Monday, August 13, 2018

Tips for running on vacations

I am a big fan of running while on vacation!  I always see sights I wouldn't see otherwise, and I enjoy staying in my training groove.  I've learned a lot about how to make outdoor vacation running happen through trial and error, so I thought I'd share the strategies that have helped me...because not every trip can be a race trip, right??

I would have missed this if I hadn't run on vacation!

  1. Look at a map of your area.  I simply pull up the map app on my phone and look around my current location.  I've done this enough that I can typically determine a pretty accurate route from that map alone; for one run on my last vacation I eyeballed a loop I thought would be 4 miles, and it ended up measuring 4.1 miles (I was going to run it 3 times for a 12 miler, but then I found other places to explore, illustrating the importance of being open-minded)!  Look for:
    • Rivers and lakes.  There are often running trails that run along rivers and lakes, and you won't always find them online.  Find an easy way to get from your hotel to the water, and you'll often find great running paths once you get there!  I found a great path by doing this on our Niagara Falls vacation.
    • Parks.  Every park is going to have at minimum sidewalks around it.  Some parks are tiny and not of much help, but you can gauge that from the map.
    • Roads leading out of town.  When road tripping, we often stay in smaller towns along the way, and in the Midwest I can simply run out of town onto country roads.  I did this several times on our Niagara Falls vacation, our Minnesota/Canada vacation, and our Yellowstone vacation.
    • In town major roads.  If there are no great options for routes, running alongside a major road in town is often a good bet.  There are almost always sidewalks you can run on, and since you're running parallel to most of the traffic flow you won't have to stop for cars (cars coming off of side streets will generally have stop signs or lights, so will have to yield for you).  I did a lot of this on our Orlando vacation.  If you are at a big attraction like Disney, another option is running around the theme park parking lots, but we didn't stay on site so I didn't do this.
    • Highways, so you can avoid running on them and crossing them.
  2. Ask at the front desk of your hotel.  Sometimes you'll get great advice on a nice running route; other times they will direct you to a park with a loop that ends up being a quarter mile; others they will look at you like you're crazy.  At minimum they can usually tell you the safest direction to go.
  3. Just run and you'll find something.  My husband always says that I'd run 10 miles around the hotel parking lot if I had to, which is not untrue.  Sometimes I just start running and see where it takes me, and I always find something.  Out and back courses are your best friend in this scenario!  I only run simple loops if I've verified them on a map beforehand.
  4. Run early.  Every route is easier to navigate at 5:00-6:30 a.m., and you won't have to deal with nearly as much traffic.  Running later in any city is just asking for a lot of stop/starting.
  5. Run with your phone.  I loathe running with my phone, but for safety I always take it when I'm running in unfamiliar areas.  It's also helpful if you get lost; I had to use it in Chicago once for this reason!
  6. Pack breakfasts and electrolytes.  If you're traveling with a group and you're the only runner, you might be running while others in your party go to the hotel breakfast; or the rest of your group may eat McDonalds for breakfast nearly every day (this was the case on our Niagara Falls trip).  I always pack oatmeal, protein powder, fruit, raisins, and nuts, and can always put together a nice breakfast out of this (you can heat water in your hotel coffee maker if needed).  Many vacations also entail sweating a lot, so I am extra vigilant about drinking water with nuun after running.
  7. Adjust pace expectations.  Remember that stress is stress and energy expenditure is energy expenditure.  Your body doesn't distinguish between training stress and other stress, and vacation can be draining!  Don't worry about slowing down your pace as needed.  Every day is different, and I haven't really found a clear pattern for myself regarding fast vs. slow vacation runs, but more are the latter and I don't put pressure on myself to perform the same as I would at home.  That's what the other 50 weeks of the year are for!
  8. Fit things in where you can.  It's amazing how much you can do if you're creative about it.  I fit in about 90 minutes of strength work on my last vacation, nearly exclusively during road trip rest stops and while waiting for others in our group at the hotel.  Another technique that's helpful is when your group goes to a sit down meal, tell someone else your order and go run while everyone gets seated, gets drinks, orders, and waits for their food.  You can easily run for 30 minutes then change while this is occurring, and then sit down to refuel!
Running on vacation may not be for everyone, but it is for me!
You can read related posts here:
Running on vacation in general
Our 2018 trip to Niagara Falls and what I ran during it
Our 2018 Minnesota and Canada vacation, and what I ran during it
A briefer mention of our post-CIM 2017 California vacation
Why being an endurance athlete is helpful on a Disney vacation
Disney vacation part 1, with runs detailed
Disney vacation part 2, with runs detailed
Disney vacation part 3, with runs detailed
Disney vacation part 4, with runs detailed
Our 2016 Yellowstone vacation, and what I ran during it

