Our final full day in Gettysburg was another rainy one, but we made the best of it.
Though the weather forecast called for rain for most of the day, when my sister and I awoke it wasn’t drizzling just yet, so we threw on our gym shoes and headed outside for a run/walk along the battlefield.
We ran for two minutes and walked for one minute for 5.25 miles and then we walked the last three quarters of a mile back to my grandma’s house for a total of six miles.
Our run/walk workout was a great one and it was so nice to have my sister with me. We talked the entire time which made the 90 minutes we spent outside fly by.
Once we made it back to my grandma’s house, I quickly hopped in the shower to wash the cold sweat off my body. Ick! After my shower, I put my pajamas back on, ate breakfast and lounged around the house with my family until lunchtime. It was a lovely lazy Sunday morning!
With our stomachs full of chicken salad sandwiches, my mom, dad, sister and I drove to my grandma Nana’s place to spend the afternoon with her. We spent some time working on a semi-complete puzzle and I realized I actually kind of enjoy puzzles! I always thought I didn’t have the patience for puzzles, but I started to get really into it!
When we saw the rain start to slow, my family and I hugged my grandmother goodbye and drove out to the Apple Harvest Festival but quickly realized that plan wasn’t going to work out. Cars were covered in mud and the rain picked up again, soaking those brave enough to venture out into the dreary weather.
We were bummed that the weather foiled our plans, but we made a quick pit stop at the Round Barn to pick up some apples instead.
It was a good plan b!
We walked around the pumpkin patch and said hello to some of the animals on the farm before heading home.
The pumpkins in the pumpkin patch were beautiful and very reasonably priced! If I wasn’t flying home to Florida, I would’ve bought a bunch to help give our house some festive fall flare!
By the time we made it back to my grandma’s house, we were ready for dinner. My sister and I teamed up to make baked shrimp and feta cheese pasta dish by following a recipe my grandma loves from Cooking Light magazine.
It was a hit with everyone!
After dinner, I spent most of the evening chatting with my grandma about our family tree. I’d love to do more research into our genealogy and took a bunch of notes.
Today is our last day in Gettysburg and we’re flying back to Florida in the late afternoon. I hope you guys have a great Monday!
Question of the Morning
- Have you ever researched your family history?
Jackie Macharsky says
I’ve never researched our history but I would love to! I think it would be really interesting!
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona says
I’ve been doing a little genealogy research on my family. I was surprised how much I could find out.
Love that you had a lazy morning post workout…totally the way to do it!!! 🙂 My granddad has done our family tree on my mums side, so interesting what you find!
Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs says
Too bad the weather didn’t cooperate — but plan b sounded pretty fun, too 🙂
Safe travels today!
Shawn @ Fruity 'N' Nutty says
I’ve never researched my family history before, but it sounds like a fun thing to do. You just reminded me that I miss running with my sister, it’s been a quite a while since our last run. Somehow, it just makes it more fun, right? Apples and pumpkins oh my, certainly not a shabby plan B. I want all those apples. 😛
Ah welcome to PA weather! It’s really a gem sometimes :). I somehow have never been to Gettysburg (School Field Trip FAIL), but it looks so cute and homey! A LOT of history there, so definitely a fitting place to look into the family tree. Have a good last day!
Rebecca @ Soft Serve and Squats says
The Gettysburg battlefield (and the whole town) is just beautiful! Being from PA, I’ve had taken a few trips there, and absolutely love going back!! Looks like you’re having a wonderful trip!
Sara @ LovingOnTheRun says
I never have but it looks interesting!
I hope you continue to enjoy your family time!
Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne says
At least you had a good plan b! I’ve never done any research, but my brother has. I’m still curious for more though haha one day I’ll do some research! Yum to that dinner!!! Looks amazing 🙂
Well done on the early morning run, and Plan B looked cool too. Enjoy the last day with your precious family!
I haven’t conducted an official genealogy research on my family either, however in 2004 I spent a week with each respective Grandmother in Portugal and was able to “colour in” the details to the stories my parents had told me all along. It was precious time and I’ll never forget those memories. Best decision I ever made, to go and spend that time with them. They are both now passed and they will be loved and missed forever.
Make the time count. Love and Blessings!
Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog says
Ohhh all those apples and pumpkins look so good! I love fall flavors 🙂
Sounds like a great run with your sister and the lazy Sunday morning after sounds even better!
The shrimp feta dish seems interesting – I’m going to check it out.
I’ve never researched our family history, but perhaps one day I will. I’m sure when I have children, it’s something they would love to know!
Katie @ running4cupcakes says
what a cool place to run – right by the battlefield!! And glad you guys made the most of your weekend despite the rain – lounging in PJs sounds pretty good to me!!
I’m a big family history buff! Between other interested family members on both sides, we have gotten pretty far. I have a huge binder ha! We only have 2 lines that are “stuck” at the moment. An rush immigrant who seems to have changed her name and an Armenian portion of the family that were killed in the genocide. I wish that researching my family was a job that I could be paid to do!
