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Foodie Friday

Welcome back to Foodie Friday – long time no see πŸ˜‰

This week flew by (thanks holiday catch up!) and I am so glad it is Friday πŸ™‚ Monday the girls had dentist appointments, both did so good and sat in the chair happily. After we got groceries and Avery picked out cupcakes as her treat for doing so well – fitting, I know.

Tuesday I had Miss. Chloe join me at work for a few hours. Poor girl is teething like a mad women and is a stage 5 clinger. My boss’s 10 week old puppy was also at work so that made for a “fun” afternoon.

The girls cuddling, when I went to take a photo Avery covered Chloe with her arms – nice sister.

Wednesday night we had my Mom for supper and the girls burned off some energy in the yard. I seriously cannot imagine non-summer life right now. We might go stir crazy by December πŸ˜‰

I will also miss my garden veggies that save my life daily when I run out of things.

Avery is finally coming around with doing paper activities and crafts. She loves the Disney princess magazines so we do a couple pages after Chloe goes to bed at night:

That is about all from our week. I have not ran since the race, but been going to spin at lunch and am hoping to run tonight. But more on the next few months of running later!

Meal planning:

Saturday –Β Grilled Greek Chicken Quinoa Bowls – Cooking Classy

Sunday – OUT

Monday – Black bean burgers & Kale Superfood Salad – Kristine’s Kitchen

Tuesday – Shrimp Stir-Fry with Rice – Damn DeliciousΒ 

Wednesday Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

Thursday – Spaghetti & turkey meatballs

Friday -BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls – Budget Bytes

This weekend…Tonight we have games night with my brothers & their girlfriends. Tomorrow I have a 4 hour yogathon (wish me luck!!) and then I am not sure for the rest of the weekend, something fun since summer days are limited now.




Sea Wheeze Race Recap

I think this marked half marathon #11 for me and at first I thought it might bring me a PR once I saw the map (and hills!) I knew it might not be.

I covered most the weekend in my other post but I will say it again – Lululemon does a race right. This is a must do race! It tops my list with Disney races. Yes, the entry is not cheap at $158 but it more than paid for with the festivities, swag and more.

Race morning we were up just after 5am since it was a 7am start. We arrived at the starting area around 6:30am with the 10,000 other runners and spectators and after a group shot we made our way to the starting line.

Thanks Becky for the photo!

The starting line is self seeded with the pace beavers (as SeaWheeze calls them). We (myself, Chad and friend Heather) decided to stay at the 1:45 pace beaver and hope for the best.

They said the race would start in waves so we figured we might be the second wave so did the initial countdown and were ready to wait but we were off in the first wave!

I am not too familiar with Vancouver so bare with me on the route πŸ˜‰ We stayed on the streets of downtown for a bit and while there was three lanes blocked off in areas it was still so crowded. I know you cannot expect much else with 10,000 runners but it also frustrates me!

Anyways, I think the first cheer area we say was a spin studio which really got the fun going – one reason I love huge races is for all the spectators and cheer areas along the way!

I have a hard timing remembering race details but around 6km (?) we headed over a bridge (a long and slow uphill) into Kitsilano where we hit 10km and I saw we were at 49 minutes but still behind the 1:45 pace bunny – which was throwing me off.

It was an out in back in Kitsilano then we headed back over the bridge – another hill – urgh πŸ˜‰ then to the sea wall.

Just before the sea wall there was a digital sign where you could send messages to runners and Ange sent me a message – so awesome and it definitely fueled a fast few kms since we ran the next 5km in 23 minutes!

There was so many water stations which I never used but was very impressed by how many there was. Vega was set up along the race route too! Some other cheer areas, the police, fireman who sprayed their water hose, drag queens and so many other costumes!

I found running along the sea wall a tad tricky, we had some head wind plus it was windy and the sand made my steps feel a tad slippery. We ran the perimeter of Stanley Park on the sea wall before heading into the park at 18km and running up another hill!

That hill killed us for a bit and while I wanted to pick up the pace for the next 3km I just could not and I knew Chad could not either.

At 20km I was ready to spring to the finish line but Chad looked rough so without saying anything I stayed with him πŸ™‚

Just before the finish line!

Photo from Dave Mallari

We crossed the finish line and my watch gave us a time of 1:44:30 BUT the race results are saying 1:46:16 even though my watch was started before I crossed the start line so not sure what is up there.

After crossing the finish line I asked Chad if he was okay and I got “no, I need water” so he quickly sat down but water was a bit further up so he got up, we got our medals and headed for water.

Being that we finished earlier compared to most we had no issues with any lines ups at this point. We walked up towards the convention centre collecting swag along the way, Vega bars, a cold wash cloth, and sunglasses. At the top was brunch boxes of banana bread, overnight chia oats, nectarine and chocolate which was inhaled too fast for any photo.

The swag:

I also went to grab mini Vega shakes and more water and saw Saje set-up with runner packages for grabbed one and sent Chad back for his. Sadly, I heard they ran out of these which was too bad for sure!

Once Chad recovered we took a post race photo – but he did not have his medal on – oops!

We decided to head back for showers shortly after and that was one long back!

I am super happy with our times, between hills and the congestion I think we really gave it our all and that is all I want in a race and to know I did not leave much on the course.

I have to shout out to all my friends that set PRs, ran their first half marathons and more! You are all so awesome!! Seriously there are too many to name!


Sea Wheeze Weekend

I cannot believe a weekend that I waited 9 months for has come and gone! I have to say that the weekend lived up to the hype and Lululemon puts on one heck of a time! It was also our first adult vacay in almost 4 years – yikes! We got to enjoy a lot of things we rarely do and it was nice to not play mom and dad for a few days but we were also ready to come home to the girls by day 4.


