The Last Weekend in July

It’s Tuesday & I am still a walking zombie in recovery mode. Ha. But the crazy busy social weekend was all worth it. I don’t always share a weekend recap, but when they’re memorable I like sharing here.

K’s extended family was in town last week/end from Texas, Kentucky, & Tennessee. After work on Thursday we went to his aunt & uncle’s house to visit and eat pizza.

After work on Friday we took our corvette to the car show at a neighboring town festival (The Corn Festival). K spent all week cleaning the car up- it was her first show ever. We weren’t expecting to win anything, but we ended up taking second place in the “1994 and Newer” category! (We have a 2013 because it’s the year we were married.) We were both shocked and pleased 😊

love the corn fest because they serve corn on the cob cooked over fire with the husk still on the end for $1. You slather it in butter and salt and stand there eating it like a tried and true Midwesterner. Lol. I love sweet corn and I could put away a dozen of those bad boys, but I only had two on Friday.

The evening entertainment in the festival beer garden was provided by a local band- and K’s dad was the bass player. We stuck around for a few sets. Much of his family was there to drink and watch so we had more time to visit with them.

Saturday was a loooong day filled with family and alcohol (not consumed by me, ha). K’s uncle likes to organize brewery/winery trips for friends and family so he put together an itinerary for 22 of us. We all hopped into two white passenger vans and spent 11:30am to 9pm riding all over Ohio Amish Country. We visited 2 breweries, 3 wineries, and an Amish restaurant.

I feel like I’m carrying this little chick low; especially in this pic.

K’s family is great. They are welcoming and, regardless of your length of time in the family, treat you like you’ve been around forever- meaning they’re blunt, witty, & hilarious. So many different personalities that mesh so well together. We don’t see everyone often, but when they’re around it is always an actual party. We all had a really fun and exhausting time on Saturday- it was so nice of K’s uncle to organize the day and chauffeur us ♥

Last but not least, on Sunday we traveled to Lexington, OH for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. My brother works for Honda and snagged us all tickets so we showed up ready to spend the day at the track. This was our second time going and we were way more prepared this time.

My dad and K rented a golf cart and I 100% made fun of them for being so extra… but it was the best decision ever. We brought our pop-up tent and coolers and chairs, too. We spent about six or seven hours at the track and saw quite a few races, the last being the Indy 200. It was a hot day but we were prepared with our drinks and shade (and golf cart!) so it was a lot of fun.


It was a looong fun weekend. This little introvert is ready to shut herself in a dark room for a few days and sleep/read/meditate. I love family weekends & I’d never turn them down, but my battery is drained!

I hope all my friends had a full and happy weekend. Sending you strength to make it through this week!

On a more somber note, on the way home from the race Sunday I learned that a blog-friend had passed away. Grace of Rebel Mommy Book Blog fought cancer once before and kicked its butt but it came back recently. We “met” through a book swap and she was the sweetest, most generous person. She has the most beautiful little family and I can’t stop thinking about them. If you were a follower of her page, I thought it’d be best to share the news with you ♥

12 thoughts on “The Last Weekend in July

  1. It definitely sounds like a good weekend. I’d be pretty worn out by the end too though. LOL Congrats on winning second place – that’s awesome!

    Thanks for sharing about Grace; I’m sure there are people out there that still haven’t come across the news yet. It’s just heartbreaking.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. Great weekend! Great to see both families and I love that Saturday and Sunday were both organized for the maximum comfort of all involved.
    Congratulations on second place!

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    • The pros of having family close often outweigh the cons 🙂 This weekend it was nice to see the “normal” family and the out-of-towners so much! And comfort is definitely the name of the game. Haha!
      Thanks!

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  3. Sounds like a great weekend! But I also completely get the whole “this introvert needs some downtime” mentality too. I love spending time with friends and family but when it’s continuous like that – I start to get a little itchy for some alone time to really recharge. Congrats on the 2nd place win! I love that your Corvette is the model from the year you and K got married!

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    • Yeah, I’ve been catching up on housework and reading all by myself every night to try and recharge 😉

      Thanks! I love that it’s our wedding year. Our plan is to hold on to it forever.

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  4. I love that you guys brought a tent, coolers, and the whole setup. LOL. Definitely a good way to beat the heat.

    I heard about Grace on Instagram. I didn’t know her, but had seen her name around. So sad and heartbreaking.

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    • The first year we did chairs and ONE cooler. This year we were prepared and it was SO much fun!

      She was such a book lover! And when she sent me my book swap package it was stuffed. Such a kind heart.

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  5. You guys were busy busy busy! Congrats on the car show placing, that is awesome!!! A brewery and winery tour sounds so fun! Thought, a lot more fun if you weren’t pregnant. What a fun weekend!

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  6. I’m from Ohio, so we used to have a festival and they served corn (with the husk on) and we dunked it in butter and it was incredible. THE best corn ever!

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    • I hear you talk about your small town from Ohio and I’m also so curious where! Haha! My town is relatively small, too. Small town festivals (and FOOD) is the freaking best!

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