Weekend Recap

Since we had a busy weekend I am going to jump right into it and share too many photos 😉


We played outside after work since the sun was out and I was feeling a tad tired and hoped the sun would help me too.

After supper I started to feel a headache coming on so I went for a run in hopes it would help – and it did! We ended the night with a movie which I did not even finish and then went to bed early.


We left mid morning to head to Calgary to see some friends and their kids and babies – insert squeal here – it had been WAY too long since I saw them all so I was so happy to make the trip and meet the newest additions. The kids had so much fun together, a huge thank you to Alison for hosting!

We got home, had more backyard time then had my Mom over for supper before heading to a local market and getting some awesome goodies – I forgot to take photos but we got hair bows, a little wood picnic table for girls and Avery got a mala bracelet.

Avery at the market:

Hanging out on the picnic table:


We came home and visited with my brother, his girlfriend and Mom before getting the girls to bed. Since we did not want to stay up late we watched some Netflix and called it a night.


We had a 18km run on the agenda. No matter how many of these do I find anything over 17km to intimidate me! It was a perfect morning for a run though we were not sure how it would go since the storm took out a lot of trees on the trails.

These two goofs before our run:

A few kilometers in we came across a race, which we have many times before. The first volunteer said there was a race on and to stay on the sidewalk which we were. The next one repeated that and semi hinted we should not be on the path. Then a guy came up on a bike saying he was on the organizing committee and we had to leave the path – UMM WHAT? Chad basically told him it was a public path and we were being respectful, but he kept following us and harassing us. I have never been so angry at a race organizer. Anyways we shared the path with them for 500m and only saw 4 runners which we kept pace with. Okay rant over 😉

We had a great run and saw some really sad areas where the trees were leveled by the storm. This area below a tree took out the fence on the path and we had go under and around it carrying the double stroller!

After we made our way for iced coffees & pancakes for the girls then walked home.

I gave Avery three options for the afternoon, the beach, a bike ride & new parks or set up the pool in the yard. She picked the beach so after C napped we headed out. We had a great couple of hours and Chloe loved the lake (and eating mud!).

We stopped for ice cream on the way home and ran into my Grandma – small world!

And that was our weekend!


Foodie Friday

How the heck is it Friday?! Looking back on our week it has been crazy.

Monday was pretty quiet, Avery and I did a 7km run after supper -she fell asleep around 3km after she took this photo:

Oh and early morning deck cuddles to start our week:

Tuesday night around 7pm we were meeting with some landscapers in our kitchen (which is all windows around us) and I had my back to the window when everyone else was like “oh crap!”. I turned around to barely see anything outside and what looked to be a massive dust storm and winds. The wind took a gazebo from the house across the alley and crumpled it. We all watched out the window while I debated going into the basement. I fratically tried to check for tornado warnings but had no data of wifi. This lasted 5-10 minutes before it kind of calmed down.

Sadly, our poor city was badly damaged. We are known for the beautiful parks, trails and trees we have and there are huge losses. 100 year old trees ripped up by their roots onto houses, cars, power lines, roads and more. Sheds, buildings and roofs destroyed by the wind and debris. You can see photos here. We were lucky and only lost one small piece of siding on our house and our rental house was fine too. And the good news? There was no serious injuries from the storm!

It was a beautiful day beforehand though!

Oh and I tried out a new virtual reality game at a local theatre – job perks 😉

Wednesday I took off the afternoon, between no computer at work (it was being fixed), and a teething one year old I decided to work at home and have a quiet afternoon. We took a walk to the park too.

Later we went to our neighbour’s as they were hosting supper. By the time we got home I was so tired all I could think of doing was sleeping!

Yesterday we did not do much, my Grandma came for supper and then we had a quiet evening which is what I needed.

Onto meal planning.

Saturday – Salmon burgers & Kale Caesar Salad – Gimme Some Oven

Sunday  – Tuna Casserole

Monday – Asian Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps & sweet potato fries – Well Plated

Tuesday – Chefs Plate (referral link)

Wednesday – Chefs Plate (referral link)

Thursday – Work Event

Friday – Kale Chicken Sausage Pizza – Real Food by Dad

I am pretty darn excited for this weekend – tomorrow I am heading south to see some of my favourite blogging friends and kids/babies for a much overdue visit and then tomorrow evening going to a local market here with some of my favourite vendors! Sunday we will probably go exploring as a family and enjoy the sun!


