Monday, March 28, 2016

~Easter Weekend 2016~

I hope everyone had a great Easter Weekend! Love a long weekend that has the whole family together for 3 days! Lucky hubby is home with the kids today. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying the peace and quiet of my office right now!

Spring arrived and so did the snow! We have had more snow in the last week then we did all year it seems! It's still pretty warm outside that the snow is gone in a day. We are starting to see signs of spring- the tulips are popping up and the green grass is coming through!

Thursday the kids and I interviewed a new dayhome. Unfortunately our amazing day home is closing down May 1st so we have to find new care :( I'm so disappointed. Thankfully we have a few good leads so will likely have it sorted out by the end of this week after a few more interviews.

We had a play date with our friends in the afternoon since it's spring break and A was off. It was a good visit despite it being too short. Never enough time!

I had a chiro appointment in the evening and hoped to go to yoga after. Leo has been difficult at bedtime though so I rushed home to put him to bed and sit outside his door for an hour. This phase can end any time now.

Friday was a holiday so hubby was home! Audrey requested he make her flat eggs (fried egg) and she likes to help. She's going to be a better cook than me before we know it- which is just fine with me!

During nap time I went for a manicure.

We also decorated Easter Eggs in the afternoon. Leo was more interested in smashing the eggs and Audrey ate a crayon (no clue why) but I think it was a success!

Saturday morning we had brunch with hubby's family. Grandma and Grandpa had a scavenger hunt set up for the kids which they thought was the best thing ever! Then they had Auntie help them make one up for Grandpa!

We managed to get one decent photo of the 4 of us. Only 113 outtakes.

Audrey and I were twinning in our tulle skirts!

A friend of mine was in town for a visit. She knows I love a good workout so she invited me to try a Barre class with her at Hot Yoga on Crowfoot.

My only experience with barre is the Tracy Anderson pregnancy DVD Alison lent me when I was pregnant with Leo. I have zero dance background so I knew this was going to be interesting!

Not only was it a barre class, but it was warm barre. Which really means barre in a sauna.

It was a 50 minute class and it was pretty intense. Very different from my usual running or Beachbody workouts. The movements are so precise and small. You don't think it will be that hard but your muscles are burning and yelling at you to stop! We also giggled a lot at ourselves!

It was a very sweaty class and a great workout! I would definitely do it again! Since it was my first time at the studio I signed up for the $25 unlimited weekly pass. I'm hoping my schedule allows me to go 2 more times (to a yoga and spin class) before the week is over.

Afterwards we spent some quality time at Starbucks, catching up on each other's lives. Good seeing you K!

I came home and the family was working hard in the garden. Or in Audrey's case, giving the "baby deer" garden statue a bath.

We did some hopscotch on the driveway.

While Daddy made dinner, I took the kids for a walk. Leo wanted me to carry him so we went back for the wagon. Audrey insisted on sitting in it as well. Workout #2 of the day for mama!

Sunday was Easter!! Leo was so excited he woke up at 5:30am. Not cool kid! We had to stall him upstairs until a reasonable hour to wake up big sister. She woke up around 7:30 so we ventured downstairs to see what the Easter bunny brought!

Audrey was excited to do the egg hunt while Leo had no interest once he spotted the trains in his basket. So Audrey collected all the eggs.

I went back to bed for a bit because waking up at 5am on a weekend should be illegal, unless you are catching a flight somewhere tropical!

Meanwhile, hubby figured it was a good day to remove the side of Leo's crib, the first step to a big boy bed. I'm not ready to give up the "cage" but if it helps Leo's sleep it might be worth it. This kid used to be the BEST sleeper but the last 2 months have been rough on us all. Early mornings, fighting naps, fighting bed time, waking in the middle of the night to party. My poor back can't handle another night sleeping on the ground beside his bed.

Since hubby had the great idea to take the side off, I told him he could deal with nap time ;) Turns out it wasn't too bad and Leo mostly stayed in his bed before dozing off.

I went out for a run in the afternoon. It was about 10C outside so no long sleeves needed. I also used my new Flipbelt for the first time. It's awesome!! I only had to adjust it once on my hips and it doesn't bounce at all!

After Leo woke up from his nap, we headed to my sister's house for Easter dinner with my side of the family. It was totally chaotic and wonderful. There were 3 dogs there also.

Gee, I wonder where these kids got their sweet tooth from? I promise they were excited about their cookies, despite their somber faces.