Friday, August 3, 2018

Summer Vacation 2.0

My family was blessed to be able to take two major vacations this summer.  Everything aligned for us to travel with my parents in June after Grandma's Marathon (trip details here), and our second excursion was in July with my mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, two nieces, and a nephew.  Our ultimate road trip destination was Niagara Falls, but we stopped along the way for several other activities.  We visited 6 states (or 7 if you count our home state of Missouri):  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.  Here is a quick break-down of our trip, including what I ran each day!
We bought this photo, but I didn't end up with it...I need to
borrow it to scan for a better version than this picture of a picture!
Saturday
  • I ran 10.6 miles before we left home, including winning the Girls Just Want to Run "5K" in Springfield.
  • We visited the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Illinois (just outside St. Louis, Missouri), then drove about an hour farther before stopping for the night.  Jon and I had toured this before, but the rest of our group saw it for the first time.
    On top of Monk's Mound with the St. Louis cityscape in the background
Sunday
  • I ran 7.3 miles in Mount Vernon, Illinois, mostly on fairly rural roads.
  • We visited the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky.  It sprinkled on us and was unseasonably cool.  The Ark was very extensive and impressive!
Ark Encounter
Donkey ride
Monday
  • I ran 11.2 hilly miles in Florence, Kentucky.
  • We toured the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, then headed northeast.  If you can only do one of the two, choose the Ark Encounter over this, but both are worth seeing.
Creation Museum
Tuesday
  • I ran 8.7 miles, including 5 x 3'/3' farlek workout in Willoughby, Kentucky.
  • We drove all morning to Niagara Falls.
  • We ate authentic New York pizza.
  • We took a trolley ride to the Falls area and did a walking tour around the visitor's center and downtown area on the U.S. side.
  • The kids finally got to swim in a hotel pool!  All it takes to make these children happy on vacation is hotel pools, WiFi, gift shops, and fast food, so I always jokingly tell Jon that we should just get a hotel in Joplin (between us and cousins) and call it good!
Niagara Falls
Wednesday
  • I ran 10.5 miles on the Riverview and Shoreline Trails.
  • We took a Niagara Falls mega-tour that included:
    • Maid of the Mist boat ride
    • Visitor's Center observation deck
    • Cave of the Winds Tour
    • Crossing the Canadian border
    • Viewing at Whirlpool Aero Car area (Canadian side)
    • Viewing at Queen Victoria Park area (Canadian side)
    • Ride up and viewing from Skylon Tower (Canadian side)
Visitor's Center observation area
Cave of the Winds tour
Canada
 Thursday
  • I ran 10 miles + strides on the Riverview, Shoreline, and ___ Rim Trails, and I saw a rainbow over the Falls.  This was certainly the highlight of my vacation running!  The Falls are something to put on your bucket list for sure.
  • We toured Old Fort Niagara, which was impressive and also had a great view of Lake Erie.
Worth stopping my Garmin for!
Old Fort Niagara
Lake Erie
 Friday
  • I ran 4.4 miles in Mansfield, Ohio (the town where Shawshank Redemption was filmed, although we did not get to tour the Ohio State Reformatory because it didn't open until 11:00).
  •  We drove/rode a lot...  I am not a fan of sitting in the car all day, but I read some great books on the trip.  The kids slept a lot in the car!
Tired
 Saturday
  • I ran 13.1 miles in Troy, Illinois, mainly around corn fields.  The front desk attendant at the hotel was sleeping seated upright when I left on this run!
  • We spent our final day at the St. Louis Zoo before returning home that night.  We were planning to go up in the Gateway Arch too, but the tickets were sold out.
St. Louis Zoo
I set a PR for the most miles run on a vacation (67), beating my previous best of 52 miles (detailed here), plus I managed to get in some strength training.  I learned more about figuring out where to run when spending every night in a new area, and about how to fit everything in, so I'm going to do a full post on vacation running tips soon.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

July's What I'm Craving This Month

Much like June's food post, this one includes a lot of garden goodness!  We've had more than we can eat (such as over 200 cobs of corn!), so our freezer is also stocked now.  Also like June's post, this again includes a lot of "what I eat at restaurants" from our second summer vacation.  I thought I did a really good job of eating healthy while eating out 3 meals a day on the trip.

