Thursday, July 21, 2016

~Three Things Thursday~

1. I've seen an increase in this trend lately: wearing a black bra under a white or light coloured shirt. I don't understand this trend. Why do you want people to see your bra through your shirt? I've seen a few people dressing this way in my professional downtown office which is what prompted me to bring this up. If you are at home, the mall or hanging with friends, fine. But in a business setting I don't think it's appropriate. Anyone else feel this way or am I just old and uncool?

Not OK
OK?


2. Paint Nite- anyone interested in doing one? I'm thinking late August or September, once life slows down a bit. Hah. I am a terrible artist but I think it would be fun. I do need some new art for my walls.


3. With the big move in less than 3 weeks, life has been a little hectic! We are busy packing, purging anything that doesn't bring us joy and doing all the things that are involved with moving. So many address changes and people/companies to inform. So far I've packed about 35 boxes and hubby picked up another 25 or so boxes so we can do a big push this weekend. We have a family reunion on the long weekend so we want to get as much as possible done now so we aren't too stressed the week of.


What's your best day-of moving tip? Are you supposed to provide lunch (aka order pizza) for the professional movers?

Monday, July 18, 2016

~Weekend Recap: Birthday, Rain, Stampede~

The days are just flying by! In case you didn't hear, the weather the past week (or more like month) has been super rainy here. I'll be honest, I'm not really complaining because if it was nice outside I would be super bummed that I had to be stuck inside packing all the time. So while the rain is annoying, especially in the amounts we are receiving, it's easier to swallow that I'm not really missing out on anything.

Wednesday was my birthday! My 3 loves serenaded me in the morning via FaceTime. It was the best!


Thursday we ran a billion errands, including trying to locate actual rain coats for the kids. I found one for Audrey for $40 at Joe Fresh which is more than I wanted to spend but it's necessary and my options were limited. I had been looking online for months with no luck also.

When the sun finally came out in the afternoon, the kids went outside to play in the muddy, wet backyard. They loved it! Leo was in his glory looking for worms, and sitting in the muddy water.


I went for my run in the evening after the kids were in bed. I almost had to go on the treadmill but thankfully it had mostly stopped raining at that point and light rain seemed way better than treadmill torture. I was treated to this beautiful rainbow so it was all worth it! Every darn hill. Yah I'm going to miss running here.


Friday we braved the Calgary Stampede even though it called for heavy rain all day long. I had mentally prepared for it all week and really there was lots to keep the kids entertained inside so it wasn't that bad.

A highlight for them was taking the train downtown!! Although every stop they asked if it was our stop yet!


We met our friends at the grounds and we all had a blast! I almost bought one of these blow up banana bed things. They were so comfy!

The kids loved them!



We listened to some music and the kids danced.


Audrey was very interested in all the animal fur and antlers.


Big Bull!


Piglets!! They sure squeal a lot! Audrey was convinced they were eating the Momma pig and not just drinking milk!


Learning about making wool yarn. Pretty neat tools!


I didn't even have to ask him to pose for these cut-outs!




We spent a lot of time indoors, checking out the animals, different booths that were geared towards kids and just running around.

Leo spotted some tractors at the Alberta Wheat booth and he was entertained for 15 minutes!


Finally it stopped raining so we were able to go outside. The kids loved climbing all over these horse statues. Leo loved running through all the mud puddles he could find. His pants and boots were soaked from all the puddle jumping! He didn't seem to care!



Just hanging out under this horse... Every time I would turn around he would dart off for the nearest puddle to play in!


Audrey wanted to sit on a seat when we got on the train this time (instead of being in the stroller). She was fascinated by how fast we went and all the stops along the way.


Leo fell asleep at 5pm, before we even left the Stampede Grounds! Proof that he still needs his afternoon nap! He was less than impressed when he woke up as I transferred him to the car awhile later.

Hubby went to Fernie with a bunch of his family for a fishing/hiking weekend so I had a quiet night after the kids went to bed. I stayed up too late watching Friends reruns and browsing Pinterest.

Saturday morning I made pancakes for the kids. Usually that's a Daddy treat, since I'm too lazy/tired to make pancakes in the morning, but they had asked and we had time for once. They weren't anything fancy, especially since I had to make a flax egg due to Leo's allergies.

We had to run to the mall to return a few things and look for a couple items for the kids. It was a successful trip.

