜‰) starts this month and I am PUMPED! I’m going to be trying to tackle two half marathons in two days again this year (it didn’t end up happening last year, bummer). And this year my dad will be joining me for BOTH half’s!

Hahaha he’s going to have to get his ass into gear as well! He hasn’t been doing much running lately. He has been mountain biking quite a bit though, but obviously that’s not the same thing. Either way, I don’t think a time goal is going to be in place for either of these half’s for that very reason. But either way, we’ll still have fun!

Hahahaha I stole this photo from his Instagram without asking. But I’m pretty sure he won’t care. πŸ˜‰

But speaking of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two, I finally got around to hanging up some fliers with my ambassador discount code on them!

I’ve had my fliers for a while now, but I’ve been slacking a little bit. πŸ˜‚ But now I’ve got some hung up in several of the break rooms at the office Luke works at, the break room of the warehouse one of my brother in laws works at, a Panera, a dog park, and several on the Indian Creek Trail in Overland Park, KS! Yay!!

I’ve still got plenty more to hang up though. I need to hang some up around my town as well! I know there are several runners around here who also like to do local races (hahaha I’ve heard their names and the city their from announced at some of the local races I’ve been to!).

In full disclosure, if I get 5 people to use my code I get to do the half marathon for free! And obviously I’d love that! So far I know I’ve got two people registered with it. Possibly even all 5 already. One of my local Instagram friends posted a photo of one of my fliers on her running groups Facebook page and she said at least 4 people want to register for this race as a prep race for a marathon they’re trying for! So hopefully they do! Hahaha that would work out pretty well for several people, I think. Myself included obviously. πŸ˜‰

But more importantly, I’ve got training that I need to get done! And I’m definitely ready to get back to work! Getting back into it is probably going to suck pretty hard considering the general lack of any substance the small amount of running these last three weeks have had. But I feel very eager to get back to it, so bring it on!!

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me right now!

I did wake up early (5 am. Ew. 🀒) and got 4 miles done this morning! So I’m off to a good start! Now I’ve got some stuff to do before my sister in laws get here this afternoon!

Happy Monday! I hope you have a fantastic week!

~Ashley

Happy 4th of July!!

Just wanted to take a second to wish everyone a very happy 4th of July!! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€οΈπŸ’™

We’re very festive around here. πŸ˜‰

We are having a little party today with lots of food, lots of margaritas, and lots of fireworks at the end! So Luke, his two brothers who are currently residing in Kansas, and I are going to be busy busy busy today! Hahaha we were busy busy busy day yesterday too! We got a bunch of food, started prepping everything, and bought a bunch of fireworks! It’s going to be a good night. πŸŽ‡

I hope everyone has a great Independence Day! Stay safe out there, friends!

~Ashley

Random Thoughts and A Little Update

I keep telling myself that I want to get back into blogging like I was a year or two ago. I want to talk more about what I’m up to and what not outside of just my weekly recaps and Monthly Miles posts but eh….I don’t know.

I’ve had a couple of false starts when it comes to really blogging again, but this time I swear I’m really going to make an effort to really get back into it! Because honestly I miss how much I used to write on here. I also miss sharing more of who I am outside of my running life.

Because yes, I am a runner and I do love running, but I am so much more than that!!

The same kinda goes for Instagram as well. I’m definitely still very active on there, especially since I’ve really been working towards getting 10,000 followers (I just really want the swipe up feature for my stories, ok!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). I’m getting super close but at the same time I’m having kinda the same problem there. It’s all running all of the time. It didn’t used to be. But in attempting to gain followers I’ve quickly learned that selfies that somehow pertain to running get A LOT more engagement than say, photos of my dogs, or garden, or whatever. That’s all fine and good, but focusing on just selfies and only running related stuff has kinda taken some of the fun and creativity that Instagram used to bring me.

So I don’t know. I just kinda want to start sharing more outside of my running again. And actually keeping this blog up to date in general! So, that’s currently my plan! Hahaha but don’t worry though, running is still going to be the main focus of my blogging/Instagram-ing.

So anyway, life goes on and here’s a very general update;

My family dynamics as far as my immediate family (parents and siblings) have changed quite a bit in the past two years or so. I haven’t really talked about all of that much on here to protect the privacy of all of those involved. Plus it’s just been…weird. There have been times where I (and I feel like my siblings as well) have had to chose sides. That wasn’t hard. For me and my brother at least. But it still didn’t feel right. But at the same time a certain party in all of this kinda deserves it. It’s just weird. And I don’t think anyone is really happy about the way things have turned out.

Maybe one day I’ll go into more detail as far as this whole situation goes. But since it’s still kind of unfolding everything is going to be a little vague right now.