We left relatively early, before the kids started to meltdown, as it was already past their bedtime. The one downside to not hosting the dinner is having to leave early :( 

Night #1 in the side-less crib went ok. Leo loved having his own pillow (we need to get him one that is flatter though)-- at one point he laid across the whole pillow! 

He still moves around a lot (sleeping and not) so before I went to sleep I had to go in and move him since his head was dangling off the bed. We haven't used the baby monitor much in the last 6 months or so, especially at night time but we have to now that he is free to get out of bed on his own!

He did wake up around 1:00am. I heard him whimpering, checked the monitor and sure enough he had rolled off the bed. I went in to move him and he said "Mommy, I falled!" We will have to get him a bigger bed sooner rather than later.

Let's hope this change is the turning point for his sleeping issues. 

So that was our Easter weekend! I'll admit I'm looking forward to a "quiet" April. I need a break from all the festivities!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

~Run For L'Arche: Final Training Recap & Race Report~

The 5 Mile plan:

My last week of training leading up to the race didn't go as planned due to coming down with a cold/flu the week before. That's life though- you have to roll with the changes and trust the training you put in weeks prior.

Week #8 Recap:

Other than 1 Mile on the treadmill on Wednesday, I didn't workout or run at all the week leading up to the race on Saturday.

Needless to say, not quite how I wanted to go into race week but sometimes resting is better than forcing workouts when you need to recover.

I set out my clothes the night before the race. The weather forecast said it was going to be around 0C when I was supposed to be racing so I opted for a thin long sleeve shirt, my lululemon jacket which is double layered and long tights.

The race started out at Eau Claire which is one of my favourite places to do a race just because of the convenience. I was also happy that it had a later start (10:15am) which meant I got to sleep in!

A bunch of bloggers, including Leigh, Leslie, Ange, Jen and Crystal arranged to meet ahead of time- I was way more excited for this than the actual race due to my cold! We missed getting a photo with Jen and Crystal before they took off for their half marathon.

I also ran into a couple of my CHRR friends- it was good to catch up with them too. I definitely miss running with that crew.

After a quick stop at the bathroom, we headed outside. We took a couple pictures.

I was fiddling with my earphones and getting my music set up when the race started. Most disorganized start for me ever! I didn't even have my Garmin set up! I don't know why I was so concerned about my music- I didn't even end up listening to it the entire race.

Leslie and I had discussed running together earlier in the week. I'm so glad I had her to run with and keep my mind off my coughing. I hope it wasn't too annoying!

I tried to not have a goal for myself for the race given that I had a cold all week. I wanted to enjoy it and listen to my body.

Leslie and I chatted most of the way. We saw Ange ahead of us for the first half. Leigh was long gone. It was a familiar out and back route so no surprises along the way.

Just before the turn around we saw Leigh coming back. She looked strong. Somehow I missed Ange on the way back- she probably blew past us.

Just before half way I started to get too warm so the jacket came off. I had to tie it around my waist which is annoying. I should have worn a t shirt underneath- what was I thinking!?

Around 6K I started to feel tired and Leslie commented that she thought we had slowed down. Looking back, our last 2 10 minute intervals (we were doing 10 & 1s) were faster than the first 2 so I guess we really weren't slowing down! Our splits were fairly close so we did a good job of pacing ourselves.

After we crossed over the bridge at Memorial, I checked my watch and thought for sure the course was going to be short again. I was surprised to see we were right around 50 minutes so faster than I thought we would be.

I saw Leigh waiting for us at the finish line and she captured these pictures. Thanks Leigh!

Turns out the course wasn't short after all. We finished in 51:53 which I was pretty happy about given my endless coughing!

Even though I didn't reach my under 50 minutes time goal I had hoped to achieve when I started my training, I am happy with how I raced and most importantly, I had a lot of fun!

Post race photo

 New medal for the collection! Same as previous years, just a different year.

I enjoy the 5 Mile distance. It was a good distance to train for- not overly time consuming. I definitely want to see if I can get under 50 minutes so maybe I'll look for another 5 Mile race to add to my schedule. Plus there is always Run For L'Arche next year!

Monday, March 21, 2016

~Weekend Recap~

Spring has arrived!! It does feel like spring has been here for awhile but there is something so special about winter officially being over- even if we still get winter-like weather for a bit longer.

Our last weekend of winter was a bit quieter than it has been, which was a welcomed break. Being sick the last week really rocked me so I was glad we took it easy.