We had a lot of blackberries, and one way I really enjoyed them was in yogurt.

I also love them plain.

And fresh blueberries are amazing plain, or in yogurt and oatmeal.

I am not even sure how many varieties of tomatoes Jon planted, but here are three of the bite sized varieties.  The yellow pear tomatoes are Albani's favorite.

Here is a mix of many sizes and varieties.

I love roasted tomatoes!  Cooking them really brings out their sweetness.  Just drizzle some olive oil on a baking sheet, slice the tomatoes, and season them (garlic salt is my favorite, and I've also found that basil and cumin have good flavors), then bake at 400* for 40 minutes or so (depends on how thick the tomatoes are, but in my opinion you want them a little blackened/crispy on the edges for the best flavor).

Cucumber slices pair well with hummus for a snack.  Cucumbers are in general one of my least favorite vegetables (celery is my least favorite), but the ones Jon grew were really, really good!

I got two new protein powder flavors, snickerdoodle and chocolate peanut butter.  It's hard for me to choose favorites, but I think birthday cake and peanut butter still tie for #1, followed by cinnamon bun and these two in contention for #2.  The only flavor of this brand I haven't loved is orange creamsicle; I have a container of it and make myself use it on occasion in an effort to use it up.

Jon's been into rotisserie chicken this month, and I like it quite a bit too. It is very moist.  We just buy them at Walmart, and they have a few seasoning options.

I like to make omelets with garden veggies (of course!), like this one with garden kale and tomatoes, topped with nutritional yeast.  I love melty cheese in my omelets but too much cheese too close to a run doesn't sit well for me.

These are bell peppers prepared to be roasted.  If anyone tells me they don't like veggies, I always ask if they've tried roasting them.  I didn't discover this way of cooking them until a few years ago, so I missed out for many years (I like them sauteed and steamed too though)!  Using olive oil or coconut oil on them helps your body better absorb the nutrients and gives you a dose of healthy fats.

This is an Italian inspired dish I made up based on the garden veggies we needed to use that Jon loved; it is roasted eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini (seasoned with Italian seasoning and garlic salt pre-roasting) along with veggie crumbles (i.e., fake beef) and pasta sauce.  When I was putting this together Albani asked if I was preparing it for a special event or party; apparently I rarely use our casserole dish, haha!

I am still on nightly smoothies - this one was mango with Snickerdoodle protein powder.  When we were traveling I really missed my recovery smoothies!

I roasted pumpkin seeds from pumpkins from our garden, and they turned out well.  I coated these with coconut oil and cinnamon before baking at 375* for about 40 minutes.  The worse you clean the pumpkin innards off them, the longer you have to bake them, and I'm too lazy to clean them much at all.

Another smoothie, with frozen banana and cherries, and birthday cake protein powder.

Tasty Thai chicken and veggies over rice on a work trip.

I don't eat these very often, but they hit the spot as a road trip snack.  This picture is pretty terrible but I never claim to be a food photographer!

This was tilapia, rice, and veggies at a Mexican restaurant.

My first trip through the buffet at the Creation Museum; I forgot to photograph my second plate but I loved the Brussels sprouts and got many more of those!

The only thing better than a veggie omelet is one topped with avocado.  This was a late dinner at IHOP.  I worried that eating at 10:30 p.m. would cause a problem on my 6:00 a.m. run the next morning, but it didn't.

We stopped at a fast food chili place (Skyline or Skylight or Sky-something Chili, I think), and I really hoped they'd have a white bean chicken chili, but they didn't, so I had a Greek salad.  It was good but I needed carbs.

Grilled chicken, veggies, and biscuits at Bob Evans.

 Greek salad, take 2, in Niagara Falls.  Also delicious and the bread was helpful.

Vegetarian chili in Canada.  This was good, but not nearly enough food, so I ended up eating Albani's cheese pizza that she couldn't finish too.

