Wednesday, October 19, 2016

~Audrey: 4.5 Years~

Audrey was quite upset that Leo had his half birthday before she did! She said she didn't win! The things that go through their heads. She was genuinely devastated that his birthday is first so we had a discussion about age and how even though his birthday is before hers in the month, she is older than him! But if we go with her theory I'm the youngest in our family!

This age! I mostly love it but there is a certain sassy attitude that has come out that I'm not partial to. I find myself trying to rein in my laughter when she says something totally inappropriate or rudely but I don't want her to think that it's ok so I have to contain myself.

And holy smart! It's hard to slip things past her these days. She has a crazy memory, she hangs on to every word you say and takes things literally. My sensitive little girl!

Eating: The return of the picky stage! She makes a disgusted sound at more meals than not that I serve her. Chicken? Gross. Steak? Yucky. Vegetables? Hates them. She would live on fruit and her snack bag if I let her. It's frustrating but we read Green Eggs and Ham often enough that she is learning to at least try everything on her plate.

Sleeping: She has been struggling to go to sleep lately but I'm guessing that's because of the move and it's still light out at bedtime. She wakes with leg cramps about once a week but the doctors don't seem to have much advice or concern about it. Growing pains or mineral deficiency so she is eating her vitamins daily (when I remember).

Hair/Eyes: Hair is still dark brown and curly. It's getting longer so it's time for a trim soon. Eyes are a lovely hazel-green.

Weight/Height: She is 42lbs and 45 inches tall. She is long and lean! Her legs go on for days which means that her pants are either too short or too baggy to get the length. She is wearing size 5T- 6 pants and dresses. She is wearing size 11-12 shoes.

Personality: Audrey is a serious, sassy girl! She takes everything to heart and is a thinker. Her imagination is mind-blowing and she loves to role play. When I ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she always says a mommy and sometimes something else, so a 'Policewoman Mommy'. She has a temper so we are working on helping her control that. She can be shy which I am trying to not label her as because I've heard her repeat to others that she is shy.

Likes: She loves to help in the kitchen, play with her dolls or Leo as her baby, riding her bike, playdoh, stickers, crafts, helping Daddy build stuff, doing makeup with Mommy, helping Mommy clean aka spray water everywhere, reading, watching as much TV as mommy will let her, being with her family.

Dislikes: when her brother beats her up, bed time, when the TV is turned off, being told to clean up, not having fruit or chocolate for every meal, the 'timer' and 'counting' for time outs.

Big Sister: Audrey loves being a big sister so much. She told me the other day that first you are a baby, then a toddler, then a big sister! She also told me she wants me to have a baby so she can have a baby brother or baby sister! I told her Leo is her baby brother and she said he isn't a baby anymore. She is also asking for a pet, specifically a dog.

Preschool: Audrey started Preschool in September! She is very excited to go learn and play. She goes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. She was mad on Tuesday when she didn't get to go to school! She had no problems at drop off, her teacher say she is very helpful and doesn't want to come home when I pick her up!

Misc: Audrey is adjusting very well to our move a couple months ago. She loves her new day home and is often sad to leave at the end of the day. All good signs!

I did a short interview with her recently so I had to share her responses.

What is your favourite colour? Pink and brown
Who is your best friend? All my friends- Linda, Karina, Charlotte...
What is your favourite book? A to Z Animal book
What is your favourite store? The mall. The food store in the mall (Food Court?)
What is your favourite summer activity? Playing soccer
What is your favourite treat? Chocolate
What is your favourite food? Pancakes
What is your favourite drink? Juice
Where do you live? Canada (although she did say Phoenix another time I asked her)
What do you want to be for Halloween? Mermaid
What is your favourite TV show? Dinosaur Train, Dora, My Little Pony
What is your favourite toy? Big dog, big My Little Pony
What is your favourite activity? Doing crafts
What are you looking the most forward to about school? Playing

All photos are Audrey's school photos! I love the unique setting and how they really allow her personality to come out compared to traditional school photos.

Monday, October 17, 2016

~Gorilla Run 14K Race Report: Oct 2, 2016~

A couple weeks ago I ran the Calgary Marathon Gorilla Run- I started this recap and then life got crazy busy and forgot to post it!

One of my running goals this year was to do a race/distance that I haven't done before. It seems lately all the races I do are ones I've already done so I thought it would be nice to try something different.

After Seawheeze, I wanted to do a fall half marathon since I was mostly trained and I knew I didn't want to run long distance this winter with the time commitment, snow and cold.

I was really undecided on Harvest Half since it is one of my favourite half marathons, such a beautiful course, if not hilly but I took a few too many weeks off from running so while I knew I could do the half, my heart wasn't into it.

When I heard about the Gorilla Run, I knew it would be my next race! It fit my criteria of a new race and new distance for me.  Plus the course took us through the Zoo!

The Gorilla Run offered a 16K solo distance and a relay. There was some confusion about the relay distances but that didn't affect me.

I will say I was a bit disappointed in the lack of communication about the race: we didn't know the route until a few days before the race and the package pick up was also not communicated until just before the race and did not include a weekend pick up date, as well as no pick up the day of the race.

The race route as posted a few days before the race- a loop through the Zoo and 3 out and backs.

The morning of the race was a bit chilly but I knew it would warm up as the race went on. I arrived at the Zoo around 7:30am for the 8am race start. Lots of time for the bathroom, find the start line and meet up with friends.

The race ended up starting about 10 minutes late because the lines for the port-a-potties were long (that's what they told us).

Sea wheeze crew!

CHRR crazies!! A bunch of them had run Harvest Half the day before and were doing the full 16K solo run. Insane people!

The race started and we headed to our first out and back. I will say that despite the fact that out and backs are kind of boring, it was nice to see fellow runners several times throughout the race. Made it much easier to forget about the distance and have fun and just run!

It definitely warmed up by about 5K. It would have been way too much work to take off my jacket so I just undid it.

The 2nd out and back was up by Max Bell Arena- aka lots of rolling hills. A lot of people were cursing them. Possibly including me although the hills around my house have helped me a bit!

Another frickin hill

There was only one aid station along the entire route that you hit twice. I wasn't totally paying attention to its location since I carry my own water and fuel but I think it was around 7 & 9K? I'm glad I always bring my own.

The third out and back was the same as the first. At this point I was starting to fade (about 12K) but at least the hills were over! Plus I was seeing lots of familiar faces again. However at the turn around I realized I was only at 13K and there was no way there was 3K left to go unless they had us run loops around the parking lot by the finish line.

Turns out the course was about 2K short, it was only 14K. I honestly wasn't complaining since I was about done anyway! They did mention they had to change the course a bit due to construction in the Zoo but I think there were other parts of the race that were shorter as well. Oh well- I earned my medal anyway!

1:34 min.
Avg pace 6:44

You had to go into the Zoo to the Kitamba Cafe to pick up your medal (why couldn't they have them at the finish line?), your banana, water and tiny muffin. Maybe they should have put the finish line there? It would have been about 16K. The zoo was open at that time so I guess they didn't want runners mingling with zoo-goers.

We went in search of the Gorillas to take some pictures but only found Sheldon the tortoise. Someone said they found the gorillas somewhere else- not sure why they moved them?

I found a gorilla carving to have my photo taken by!

The medal!! Glad to add it to my collection!

Overall it was a fun race. I'm not sure I would do it again due to the logistics and the meh course but if you are looking for a neat medal and free entry into the Zoo then this would be a good race to do!