This Week with the Allens

Things are¬†finally starting to quiet down a bit. The weather is simply perfect. Fall is here and I couldn’t be more excited for the changing of the season. Here is what’s been happening with us…

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We are so looking forward to a weekend at home. This will be Alex’s second weekend at home without any house guests since before we left for Europe. I’ll do the math for you – out of the last 13 weekends, 12 of them have been spoken for with travel or company {I was home one additional weekend while he was at a bachelor party}. No wonder all he has wanted to do lately is play video games!

Last weekend we had Alex’s cousin Bryan come out for a visit after he had a job interview out here. We did our best to try to convince Bryan to move out here, but he decided to take a very exciting new job working for a certain football team in Illinois instead. The boys literally spent the weekend playing video games, so I have nothing to report from them. I did escape the gaming mayhem for a bit on Saturday night and went to the Buffingtons for dinner with them and the Millers, which was a welcome change of pace.

{my gorgeous farmer's market flowers! it's hard to believe that there are only 2 more farmer's markets in our neighborhood before they close up shop for the year.}

{My gorgeous farmer’s market flowers! It’s hard to believe that there are only 2 more farmer’s markets in our neighborhood before they close up shop for the year.}

Given that we’ve hardly been home all summer, our to-do list is gigantic. We’re hoping to tackle a few home projects this weekend, like re-staining part of our fence, cleaning our carpets, going through recipes and getting our house ready for fall.

I just finished my first month of exercise classes at the Pilates studio in our neighborhood. I am taking a barre class once a week, then a class on the Pilates reformer another day each week. So far I am a barre hater and a reformer lover. Both are great classes but I just prefer the lower intensity reformer workout. I’m not sure what I will choose to do after the month of September is up, so we’ll see…

Alex is moving to a new office {same job} in November-ish, so he is trying to figure out the fitness plan that will work best with his new work location. Currently his gym is in the same building as his office which has been pretty handy for him. He is hoping, though, to be able to ride his bike to work more often with the new move. His current commute is only 3 miles, which is a pretty short bike ride, so he is looking forward to a longer trek – his new commute will be closer to 20 miles. I think what he is most looking forward to with the office move; however, is not having to take the un-reliable city bus!

My schedule has gotten significantly busier in the last few weeks. School is back in session, which means that my work schedule has picked wayyyy up as I prepare to start the tutoring program I manage in early October. Also, I am back in the first grade classroom at our neighborhood school where I volunteer on Friday mornings. The family I work for took several lengthy trips over the summer which left me with some extra free time in the mornings. They just returned this week, so now I am back to working “full-time” Monday through Thursday again.

{Feeling like a teacher these days as I get all sorts of educational materials pulled together.}

{Feeling like a teacher these days as I get all sorts of educational materials pulled together.}

So, that’s what’s been happening with us! Thank goodness it’s Friday!