Monthly Archives: July 2018

Weekend Snapshots

The last weekend of July?! Ahh. August for us is this year is a whole new thing since at the end of the month Avery starts Kindergarten!

This weekend was HOT. But I am not complaininhere!

I took Friday off to have a beach day with the girls. Weekday mornings at the beach are the best!

Both girls are beach obsessed – like me 🙂

We spent a lot of time in the backyard pool, with water balloons and just playing to beat the heat.

We celebrated my Mom’s birthday. Don’t mind Chloe’s dress, my Grandma gave it to her so we use it for dress up 😉

Sunday run! Which I forgot was supposed to be 14km, I was not thinking it was time to be back into half training already!

Sunday we went to a local street performers festival since Chad was there volunteering. The girls enjoyed watching roving entertainment, playing and the treats more than the performances.

We had such a busy and fun July, but I still cannot believe it is over!


Foodie Friday

One day I might get back to posting more than twice a week but these summer days are flying by at record speed and honestly sitting down even twice a week at the computer to do these posts is a struggle (in the best way).

We had an off week, Avery had a (failed) dentist appointment, the girls fought (too much) and most nights I was done by 8pm! So in true Mom fashion I took today off to spend some quality time with them 😉

Nightly wrestling matches:

Avery and I went for pedicures (manicure for her too):

How I found Avery after my run one night, she fell asleep doing workbooks.

Moving straight into meal planning! Usually I start to crave fall meals by mid summer but I am really loving salads, the BBQ and easy meals right now.

Saturday – OUT

Sunday – Black Bean burgers & Chopped Kale Greek Salad – Gimme Some Oven

Monday – Turkey Taco Burrito Bowls – Together as a Family

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken – Budget Bytes

Wednesday – Penne with Bursted Cherry Tomato Sauce – Calluna Nutrition 

ThursdayHoney Lime Salmon, roasted broccoli and garlic toast

Friday – Toasted Veggie Sandwich & sweet potato fries – Calluna Nutrition 

This weekend should be hot so I suspect we will have a pool afternoon, then maybe go down to the street performer festival that is on this weekend 🙂


Weekend Snapshots

A day late that is! I was darn tired Sunday night and opted to delay this post and to be honest almost did another day but then it would have never been done.

Saturday we had a long walk to visit a couple parks, we are lucky to live close to the trails and these parks but don’t get out to them enough! Despite the clouds we only had about 5 minutes of rain 🙂

Slightly tired after 😉

Sunday morning I was up bright and early to head to the Edmonton Lululemon 10km race! The race itself was great, Lululemon put on an awesome race – just like Sea Wheeze and I cannot wait to go back next summer. I was in the first corral so dealt with minimal congestion which was an added bonus.

The course lived up to what I read it was, fast and flat, with only one small hill. It was an out and back course – my favourite for a few reasons with some straight away that allowed me to keep a decent pace.

I was pretty even with my splits, 30 seconds slower the first half, probably due to the start congestion. It is amazing how fast a 10km course goes, and I barely remember most of the race! I finished at 46:26 – a new 10km PR for me by 2 minutes!

Finish line, sadly all my finish line photos look to have a flare 🙁

Sadly, all my finish line photos look to have a flare 🙁

Afterwards, I grabbed some food, checked out the vendors etc before meeting other friends running the race! There was post run yoga but since I had a busy day ahead I hit the road early to get home.

Post race photo with Leigh:

That afternoon we went to the fair – a summer highlight for us! The girls loved the rides, and it made our day that they can now go on rides together!

Avery fell in love with this little guy at the petting zoo:

Our family photo attempts:

I cannot believe it is heading into the end of July already – how!? I think I am in denial!


Foodie Friday

l evening Being that it is fair week here we are getting our share of BBQs, pancakes and treats! I actually semi think next summer this is the week for holidays so we can partake in more 😉

We did go to the parade and Chloe LOVED it! She danced, waved and loved all the animals. Avery was indifferent – as usual.


She was not in a photo mood:

It was hot this week so we also have had our share of ice cream after supper – coconut ice cream is our favourite:

To balance it out (and a busy work week) I got in a couple beautiful evening runs:

And got my package for the Lululemon 10km this weekend!

With meal planning I have been trying to simplify meals these days, or have favourites (like tacos) that we have weekly. Makes everything easier!

Saturday – Veggie Spaghetti – Family Food on the Table

Sunday – FAIR

Monday – Bibimbap – Budget Bytes

Tuesday – Grilled Chicken & Pineapple Salad – – Calluna Nutrition 

Wednesday – Easy Weeknight Chicken Tacos – How Sweet Eats

Thursday –  Warm Spinach Pesto Chickpea Salad & smokies – Calluna Nutrition 

Friday – Fish & Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad – Together as a Family

This weekend we have two plans, I am going to run the Lululemon 10km race with friends & then the fair!


Weekend Snapshots

I really love summer weekends! This weekend we had some down time which was nice after a few busy weekends.

Friday after work we beat the heat by playing in the sprinkler:


Then a little storm came in so we hunkered down for the night…with wine 😉

Saturday morning we went to a pancake breakfast, despite line ups the girls ate great – but neither was in the photo mood even with this cute set-up!

Chloe dancing with my Mom:

It was a cooler day so I spent the afternoon cleaning then making the best chocolate chip cookies from Magnolia Table :

Later we went to look for rocks for our landscaping by the river:

Avery was a tad excited when Chad caught a frog:

Both Chad and I felt like pizza so hit up our fave pizza place, Famoso for supper. It was a huge win, the girls behaved AND since they have vegan cheese Chloe got pizza. I think she was more excited for pizza (she has never had it) then being at Disneyland:

Sunday mornings are my favourite these days, a run followed by park time:

We spent the rest of the day in the backyard, painting rocks, in the pool and visiting with family 🙂