Let’s Go Ride Our Bikes

Hey how did we already get back to Monday again? This always seems to happen, I’m happily enjoying my Friday/Saturday and then it seems as if Sunday just disappears on me – bang! work week starts once more.

All Monday complaints aside, today is off to a great start and we did have a really fantastic weekend.

In case you missed it, I posted two great recipes on Friday – both inspired by family recipes. Shoepeg Chicken Salad, inspired by my mother-in-law and Antipasto Pasta Salad, inspired by my parents.

Friday

Since I work from home on Fridays I decided to take advantage of the extra time and start my weekend off with a nice long bike ride. I knew Nick was going for a trail ride in Ogden so I tried to time my ride to finish at the same time that he would be done with his ride and coming through Eden with the kids. I rode from our house down the hill, around Pineview Reservoir and then did a bit of the single track at Pineview Trail. When I got back to the parking lot Nick was just coming around the corner to pick me up – worked out perfectly!

I love riding around the lake! It is so beautiful.

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The trail is lovely too but I had unwanted company. See Mr. Snake?

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I just got my Garmin back and I hadn’t charged it up all the way so the battery died right after this picture :(

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I also needed to go swimming on Friday but by the time I headed up to the pool it was jam-packed with a bunch of teen age boys splashing around. Ummmm… no thanks. I really didn’t want to battle my way through a dozen guys trying to swim laps in a pool that really isn’t “for swimming laps.” At first I thought we’d just wait for them to leave…

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And Spencer was having a blast playing.

But finally we decided to just head home. Yep, missed my swim and that’s the part of the race I really need to be working on! Negative points for me. Oh well, at least we got to ride bikes with Mack!

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Saturday

We started our Saturday morning super late and didn’t end up making it to the farmer’s market until just after noon. The thing ends at one so my goodness that was a late arrival. We still managed to get what we wanted/needed including Thrive Tonic which I have been wanting to try. I picked up a sample from Merry of Millcreek Herbs and I will report back on how it makes me feel – supposedly it will help me sleep better, feel more energized during the day, and a bunch of other good things. More on this to come…

We also got to go on a date Saturday!

We dropped the kids off for date night at the preschool and headed over to Historic 25th Street in Ogden. We’ve tried out most of the places on the strip but we had never been to Union Station and decided that would be a fun place to start our night.

Union Grille is owned by the same people that run Rooster’s Brewing (also along 25th Street) so we had to start with a sampler.

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I took a picture of the menu so I wouldn’t have to remember all the names: Bee’s Knees Honey Wheat, Diamond Back Ale, Junction City Chocolate Stout and the seasonal selection which was Singletrack Lager. Great name and I wish that I liked that one but I’ve never been a lager kinda gal.

My favorite was the Diamond Back which is what I ordered a pint glass of to go along with my dinner.

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I ordered the Gumbo which came with a nice little starter salad.

The gumbo was amazing! I never think to make it myself, and you rarely see it on the menu places, but gumbo is easily one of my favorite foods.

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Nick had Thai Peanut Chicken which he also really enjoyed.

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After dinner we went EXTREME bowling! What is extreme bowling? Well, every Friday and Saturday Davis Lanes turns off the regular lights and has black light, lasers and disco balls – oh and a TON of nineties music. Yeah, we loved it.

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Davis Lanes is also one of the few places we’ve found where you can have drinks while you bowl. We’re not big drinkers but I do like to enjoy a beer or two while I bowl. Since moving to Utah we’ve found that most bowling alley’s don’t serve anything other than the Pepsi line up.

Sunday

We basically chilled out all day Sunday. I woke up pretty early and started reading my new book Five Quarters of an Orange before any one else woke up. The book is not “gripping” or “action packed” and yet I find myself oddly intrigued and am already so drawn in. I’m already a third of the way through it – and I’m usually a slow reader.

I also took a teaspoon of the Thrive Tonic like I was supposed to.

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I let Mack try it because he was really intrigued. He loved it! I told him that he couldn’t have a whole bunch because it is herbal supplements and I don’t know how good that is for his little system but he had a few drops and begged for more.

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We also went on a long bike ride at Ogden/Weber River Parkway. Mack rode his bike for about a mile or so! He’s free of the training wheels and we wanted him to be able to enjoy the nice long stretches of the trail. He did such a great job and I was really proud of him!

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Once we returned to the truck and dropped of his bike, Nick and I headed out again (this time with both kids in the trailer) and put in an additional 22.5 miles.

Then we were exhausted.

Neither of us ate really well before going. What, coffee and a power bar isn’t enough? Oh, right…

On the way home from our bike ride, Spencer was making all kinds of funny noises in the car. I wish I had it on video because it was so cute. He was really experimenting with his voice and when we would mimic the screeches or growls he would crack up laughing, then make a new sound for us to repeat. It’s not nearly as cute written out in words as it was in real life. Sorry folks, you missed it.

We spent the rest of the afternoon playing Mario on the Wii, picking up a bit, and I also read some more of my book. A nice and chill Sunday indeed.

I know I promised the recipe for Thai Chicken Pizza but this post is already ridiculously long – anyone still reading? Brownie points if you are.

What were you up to this weekend*? What’s on your summer reading list**?

*Clearly, we spent a lot of our weekend riding bikes.

**My summer reading list is pretty short. I’d like to read The World We Found, which I first heard about from Jenna when she reviewed it as part of her March Favorites. Other than that, I have Insurgent, The Long Way Home, and The Year of Living Biblically. A random assortment indeed.

I’ll be back soon with that Thai pizza recipe!

Comments

  1. Christine says:

    Delton Lanes is another good bowling alley where you can get a drink! They’re in West Valley.

  2. Brenda says:

    Your photos are so nice, it makes me want those dishes you’re showing right now! And Mack, I love the picture of you riding your bike (without training wheels) on the bike trail. Great job!

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