his week has been a pretty epic one. We are spending it in my hometown in Illinois but before we got here via 1000 mile road trip we snuck in a wedding and a bike race! If we’re not crazy busy then I find I’m going crazy. Over the years I’ve learned how to be busy with the right things- the things that feed my soul. Here’s a peak at the moments my phone captured this week. If you want to follow along in real time,  you can find me at acb4d on Instagram. 

Malone had his first bike race last week. He was stoked. And I was stoked when we won a large amount of raffle prizes (5 months of gym membership, a family membership for 4 to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, an hour sewing class, a gift card to a coffee shop, and some cute things for little lady). The race was heavily sponsored but not well attended because there was another event happening in town.


At the wedding we attended, we had a very small role to play in the ceremony. Malone didn’t go to the wedding, but attended the rehearsal with us. We didn’t exactly see eye to eye on what he should wear. If you ask him, he would tell you that this is his fanciest outfit. He was a hit with everyone.


While I was busy spending 18 hours in the car, I realized that I had a before and after of the bride and groom. Here they are at their rehearsal and then during their ceremony. Their wedding was perfectly them.

IMG_3199Malone has really enjoyed the slower pace of this vacation. Our time has been filled with hanging out with family and friends and playing outside.


He also has spent a lot of time lazing in this chair.


3 generations of silly here! My papa, Mike, and Malone are doing the “Eiffel Tower” after my cousin’s Little League game.


We went to dinner at a bar/restaurant with my dad and only the bar area was open. Malone LOVED playing pool with Mike and my dad had a pocket full of quarters. It was a WIN for everyone. And, as a bonus this place is right next to busy train tracks and Malone got to see several go by. The place is owned by my mom’s best friends and it was so great to see her. It makes me so happy to be able remain connected to them, even though my mom has passed away.


Later in the week, he also ran his first 5k! Mike ran along side him and together they finished with a time of 50 minutes. Malone ran the first mile and they walked the rest. Malone was the last to finish, but came in with everyone cheering. He won a medal because he was the youngest finisher. We’re not afraid to let him do the things in life he wants to do because we’re afraid he’s too little. I predict many more of these in his future!


The twilight hours here have been amazing. This week my tiny hometown of 2500 comes alive with a 4 day carnival and festival. Kicked off by fireworks. The light captured here makes me SWOON.

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life rearranged