Anyway, in more uplifting news, my little backyard farm is doing well! My whole brood of animals are great! My hens are consistently laying around 5-6 eggs a day, Luke and I started our garden earlier this spring, and while it’s smaller that in previous years, it’s still doing well!

One of Luke’s brothers is staying with us for part of the summer before his first year of college. So far that’s been relatively uneventful. But he says he’s having a good time here, so that’s all that matter. πŸ˜‚ And in a couple of weeks his sister will be here as well. Just for a week though. Then a week after she leaves we’re driving back to Minnesota to drop my brother-in-law off at home and then Luke and I plan on going to St. Louis from there to visit with more family. Which means at least two more dogs are getting dropped off at the kennel again. Poor puppies. They do not like staying at the kennel and this will be the second time in 3 ish months that they’re going to have to spend a few days there.

Last time we took Whiskey to Minnesota with us and Lily, Dean, and Finn had to stay at the kennel. This time I think we’re going to bring Lily and Whiskey with us and leave Finn and Dean at the kennel.

Whiskey sure enjoyed her time in Minnesota and I’m sure she’ll be happy to go back! Poor Finn and Dean though. I hate having to leave them at a kennel. But traveling with 4 dogs is hard.

Since Luke’s brother is here he decided to add an extra line to our phone plan and get him a smart phone, since he didn’t have one. So in order to take advantage of the buy one get one deal on iPhone’s that Sprint was having my phone got upgraded from an iPhone 8 to an iPhone XR since I was eligible for an upgrade and apparently that counted towards the sale. Really the only big difference is now I don’t have a home button anymore. It’s taken a while to get used to but I am getting the hang of it. Although I keep taking random screen shots on accident because now that involves holding the lock button and volume up button instead of the home button, so now I just have a bunch of weird screen shots in my camera roll.

At least now Luke’s brother has a smart phone which I’m sure will come in handy for college, so that’s good. But currently neither of us have a case on our new phones because the XR is bigger than the 8. Hahaha that’s been a little unnerving. I’m terrified that I’m finally going to crack my first iPhone screen (I’ve only ever cracked one phone screen and that was my old Galaxy). πŸ˜‚ But hopefully next week we’ll be able to get new cases.

Actually transferring all of my data from my old phone to my new phone took FOREVER though, because the girl working at sprint was constantly on her phone and not paying attention to what was happening as far as the data transfer goes. It literally took her over an hour and a half to do it, and at one point the other person working there had to help me because she just walks off to take a phone call. Not on the store phone. On her phone. πŸ™„ That was super annoying but it did eventually get done and everything transferred just fine.

But by some weird coincidence that same day my iTunes account went all crazy and deleted most of my music?? That was weird and super stressful. I’ve basically had that account since iTunes was even a thing and I had a piss ton of music on it. Luckily I had a lot of my music backed up (it really should have been ALL of it, but some I couldn’t find and some just disappeared from my backed up iTunes files). So that night I spend 3 hours trying to figure that all out. I was not happy… but a lot of it is fixed now. I’m still working on restoring my iTunes account to its former glory. All of my playlists got deleted as well, so I’m currently working on rebuilding all of those.

But for real, what the actual fuck iTunes?!?!? What happened to my music and playlists?!?!?

And speaking of music; I’ve recently discovered a new band that I actually like!! Like, holy cow guys, that NEVER happens. πŸ˜‚ So far I’ve only actually been listening to a few of their songs but I’m totally digging them! Plus I mean, all girl punk/metal/pop/alternative band. What’s not to love?!?

Hahaha ok, I could go on and on trying to play catch up, so we’ll just stop there for now.

But hopefully I’ll be blogging more regularly from now on! That’s my goal anyway!

Happy hump day!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: May 26th – June 2nd, 2019

Wow with all of the shenanigans going on over the past few months I’ve kinda fallen off of the blogging bandwagon. I’m back on it though (I think πŸ˜‰) and hopefully it’ll stay that way!

So, this week was a weird one as far as training goes. Luke and I went to Minnesota over Memorial Day weekend for one of his brother’s high school graduation and between lots and lots of family time and not having anywhere safe to run, well, I didn’t. πŸ˜† So getting back into the swing of things, especially in the middle of the week, was super hard. But, I like to think I made it work. πŸ˜‰

Monday:

  • 18 holes of golf
  • Badminton and volleyball with Luke and his siblings

While I may not have run while we were in Minnesota that doesn’t mean I was sitting around idle! On Monday Luke, his brother, and I played our final game of golf in Minnesota. And this time we actually kept score! I won!!! πŸŒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ But only because Luke was giving me a few handicaps. πŸ˜‚ I’m not very good at golf. Plus I was playing with Luke’s men’s clubs (because that’s all we have) and that makes things a little more difficult.