Another Bob Evans meal:  a veggie omelet, wheat toast, and fruit.  My mother-in-law also gave me part of her roasted chicken plate, which is what is on the right.

A burrito bowl from Moes - rice, beans, tofu, guacamole, and all of the veggies.  The red onion on top is pickled!

Chicken, veggies, and rice Chinese meal.

Basic roasted chicken on wheat with all of the veggies at Subway.

Jon loves barbeque, and this roasted turkey was one of the best meals I've ever had from a barbeque joint.

This is a poor photo of an amazing Hawaiian chicken soft taco from the Great American Taco Company; it had chicken in a citrus sauce, feta, pineapple, cabbage, pico, and cilantro sour cream.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Julyish - Monthly Recap

July 2018 in review

Total mileage for the month:  290.5 (in comparison:  January - 207, February - 254, March - 298, April - 307, May - 355, June - 232).  In July 2017 I ran 275 miles, and I was pleasantly surprised to be higher this year - I thought I was running less due to my Grandma's Marathon recovery phase.
  • June 25-July 1:  58.1
  • July 2-8:  58.7
  • July 9-15:  64.1
  • July 16-22:  67.8
  • July 23-29: 67.2 (vacation week and definitely the most volume I've ever run while on vacation, although I wish I'd had 70+!)
  • July 30-August 5:  74.0
After an extremely humid run!
 Races:
  • July 7:  Shuffle for the Shelter long 5K in 19:40 for 1st overall person.  The week before I ran a short 5K, and this one was long, so I guess it evens out, right?  I won a free massage so that mostly made up for the course being long.  I really called it in on the second half of the race, so this race/workout was really something like 1 mile at 10K pace, 1 mile at half marathon pace, 1 mile at marathon pace [face palm].
  • July 10:  Fleet Feet Track Meet 2 mile in 12:15 (1st female), 1 mile on the DMR in 5:59 (1st team), and a leg on the 4 x 100 m probably at half marathon pace also (2nd team no thanks to me).  This was a fun way to get in a sauna session track workout!
  • July 21:  Girls Just Wanna Run short 5K in 16:17/18:17 for 1st overall.  Maybe someday I will run an accurate 5K, but not in July 2018!  The lead cyclist cut 4 block off of this course.  I finished in 16:17, but they adjusted my time to account for the cut course by adding 2:00.  This was my final short summer race (whew!).
Workouts:
  • I don't start back to full workouts until August, but I had a bit of faster stuff this month.
  • July 4:  9 miles with 3 fast finish miles in 6:22, 6:26, 6:11 (the first 6 miles were progressive-ish as well, and my average for all 9 was 7:00 on the nose).  I was going to run a Firecracker 5K, but the logistics didn't work out, so I did the 3 mile fast finish on my mileage for the day "for fun" instead...and based on how I felt on those 3 miles, I was sure glad I hadn't raced a 5K!  I ended up running a 3 mile cool down, so this was a 12 mile medium long run.
  • July 10:  The Fleet Feet Track Meet 2 mile (6:07, 6:08) counts as my season opener tiny tempo!  Somehow I will work up to 10 miles at that pace over this season...which will definitely require it not being one million degrees. The 1 mile I ran after (5:59) counts as *bonus*!
  • July 21:  I was scheduled to do 3 miles progressive fast finish on the tail end of 10 miles, so I ran the Girls Just Want to Run race as a progression.  I was aiming for 6:20, 6:15, 6:10 (then sprint in), and my splits were 6:19, 6:16, 6:01 so I was very close to my goal, especially considering that the final split wasn't for a full mile (meaning I started off closer to 6:10 and then sprinted in once I saw the finish line).
  • July 24:  4 mile fartlek of 3' on/3' off (2.3 warm up, 2.4 cool down).  I ran this on vacation, and I love running on vacation but running fast while traveling is always a challenge for me, especially in unknown areas!  My push paces were: 5:50, 5:46, 5:43, 5:50, 5:54, and I was more than happy with that, because I don't think I'd have really run any faster at home.
  • July 28:  13.1 miles with 5 x 0.15 presses.  Technically I was scheduled to run 12 miles, but I also ran this on vacation and got back to my hotel at 12.8 so made it a half marathon.  The pick-ups were at the beginning of miles 7-11, and my paces on them were 5:59, 5:48, 5:58, 5:45, 5:48 (I was trying to keep them sub-6:00).  My average pace for the whole run was 7:17, and I was happy enough with that on the tail end of an exhilarating but exhausting trip.
