Monday, September 26, 2016

~Week + end Adventures~

I seem to only get the chance to sit at the computer to blog about once a week! Better than none?

Since life has slowed down a touch (haha ya right!) we were finally able to get together with some mamas and kiddos for a playdate at our house last week. Such a good time catching up with Jen (+ Wes), Alison (+ Delainey and Ryder) and Brie (+ Sully). The kids mostly had fun, when Leo wasn't crying over sharing his toys. Gosh, life is hard when you are two and everyone wants your cars!

So while I failed to take any pictures during the playdate, here is a before and after!

Before: making granola bars (Leo friendly) with the kids. Don't worry- they licked the spoons AFTER we were done mixing!

After: Cinderella cleaning up after everyone left. I promise she wanted to vacuum! She does need to practice a bit though...

The kids and I had dentist appointments and I am so proud of these two rockstars!! Audrey didn't hesitate at all, opened her mouth so he could clean her teeth and do the fluoride. "Rio" playing above helped ;)

Leo's checkup was more to get him comfortable but he was so good that the Dentist said he can get a cleaning next time.

So proud of them for not being scared of the dentist and for being good about brushing their teeth regularly.

Sometimes they play nicely together...

Audrey had preschool on Friday afternoon so this guy and I had some quality time after his nap! Playing cars is his favourite!

Oh yah- hubby was in Edmonton for Thursday and Friday night so I took it upon myself to watch some movies after the kids were in bed. I watched "Me Before You" which was good but I didn't pay super attention to it because I had just read the book.

I also watched "Bad Neighbors" which was funny/terrible. I can never take frat movies seriously because that is so not how they are in real life. I laughed pretty hard at Lisa Kudrow as the Dean.

Ok maybe I'll watch the sequel next business trip!

Sometimes I have Snapchat fun with the kids. Leo always wants to be a monster though!!

I tell ya- finding a new nail salon was harder than finding a new doctor and chiropractor combined! I did get a referral from my mom's co-worker and I think this salon will work out.

Neutrals are back for fall!

Griffith Woods is our favourite! We love exploring it on the weekend, often with the kids on their bikes. The weather was gorg-eous this weekend so we spent a couple hours checking out new trails. The fall colours are spectacular!


A fire pit!

We headed to Pearce Estates Park in Inglewood for some fishing. Everyone but me has their own fishing rod!

Audrey thoroughly enjoyed herself! And yes, tutus can be worn fishing.

You can't use scented bait so it's a bit harder to lure the fish. We didn't catch anything but it was fun to watch the fish swimming around.

As expected, Leo lasted only 15 minutes before he decided to throw rocks into the pond. 

We went to the Bow Habitat Station Discovery Centre.

We learned about some of Alberta's fish.

Checking out a beaver's lodge. Quite the structure!

Audrey and I hid from the boys inside the beaver's lodge!

Beaver inside the lodge!

Fish Hatchery. They often have tours but we didn't go on one.

As much as I wanted to head for a nap when we got home, I went out for a 13K run instead. It didn't take me long to feel good about that decision. Such a beautiful day and I know these nice fall running weather days are numbered. It won't be capris and tank top running weather for much longer.

This photo doesn't do justice to this amazing view of the fall colours.

Sun peeking through the trees, beautiful leaves and the perfect running temperature. It was a good run!

I even managed to find a picnic table for the next time we go to the woods for a picnic!

And just like that the last weekend of September is over! I'm not sure how...

Can everyone cross their fingers for nice weather on Friday? We have our family photos scheduled that night and rain would not be good.

Monday, September 19, 2016

~Weekend Randoms~

I realized that this past weekend was full of random things I wanted to share so here we go!

I've been seeing these "smoothie bowls" all over blogs and Instagram the last few months. I drink a smoothie for breakfast at least 4 times a week- it's easy for me to take to work on my work days and mindless to whip up in the morning when I'm half asleep. I also like that I can change up the ingredients and have a similar breakfast with a slightly different taste.

So back to "smoothie bowls"-- a week or two ago, Jen at Pretty Little Grub posted about how smoothie bowls can help you feel fuller longer since you are eating it rather than drinking which triggers your brain that you are having a meal with calories.

I figured I would give it a try and I must say- not bad!! I topped it with a couple things that I usually don't put into my smoothies (oats) and a few things that I sometimes do blend up (hemp hearts and fruit).

It was delicious! My first attempt was a bit more "smoothie" than "bowl" and of course my kids wanted one of their own, which meant huge mess but they liked it.

Verdict? I'll definitely make them again! I really liked the oats on top- added a nice crunch!

This book is responsible for me not getting much sleep this weekend! It was from Brie's book club a few months ago which I bought right away but life got in the way and I didn't even crack it in time for the review!

Well once I started reading it last week, I could not put it down! It was a super sad story but really well written. I could feel all the emotions that Estelle was feeling and I was trying to solve the mystery myself! I managed to finish it in 4 days which is fast for me these days!!

Leo is seriously the little brother that terrorizes his big sister! He jumps on her, chases after her, teases her! He loves her but he can be a little turd sometimes! She mostly loves him back!

Brie and Sully came for a visit to explore the woods with us. Summer was back last week so we took full advantage! The kids had an absolute blast running along the paths, eating a million snacks along the way, and throwing sticks and stones into the river. I had a great visit with Brie too!

