Monthly Archives: May 2018

May Long Recap

I would like to say the long weekend went by in a blink of an eye but it really did not! We had great weather, spent lots of time with family and just having fun in general!


I had some friends over for a BBQ, despite the wind we had a great evening!


Avery and I watched some of the Royal wedding once we were up:

She might have liked it more than me!

We did our usual errands, then came home for chores – the windy weather made this more bearable – before heading to our nephew’s first birthday party!

Later on we decided to take advantage of the windy weather and go fly a kite! The girls loved it and both did great with the kite – much better than me!


I had a 15km long run to do and convinced the family to join me 😉 We ran a different route than usual due to a big race happening, but it was nice to switch things up!

Our big to -do’s for the day was going to get out garden plants, plant the garden and cover in under the deck. After an afternoon in the sun and yard we were done!

Avery, my Mom and I went to the greenhouse:


We did some backyard canvas painting:

My brother and his fiancee came over later for a visit and stayed for supper as well.

I have a feeling this might be a really fun summer with these two!

We had a quiet evening in the house after being outside all day!


We spent the morning at a park and went for a little walk to see the horses they have there as well.

The girls had the park to themselves and loved it!

On our way home we stopped for donuts (long weekend treats!):

Then a picnic lunch:

During nap time I went for a 7km run the spent time reading my book – finally, I have been slacking with reading.

Then more backyard time followed by another BBQ and fire for s’mores – a must do on a summer long weekend!


What did you do this long weekend?

Foodie Friday

Happy May long weekend! This week has been full of sunshine with only one (needed) rainy day! I really have no idea where our weeks go anymore and feel like Friday comes in a blink.

A few photos from our week:

Moving into meal planning!

Saturday – Greek turkey tacos – Whitney Bond

SundayGrilled Chicken & Whole Food’s California Quinoa Salad – Damn Delicious

Monday – Black bean burgers & BBQ grilled veggies

Tuesday – Avocado Pasta – Damn Delicious 

Wednesday -Mexican Chiptole Sweet Potato Casserole & rice – Whitney Bond

Thursday – Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Pizza (Chad’s choice for his birthday) – A Spicy Perspective 

Friday – Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls – Dinner at the Zoo

Our long weekend plans include our nephew’s birthday party, planting the garden and hopefully lots of R&R in the sun – another low-key weekend 🙂


Half Marathon Training: Stampede Half

With less than two months until my next half marathon, the Stampede Half , I kicked off training the other week. With this training round I had a few goals. One, increase speed with more tempo and interval runs. two, add weekly distance and three add hills!

I have some double run days since for the next month I am running with coworkers to train for a local 10km as well. I am hoping this extra time on my feet and speed runs equal a new half PR for me!

While it looks like a hectic schedule it is a short training plan and my theory was after full training it should seem easy – HA.


Weekend Recap

We had such a great weekend, it was really low-key which meant a lot of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather!


I went for a run after supper then watched my favourite show, The Good Witch.


My Mom, the girls and I had our annual Mother’s Day fun run. We all did the 5km then the girls had there 100m run after. Avery decided to do the 100m with Chloe vs the longer one which was fine with me. That is until the race, we all started to run and she said she was not running so instead I gave her to my Mom who was watching while Chloe took off running – she loved it!

We spent a ton of time on the bouncy castles that were there and visiting with friends and family. By the time we got home it was lunch and nap time!

Always fun getting a decent photo of us all 😉

During naps I got groceries then we hung out in the yard for the afternoon. Avery even napped outside! After naps we played in their new pool:

We cleaned up for our family supper – we had yet to celebrate the four April birthdays and May one plus Mother’s Day. After we had my family over for a fire and s’mores.


Chad surprised me with my Mother’s Day wish, a stick vacuum! When I asked for one I had no idea they are $$ but I got myself a fancy new Dyson! And even better were these candle holders the girls made me at dayhome:

Chad gave me the option of running alone but I would rather run with him and the girls so we did 14km then got breakfast and headed home.

We spent the entire day outside, I went and bought flowers, Avery and I planted them all, the girls played in the pool, I read my book, we had snacks, and the best part?! The girls did not fight!!

I am so used to go-go-go summers fitting it all in but after this weekend I think we will have a lot more quiet backyard days!


Foodie Friday

Well this week was uneventful – mainly since my cough has stuck around and I am pretty sick of it! We did do a fun DIY project Monday for Mothers Day – but cannot share yet!

I managed to run twice this week and get to spin class since it seems like doing cardio is the only time I am not coughing up a lung!

With that I am moving right into meal planning!

Saturday– OUT

Sunday – Greek Chicken Kabobs with rice & tzatziki – Cooking Classy

Monday – Banh Mi Rice Bowls – Skinny Taste 

Tuesday – Fish Tacos with pineapple salsa

Wednesday – Pan Fried Sesame Tofu with Broccoli – Budget Bytes

Thursday – Tomato Spinach Chicken Spaghetti (sub’ing in turkey) – Julia’s Album

Friday – Chicken Smokies & Strawberry Cucumber Spinach Salad – yay for food

We have a fun weekend ahead and it looks like we will have plenty of sun too! A Mother’s Day fun “run”, gymnastics, and a family birthday(s) supper.

Enjoy your weekends!