This past Friday through Sunday was Siblings Weekend here at Fontbonne. It was an opportunity for my little sister, Kaitlyn, to visit me on campus for the first time since last year. A lot has changed since last year for both of us. She got older and more mature, and our attitude towards each other has turned into a more positive one because she is older and we can talk about real life things.
The weekend started out great with pizza and bingo in the DSAC. Last year at Sibs Weekend we didn’t win at Bingo, so we were determined to win this year. We each had two boards and unfortunately they were not the “hot” boards for the night. We lost but had fun because we were in each other’s company. My friend, Danny, actually won and let Kaitlyn get a prize. We both received kites to fly when we would be together again. It was really nice of Danny to let us have his prizes. Then after Bingo, the Lego movie started, and it was hilarious. Because I was so tired, I fell asleep towards the end. Kaitlyn really enjoyed it too, and actually finished it all. Then later that night there was a build-your-own ice cream bar. We enjoyed the company of my other friends, and then went up to the Griffin’s Nest. We did what we call “Family Game Night,” which is playing cards for hours on end. We played until 2:30 AM, and then finally called it quits.
Unfortunately, Sunday came along. We had a quick breakfast, and she took off for home. It was sad to see her leave after we just had a great weekend together, but we both had to get back to reality — school. On the plus side though, today is Kaitlyn’s birthday, the 23rd of October. As a surprise, I am going home this weekend. It will be the first time I will have gone home since moving in August 9th. I can’t wait to have another fun weekend with my family!
My fall memories are full of men and woman lacing up their shoes and heading to starting line. The brisk air hitting you as you walk around to see t-shirts being sold, runners stretching, and food being talked about. This is the sport of Cross Country and it has been a part of my fall since I could remember. Whether I was a tyke at my sister’s races or a bundle of nerves for my own, I think of fall as a time of running. The races have a community atmosphere and this helps the tension before the race. Team activities are the best to do, especially when they involve food. The team becomes a family and it’s amazing. Running in general takes up my fall, but it isn’t fall until I watch a race with a blanket wrapped around me and I’m cheering on my teammates.
My fall is also consumed by coffee shops because I’m addicted (I’m not bothered by this at all). I always want to try the new drinks and choices given during the fall. Starbucks is usually my go to, but recently I’ve discovered more and more coffee places. It has been amazing and fun to go to a new coffee place. I have always loved trying new things and I also love coffee, so this is the best season for that. Fall is filled with running and coffee, I can’t complain.
I have a confession. Fall is by far my favorite time of year!
Who could blame me? The trees are every shade of red, orange, and yellow imaginable, you can stock up on pumpkin-flavored-everything, and can enjoy my all-time favorite fall activity… apple picking. There are plenty of creative ways to enjoy fall, these are just a few. Another thing I really enjoy about fall is the wide variety of fall produce! Pumpkin, Spaghetti Squash (makes a great pasta substitute!), Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash… They’re all great and there’s tons of Pinterest boards dedicated to recipes using fall squash. For those doubters of pumpkin-obsessers like myself, here’s a recipe you and pumpkin-fanatics, alike, will love. This recipe from blogger Kristi of the blog “I Should be Mopping the Floor” won me over as my top pumpkin recipe this week (click her delicious photo for a link to the recipe).
Photo credit: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/
So while we’re on the subject of pumpkin… what’s your favorite pumpkin flavored product or recipe?
Right now, mine is pumpkin peanut butter. They sell a version of this at the grocery store (JIF), but you can easily make your own at home with no added preservatives or unwanted ingredients.
Simply add 1 Tbsp of canned pumpkin, 1 Tbsp of Peanut butter, a dash of cinnamon, and stevia or a drop of honey/other sweetener. Combine all ingredients and make a pb and pumpkin sandwich (add sliced bananas and more cinnamon if you wish!) or use as a fruit dip for apples and pears.
Hope you feel inspired to try some of your own pumpkin dishes this fall! Be sure to share them with me in the comments.
This past weekend was Sibz Weekend here at Fontbonne and I was lucky enough to bring my little cousin, Raimee. She had a blast! Fontbonne Activities board planned so many exciting things for participants to do. The entire weekend was Lego themed, which was such a cool idea!
Sibz weekend began on Friday night with pizza, Lego bingo and the Lego movie. After the Lego movie there was an ice cream bar where you could build your own sundae. It was delicious! Then on Saturday there was a scavenger hunt, an awesome trip to the City Museum and then the night ended with a magic show put on by Justin Willman. Everyone’s minds were blow by Justin’s magic tricks that seemed logically impossible.
All in all the weekend was a success and everyone that joined in on the Sibz Weekend fun seemed to have a great time!