Weekend Recap

It is a long weekend over here and the last day of our holidays but I thought I would recap our weekend so far since there is a lot to share!


We spent the afternoon at the lake with my Mom as well. It was awesome. Such a perfect day and Avery had a blast as evidence from these photos:



That night we went to a car show/cruise night downtown that comes once every few years. It is pretty cool to see our entire downtown lined with all sorts of cars. This year had the best turnout I have seen in years. We also ran into Becky and Liam there so visited (Liam shared her carrots with Avery) with them for a bit too. Photo from Becky:





We ran errands in the morning and finally got down to the market for our Humble Hummus and then Chad convinced me to get mini donuts…twist my arm.

Chad was going out camping for the for the night so he packed up and headed out around lunch. My Mom came over since we had a mini road trip day planned. We really did not know where we would end up but wanted to take advantage of the day to just do as we please. It was such an awesome day with my Mom and Avery!

First up was Olds to check out this book store.


It was so cute inside as well. A ton of used books for great prices. Of course only Avery got books, 3 for under $3. We checked out a few more shops but Avery was being a tad crazy so we decided to go search for food. Once in the car Avery had a meltdown and then passed out so we decided to head out of town.

Next up we headed to Bentley for their farmers market and to go to our favourite little shop there. We bought some baking and the best spring rolls, for a small town market it is hopping!

It was close to supper time so we decided to fplinally check out a cafe in another town we had heard a ton about, Carvella Cafe. This did not disappoint, locals go now! So adorable, great food and the atmosphere could not be any better.




My Mom promised Avery ice cream so we decided to head out to the lake for ice cream but made a detour home first to get my brother. Then had ice cream on the beach to end our day:


I think by 7pm I was ready for bed! I spent the night getting blog stuff done and waking up 10x since I do not sleep well alone.


Avery has slept so good our entire week off, sleeping till after 7am every day! I was up just before 7am so I had time to eat breakfast and make coffee before getting her up.

I did some cleaning and came out to find Avery pushing all her stuffed animals around in the laundry basket and then she put them all under the stools and went and hung out there.

By 8:30am I realized it was gong to be a hot day and we had to get out for a run. It was not an easy run, we had to take a different route (thanks to a sidewalk closure on a busy street with NO detour – smart planning…), it was getting hot and Avery was fussy. But in just over an hour we got in 11km.


Funniest story, I was showering at home and Avery was watching TV on our bed, next thing I knew I heard her say “Mommy, shower” and she was in the shower with me, clothes and all! She has never even been in a shower! Crazy kid.

We spent the morning doing laundry and baking banana bread before it was nap time.

Chad came home around lunch then we headed out to Heritage Ranch to see the horses, and go to the playground.




Our only family selfie of the weekend…


And Avery would not look – I blame the horses!

After we headed to some friend’s house who have a brand new puppy. Guess who was in heaven?? And her latest obsession is wearing her hat backwards.


By this time we were all done and tired – and I was sick of the sun – imagine that! We spent the rest of our Sunday inside watching a movie and then Big Brother.


Foodie Friday

Happy Friday! How is it Friday and HOW is it August in two days?! Sigh.

Yesterday we continued our stay-cation and went to a zoo, it is a smaller “wildlife” zoo but only about 45 minutes from us. I like that there is a ton of open space so it never feels too congested.

Avery loved the monkeys and was pretending to be one when she saw them:


The jaguar show is always awesome!




Trying to get a decent photo with my little:



Watching the racoons, she likes climbing the fence more I think:


Chad trying to intimidate the llama.


Avery and my Mom watching:


I had book club last night at my favourite local pizza place, no pizza for me but their drink menu is just as good! Last month’s book was A Sudden Light. In the end I really liked this book, though it felt long at times. In August I am hoping to talk more about my book club reviews so far. My pick was up next, I brought two books for the group to choose from and they picked The Vactioners.


Moving on to meal planning!

foodie friday

Saturday – Eating out

Sunday – Oprah’s Favourite Grilled Cheese & kale salad – oh sweet basil

Monday – Easy Flounder Brocccolini Bake  with couscous (I will use Sole instead) – Skinny Taste cookbook

Tuesday – Chicken Fajita Quesadillas with guacmole – jo cooks

Wednesday –  Greek turkey burgers & salad —> need to use garden veggies!

Thursday – Healthy Tuna Casserole – Reveal Natural Health

Friday – Pizza night since we skipped it last week!

Today we are headed to the beach since it is going to be a perfect day for it. Tomorrow the plan is to take a little tour to smaller towns and check out some different shops and cafes. We still have a few looming to do list items as well which will keep us busy. The one I am dreading? Staining our porch!

Enjoy your long weekends Smile


Stay-Cation Update

Happy hump day! Like any holiday this week is flying by. I feel like we have not done much but it has been nice to have the time off with not too much to do. Though our to do list is pretty long!

Monday was not the nicest day out so we tried to amuse ourselves inside. 100 activities and a too short nap after and I swear Avery was still bored. We decided to check out the new Treehouse Play Centre that is right by our house first thing in the morning. I have to say for $8, plus the free coffee they had it won us over. You could spend hours there! And you can come back all day for the $8. I did not get too many photos since carrying a phone through tunnels is not the easiest task.


We came home for Avery to nap, and her trend of a hour plus a little nap continued. Sigh. The rest of Monday was spent hanging our gallery wall (thanks Chad!), Skyping with a friend, a chiropractor appointment and trying to keep a tired toddler busy.

She loved Play-doh!


“Mess free painting” which is all a lie, it is not mess free.


Tuesday the weather was a bit nicer, but it was no lay out in the sun or beach day. After our morning workouts (I broke a 25 minute 5km!) we ventured out on a walk and to a nearby park.

