Lancaster Tractor Tuesday

March 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

We were so busy yesterday and I was so exhausted by the evening that I couldn’t bring myself to write a blog post. But now I’m all alone in my sister Janet’s house and it’s early in the morning. She just left with my nephew to head to work and daycare, respectively. I’m feeling sad that I won’t see him again until possibly late summer 🙁 . But looking at the pictures from yesterday made me smile.

The day started out with me alone with sweet baby boy, after my sister left for work and I waited for my parents and Cal and Mack to arrive at her house.

Cute Cody PJs

Cody scrunch face

Wahhhh. I miss him already.

Shortly we were invaded by much more rowdy boys.

Boys & Grandma

For breakfast I had a bowl of cheerios with strawberries and bananas and three cups of coffee.

bkfst mar 29

We introduced Cody to cheerios for the first time during this vacation, and he is a fan. Me too.

After my breakfast and coffee had time to be digested, I set off on a long run. It was really (really) great. I did 6.25 miles and wrote more about it on my “Still Running” page.

That water tower was my beacon signaling my destination. It is at the top of the street that my sister’s farm is located on. I could see it way off in the distance and it kept me going. You can see that it was a beautiful day. It was the first day with no rain since we had been here.

After I got back to Janet’s and showered and dressed we were off to lunch at a barbecue place nearby.

I had a big salad with pork barbecue on top.

We met up with one of my Dad’s first cousins who lives in Charleston, which is not too far away.

This is Big Mack and Big Cal (as opposed to my little Mack and little Cal). Dad’s cousin was called “Billy” as a kid, although we’re not sure why since his actual first name is not William or Bill or anything. But for his adult life he has been called “Cal” Calcote. So it was sort of fun to have two Cals and two Macks at lunch.

My Dad and his cousin grew up together as boys and also grew up riding motorcycles. My Dad has had hip and knee surgery which pretty much limits his ability to ride anymore, but his cousin Cal is still riding at 82 years old.

After lunch we took Big Mack back to his hotel so he could have a break and Mom, the boys and I drove to a nearby state park called “Cane Creek Park”. It is off-season, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

We have been to this park several times in the past when visiting Janet, so we knew they had paddle boats and miniature golf. However, these activities were closed until Memorial Day 🙁 . The boys still had fun on the playground.

They also invented games on the shuffle board courts, like “throw the rock on a specific number” and “Cody catch the boys”.

After days of rain and cold, this warm sunny day had lots of bugs swarming around. There were tons of these little inchworms everywhere that the boys called “hitch hikers”.

Cal was a little disappointed that he couldn’t eat one, but I reminded him of what the doctor said 😛 .

After the park we picked up Grandaddy and a couple of pizzas for an early dinner. We wanted to get the boys fed early, because as soon as Janet and Bob got home from work, it was horseback riding time! Bob used the tractor to haul all the tack down to the horse barn in the lower pasture.

boys on tractor

Cody loves the horses. I’m guessing he’s going to grow up riding if my sister has anything to do with it. She’s been horse-crazy her entire life.

Cody petting horse

boys on horses
Janet tried to teach them a few tricks, like “around the world”.

Cal backwards on horse

Cody and Grandma (and Grandaddy in the Tahoe behind them) spectated.

horse spectators

It was a really fun and LONG day. Today is our last day here in Lancaster/Charlotte. Our flight is late this afternoon. I am sad to leave, but I miss Chad and Chewie and I know the boys do too. Next post will be from back in Florida!

Steak ‘n Shake ‘n Saint

March 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I know that I have been relatively saintly with my diet since I started recording all my food on my “I Eat” page here (that was kind of the point). But I went off the deep end a bit last night and had two desserts involving copious chocolate chip consumption. I hope I have beaten down the chocolate chip devil now for a while.

Did anybody go outside to see the “super-moon” last night? We did. It was pretty impressive when it was low on the horizon. We tried to take pictures, but we had to walk down the street a bit to get a good view and we didn’t take the tripod with us, so our pictures pretty much stink.

So that picture doesn’t really show how cool the moon looked, but it does kind of show how bright it was. Once it rose higher in the sky it didn’t appear so large, but it did still appear super bright. I think the boys enjoyed running around the neighborhood in their pajamas if nothing else. Here are some awesome pictures of the “super moon” from last night.

A few days ago Cal saw an advertisement in the newspaper with coupons for the new breakfast items at Steak ‘n Shake. Being highly susceptible to advertising (as we all are) he immediately decided he wanted to go there for breakfast on Sunday and Mack agreed. I think it was the promise of “unlimited pancakes for $3.99!” that sucked him in (that’s not what we ordered). But I agreed that we could go there this morning for breakfast.

I actually really like Steak ‘n Shake. I love their little shoestring fries and onion rings and burgers. I guess I love their shakes too, but I don’t think I’ve ever met a shake I didn’t love. I hadn’t been to Steak ‘n Shake in forever (don’t remember the last time).

They are very kid-friendly at Steak ‘n Shake, offering the boys placemats with games and crayons, little pop-up diner hats and cardboard cars to build as soon as we arrived. The boys enjoyed all of this.

Our waitress was really nice and even brought me an extra plate to use since I had brought my own breakfast from home. I didn’t really see any healthy options on the breakfast menu. Both boys got pancakes and shared an order of sausage and scrambled eggs. I think their favorite part was the syrup (probably because they don’t realize that the syrup we use at home is “lite”).

It ended up being a totally pleasant breakfast. I loved the table service and there were only a few other people in the restaurant on this Sunday morning. It was also extremely economical. Mack got the kid’s silver dollar pancakes and Cal got an adult entree which included two full-size pancakes, sausage patty and scrambled eggs (which the boys shared). They each got a drink (one milk, one OJ) and I got a coffee. Our total bill came to $11.31, but I had a coupon for $.50 off of Mack’s meal and $1.00 off of Cal’s meal. The waitress said we could use both coupons. Also, they are having a promotion that on the weekends a kid’s meal is free with the purchase of a regular entree (which Cal’s was). I think we got Mack’s meal free AND she applied both coupons, because our final bill was only $8.31. Super cheap!

We didn’t “takhomasak”, but I think we will probably be hitting Steak ‘n Shake up for breakfast again sometime.

After breakfast we went to the gym where I dominated the elliptical machine for 40 minutes then went to Bodypump. I was feeling very strong today. Maybe missing pump on Friday was good for me.

This afternoon we went to some friends’ house to celebrate Saint Joseph’s Day with them and many of their friends and family. This catholic tradition is also known as “The Feast of Saint Joseph” and it is definitely an Italian feast at our friends’ house.

We have celebrated this tradition with them for the past several years and I always look forward to the eggplant parmesan, which is happily in my tummy right now 🙂 .

So although I think last Wednesday was OUR true equinox, today is officially the vernal equinox and marks the first day of spring. It sure felt like summer when were we sitting by our friends’ pool in the 80+ degree sunshine today. Happy spring ya’ll!