June 12, 2013

A farm wedding and family camping

In accordance with my taking-a-break-from-running plan, we spent the weekend relaxing with our family in KY. I packed my running shoes on the off chance that someone begged me to run with them. By begged, I mean casually mentioned at any point during our stay. Because no one even hinted at wanting to run, I kept those shoes packed snug at the bottom of my suitcase, hugged tight by running clothes that never saw any play time either.

My husband grew up in a small Kentucky town on a dairy (plus lots of other things) farm, which just happens to be every kid's dream come true to visit. If you have farming grandparents, you know what I'm talking about. What kid doesn't want to explore endless farm nooks and crannies outside all day long? There are ropes to swing on, cows to stare at you, eggs to collect, berries to pick, pond fish to stir up, and 50 cousins to take you in all directions at once. 

On our first night there, we were greeted by a cousin who just happened to wear the matching outfit to one of the twins. Move over, birth twin, and make room for my Angry Birds twin.

There was even more farm action this weekend because one of our nephews (who interestingly is also a twin) got married this weekend. Their wedding was underneath the spring green of the massively beautiful willow tree.

And, no, they are not 15. Everyone who sees this picture thinks they look so young. They are mid-20s, so not old either.

I loved how simple and beautiful the wedding was. We sat on bales of hay, and the clothes line anchored an aisle of quilts. 

Later those hay bales doubled as a hop scotch course. 

I was busy shushing two not surprisingly rowdy attendants the entire ceremony. 

Then the newlyweds rode away in a carriage handmade by Uncle Dan the auctioneer (legit auctioneer, who talks so fast and Southern in a regular conversation that I don't know what he's saying 90% of the time). 

Perfect wedding, perfect opportunity to chill as a family. 

After the wedding festivities, we took our new family tent on its maiden voyage. We decided that camping on the farm would be safe and close enough to a home base in case any of the kids decided to bail. 

Other than the massive tent, we went super low maintenance camping with just a handful of blankets and borrowed arms and legs of our fellow campers for pillows.

The kids actually slept in until 8 a.m., miraculously late for them. Can we set up this tent in our living room and see if the results are the same? Some people (thumbs pointing to self) want to sleep in a day or two this summer.

After a pretty near perfect family weekend, Amory navigated through rainstorms back to Alabama while I caught up on reading. If you don't subscribe to Runner's World, you should go get the most recent edition dedicated to this year's Boston Marathon. I spent a large portion of the drive with tears rolling down my face, again devastated for but inspired by the runners and spectators in Boston this year.


The winner of the Chocolate #9 giveaway is Elle from Eat Run Sail. She shared the heck out of this giveaway, so I was excited to see all of her work net a win. Email me at yomommaruns (at) gmail.com so we can get those to you. 

Thanks to all of you for checking out the giveaway, and if you are interested in purchasing Chocolate #9, go here to buy some gels to try.

And with her giveaway comment, Wasn't Just the Wine Talking got me thinking about where chocolates 1-8 are. Seriously where?!

When was the last time you went camping? 

Have you ever been family camping as a kid or an adult? Any advice on how to simplify the load of supplies you need for camping? Please, please give me advice on this. I want to camp on a trip this summer, but I don't want to take a million things with us.

Do you subscribe to Runner's World? Or any other runner magazines? 


  1. Haha, I was wondering if the happy couple were teenagers! Marriage will age them quickly ;) Kidding, marriage is the best! I grew up on a farm and my nieces LOVE visiting it so I am sure it will be my kids' favorite place someday. I'm excited about that.

  2. I've never been legitimately camping! I would like to at least one point in my life. I'm really allergic to mosquitos though, so as long as I don't get bit, I should be okay. Your new niece (right title?) had a gorgeous dress, but I have to admit that I thought they were 15 as well. I don't look my age, either, so I can sympathize.

  3. I had to put down the issue about 3 times and walk away from it. I cried like a baby in the car on the way to the zoo and cried again on the way to the grocery store. Very moving article.

  4. LOVE that tent!! We've used ours once since we got it 4 years ago. The wedding looked beautiful. Great pic of you and the hubby, and your kids are too cute! :)

  5. Wahooooo! So excited to win your giveaway.

    Love the pics of this wedding. So sweet and country. The quilts remind me of a favorite aunt of mine who made one for each of us as we married.

    Haven't been camping for a long time but it looks like you had lots of fun!

    Emailing you now!

  6. The farm wedding looks gorgeous!! Love those quilts. I haven't been camping in probably 4 years -- and before that even longer. I'm not exactly a fan. Haha.

  7. Looks like lovely family time!
    ...camper I am not, but cottager I am...and we go to the cottage almost every weekend year round

  8. We go camping as a family, but a few years ago we bought a camper because we had accumulated so much camping stuff we needed more space! So I am definitely not the one to ask about simplifying.

    Loved the Runners World although it was super emotional after being there this year.

  9. Those quilts are beautiful. What a neat idea for wedding decor.

    Our family camps for sure over Labor Day and we try to go at least one other time. But I have no suggestions on how to reduce the stuff...we always have a million things too.

    I haven't gotten a chance to read the new Runner's World, but I'm looking forward to it.

  10. camped two weekends ago. here's the proof. http://backyardrunner.com/2013/06/08/summer-speed/ personally we forget about packing light with three kids (and two adults who want to have fun). take the boat, the bikes, kayaks, good food. it's car camping, that's what the car is for I say. live it up. just don't forget the bug spray like we did!

  11. If you weren't younger than me, I'd want you to be my mom, ha! Your family makes the MOST fun!!!

  12. Love the wedding photos...they look so young. I feel so old :)

    We don't camp light with one child, let alone four. But it's a lot of fun.

  13. Ooo!!! I need to go buy that Runner's World right now!!!! I don't subscribe any more. I should renew that. I loved, loved, loved your photos from the wedding. So cute. Glad you had a good time but still can hardly believe you didn't run! I guess I need to catch up on my blogs and find out what's going on with everyone!

  14. You kill me! I was getting ready to comment on how beautiful you are... seriously, the picture of you with your husband is gorgeous! And then I saw your comment about my comment and I'm dying. Way to call them (me?)out! ; )


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