In the afternoon, Grandma N came over to hang out with the kids (well, Leo was napping) so that I could do my long run. Race day is getting closer and I had no desire to run 17K on the treadmill.

The weather somewhat cooperated and I'd much rather run in a bit of rain than super sunny and hot. It poured rain on me around 8K for 10-15 minutes and other than that it was pretty pleasant.

My legs felt pretty strong so I'm feeling ready for my race in a few weeks.



Grandma N brought dinner and stayed to help with bed time. It was nice to have some help and break up the day.

I should have gone to bed but instead I watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. It was good- not as funny as I hoped but still had some good laughs.

Sunday morning Audrey came into my bed around 6am, complaining of sore legs. I rubbed them and she fell asleep beside me. It was sweet to snuggle beside her!


I woke up a little bit later to little brother making noise. At first I let him play in his room but then it sounded like he was playing with some of the boxes I had packed outside his room. Sure enough he had climbed onto a box and was putting his cars into another box that wasn't taped shut.

We had a light breakfast because we were meeting my family for my birthday brunch!

Yes, I deliberately had them wear matching clothes.  It's not too often that either of them let me dress them anymore.


We went to a buffet brunch at the Royal Executive Inn. It has a huge selection, reasonable price and the food is pretty good. 

Leo doesn't sit still for long so Uncle B kept him occupied for a bit.


Love my family!! We are a crazy bunch!


My Mom came over afterwards so that I could focus on packing while the kids were entertained. I made a solid dent in the basement. We only have a couple boxes left so I'll have to pick some more up so we can get the majority of the house packed by next weekend.

We are so grateful that our family and friends have been so helpful with this whole moving process. We really could not do it without everyone's help.

Hubby had a great weekend away. He caught lots of fish and relaxed a bit which is what he really needed. We missed it but we kept busy!


Now for another busy week! Any guesses as to what I'll be up to?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

~Frock Box #3~

This month's Frockbox order came super early- I think they were preparing for the potential postal strike we may have here, yet still hasn't happened. Needless to say, it was a huge surprise!

What did I get this month?

 Item #1- black peplum shirt $39



This shirt sounded so promising. But not very flattering, especially in the back. I think it's actually a bit too long which normally I find peplum tops are too short for me.  

It's a no

Item #2- Floral blouse $49
 



I've been asking for work appropriate clothes and this fits the bill. I've been loving flowy shirts lately (to hide my chocolate/chips/candy baby) so this is perfect. I like that I can dress this shirt up with black pants for work or dress it down with jeans. 

My only wish about this shirt is that it was smaller. If I had bought it in store I would have sized down. It works though.

This is a yes!

Item # 3- Striped and Lace Tunic $39
 

I really wanted to love this shirt. It's unique and I love the lace in the back. However I knew I would never reach for it, despite how comfortable and soft it is. 

It's a no. 

Item #4- Mint Tunic $39
 

I don't do clothes that wrinkle this badly. It's pretty and I'm sure it would look amazing on someone else but not this bod. 

It's a no. 

Item #5- Lace back maxi skirt $49
 

I love maxis but since I have two from my last 2 Frockboxes I definitely don't need another one. This one is a little too sexy for me- sheer back and slit up to my mid-thigh.

This is a no. 

 Even though I only kept 1 item, I still love the concept of this subscription. It's fun to get a surprise in the mail each month. I wrote a note to my stylist to include some skirts and cardigans next round so hopefully I will get something different.

What monthly subscriptions have you tried? Do you like online shopping for clothes?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

~Stampede Road Race 10K: Race Report July 2016~



On Sunday, I ran my 5th Stampede Road Race. My sister and I started this tradition 4 years ago- her first 5K and my first post-baby #1 race. We have done it every year since.

This year we switched it up a bit. My sister has been struggling with some back pain so hasn't been running much. Since I am training for Seawheeze I needed to get a longer run in so I decided to do the 10K. Hubby also wanted to do a race and of course, we signed both kids up for the Kids Race. It was Audrey's 3rd year racing and Leo's 1st!

Usually hubby watches the kids while my sister and I race, so we had to recruit some childcare while we ran. As backup I knew I could run with the kids in the Chariot but pushing 100lbs worth of kids and Chariot during a somewhat hilly 10K did not sound appealing!

Luckily, the kids have a great Auntie and Uncle that jump at the chance to hang out with them when they can so they were more than willing to meet us at the race.


