Where in the world did May go? Oh yeah, it was spent:
- In Cincinnati for Kevin’s sister and Danny’s graduation
- In Rochester, NY for work
- In Albany, NY for work
- In New York City for a mini vacation
- Visiting the National September 11 Memorial
- Seeing the Friends building and eating the tastiest burger ever
- Spotting Jake Gyllenhaal and seeing Wicked
- Seeing my baby brother graduate high school
- Traveling across the Midwest to Detroit for a friend’s wedding (haven’t even recapped that one yet!)
- In Chicago for a work trip (also haven’t recapped that one)
Whew. I am so thankful to have had a wonderful weekend at our apartment with my little family. I actually don’t even know where to begin with writing this post because so much has happened in the last few weeks. I still have one more NYC recap post, a wedding post and Chicago pictures, but I suppose I’ll just start with my first weekend at home in five weeks.
Thankfully, Kevin had this weekend off and we definitely took advantage of spending time together. Our small family is extended a bit this weekend because we are dog sitting our friends Chris and Jess’s dog Calie.
I got back from the wedding on Sunday evening and fell asleep probably 10 minutes after walking in the door. I was so tired after being in the car all day and having fun at the wedding, but I was also a ball of emotions after seeing all my best friends and having to say goodbye to them – all in 48 hours.
I woke up so refreshed on Monday morning. Having a pool also helps with the whole relaxation thing.
After an afternoon at the pool, we came back to our place and took Gracie on a nice long walk to a nearby ice cream shop.
Fast forward to this weekend after three days in Chicago for work and I was back in Des Moines for the first weekend since April. Wahoo!
Kevin and I had these extravagant plans on Friday night when I got back to get dressed up, go out to dinner and go out afterwards since we hadn’t seen each other in a long time. Well, Gracie was successful in ruining those plans.
About an hour left in my drive from Chicago to DSM, Kevin called me and said Gracie peed in the apartment. That is VERY unlike her, as she’s been potty trained since about two weeks after we got her and only went twice in our apartment while we were training her. Kevin suspected something was wrong, but gave her the benefit of the doubt since we’re dog sitting – he thought she was just a little too excited.
Then Kevin took her outside to go to the bathroom and she yelped when squatting about five different times. When I got home, I took her out to see what was up and she did the same thing and nothing came out. We immediately knew something was wrong so before I even dropped my bags, we were in the car on the way to the emergency vet (IVRC here in DSM is great, by the way!). We couldn’t take her to our regular vet because – of course – this happened Friday evening when they were closed and it was clear Gracie was in a lot of pain, so we couldn’t wait until Monday. After a few tests, another accident in the vet’s office and paying the bill, Gracie was sent home with 14 days worth of antibiotics for a suspected UTI (urinary tract infection). That pretty much ruined our nice date night, so we went to Pagliai’s Pizza before returning home to hit the hay.
We woke up yesterday in a much better mood with two very happy doggies. We spent the first half of our morning at the farmers’ market before getting our bikes ready for a long ride to a really cool bridge.
Kevin heard about a 12-mile route from Madrid, IA to Woodward, IA that crossed over the Des Moines river, so we loaded our bikes up and hit the trail.
Who knew this part of Iowa looked like an actual jungle? It did not feel like Iowa at all.
What I’m about to say next might be a little embarrassing, but this place honestly reminded me of The Land Before Time. You know what I’m talking about – don’t lie. The Great Valley, anyone? Anyone? Bueller? At least Kevin agreed with me, but he might have just said that to either get me to stop talking or make me feel better. Or both. 😉
Nevertheless, it was beautiful!
The trail is called the High Trestle Trail and covers 25 miles of Iowa, but we did the 12-mile portion and to be completely honest, I think that was the longest I’ve ever ridden on a bike. I loved it, though! I’m ready to go back!
Sign us up for Ragbrai! (just kidding, I’d die)
When we were done, we walked across the street to a nice local bar called Flat Tire Lounge (ha – get it?) full of fellow bikers.
Summer Shandy for her, Coors Light for him. It was the perfect way to end the afternoon.
To cap off the day, we went home to shower and change and headed out to Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar in West Des Moines for a little entertainment.
Today we slept in, played with the doggies and went to Target where I bought a new swim suit (FLORIDA in ONE MONTH!), beach towels and a few other random things.
Off to load some pictures to Facebook before grilling out for the MTV Movie Awards tonight! Kevin thinks we’re grilling out for the NBA playoffs…little does he know. 😉