It's been a pretty good Sunday. We did some grocery shopping, I grilled some tasty food, Quinn took a nap. It's been fun watching him tell stories with his toys and listen to him voice a preference in breakfast options. He's growing into such a little person.

This weekend is the mini makerfaire in Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Public Museum hosts the event, and it's nice to be able to see the different museum exhibits while we are there.
 Quinn had a lot of fun, mostly anytime something with a motor was around.
This giant table of legos was pretty fun too. He tried to find every wheel in the pile, since cars have wheels. Next year will be even more fun with him, since I suspect he will be able to participate in some of the crafts they usually have.

Well, today was the last day of the C25K program. I ran for time and not distance so I'm not running a full 5K in 30 minutes, but I've definitely proved to myself I have enough endurance to make it. I plan on gradually increasing my time so I'm running a full 5K in the next several weeks.

He really enjoys sitting in the driver's seat, turning the wheel and looking at all of the instrument panels.

The squirrels have been decimating my sunflowers. They've already broken and eaten buds off of another plant and they're chewing down the leaves on this one. So I've decided to try these skewers as a defense perimeter. Now they won't be able to sit in the pot nibbling away. At least not easily...

I'm so excited! The third book in this amazing trilogy is finally out and the toddler is in bed early. I am going to read all night!

He's so proud of himself, typing away on the laptop.


I saw this cake pan referenced in one of the groups I'm in and I fell in love with it. I ordered it immediately. A cake pan that bakes a pull apart cake? Yes please. Plus, the honey lemon cake recipe it comes with is pretty tasty.

We visited my parents and brother this afternoon. Quinn had a great time hiding under his swimming pool.
 And Chris showed my dad VR with his new Daydream headset.
The little guy found my mom's old shoes and wore those around the house. This kid loves to put on all kinds of shoes.
He wasn't ready to leave when we had to go...
...but he loved cuddles with his uncle.

Sunrise, even hidden by trees and houses, is always beautiful.

Quinn and I took an early morning stroll and a nearby trail and were happy to discover this! A whole book to read on our walk. We had a lot of fun.

I'm building quite the little collection of toys on my desk. Not much, but a lot more than what I started with 5 months ago.

Leki is becoming more and more tolerant of the toddler.

I'm still doing the C25K. I'm on week 7 so I'm getting close to the end. After that it's just getting used to running more than 3 times a week.

While Quinn napped I played some games on the Switch outside.

We visited Deer Tracks Junction this morning. Now that Quinn is a year older we were curious to see how he handled the place.
He enjoyed climbing everything, even more than he did last year. And there were a lot more things to climb. The built a whole new tall structure and underground tunnel system.
The animals were adorable as ever. Quinn had fun feeding and petting them.

I earned a snarkasaurus and joined the club at work. I was awarded this little dinosaur as an award.

I don't know for sure if this is, but ever since I had poison ivy earlier this summer, anything with three leaves gets destroyed in our yard.

A co-worker brought these in to try. They are pretty tasty, complete with a lettuce flavor.

After dinner we whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I had a little helper who mixed everything.
And who made little cookie balls!
After everything was done we had a fun time taste testing our creations.


This week is a set of longer runs which I can't squeeze into my lunch break, so I headed out early in the morning before work. It was pretty foggy, which looked pretty neat.

Today is the 8th anniversary of our first date. This have certainly changed since then!

The annual Detroit Maker Faire is this weekend at The Henry Ford! We didn't go last year, but I was excited to take Quinn this year.
He had a good time, although he started to lose interest after about three hours. Next year will be even more fun.
After we headed to grandma Karath's house, where she had a cool Cars 3 racing track waiting!

When I was little my dad used to cook hard boiled eggs in a little contraption. You pierced the egg shell, put in some water, and let the device do the rest.

I've been missing that machine ever since I moved out. A co-worker had sent me a link to this dash cooker as a joke and I decided to buy it.

So far the eggs are easier to peel than anytime I've boiled them in a pot, so I'm happy!

Last weekend I bought a cheap suitcase from the dollar store. Tonight I was able to put together a quick diorama with posterboard, road tape, and construction paper. Now to see how long it survives the toddler in the car.

I saw this while I was at the store. Interesting. I kind of want it just for me.

 
There's a hot dog contest at work so the team I sit by invited me to craft a petting zoo. It was an...interesting experience.

I left early in the morning to run at the nearby park. 60 degrees at 6:30am isn't too bad.

 We did some arts and crafts this afternoon. We colored some pictures...
...and sculpted the stone from Moana out of Sculpey, using this tutorial.

It's been awhile since we have been to Frederik Meijer Gardens, so we headed out this morning. It was humid, but not sunny or terribly hot, considering what the last several days have been like.
Quinn had a great time, although he certainly hit his limit at three hours (well, before then but...). He loved running everywhere, and the gardens are a great place for him to burn off a lot of energy.

It's a foggy morning on the way to work today.

Need to get a few more steps in yet today.

He loves to nap with us when the toddler is asleep.

I'm participating in a pedometer challenge for the next month at work. Everyone on team is working hard to get lots of steps this week.

The toddler was not impressed.