Tuesday, March 31, 2015

~Spring Bucket List 2015~

I've seen Lindsey make this list a few times so I thought I'd jump on it and make one for myself! I love lists and better yet, crossing things off them!

Most of these things are fun and I'm looking forward to them... Spring cleaning? Not so much! I enjoyed cleaning and the instant gratification but I find I have limited time to do things and cleaning is no longer at the top of the list! It needs to get done though! Any volunteers? :)

What's on your Spring Bucket List? What's your 'must-do' for spring cleaning?

Monday, March 30, 2015

~Weekend Recap: Girls Trip, Maroon 5 and Playdates~

Wow the weekend went by so quickly! And what a fun one it was! I want to rewind and do it all over again!

My sister gifted me tickets to Maroon 5 for Christmas, in Edmonton, so Thursday the kids went to the day home. While I was sad to miss out on my 2 extra days with them, they love the day home so that made me feel better.

I enjoyed coffee and breakfast by myself! It was kind of lonely but I reveled in the peace and quiet for once!

My sister picked me up just before noon and we headed out for the 3 hour drive to Edmonton. It was so nice to catch up with her and just be the two of us. We never get that anymore since the children demand so much of our attention when we are together. We used to do lots of girls shopping trips and dinners before I had babies (her kids are older) but it's just so much harder now.

We went to West Edmonton Mall, one of the biggest malls around and power shopped. I needed new jeans and luckily found some right away. We also checked out Loft, which I have never been to since we don't have one in Calgary but didn't buy anything. They had lots of nice stuff, especially for work but nothing popped out at me.

We had a quick dinner before heading to our hotel to get ready for the show. We called a cab and headed to Rexall Place, all ready for our date with Adam Levine!

We didn't rush to get to our seats so by the time we got our drinks, the 2nd opening act was on the stage: Magic. There was a bit of an issue getting to our seats because someone was sitting in them but with the help of the usher, they moved and we were able to sit down.

Magic was pretty good. They are from Toronto. I recognized some of their songs and they had a decent stage presence, despite their horrible suits.

Finally Maroon 5 came on!! They are so amazing!!! They put on such a great show, interacted really well with the crowd and just had the place pumping! They played all my favourite songs!

Towards the end, Adam serenaded a girl on the floor who had a sign saying it was her birthday. Her name was Kristina, which is also my sister's name, so she said it was like he sang to her, since her birthday is next month! I totally arranged it all ;)

Then the best part happened (besides all the amazing singing and fun). Adam is singing away on the catwalk and this girl jumps up on the stage. Adam has his back to her so he doesn't see her until she is right there. He yells out "you scared the sh!t out of me" and she ran away, while security ran after her. He was pretty cool about the whole thing, saying how he was in the zone, singing away and suddenly this girl is right there! She must have been pretty stealth since she got through 17 layers of security! He joked she was being taken away to prison (she was escorted out of the stadium).

It was such a good show- I can't wait to see them again!

It took awhile to get a cab back to our hotel but we weren't really in a rush and it wasn't too cold out. We didn't stay up too late and had a nice, uninterrupted sleep. I woke a few times but slept in until 9am! Great night for my first night away from Leo!

Friday we went to a mall across the street from our hotel. They had a big Target and both my sister and I found some great deals. Still can't believe Target is leaving Canada...

We checked out a few more stores (ahhh child-free shopping!) and then headed home. We had a slight hiccup when we tried to fill up with gas. My sister's car has this new cap-less gas tank and the skinny Esso nozzles wouldn't go into the gas tank! We had to go to Petro-Canada to fill up! We were worried we would get stuck in Edmonton because we couldn't fill up the car!

I was pretty excited to see the kids but they didn't appear to miss me too much! They had so much fun at the day home the extra two days. They always have fun with Daddy too! Leo slept well at home, only waking once at 10:30pm.

Auntie A, Uncle D and Cousin L came over for a quick playdate after dinner. Auntie A and Cousin L were out of the country for the last couple of months visiting her family so the girls had lots of fun playing dress up!

Saturday started off slowly. Hubby wasn't feeling too well so I kept the kids occupied while he attempted to sleep a bit longer. We had pancakes and smoothies.


Leo tried to help rearrange the kitchen...

We played hairdresser...

Leo tried to climb into bed with Audrey...

In the evening, we went to our friends' house for dinner. Audrey had too much fun during the day and fell asleep during the 7 minute car ride over there so she napped for awhile...

The other two had lots of fun playing together though.

We miss our weekly playdates now that Moms are back to work so it was nice to catch up and see how much the kids have changed in one short month!

Sunday I went to the Mom and Tot Show and lunch with my friend who is expecting. There were lots of vendors there and we got some great samples.

Later on Cousin L came over again for another play date. The kids all have so much fun together!

