Like most weekends these days, last weekend was a whirlwind. I absolutely love that I am now a part of the weekend-life. After 14 months of working every other weekend, it is so amazing to know that no matter what? At the end of my work week I have two solid days with my family. My boys.

Our weekends are busy. Maybe I’m catching up for all of the lost weekend time from last year, or maybe this is just how it will be forever; either way, I love it. I love spending this time with Zach and Alex, going out to movies, enjoying nice dinners at night with Zach, going to ice skating and hockey class, having lunch or brunch with grandparents, enjoying meeting friends out on the farm…

On Saturday afternoon, I took an introductory photography class from the wonderful Burgh Baby. After having a nice camera for almost 2 years, I had yet to explore anything but the automatic settings. It was time for a change.

Fortunately, I had just the chance to practice some of the things I learned the next day. Sunday morning, before the sun even came up, we were all awake and getting ready to take Zach downtown for the Pittsburgh Marathon 2012. He ran in the relay with some coworkers, and, of course, Alex and I had to be there to cheer him on.

Pittsburgh Marathon 2012

We had a long wait. After dropping Zach off at his relay exchange, we went to where he would be finishing and waited for the fun to start.

Day 1: May 6

I enjoyed exploring the manual settings of my camera. While the vast majority of the pictures turned out horrendously, I did get a few that I greatly enjoy.

Pittsburgh Marathon 2012

Finally, after at least 45 minutes, the marathoners started coming. Alex enjoyed the sights. From the strange spectators to the strange runners, we saw an array of sorts: a Batman, a mustache-dude, people with paint all over their bodies, an Iron Man, and a few familiar faces as well.

Pittsburgh Marathon 2012

Pittsburgh Marathon 2012

All in all? I love weekends.

Now I just need to figure out how to have more of them. And have them last longer. More weekend, more often!

Day 2: May 7

(And I am going to partake in my own marathon-of-sorts, hopefully: Project 365. We’ll see how long it lasts!)

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