  • July 30:  I had a mini-speed session during my second run, including 2 miles of 1'/1' fartlek (1.5 warm up, 1 cool down).  This was my first time having a little "work" within my second run of a double.  I ran 9.3 relaxed miles starting at 5:30 a.m. that morning, and then ran this workout at lunch starting at about 1:00 p.m.  My push paces were all over the place - ranging from 5:01-6:05 - making me suspect that my Garmin wasn't accurate when measuring pace for only 1:00 (I also ran under two underpasses, twice for each one, so I imagine that didn't help).  But the effort was there, and it was fun to do a little workout in my second run for the first time ever.
  • Doubles on July 10 (Fleet Feet track meet), 16, 19, and 30.  I did not run any doubles as I eased back into mileage at the beginning of the month or during our vacation week, but in August I'll have 2 a week again.
  • Strides on July 26, and before races and most workouts.
  • Full body strength workouts on July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, and 29, and 5-10 minutes of core work most days.  I didn't do full strength sessions on July 21 or 25 as scheduled due to traveling, but I did 10-20 minutes of strength work creatively here and there (before and after runs, while waiting on everyone at rest stops, while waiting on everyone to go to dinner, etc.) and ended up with 100 minutes total for the week, which is just a little less than I average, so I felt like it was a victory.
  • Favorite workout:  I'll say the fartlek on July 24, mainly because I felt good running sub-6:00 pace and it was much better than the failed farleks that began my Grandma's build.  CIM 2018, I'm coming for you!
" Long" Runs/Medium Long Runs:
  • I think it's clear why "long" is in quotations this month, but I ran a lot of 10-12 milers.
  • July 1:  11 miles (7:20) for my first straight double digit run since Grandma's Marathon (I ran 10.4 miles on June 30, but it was split a bit into warm up, 5K, cool down).  I didn't have a structured training plan for the week that ended on this day, so when my friend Casey asked me to run while she was in town I told her I'd run whatever distance she wanted.  She said 8 miles, and she picked a course that was "about 8 miles", but I ended up at 10.6 miles when I got back to my house so tacked on a little more to get to 11...in retrospect I should have gone 12.
  • July 4:  12 miles, as described above in workouts.
  • July 7:  11 miles total with the Shuffle for the Shelter race in the middle.
  • July 12:  12 miles (7:23).  This was supposed to be 10 miles, and as per my season goals I ran a new route, which I was completely sure was going to be 10.2 miles.  It was actually 11.2 miles, and when I realized it was going to be long I doubled back to tell Rebecca (who I'd dragged on this new route with me) about my error, and when I got back to my car I was at 11.6 so just made it a 12!  I felt terrible because Rebecca had to text her boss that she was going to be late to work since we ran farther than planned, but she kept telling me it was not a big deal.
  • July 14:  12.4 miles (7:08), throwing in a MGP final mile (6:21).  I ran that final mile by feel (did not allow myself to look at my watch), trying to zero in on 6:17 effort and I was close!  This was a very hot, humid, and hilly long run.  We had 6 people start with our running group, but everyone was doing different distances.  I had company for about 8 miles.  Anytime someone said something about how oppressive the weather was or complained about the second loop that I took them on (which has some ridiculous climbs), I said, "That'll help your marathon".  I was the annoying person who felt good on this sauna-esque run.  Then I laughed really hard that I finished this run with a faster final mile than I ran at Shuffle for the Shelter race the week before.
  • July 18:  12 hilly miles (7:29).  This was another accidental 12 on a 10 mile day, as I was again exploring a new course (I am doing well on that season goal!) .  The route looked simple on a map because I just had to follow one road (which I knew how to get to) until I hit a highway (that I am also familiar with), which I would cross and then loop around on other roads that I was familiar with.  The one road I had to follow was very rural, curvy, and hilly, and at one fork in the road the street sign was bent over so was therefore no help at all.  I guessed which way my correct road went, and I guessed wrong, so I ended up running on the shoulder of a highway for 1.5 miles (not ideal!) to avoid making the route 15+ miles.  I got back to my house at 11.8 instead of 10.X, so I just went to 12 again.
  • July 21 - 10.6 miles with the Girls Just Wanna Run "5K" in the middle.