We dropped the girls off and headed to the airport, we had a good flight and once we got there we waited for Becky and Brie to arrive since they were just after us.

Our first stop was Yaletown Brewery for food and drinks – we spent a fair amount of time in pubs all weekend πŸ˜‰

Chad’s flight.

We walked to the townhouse we rented with two other couples after drinks. Chad loved this chair:

Later on we ventured out for supper and ended up at Milestones then wandered around before calling it a night.

It was quite smokey that night!


As soon as we were up and ready and we all headed to the Sea Wheeze race package pick up. I have to admit the line up made me less than impressed BUT they moved fast – we waited maybe 15 minutes in line and were in and out in no time! We got a Lululemon cinch bag as part of the race package, some Nuun plus a ton of other goodies that were being handed out outside.

There was three yoga sessions that day as well, we never joined into any that day but lots did!

We got the best tattoos ever – Banamaste πŸ˜‰

We hung around until it was time for lunch – Becky arranged for everyone we knew coming to the race to have lunch – 18 of us total! Of course we forgot a group photo!

In the afternoon we headed to Granville Island, checked out the market, and enjoyed gelato – since I was not drinking that day mojito gelato did the trick πŸ˜‰

We opted to make a pasta supper at the house that night which was perfect for an early bedtime for race day πŸ™‚


RACE DAY!! I will do a race recap tomorrow πŸ˜‰

After showering we all took the ferry to North Vancouver for the afternoon to check out a market there – seriously, I never knew a city could have so many markets!

And of course we stopped for drinks before catching the ferry back πŸ˜‰ Becky, Chad and I wanted to go to the Sunset Festival so we took a shuttle over to that area – the shuttle was fast to get on and off but the traffic on the way there was SO slow! We did finally arrive though, got drinks and food and a spot for yoga.

It was an hour of yoga that I semi did while enjoying my drink πŸ˜‰

We had planned to stay for the concert but we were all tired so after checking everything out and hearing some songs we jumped on a shuttle to call it a night.

I have to say that hands down everything that Lululemon planned this weekend was amazing and so well planned. 10,000 runners PLUS spectators is a heck of a lot of people to organize and please. So while there were minor hiccups I am still more than impressed and they treat their people good!


A fairly uneventful day! I was ready to get home to the girls so of course the day felt very long. But we were so lucky to have Chad’s Dad and Step-Mom hanging out withe the girls all weekend and they spoiled them with beach trips, play dates with their cousins, basement camp outs, and

I am not hit with reality that the weekend is over, summer is almost over and today is back to work!



Summer Days

We had a few days at home in between getaways and have spent it being outside and having as much fun as possible before we leave on our adult weekend πŸ™‚

Th best part of the last few days was waking up with no agenda right away and hanging out until we felt ready to go.

Tuesday biked down to the splash park then explored a bit downtown and took some new to us trails home.

Chloe insisted this cat came along for the ride!

After we got slurpees (my summer weakness!) and hung out at home for the evening. We had plans to camp out in the yard but I wanted a good night sleep instead πŸ˜‰

Wednesday morning we hit the track for some intervals:

Then went to our favourite playground that is close by:

Our afternoon was spent playing with chalk – aka Avery getting me to draw everything and watching me, then playing in the yard and having Blizzards with my Mom.

I draw a mean castle πŸ˜‰

Avery requested another park trip so the girls and I took a walk to the park before supper. The best we could get for a photo πŸ˜‰

I do wish I had another day at home with them BUT today we are off on our first kid-free holiday in 4 years! The last time we went away together was when I was pregnant with Avery – crazy – and yes, it took too long!

Be back next week sometime with a recap of that and our race πŸ™‚


Long Weekend Getaway

We had such an awesome weekend! I saw one of my best friends get married, got to hang out with some of my favourite people and get away for a few days. If I am being honest if was probably one of my top weekends in a long time!


We hit the road to the mountains around lunch, once in Banff we stopped for a short walk by the river and took photos:

While we wanted to do a hike it was not the weekend to do so – WAY too busy!

Later we went for supper with some friends & their kids – 6 adults and 6 kids! A tad crazy but so fun!

I spent the night helping get the wedding room ready with the other girls πŸ™‚


One other bridesmaid and I had hair appointments first thing so she picked me up and we headed to the salon. It was nice to have the quiet morning since the rest of the day was go, go go! We got ready and headed to the brides hotel to finish up and get to the ceremony.

I knew it was going to be a busy weekend in Banff but it was insane! Needless to say most of the day we ran a tad late but there was nothing you could do about it.

The ceremony was beautiful and overlooked the river and mountains.

While they did family photos I took some of the girls – neither of them were having it all weekend:

PS We did get a family photo but others took ti so I will share later!

After we headed to another photo location to take photos with the amazing Whitney CowanΒ and pop some champagne.

The rest of the night was so much fun in every way. Luckily my tribe helped out with the girls all night (well, all weekend!) and my heart was left so full with all the love all night. The girls both passed out on chairs of the reception (parent win!) so we stayed until the bar closed!

The bride and I met 10 years ago at our first jobs and have been basically inseparable since, the photo below are the others we met working there and it is crazy how fast we all became friends and have remained so for 10 years! Such an amazing people.


We got back to the hotel at midnight and called it a night!


We all slept until 8am then checked out and headed into Banff to grab coffee and walk around a bit. I may have done some damage at Lululemon so called it done there πŸ˜‰

We had plans to meet another friend at Granary Road on our way home which was so amazing! Totally worth the trip – even if we did get lost! The kids had a blast:

We did not get home until supper so grabbed some groceries, unpacked and had a quiet night.


I have no photos to share from our holiday Monday! We caught up on life all day, chores, laundry, groceries, visiting with family, and some other errands so that we could enjoy the next coupe of days with the girls before heading to Vancouver!