My sister convinced her friend to sign up for the 5K too! Jenny also picked up our race packages since package pick up was at the other end of the city.


The 10K started at 8am. Hubby and I had decided to run together because he hadn't been training and I have been training. The plan was that hopefully he could pace me to a sub 60 finish which annoyingly is realistic for him untrained. 

I knew Ange was racing but for some reason I thought she was doing the half marathon. I was very excited to spot her (and her awesome running outfit) at the start line. We started off together but she mentioned that she was hoping to come under 1:10 so while it was very comfortable running with her and I knew I would have a good race if I stuck with her, hubby was pushing me to run faster to reach my goal.

I should also note that normally I run with water for 10K+ but I decided to forego it this time since I knew there were 3 water stations along the course (although not evenly spread out) and I really didn't want to have a water belt around my waist. It also wasn't super hot out so I figured I could get away without it. 

The first couple of KMs felt good. I was pushing hard on the downhills and keeping steady on the uphills. I was doing my 10 and 1s which normally work well for me. 

Around 4K I was starting to struggle. Hubby was quite a bit ahead of me and Ange and I were leap frogging each other with her running steady and me stopping for my walk breaks. 

At 5K I was at 30 minutes so I was happy with my pace but I was starting to struggle. I felt my energy draining. I could not get out of my head. Around 6-7K, hubby waited for me and kept telling me to put my shoulders back since I was hunching forward. After the 3rd time telling me that I had some choice words for him so he took that as his cue to give me some space ;) 

I had my music with me and looking back I should have turned it on much sooner. At this point I decided to put my headphones on- they were looped through my tank strap. While running they got all tangled and I had to stop to untangle the mess. My music was already on but it only stayed on for a song or two before turning off and I was too tired/frustrated/just wanted to be finished to mess with my phone in my Flipbelt so I just left it off. 

At 8K there was the last water station which I badly needed. Ange was right in my sights so I kept my focus on her. When I caught up with her at 9K I joked to her that she was definitely going to make her sub 1:10 time! I knew my sub 60 goal was not happening but I was still going to have a good time. 

While I was struggling, these 4 were having a blast at the finish line waiting for us! Best cheering section!


I'm so glad they changed the course last year so we don't have to run around the back side of the track!

Hubby was about 20 seconds ahead of Ange and I.


Sheer happiness to see my cheering crew and that the end was in sight!


Ange and I kicked it up at the last stretch. I guess I still had a bit left in me to finish strong! 


I ended up running 1:00:54 so only a minute or so off my goal. It is still my second faster 10K so I can't be too hard on myself for not reaching my A goal.

My sister and her friend were at the finish line- they had just finished their 5K which they were really happy with! My sister has her friend hooked on races now!


Ange and I happy to be done!

 

No, we did not purposely match our outfits! Glad we were able to kind-of run the race together. He pushed me when I needed it and gave me space when I demanded it ;)


We got in the very long line up for pancakes which was ridiculous! It took 45 minutes and as soon as we got our food we had to head to the track for the kids races.

In previous years since we did the 5K we never had a line up because we would finish before the 10K and half marathoners. I honestly didn't mind waiting in the line- we had lots of great company, but knowing that we were rushed for time was frustrating.

Watching the line dancers


At 10am, the Kids Races started. Leo was super pumped to do his first race! This kid loves to run everywhere so you didn't have to ask him twice to run! He ran 200M with the 2 year olds.


Watching the kids races was the best part! They are so cute!



Leo ran the entire way, although he did fall once!


Hubby was still wearing his bib so I ran with Leo through the finish line. He didn't care that much about his medal!


Audrey ran 400M with the 4 year old and this time she wanted Auntie L to run with her! She did her own thing and was more interested in "flying" around rather than racing, which is just fine!





Family photo!


Thoughts on the race:

-  I really enjoyed the 10K route despite the hills
- I still wish you got a medal for the 5K and 10K distances. Only the half and the kids get medals.
- I'm not sure how, but I feel some improvement could be made on the pancake breakfast situation. If you have kids running in the kids race then they should have a separate line up so you can actually eat before their race starts. Maybe this isn't realistic and I should just run faster!
- Running with company is always better!
- I'm undecided on whether or not I will run 10K without my own water. Is that why I struggled? Or was it all in my head? 

Overall, I love our Stampede tradition! Can't wait for next years race!