Oh but before we played in the sink, this might be Avery’s favourite past time:


Her running away (second pic) to the outdoor gym, because it is more fun than the playground meant for kids.



Insert another TOO short nap here. Then we went to see my Mom since it was her birthday, and treated her to coffee at Cool Beans. We had a few other things to do that afternoon and before we knew it it was supper time!

Playing with chalk before supper:


Checking out her new fall order from Old Navy turned into stuff all the things in the hoodie and put on what shoes. Weird toddlers.


I thought we might go to the zoo today but the weather is once again iffy so we are postponing it until tomorrow. Instead we went for a bike ride this morning to a park. Avery fell asleep on the way home so I thought we could transfer her into the house. But she had other plans!

She is OBSESSED with her helmet. She wore it all morning until we left.



When I was doing this post I realized there is no photos of me. FAIL. Must get better at that the rest of our stay-cation!

The next few days are going to be hotter so we are planning to go to the zoo and the beach Smile


Weekend Recap

I am sitting here writing this while it is pouring rain out. There was some sun this weekend but the rain and storms have been daily. I hope this week gets nicer out!


After a quick supper we picked up my race package and had Menchies – oh I ate too many sweets this weekend, time for a sugar detox. I feel like we did more that night but forget now!


My race did not start till 9:30am which was nice so we did not have to be up quite as early. Going into this race I did not expect much. When I signed up I decided to only do the 10km because I did not feel committed enough to run a half marathon. BUT the downside of that was I just did not train at all. 10km is a pretty comfortable distance to me and I usually run 10km every Sunday now.

Pre-race with Avery:


The race itself was a small town race, we were placed weird at the start, 21km first the the 10km then the 5km started after. This was a tad annoying but being that it was a smaller race it did not cause issues for me. The cool part was we started the parade off, so the first 1-2km was ran along the parade route! Cool BUT at the same time it got everyone going a little too fast off the start – me included. Soon after we got off the parade route I settled into a 5 minute a km pace. My friend ran with me for over 6km which was awesome to pass time by. I noticed a huge difference in how fast the race went by versus my last 10km race because of this.

The last 1km I saw two ladies in front of me and made it my mission to pass them. But I just could not get them! Until I saw the finish line, then I got passed one but not the other. This is when I realize how competitive I can be.

My official race time was 50:43, which was 2nd in my category and 6th for gender overall. All in all I was pretty happy with this. One day I will break 50 minutes!

While I was running Chad and Avery met my Grandma for the parade. YES My child has the messiest hair ever – I give up.



Afterwards we stuck around for the prizing…I got socks. LOL.


By that time it was way past naptime for Avery so we hit  a drive thru for coffee and headed home.

The rest of our day was spent doing errands, getting groceries, getting stuck in a storm at the grocery store, having a dance party since it was raining out and baking cookies.



Later that night we watched Mom’s Night Out which I thought was a cute movie about motherhood.


Our morning was spent doing our respective Pump workouts and watching our little tornado aka toddler – seriously how is the dayhome always SO neat? She tears about our house in seconds. I decided on french toast for brunch, made with help from Avery.


Avery had a short nap (only an hour) and after we went and ran more errands, picked raspberries at a friends and checked out a showhome which I am in love with.

My little berry lover:


I owe this girl for all the raspberries we stole!


AND we found Miss Avery her big girl bedding. It was exactly what I wanted, not too girly and still matches her room:



It was my Mom’s birthday supper and I knew it would be a challenge with Avery not having a great nap. She goes into complete crazy mode and nothing stops her. I was right and supper was well, a challenge but we made it through – just with no photos! I only had one drink but almost wished I had more Winking smile


Foodie Friday

Happy Friday! This week has been interesting. Lets back up to Monday. I decided to be productive and after a lovely yoga in the park session I started to paint our front door. Like anything it is never as quick as I think it will be but more on that later in a DIY post. Sneak peek:


Tuesday I wanted to finish said door BUT Mother Nature had much bigger plans. Storms do not scare me but after seeing a lot of hype on social media with scary hail I went on watch. Around 8pm I was on my deck taking these photos:


When everything went really calm and the sun came out. I thought the storm passed over us when a weird noise started. It was a high pitched whistling that Chad could hear even in the basement. But no wind and no train. I went into our basement to tell Chad and by the time I was back into the kitchen there was golf ball sized hail nailing the house. It sounded like someone was throwing baseballs at our house. I watched as our cars were both pounded L After about 10 minutes it stopped and I went out to grab some of the hail.


Our cars did not fare well. But that is why we have insurance and they are 110% driveable. Our house has only minor damage we think and again if needed we have insurance. Others had their vehicles and houses smashed WAY worse. So we are thankful.

You can see some damage here, there are these dents all over our vehicles.


That night we had another wicked storm that came through with the loudest thunder I have ever heard! And Avery? Slept through it ALL.

So that was our weekly excitement. Not much else to report this week, more door painting, and more rain.

Onto the meal plan, next week we are on a little staycation so I have more time to cook – woot woot!

foodie friday

Saturday – Mexican Three Bean Salad & chicken smokies – Belle of the Kitchen

Sunday – Out, my Mom’s birthday supper

Monday – Thai Crunchy Chicken Lettuce Wraps (we will sub out the regular wraps) – Tastes better from Scratch

Tuesday – Chicken Pesto Pasta – source – Current favourtie in our house!

Wednesday – Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bowls – Recipe Runner

Thursday – Edamame Quinoa Salad with grilled cheese – The Girl Who Ate Everything

Friday – Pizza night!

This weekend will kick off our staycation! Tomorrow I have a 10km race and there is a local parade at the same time so we will probably spend time around there. Sunday we have my Mom’s birthday supper and very little plans besides that. With the weather these days I have no idea what to expect so am playing it day by day.