Thursday we didn't have plans, since Leo and I were still coughing quite a bit. Some times the 'home' days are more challenging than when we go out. Both kids had their moments of being terrors.

Leo's sleep has been awful the last few weeks. Just when we think we are turning a corner, he throws us for a loop. His separation anxiety is at an all time high so it's been tough. He does not like going down for naps/bedtime, to the point where I have to either sit beside his crib or outside his door reassuring him that I am not leaving him for good. He doesn't transfer as well as before from the carseat to the crib so going out is stressful trying to be home and fed before nap time.

And the screaming-- he has found his voice and is not afraid to use it! Poor Audrey covers her ears half the time from his yelling.

Audrey for the most part was good, but she did get into a few things while I was dealing with Leo. Like colouring on the window with some markers. I'm just glad it wasn't the couch.

She also pulled out the playdoh and made a massive mess with that while I was trying to calm down a hysterical Leo. Poor girl tries to entertain herself! I think I need to put a lock on the closet with the craft supplies since there are so many "up" places that you can put things.

So Leo ended up not napping. Since we had dentist appointments in the afternoon, and dinner out afterwards, we left the house early so he would sleep in the car. Not shockingly, he passed out as soon as we turned off our street.

Audrey did so well at her check-up. She was nervous at first but then she got lost in the movie playing above her and let the dentist clean her teeth. She wasn't a fan of the fluoride though!

After Leo had a mini-check up (he kind of cooperated), we went for dinner. Let's just say that was a gong show! Leo was pretty good at first, but when the food arrived he lost his mind because he wanted an "apple-bar" aka granola bar. Of course I didn't have one on me so he was so mad. Needless to say, for the sake of the fellow customers and getting ourselves fed, we ran to the drugstore to get him some "apple-bars". He ate it up and then some dinner.

He was fine for a bit, until he was done his dessert and pushed it off the table before I could catch it. I wanted to hide under the table and die.

When it was time to leave, he screamed the entire walk back to the car, screaming for Daddy (who stayed behind to pay). So contrary!

Where was my Irish luck on St. Patrick's Day?

Not surprisingly, I needed a glass of wine when we got home. I tried to make it festive and green.

Friday started off A LOT better. It's amazing what sleep will do.

Audrey and Leo had fun playing "airplane" in this box.

We were going to go to a playgroup but the coughs were still lingering so I didn't want to get too close to people. Instead we went to the library-- where the kids coloured!

Leo enjoyed taking many books off the shelf, bringing them to me and sitting on the ground looking at them. Audrey picked a couple books and had me read them to her.

In general, everyone was a lot happier! Leo still fought his nap a bit but managed to sleep for a couple hours which always helps his mood. And mine...

When did he get so big-- sitting at his table eating his snack?

We had a quiet Friday evening. I probably did laundry and watched The Good Wife.

Saturday was the Run For L'Arche! I met up with a few bloggers before the race started. It was good to see everyone- I think I was most excited for the meet up than the actual race!

My cold was still lingering and I hadn't run/worked out almost all week. I'm so glad I was 'only' doing the 5 Mile because I pretty much coughed the entire time. Leslie and I ran together which was great. It really took my mind off how I felt (lungs were not keeping up to the legs), and how I was likely not going to have the race I had hoped if I was healthy.

We ended up having a great race together and I didn't even care that I didn't PR- at least the course wasn't short this year ;) I'll do a full recap of the race later this week.

After the race, I went home, quickly showered and changed to take Audrey to her dance class. Afterwards we ran some errands, which included a quick stop at Starbucks for a treat.

Audrey loves the cookie dough cake pops!

Hubby made a delicious rib dinner and we went for a nice walk/bike ride after dinner.

Sunday was a pretty lazy day. I slept in, Leo did not- thanks hubby!

It was the first day of spring so hubby and Audrey got to work doing some outdoor spring clean up.

I did some indoor spring cleaning in between checking on Leo while he struggled to nap again. He finally gave in though. Mom win! And no, he is not ready to stop napping. He is tired before them. A total mess when he misses them and his night sleep is a complete disaster on crappy-nap days.

Grandma and Grandpa N came back into town so we had a family dinner with them and to celebrate birthdays.

The kids were very excited to see them and play with all the toys at their house.

Leo and his cars...

Opening presents

We also celebrated hubby's birthday- which is today!

Happy Birthday to a great Daddy and husband! We love you a ton!

What are you most excited for this spring?