April in Review

by Kelli H. on May 3, 2014

I figured since I didn’t have any random posts in April that I should do a review of April.  April turned out to be a pretty good month. It started out with beautiful weather, like seriously ridiculously nice. We also had a couple rain days. I packed in lots of exercise and multiple hangouts with friends. Only thing that slacked was this blog of mine — whoops! All in all April was a success and has made me super excited for May!

Indie at Lagunitas

The first weekend in April was so nice that David and I met our friends Eric & Malia at Lagunitas. They brought their dogs Indie and Rufio, we brought Ryder, and we had a tasty lunch in the sun on their beer garden. We then took the dogs over to a very large dog park in Petaluma. It’s like 8 acre’s or something — best dog park, ever! Later that night we had them over for a BBQ and feasted on grilled steak, grilled bell peppers, salad, and bread. It was a great start to April.

The next week I met up with Max and Maren on a Thursday. We drove out to Korbel to do a champagne tasting so they could pick out some wedding champagne. They went with the Korbel Chardonnay Champagne and it was delicious! We had fun sharing a bottle on Korbel’s patio while we feasted on sandwiches from the Korbel deli. It was such a fun Thursday afternoon. Too bad I had to go back to work.

While we were at Korbel my mom snapped this wonderful picture of Ryder and their dog, Donner. Ryder caught in the act! Though, Donner doesn’t look too upset by it. He’s pretty used to it these days.

The next week we met up with Eric, Malia, Rufio, and Indie at Sonoma Regional Park where the dogs played in the lake. Ryder is the biggest fan of water and loves swimming after his Chuck-it toy that my brother, Jason bought him for Christmas two years ago. I’m looking forward to many more afternoons and evenings spent there this summer. He has such a blast there!

The next day my dad dropped me off this deliciously delicate rosé from France that he bought at Whole Foods. We brought it over to a BBQ at Max & Maren’s. I love going to their house for a few reasons. I enjoy sitting in their big backyard and letting the dogs play hard. It’s also fun to drink a bottle of wine/beer with friends, and I love having my friends cook for me. It’s so nice to have a night off from cooking. Max made such a tasty smoked tri-tip. So good that David and I smoked our first tri-tip the next weekend to replicate it. We got together with them to watch Game of Thrones, but I am not a fan. I went anyway to enjoy their company, but I just don’t see the appeal of the show…regardless, I had a great time.

Donner & Ryder being silly boys together at Max & Maren’s. 

April also brought lots and lots of working out as I mentioned. I racked up almost 60 miles on my run keeper app for the month. That’s pretty damn impressive for me! I also did 17 days of strength training videos from Tone it Up. I’m feeling pretty good about my 10k this month…though I am still nervous! 
Let me take a selfie…after a 3 mile run. 


4 mile trail run w/ my mom the evening after champagne tasting — yikes! 


The last weekend of April David & I had dinner with Jeff and Debby which I talked about in this post about Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies. We also got David a new pair of running shoes so that he can start focusing more of his time on fitness now that he’s graduating next weekend!! Yay! 
What wasn’t pictured in April was walks with Michelle around Spring Lake, getting a haircut and highlights, a surprise birthday party for my cousin Kaleh which included delicious bbq, a keg of Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin and lots of friends and family. I’d say April was definitely a success. I’ve been waiting so long for May to get here because of David’s long-awaited graduation on May 10th, and now that it’s a week away, I’m in shock! I guess that one will deserve a whole post all on it’s own. I hope April was as good of a month for you as it was for me! 

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Natalie May 5, 2014 at 4:07 am

Your April sounds super fun and makes me excited for summer weather to arrive here so I can sit on patios and have bbqs too! Good for you for all the working out and runs too!

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