Friday, September 30, 2016

Five on Friday

Happy Friday friends! So ready for the weekend even if I only worked 2.5 days this week ;)

{one} ooh I'm so excited for fall tv shows! Grey's Anatomy, Quantico, This is Us, etc. What are you watching lately?

{two} when I decide to stop running for a couple of weeks again, don't let me okay? Getting back into running is hard! Speaking of working out, I've done a couple of at home workouts lately and they've been good.



{three} Happy 3rd birthday to Delainey! We hope you have a wonderful day! 

{four} Brian keeps asking me for birthday gift ideas and I have zero. What's on your wish list?  

{five} I sat trying to think of a 5th thing to say for way too long last night, so that's all you get from me today haha. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Catching up: the grandma's visit

Well, I definitely didn't mean to not blog for a week, but I had zero desire to sit down at my computer while my mom was here. Let's rewind to last week:

My mom flew in on Thursday night, but we didn't get back to our house until 10:30pm, so we had a quick catch up and then headed to bed.

On Friday, we took Amelia to Southland pool to go down the waterslides. She absolutely loved it again! It was less busy this time which was nice. I think the best part was watching my mom go on the big wrecking ball type thing they had. Haven't laughed that hard in a long time! Trying to remember what we did for the rest of the day- not much I don't think. Hung around the house and made dinner at home.

On Saturday, my mom helped us pack up some boxes and Brian made us a waffle breakfast. Amelia was entertained the whole time by playing and drawing on a box! It was pretty cute. In the afternoon, I put Amelia down for her nap and then headed out to get my hair done. My roots were so bad! That night, my mom watched Amelia so Brian and I could go on a long overdue date night. We went to The Keg and had a delicious dinner! 

Brian went biking on Sunday morning, so it was just us girls hanging out. I'm trying to remember what we did during the day- struggling to do so! Ooh I know, I let Amelia play with pudding in the morning which ended up being more eating it and getting it everywhere, haha.

My mom made us a big early Thanksgiving dinner, and Alison and Justin + the kids came over in the afternoon. Brian's mom also came down from Edmonton for a visit, so we had a big full house. The kids played so well together and Amelia loved copying everything Delainey did. Pretty sure I'm still full from that dinner. 

On Monday, we took Amelia to the zoo and had a fun time! Amelia loved seeing all of the animals and absolutely loved the gorillas and bears. It was so cute! Pretty sure the grandma's had as much fun - they were chasing each other with leaves and climbing on the bear statues. Can't take them anywhere!


On Tuesday, we decided to head to the mall, but Amelia threw an epic tantrum ten minutes after we got there, so we quickly headed home. She ended up falling asleep on the way home and then having a crappy nap once we got home. The weather turned windy and cold, but we decided to brave the park for a bit to get out of the house. That night, Brian took his mom out for dinner and to a concert, so my mom and I made dinner at home and hung out watching This is Us- this show has potential!

And just like that, another visit was over. Why does it have to go so quickly?! For those that have your mom living close to you, I am jealous of you!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

{Amelia}: twenty months

Another two months have flown by, so it's time to do a little update on Amelia. Crazy that we are getting closer and closer to her being two years ago. Wasn't she just born?!

When I did her eighteen month update post, Amelia had just started walking. Now, she barely sits still! Always running around the house, crawling up the stairs, crawling all over the couch, etc. It's fun when we are at home, but so much work when we are in public! 

Her favourite things lately include:
  • playing at the park
  • throwing rocks in the river
  • water in any form- especially loves when you start the bath water and let her sit running her hands under the tap while the tub fills up
  • carrying books everywhere including taking one every morning to the dayhome
  • going down the slide or trying to climb up it

We haven't had a doctor's appointment since she was 18 months, but I did stick her on our home scale and she's at least 25lbs. I swear she went through a growth spurt recently as her pants are all getting shorter. Her belly is still huge, which makes me laugh. Because of that, I have to buy her shirts in 2T. Her little legs are short though as she wears 18month pants. She's still wearing size 4 diapers. 