After our golf game we headed back to Luke’s mom’s house for a little Memorial Day party. We ended up playing a terrible game of badminton (mostly because me and one of Luke’s sisters were terrible at it πŸ˜‚) and then a game of volley ball where I was probably the best player! Go me! πŸ’ͺ🏻 Hahahaha and at one point Luke’s oldest sister decided that if anyone hit the ball out of bounds that they had to do a burpee. So everyone ended up having to do a few of those. It was terrible and fun all at the same time! 😁

Tuesday:

  • Rest day

On Tuesday we left Minnesota and spent 12 hours in the truck during our drive back to Kansas. We had an extra passenger with us because we ended up bringing Luke’s brother back to Kansas! He’s gonna hang out here until the middle of July because this is his last summer vacation before college. πŸ˜„

Anyway, the ride was long. We drove through some crazy thunderstorms, but we made it home alright.

Wednesday:

  • 2 miles
  • 9 holes of golf

Wednesday Luke decided that he needed to go golfing again. πŸ˜‰ Really he just wanted to take his brother to one of the golf courses here. So I ran 2 easy miles and then went with them and played 9 holes of golf.

I wasn’t doing so hot that day though. Mostly because I was pretty tired, I think. So I stopped at 9. Luke and his brother payed for another 9 but they only ended up playing 4 holes because the members of this particular golf course showed up and were doing something. They didn’t feel like playing through all of that so we left.

Thursday:

  • 3 miles
  • Yard work
  • 30 minutes of Yoga

Busy busy day!

Luke went back to work on Thursday and I had A BUNCH of stuff I needed to get done in the yard/garden since we were gone for 5 days. But of course I ran first. πŸ˜‰ I did 3 easy miles. Nothing fancy. Just working on getting back into the swing of things after not running for 5 days.

After that I spent several hours weed whacking, cleaning the chicken coop, and the doing a little bit of weeding in our landscaping and garden. Hahaha it doesn’t sound like much when you write it down, but it was a pretty tiresome day!

That evening I did done much need yoga and foam rolling. After two 12 hour car rides and all the work I did on Thursday I really needed that!

Ps, my lilies are starting to bloom. 😊

Friday:

  • 2 miles

Note to self; don’t listen to a pump up playlist on a recovery day. πŸ˜‚

Somehow I was still able to keep it easy though. I know this because I was like, hardcore rocking out. Then some dude sitting in his truck on the side of the road saw me and was laughing. He gave me thumbs up though, so it’s all good. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‚

Saturday:

  • 9 miles
  • 25 minutes of Pilates
  • 2 speedy miles on the treadmill
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

My new motto is “keep the hard days HARD”. So that’s what I did on Saturday! πŸ‘πŸ»β˜ οΈπŸ€˜πŸ»

I started my day with a nice 9 miler. It was hot, humid, and hazy out, so it was pretty slow going. Still pretty hard though. Running in 88% humidity is no joke!

That afternoon I tackled a nice 25 minutes of full body Pilates. Then that night I was bored and decided that a nice little speed session sounded like a lot of fun, so I hopped on my treadmill for 2 speedy miles. Then I followed that with some time on the stationary bike. Mostly to loosen up the ol legs.

Keep the hard days hard. Mission accomplished. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

Sunday:

  • rest day

Well, kinda. In the morning I had to do some work in the garden, but after that the rest of my day was easy peasy. Thank goodness for that! Hahaha I was TIRED after all of my shenanigans yesterday. And probably from traveling an whatnot earlier in the week. I definitely needed a day off from everything! 😴

Total Weekly Mileage: 18.13

I will gladly take it! Especially after several weeks of hardly logging any real mileage and after not even being in the same state earlier this week! Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but I still got some real work in and I’m quite happy about that. πŸ˜„

Now, all of the crazy traveling shenanigans are over for a while, so the plan is to buckle down in June and put in some real work! I’m doing Blogilates’ 28 day Summer Sculpt challenge this month (it starts on Monday!) because I’m basically shit at getting any kind of strength work in, so I figured this would be a good/fun way to do it! June is going to be hard, but I know it’ll be with it this fall! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Alrighty! That just about covers it!

Happy Sunday!!

~Ashley

Branson Adventures: Day 4

Today was our last full day here. Tomorrow, probably at some point in the morning we’re going to be heading bark home to Kansas. We’ve had a pretty good time here, but oh man do I miss my puppies! Haha I’m sure they’re doing fine, we haven’t gotten a call from the kennel or anything so that’s a good sign. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, this morning I got to enjoy my breakfast and coffee on our front porch and hang out with Luke’s mom, before it got too crazy hot. We had a heat warning today and I believe it was the hottest day we’ve had while we’ve been here.