Race Recap – Troubled Monk 10km

This is our second year doing this race and the second annual Troubled Monk run. I might be bias but this is hands down one great event and race.

100% of your registration is a tax receipt – so right there, how can you not sign up? Then you get beer at the finish – FREE beer (or craft soda) from the best local brewery. This year runners also got salads and a hot dog at the end. Oh and part of the race package was a beer glass and coaster!

There are three distances, 5km, 10km and the half marathon which was new this year with 36 runners, overall I think there was 350. And they had a free 1.5km kids race!

This race starts right at the Troubled Monk brewery and takes you through some of the beautiful trails in our city. Our trails are not an easy run though – the hills – OY! There are four hills, two smaller, two bigger ones. But then ends after a downhill 🙂

Going into the race we only wanted to come in under 55 minutes since we had the double Chariot. I joked I might run alone and ditch Chad and he said I could but that would not have been near as fun or felt as accomplished!

At the start line:

Kegs at the start line – of course!


We made a mistake of being nice and going to the back at the start since we had the stroller but then spent the first 1.5km trying to pass people on the narrow trails which is frustrating at times, especially when people have music on and cannot hear you.

Like most runs our game plan is pretty simple, Chad takes the stroller and when he needs a break I take it except hills – that is all him (yeah, he is amazing!) then I take it after the hills so he gets a break. It is a team effort 🙂

The race flew by, even on the long hill we managed to truck up it without stopping except for one water break – I forgot my handheld bottle!

And even more amazing?! The first 5km the girls chatted away and loved seeing all the runners then around 6km they both passed out:

The weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot with a little wind. We kept a good pace of 5.15 mins/km except for that first 1.5km and the hills and finished in 53:06! Not too bad at all and a time we were really happy with.

Afterwards, we stuck around, got our food and drinks while the girls napped a tad longer. Thanks to Becky for taking this family photo!

We decided to put Avery into the free 1.5km kids race since she can run that far. But like a lot of things with 3 year olds that did not go as planned. She lined up all excited, told me I could not run with her and was happy. Then she got pushed back a bit so she was not at the front and was mad about that when they said go! I am sure we can all guess what happened next! The kids took off and she started to cry that she was now left behind. But she was crying TO run so off we went and ran maybe 400m before coming back (still whining and crying) and at the end she got her ribbon and sucker. Sigh! But if you ask her today she will tell you she ran and won 😉


Summer Bucket List 2017

Happy first day of summer!! I cannot believe summer is already here! I seriously want to do all the things this summer and while I cut my list in half this still might be a tad ambitious 😉


What is on your summer list?

Weekend Recap

With this week being officially summer I counted the days I had off until September (when to me summer is over) and I have 30 days. Which seems like a lot but at the same time I know it will fly by with summer activities, events and all the other usual weekend/life things. This weekend was a glimpse into our summer…


I was on the fence if I wanted to run with my race the next morning but decided on a fast 5km, I did 5km in 24 minutes and called it a night! We watched Table 19 later which was not too bad for a comedy.


We had the Troubled Monk 10km so spent the morning at the race since it is much more than that – beer, drinks, and music! I will recap the race this week 🙂

Since Chloe napped on the race when we got home she was not having her usual nap so we played outside for the afternoon.

It was the perfect temperature, not too hot with some clouds.

We had my Mom over for supper then later my brothers and girlfriends came over for a games night – I stayed up way too late and might have had a tad too much wine 😉


Thankfully the girls let us sleep until 7am! We spent a couple hours doing chores etc before heading out for brunch with Chad’s family at his Dad’s camping area. We only spent a couple hours there since after we had a surprise birthday party to attend in another town.

Trying to get a photo before we left, one looked at me, the other looked away – repeat x10, kids 😉

Both girls had mini naps on the drive to the party, which was just long enough to power through a couple hours there before heading back home. Both girls fell asleep again on the way home so we took the long way and grabbed iced coffees for the drive.

Our 2017 Father’s Day photo:

I think this guy deserves WAY more than what I pulled together for his day, but I did manage to do these photos for his office:

We had an early supper then headed to the park for an hour before baths and bed.

Such a busy weekend but that is summer! This week is another busy one, we have landscapers coming to go over our yard plan, our neighbours are hosting a BBQ & I need to find a time to have my Grandma visit the girls since we had no time this weekend.