Her favourite foods are: yogurt, cheese, pasta, grapes, bananas, muffins, bear paw cookies, rice. Still absolutely loves her bottles of milk, but does take it in a sippy cup during the day at the day home. 

She still chatters non-stop in her own little language with a few words thrown in there. She says: dadda (non-stop), baby, no, cookie (no idea how she knows that one!), all gone, more. I laugh when she goes into our pantry and says "cookie?" and points to the bear paws. Smart girl ;)

We FINALLY got her to let us brush her teeth. Just took some toddler tooth paste and now she loves it. She gets so excited when we do it after bath time. 

What else? Amelia is definitely a very strong and opinionated toddler. She knows what she wants and doesn't want and isn't afraid to let you know. If you wait just a bit too long to do bedtime routine, she is not a happy girl! She loves her sleep like her momma. 

We love you Amelia!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Canmore half marathon: race report

I can't even remember when I signed up for the Canmore half marathon, but it might have been after I saw Jen and Lindsey talking about running it. I had never run the race before and it looked like a scenic course, so why the heck not?! I also just checked and pretty sure this was my 14th half marathon!

Race package pickup was in Calgary the days before the race at the Tech Shop, so I went on the Thursday on my lunch hour to pick our race packages up. I was in and out of there in less than 10 minutes. The packages were pretty simple- just our race number and the buff. 

I woke up on race morning and it was cold and rainy outside! I was so tempted to stay in bed, but Jen and her husband Tom were coming to pick me up. They picked me up just after 7am and we were on our way to Canmore. We found parking pretty close to the race start and went into the school since it was raining. We pretty much stayed in the school until the last minute and even joked about going for breakfast instead, haha. Jen and I had agreed to run it together for fun, so we lined up towards the back and before we knew it, we were off!  It took a while to get across the start line, and when we reached the front we quickly figured out that there was a HUGE puddle across the start line. 

The race course winds through the town and residential area before heading onto the gravel pathways. It wouldn't have been bad on a dry day, but it was raining on and off, so the pathways were pretty soggy and puddle filled. The second half of the course is filled with way more hills that don't seem to end. Good thing we agreed to walk them! The rain quit for a bit and then picked up all the way until the finish. We were soaked by the end! 

at the start line and wondering what we signed up for!

So wet!

We ended up finishing in 2:12, which is totally fine with me. We were having fun chatting, jumping across the hundreds of puddles and not caring about our finishing time. Thanks again Jen for running with me!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Scenes from the weekend

I have a feeling this recap might be kind of lame as our weekend was quiet, but that's okay. Sometimes having a quiet weekend with no plans is nice!

[friday] neither of us felt like cooking, so we got some Vietnamese take out and hung out after Amelia went to bed. Pretty sure I fell asleep on the couch at 9pm! Party animals.

[saturday] Brian let me have a sleep in and once I got up, he made us pancakes for breakfast. Later that morning, I ran to check out the kids toy and clothing sale that was happening in our neighbourhood. It ended up being a bust as barely any people had signed up and it's usually packed and crazy. When I got back, we headed out to check out the harvest festival that our neighbourhood puts on. There was lots of people there and Amelia wasn't a fan of being able to see the blow up slide, and that there was a huge line up for it. It's tough being a toddler ;) She was getting grumpy, so we decided to head home. 

Haha we were playing in her room, and I covered her in blankets while in her crib. Then tucked her in with her stuffed animals

When Amelia went down for a nap, I cleaned my bathroom and then did a workout. We didn't do much after Amelia went to bed- starting watching Six Feet Under. Weird to see the actor from Dexter and Parenthood in it.

[sunday] in the morning, Brian went to get groceries so Amelia and I hung out while I cleaned and vacuumed the house. When Brian got back, I took Harley for a 5k run in the sunshine. When Amelia went down for her nap (she ended up sleeping for 2h40mins!), I had some lunch and then crawled into bed myself. Brian headed out for a bike ride with Justin around 3:30pm. Once Amelia was up from her nap, we went to the park for a quick play time before heading home to make delicious chicken pot pie for dinner. 

Tell me: how was your weekend?


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