While we were hanging out Luke and my brother-in-law went to Walmart to replace the fishing stuff that got stolen yesterday. Honestly no one is too upset about losing the cheap fishing poles, it’s just my leatherman’s tool that literally everyone is upset about. Haha it kinda feels nice to know that everyone cares so much just because that thing meant so much to me. It still really sucks that some asshole stole it…

Anyway, once Luke and my brother-in-law got back from Walmart we got all of our fishing gear ready and then headed down to the river. I didn’t stay out long though. It was crazy hot out and we were under a heat advisory, and you all know how well I do in the heat. πŸ˜‚ So after like, 15 minutes I went back up to the cabin haha.

Pretty much everyone else went off to do their own thing, so I was alone for awhile. I kinda started to get our stuff packed but up and in order so we don’t have to worry about it tomorrow, and then I just kinda chilled by myself and read a book. πŸ™‚

Then this evening we had a big family cookout with like, over 20 people. Every one was grilling and hanging out and having a good time. But then a thunderstorm rolled in. Every one had to rush around to get everything off of the grills, put stuff inside, and round up all of the children. But once that was done a bunch of us just stood out in it and watched it. Hahaha we ended up getting soaking wet, but we stayed out in it the whole time!

Once the storm past we were able finish up our festivities. After everyone ate we went down to the river and swam for a little bit. Now we’re back in the cabin and getting ready to play some board games!

Happy Friday eve!

~Ashley

Branson Adventures: Day 2

I was hoping I was going to be able to run while we were here, but the little town near the cabins we are staying in is super shady, and I don’t have my pistol (we’re in Missouri so I can conceal and carry without a permit anyway), and I forgot my pepper spray. So I’m thinking that’s gonna be a no go.

Not that it matters much anyway. We had a little too much fun in the river yesterday (meaning me, Luke, and on of my brother-in-laws ((the other one who was with us is underage)) had a little too much to drink. πŸ˜‰). It was fun though!! But after all of that and then going to bed super late, I probably wouldn’t have run this morning anyway. πŸ˜‚

More pictures from yesterday:

I finally got to play with my Garmin VIRB! I’ve had it for over a year, but haven’t really had a reason to do much with it. But anyway, sorry that all of the photos are just stacked instead of in a nice little collage. I’m doing this all on my phone so I can’t do that stuff. And honestly even if I could, I don’t have a lot of time to mess around with stuff like that and make these posts pretty. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, woke up this morning to Luke cooking breakfast. That was pretty awesome!! πŸ˜„ Luke, me, and one of his younger brothers ate breakfast, got ready, and then had to wait for everybody else to get ready to go. Luke’s mom had a bunch of stuff planned for today and we wanted to leave the cabins by 8 am. But of course we didn’t. Haha but we were only 20 minutes behind our schedule, so that wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Especially considering all of the small children that our in our group.

So when I was told we had a busy day today, I thought that meant we were actually going to do fun stuff. But nope. Our group split for a little bit, and everyone who had small children went to some kids thing, and we went to two army surplus stores and then Bass Pro shop…Not gonna lie, I don’t understand the appeal of going on vacation just to go shopping, but whatever.

Just a fun sign I saw in one of the army surplus stores bathrooms. I had to go through their backroom yo get to the bathroom and it was weird. πŸ˜‚

After we were done shopping and the people with kids were done with their thing, we all ate lunch, met back up, and went to this animal safari thing. For the most part, I wasn’t a fan… The enclosures for the animals at the park thing were just pitifully small and didn’t have much going on. It was really sad. One of the tigers was just pacing around his small little area. Poor thing.

The actual safari part was a little better. All of the animals out there got to roam around in herds and obviously loved getting treats. Our tour guide was telling us that some of the herd animals they had were rescues and being rehabilitated, so I guess that was something. Still though, I wasn’t entirely sold that their whole operation was a good thing. It was kinda fun feeding the animals.

After the slightly depressing animal “safari” we all went to a pizza buffet thing to celebrate one of Luke’s brother’s birthday’s a little bit early. After everyone ate we played in their arcade for a little bit. Now that was a lot of fun! We played a few games, rode go karts, and several people cleaned out the claw machines! Luke won me a blue llama on his very first try which was freaking sweet! I named him Carl. πŸ˜‰ Then he won a pink llama, who still had no name, and the worlds cutest hedgehog, who is apparently named Hans. Haha so obviously I’m the world’s happiest camper!

That place closed at 9 pm, so that’s when he left haha. We’re currently on our way back to the cabins and I think we’re gonna have a bonfire once we get there. That should be fun!

Anyway, that’s all for today! Tomorrow is gonna be a more laid back day because we don’t have anything planned. We’ll probably spend some more time in the river though. πŸ˜‰ Happy Tuesday!

~Ashley