After dinner, we went to the park and then bath time. These two had a rare bath together and they quite enjoyed it!

Suddenly it's Monday again! At least it's a short week... oh wait, not for me! I'm not complaining though! We get an extra day with Daddy at home (and he doesn't work next Monday and I do).

Thursday, March 26, 2015

~Three Things Thursday~

1. My sis and I are on our way to Edmonton for the Maroon 5 concert tonight!! I am so excited for a girls night!! It's also my first night away from Leo. I would be lying if I said I wasn't almost as excited about a full night of uninterrupted sleep either!
2. I gave myself permission to take this week off from working out. I haven't done anything since my race on Saturday. I just need a few days to recharge and then I'll be back at it next week, along with an update on what's up next! I give a hint... more races!! :)
3. I've been a little frustrated lately with Leo (and Audrey's but less so) lack of eating. I just need to remember that he will eat if he is hungry and this is just a phase. Hubby also reminded me that Audrey was like this too. I think I just worry more about Leo because his weight has been on our minds since before he was even born, even though he is just perfectly little.
Sometimes he just likes to wear his food...

He's a fan of cookies and gelato...

And cake...

I'm sure in 15 years I will be pulling my hair out with the amount of food he will be consuming!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

~Run For L'Arche: Week # 8 Training Recap & Race Report 2015~

I've successfully completed the Run For L'Arche 5 Mile!!
It was a great race and I PR'd!

Let's look back at my last week of training before I recap the race.

Plan: Rest day
What I did: Rest day

Plan: 3 Mile run
What I did: 5K hilly run with the Half Marathon group
It was the start of hill training for the half marathon group- 3 hill repeats. I felt really strong and kept a good pace.

Plan: 30 Minute Cross Training
What I did: T25 Total Body Circuit
Another good workout! The kids were some

Plan: 2 Mile run
What I did: 2 Mile run
I took the kids for a run right after supper since we didn't get a chance to get out earlier in the day. I promised them a stop at the park afterwards but apparently it's very tiring riding in the Chariot while your mom pushes you up and down hills!

Plan: Yoga
What I did: Rest day
I opted to not go to yoga since the race was the next morning.

This was my first 5 Mile race. I was quite excited to run this distance and Run For L'Arche always puts on a good race.
Race package that I picked up earlier in the week.
The race started at 10:15am which is kind of an odd time but I wasn't complaining about not having to get up super early! I was able to sleep in, and hubby made pancakes for breakfast.
The weather was a bit cool- around 0C and super foggy! I decided to wear long tights, thin long sleeve shirt, and my running jacket. I also wore my running belt- it's so drilled into me to wear it all the time but I actually wish I didn't because I spent half the race fixing it.
I arrived early at Eau Claire, where the race was held. I didn't know too many people racing but I did spot Tina, who I follow on IG, at the start line! It was nice to finally meet her in person! While waiting at the start line, someone recognized me as "blog girl!"
I took the prerequisite start line photo and soon we were off!
 I'm pretty sure they changed the course. All the printouts and online maps showed an out and back route, crossing immediately over the Prince's Island bridge but we instead turned left and ran alongside the river on the south side. My first KM was quite slow- I really had to push myself to move! Usually people start off too fast but that was not the case for me this race!
By the second KM I had found my goal pace. I still had to check my watch often to make sure I was on pace. I was also doing 10 and 1s.
Even though this is a 5 Mile race, I still trained and raced in KMs. I know my pacing in KMs and it just seemed easier to stick to what I know rather than switch to Miles for one race.
My water belt and phone in my pocket were really annoying. I kept having to adjust them and I just wish I had left my water belt at home since there were water stations and really for 5M, in cool weather, I would have been fine without it. I also think I need a new water belt since I think this one is stretched out.
The KMs were just going by! I could tell we were close to the turn around since the lead runners were on their way back!
They had a great cheering section at the turn around! Although they did say the forbidden line "You are almost there!" I checked my watch at this point and it said 3.30K so not quite halfway.
The last half of the race was how it was on the maps. We crossed over at Louise Bridge and ran on the north side of the river. It was still super foggy but comfortable to run in. I was actually getting a bit warm.
I was consistently staying on pace but as we neared the Prince's Island bridge I realized that the course must be short. Sure enough, according to my Garmin, it was half a mile short.
Distance: 7.3KM (4.5M)
Time: 44:45 min
I was still on pace to finish under 50 minutes, even if the course wasn't short so I am super happy with myself! Tina said her Garmin clocked 7.75K so I'm not sure what the discrepancy was.

And the best part is the bling! Will always run for a medal!

I quickly grabbed some food, coffee, stretched and headed home! It was a fun race and I'm looking forward to racing 5 Mile again!