Saturday, July 30, 2011

Africa Kinda Changes Everything

Breakfast of Champions!  Overnight Oats in a Jar.

It has been a very busy week.  I have been working hard, catching up from all the time spent away from my Girls on the Run work.  Not only that, but we also had a lovely visitor this week and a mid-week heat escape to the mountains.  Now as I wind down from the adventures, I am looking ahead at August at what is to come for next month. 

Of particular note: my work hours go from 20 to 30 hours a week which will keep me super busy.  I will be seeking a new balance to acclimate to the longer work days.  Forbes and I are also cracking down on our budget this month.  Therefore I am scrutinizing my grocery shopping and re-establishing old habits such as meal planning. 

August will be a busy month, full of changes, but before we jump ahead with plans, let's reminisce over July.  I skipped all of my weekend recap posts in July, so lets just take a look back now shall we...
On July first, Forbes and I bid farewell to the children at the Orphans and Vulnerable Children's Center in Mwandi, Zambia.  This was our last full day in the village before we left for safari and then traveled back to the states.  It was a really sad day to say goodbye to all the beautiful children.  Check out this video to see more of their wonderful smiles!
I just realized I didn't share anything about safari on here.  Obviously I was away from the internet and could not post while out in the Chobe National Park.  I must remember to do a full post soon, until then you can enjoy this one photo.
Yep.  We got pretty darn close to those creatures!

Anyway, after a very long flight from Africa we landed in Indy for a very special event.
Our friends Eric and Haley wed on the yard at her parent's house, overlooking a beautiful lake and landscape.  The party was fun and before we knew it we were on our way home and back to North Carolina. 

And since then, we have still been non-stop.  Non-stop fun, that is.  Our friend Angie spent several days visiting and we enjoyed several work outs together including a hike.
My first run in 3 weeks was grueling but I did it!
It was also difficult to get back in the kitchen after 3 weeks away, but well worth it!
Also of particular interest this month, our dear friend's Jill and Tim welcomed their second child, beautiful Lia!
And my dear blog received some much needed updating!

Lastly, we enjoyed a wonderful two days in the mountains to escape this heat and enjoy the company of Forbes' sister.
It has been such a fun and amazing month.  I can't believe how much we have done, how much we have seen, and how wonderful it all has been.  The greatest part is that I have experienced every minute of this with Forbes and together we have learned and grown, loved and shared.  This could possibly be one of the best month's of my entire life.  And yet July still isn't over...and we still have a fun two days in front of us with the continuation of Karina's visit.

This month:

Number of runs: less than 6
Yoga/Pilates classes: 0
Bleacher runs: just 1

Africa kinda changes everything!

Number of dinners cooked: 5
Frozen dinners cooked: 3 (that would be 3 more than the entire year combined)
Loaves of bread baked: 2

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16

In just a short amount of time I have had the privilege of seeing so much of this world and through it all my faith has been strengthened.  I hope from the experiences this month that I will grown stronger in my belief and build a stronger relationship with Christ and with those around me.

Number of out of town guests: 2
Potluck dinners attended: 2

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