  • July 23 - 11.2 miles (7:28) in Florence, Kentucky.  It appeared that I'd have nice running options from our hotel, with a paved recreational trail just across the street, but, alas, it was less than a mile long.  I strung it together with some sidewalks for a 2.6 mile loop, then ran around a golf course cart path for a 1.4ish mile loop.  I then ran both of those loops in the opposite direction as I had the first time, and added a bunch of parking lot loops to get my distance in.  It was a hilly run (891 feet of elevation gain), and after finishing it I felt confident that I could run from about anywhere if I had to.
  • July 25 - 10.5 miles (7:38) in Niagara Falls, New York.  I ran from our hotel towards Lake Niagara hoping to find a running trail, and I did!  It was pretty and the distance I had scheduled took me just to the edge of Niagara Falls State Park.  I only saw 3 other people running the whole time I was on the path, which made me wonder if it was dangerous or something, because when I've run on paths like that in other cities they've been much more populated.  I carried my phone on all of my vacation runs just in case, and I never felt unsafe even if I should have.
  • July 26 - 10 miles (7:22) plus strides, for 10.8 total.  I drove 1.8 miles from my hotel to the running trail I'd found the day before so I could run farther on the trail, and was rewarded with a rainbow over Niagara Falls!  We'd walked all around the area in Niagara State Park, but running it was even better.
  • The line between medium long runs and "what I run every day" has again become non-existent, so I won't note these next month, especially because I had a lot of 9 milers this month that will doubtlessly be 10 milers soon.  #doubledigitseveryday
  • July 28:  13.1 miles, as described above in workouts.
  • Favorite long run:  The July 14 12.4 miler was the one that felt most effortless, but it's pretty hard to beat seeing a waterfall over Niagara Falls on July 26!
Breathtaking
Highlights/thoughts/randomness:
    • I received a sub-elite entry into the California International Marathon on December 2!  This is the same category of entry I received in 2017.  Since the race is the USATF National Marathon Championships again, an elite entry requires a 2:46:00 or faster marathon (or 1:18:00 or faster half), but as I learned last year, the elites and sub-elites share a starting corral, with separate corrals for men and women.  This is a really nice perk when every second counts, gun time!  I do not get to place bottles on the course like I did at Grandma's, so I will be back to stuffing 4 gels into my shorts as I attempt to get from Folsom to Sacramento 2:15 faster than I did last year.
    • I received an elite entry into the Indy Women's Half Marathon on September 29.  This is also the same entry I received there in 2017.  I figure this will be a nice checkpoint in my build to compare where I'm at to 2017...although at the same time I think I need to stop comparing everything to that season!
    • I ran two runs in Kansas City this month while there for work, and they were both pancake flat; I did not know flatness existed there but it's nice to know I no longer have to coordinate that work trip around workouts like I have been doing since that division opened 3+ years ago!
    • I have run every day since January 27, so I am still streaking.
      I found this photo I'd never seen from July 2016 when looking
      for online photos from a recent 5K.  Just keeping up my double-
      chin racing form!  I also folded that bib number up like mad for
      some reason, haha!
      I got to meet up with Jessi for a run in KC!
       Life events:
      • 4th of July...Albani is more interested in setting things on fire than I'd like!  I missed out on most of the fun due to work; Jon and Albani went to Kansas for 3 days without me.  Truth be told, I went to bed at 8:00 p.m. and thanks to white noise slept through all fireworks!
      • We did several fun local weekend activities:  blueberry picking, the Christian County fair, farmer's markets...along with our usual weekend church, groceries, and library routines.
      • Albani spent a week at my parents' house, mostly being spoiled.
      • Summer vacation #2 happened (details and photos here).
      • Jon kept gardening, and I kept cooking and eating (you can find many food pics here)!
      She did half of these on July 3
      Black and Blue Berry Farm (we are growing both; Jon
      wanted tips/secrets)
      Her favorite part of the blueberry patch

      Ducks at the fair
      It doesn't get much cuter than a baby goat!
      A tame & tolerant rabbit
      Albani saw this with my mom; Jon & I
      watched it while she was away
      Grandparent activities are exhausting

      At a YMCA waterpark

      Kansas Cosmosphere
      Cosmosphere