My dad's side of our family had a reunion to celebrate my grandma Mary's 90th birthday. With the exception of two people, everyone was able to join. All four of my grandma's children and their spouses, all of her grandchildren and their spouses (except my cousin, Brett's wife, Amie) and all but one of her great-grandchildren. People traveled from great distances to make the weekend special for my grandma and it was fantastic to see so many relatives, some of whom I hadn't seen in 10 years.
It was the second year in a row that my sister celebrated her birthday here in the Midwest. She and Jonathan were here last year for my father's retirement party. Both years, Jonathan impressed the family by taking on the role of event photographer. I'm so grateful for the time I get to spend with both of them and happy I was able to take my little sis out for a birthday breakfast at French Meadow Bakery before heading to Fairmont, MN for three days.
My grandma had two birthday celebrations - one at her assisted living home and the next day a big bash at her church. At both events, my aunt Marlene led a program of singing and reflections. My grandma looked so happy and I know it all meant a lot to her. I am extremely proud of my dad because he put a lot of work into the weekend and it went off without a hitch.
Some photos from the two days (all taken by Jonathan except the one he's in):
Photos of the day and a recap of the month
Besides the weekend in Fairmont, Minnesota for my grandma's birthday, we also spend a Memorial weekend in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was a great time and we took advantage of the perfect weather conditions and spent a lot of time on my parent's patio.
On Saturday, my mom and I got pedicures; something I wish we could do together more often. Scott and my dad joined us and we went downtown to the sculpture walk. We visited my grandparent's gravesite and walked through McKennan Park. Scott and I met up with my cousins, Kristina and Abby at Monk's House of Ale Repute and we walked to Kristina's workplace and around the trails by the river.
On Sunday, we went to Aunt Margie and Uncle Rich's cabin at Lake Madison. We met Peter, my cousin Elizabeth's fiancé. My cousin Matthew, a college sophomore, was also there. Right before we left, my aunt Becky and Kristina stopped by so I ended up seeing quite a few family members.
Photos of our weekend on Flickr
May recap of my goals
I'm feeling stronger every day. I've noticed a huge difference in the amount of pain I've been in on normal days (less lower back pain) and on days when I have gotten headaches. I had the best month yet in terms of steps taken and days at the gym.
May by the numbers...
21 gym visits
580,289 steps (18,719 averaged a day)
1,528 active minutes (49 minutes a day on average)
Well, this is ridiculous. Twenty-four different restaurants in one month. I realize the majority is a rsult of being out of town but this seems obscene. I vow to eat home-cooked meals more in June.
French Meadow Cafe
Bean Town Grill (Fairmont, MN)
Green Mill (Fairmont, MN)
Pizza Ranch (Fairmont, MN)
El Agave (Fairmont, MN)
HolyLand Deli in Midtown Global Market
One Two Three Sushi
The Lynn on Bryant
The Purple Onion
Sea Salt Eatery
Red Rossa (Sioux Falls, SD)
Josiah's Coffeehouse and Cafe (Sioux Falls, SD)
All Day Cafe & Goodnight Bar (Sioux Falls, SD)
Grill 26 (Sioux Falls, SD)
Burning Brothers Brewery
Tin Whiskers Brewing Company
Stub & Herb's
Monk's House of Ale Repute (Sioux Falls, SD)
Watching & Reading
The only TV series that we're into right now is Orphan Black. We're caught up and watching season 2 episodes as they are released on Amazon.
The only movie I watched this month was the documentary, Fed Up. I was going to write a whole blog post about my reaction to the movie but then I got sidetracked and it didn't happen. It was both infuriating and inspiring as I am on my journey of healthy habits. I have to wonder if movie theaters would release their sales of concessions for that movie compared to others.
I have been reading approximately one page of The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri a night. Since it is 344 pages, I'll have to speed up in order to finish it before I ring in a new year. Or, I could determine I'm just not into it and move on to another book! I do want to read more this summer so I better get on it.
Oh, and I got a haircut!
The Nivens Family