Dear iPhone: “an rush” is not the same as “Irish”
Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers says
I recently found out my Great Grandfather on my Moms side helped Jews escape Nazi occupied Amsterdam during WWII. It’s an amazing story and makes me so proud!
Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers says
Katie @ Katie Moves says
Bummer you didn’t get to go to the apple harvest! 🙁 They do just park you in big fields so I’m sure it was such a swamp… That’s one of my favorite weekends of the year there, I miss it!
Ironically I just went to the family history museum in Salt Lake City. It was super interesting and they have locations all over the world. Check it out online. I started researching my family and it was very cool 🙂
Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life says
Cold sweat = the worst! I love working out with my sister. I miss her! She’s a ballerina so she never has time for workouts outside of dance, which I get, but still 😉
My grandma has a book of articles, photographs, and family tree’s that date back over 100 years! I love looking at it when I’m at her house to learn a little more about my heritage 🙂
Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers says
How wonderful!!! I would love to see something like that. 🙂
I really want to trace my family history because we believe one of our great-great-etc. grandmothers was an Indian. We all have kind of an Indian look to us, so it would be interesting to find out if it’s in our heads or real!
What started out as a high school family history project turned into a huge passion of mine! If you are interested at all in researching your genealogy, start asking questions NOW while your older relatives are still alive. Ancestry.com is the best place to start to organize all of names and dates, but make sure to record the stories, too! I have tons of information and resources if you ever need.
That dinner looks amazing! Feta and shrimp are two of my favorite combos! All of your pictures of Gettysburg are gorgeous! Looks like a beautiful place to spend some quality time with family!
What a fun weekend minus the rain. We lucked out this weekend in Seattle…no rain! I’ve always wanted to visit Gettysburg. Looks like a wonderful place with some much character and history. Have a safe flight back!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
I haven’t done much family history research but I would really love to! I’d love to know all about my ancestors! I do know that someone along the line (a great, great, great grandfather type person) was named Phineas. I just think that’s such a random name!
Anna Lynn says
Sounds like such a fun visit! Too bad it was so rainy!
Soak up all you can from your grandmother. I recently took a trip to Sweden with my Grandma, uncle, mon, and sister to learn more about our heritage and actually got to meet up with some of our distant cousins. We had lunch at their house, exchanged photos and information, and toured the area our family is from. It was unforgettable.
Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers says
What a fabulous experience!
Chelsea @ BigBitesLittleBudget says
I am so glad that you have been able to get up to spend time with your family. Even if the rain is a bit of a bummer, it looks like you are making the best of it and enjoying your time!!
Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie says
This makes me really miss PA! 🙁
Natalie @ Free Range Human says
I love researching my family tree, and I always take advantage of my time with relative’s to pick their brains. A great uncle of mine has actually done quite a bit of research into our family, and he’s traced us back to around the fourteenth century!
I’ve never traced my family history but I bet it would be really interesting. My mom lived all over the world, where my Dad has lived in Southern Illinois since he was born. I bet it would be two really different, but interesting families!
Britani Sidwell says
My uncle is actually a geneologist and every year for Christmas, he researches a celebrity that we are related to and gives us a booklet of the geneological line up that traces us back to that person. Some people of note: Patsy Cline, James Dean and Dale Earnhardt.
Pretty cool, eh?
Jessica R @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad says
I love those animal pictures. They made me smile!
I grew up only a couple of miles from Gettysburg and have been loving seeing your photographs, and hearing about your trip! I’m sorry that you had such lousy weather while visiting, but hope the rest of your trip was wonderful.
Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind says
I love genealogy! It’s so interesting to know the stories that make up your existence.
My family is really into family history and genealogy–so it’s rockin’ to know stories of where I/we came from! ancestry.org is a great resource if you’re interested! As is familysearch.org
Mmmmm apples! I love apple anything pretty much!
Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine says
Ah! what a wonderful plan B! Love those goats. too fun. 🙂
Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream says
That’s sweet that you and your sister can run/walk together to chat and hang out! When my sister visits we always play tennis…it’s our thing! We also sit on the couch and veg out lol
-Sammy @ http://www.peaceandloveandicecream.com
It soundsl like you and your family had a great weekend! Yeay for family time!
Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food says
We’ve been living with the rain for a while now too, but luckily the sun FINALLY came out today! Looks like a great weekend. I only know bits and pieces about my family’s history, but I’d love to know more!
Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite says
I love that you got back into you pjs after your morning run! Then you can get the best of both worlds- workout in and lazy weekend morning 🙂
No, but I really need to. My family comes from Germany and my grandfather visited the original family farm a few years ago. Language barrier but he said it was great to see where we hail from.
Kate @ Trekking Kate says
I have been visiting my parents for the past 2 weeks, and a nightly ritual is looking at old family photographs with my Dad. He did our family tree a few years ago, such a fun process! Hope you had a great family visit!
Those apples look amazing…and I am impressed you all get out and work out in the rain. I am such a wuss!!