Checking out the fairy garden! Typical boys were far more interested in the water and throwing rocks than seeing all the houses!

Audrey was the typical big sister- looking after Sully and sharing her snack with him! Leo walked into the river with his shoes on so he spent a good chunk of the walk in the Chariot barefoot! Surprisingly he didn't complain!

Sometimes naps don't happen anymore but put him in the car and he will fall asleep, at 4pm :/ Makes for some lovely dinner time grumpiness. He looks so sweet when he is curled up on the chair (after I carry him inside) and Audrey runs to find his blanket and cover him up. She really is the sweetest big sister!

Since we moved to the other end of the city, we had to find a new chiropractor and family doctor. I love my previous chiro but realistically 25 minutes is too far to drive each way for a short monthly visit. I did some research and looked for some referrals for one closer to me. We had an initial consultation with chiropractor last week which went well. She uses a different technique of adjusting than my last chiro but it is still gentle. She is great with the kids and really explained what she was doing. My back and shoulders were sore from the move and half marathon so she tuned me up and I feel a lot better.

As for the family doctor, that's been a bit more challenging to find. I haven't been happy with my previous GP for the last 5 or so years and she is far away so it only made sense to find a new one.

I prefer a female doctor which was a bit harder to find one with openings. I called all the clinics around us and only one female was accepting patients. The good thing is that she is very close to our house (we could walk there in 5 minutes) but some of the reviews on RateMD were terrible. So I booked a meet and greet with an open mind and tried not to let the review sway my opinion.

The meet and greet went well. It was short and the kids were crazy but the doctor was great about it. That's a good sign! We didn't have to wait more than 5 minutes and it was a smaller clinic compared to the last one which was massive! We will transfer over to her and see how it goes. I don't think it could be worse than our last doctor and given the convenience of location I think that is huge.

Audrey has her first ballet class at the new studio! She was pretty excited to go although a bit shy at first. The teacher asked all the little girls their name and favourite princess. Audrey said Anna and Elsa! No surprise there.

I promise she was excited! She is not a poser this one! She also likes to tuck her skirt into the waistband. I have no idea why but she has been doing it since the beginning!

On to new house things. There were two things that we disliked about our new house that we knew we would change right away- most of the light fixtures and the carpet in the living room.

We ordered new lights almost right away in the middle of August. Not surprisingly, they only had 2 out of 10 fixtures in stock so we have to wait 4-9 weeks for them others to arrive. At least the hard part of deciding is done.

As for the carpet, it's blue and yellow/beige squares that I guess is supposed to mirror the coffered ceilings? It's a bit bold for the size of the room and really limited our furniture choices so we decided it was easier to replace before the furniture arrived rather than live with it for awhile and try to match furniture to it.

It actually looks a bit darker blue in person, depending on the light. On a side note, if you like this carpet, the previous owners made the excess carpet into a 7x9 foot rug which is yours if you are local!

At some point we will redo the carpet in the rest of the house so we kept in mind something that would flow everywhere and would wear well. If I had my preference, I would prefer to have hardwood in the living room with an area rug but since it's so hard to match existing hardwood we decided to just replace the carpet in the living room for now. The hardwood floors are in excellent condition and I love them so it would be silly to rip them out, never mind expensive!

We went with a two-toned grey for the carpet. I know, shocking! The swatch on the left is the fabric of the couch we ordered- grey! Don't worry- there will be other colours in the room!

I put the carpet swatch on the hardwood and against the wall/tile in the living room. It looks like different swatches because of the light and the other surrounding colours but it is the same swatch!

I'm super excited for new carpet!

This kid is a maniac on his strider! I think he will be ready for pedals next year! He goes so fast and will bike forever when we go into the woods. He did have one big crash a couple weeks ago when he went down a steep hill and we forgot to hold onto him. He wasn't hurt but it scared him a bit. Thank goodness for helmets!

I'm training for the Gorilla Run 16K in a couple weeks and then I'm going to focus more on short distances and speed over the winter. Fitting long runs in over the holidays is tough and I don't really want to deal with ice and snow either. I'm also looking forward to hanging out with Shaun T and the T25 crew this winter.

Hubby was testing out the sprinklers the other day and Audrey wanted to play in them! It wasn't super warm out but the sun was out so she insisted on putting her bathing suit on and running through the sprinklers! Squeezing every last little drop out of summer over here!

September is a busy month for birthdays in my family. My niece turned 11 and my nephew turned 21!! Crazy how grown up they are! We had a nice family dinner to celebrate.

Singing Happy Birthday is always entertaining!

This "Sl#tty" Cheesecake was delicious! I could have gone back for more!

Now it's another week! Fall is officially here in a couple days and I'm not ready for it!
Tell me something random!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

~Inflight Fitness: An Anti-Gravity Workout~

My friend Ange asked the blog squad if we wanted to try an anti-gravity workout at her friend's recently opened studio, inFlight Fitness. I jumped at the chance to try a new workout with a great group of girls and bonus: the studio is close to my new house!

I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn't research the studio or workout at all beforehand like I normally do before I try something new. I wanted to go in with no expectations and I think deep down I knew that if I knew what I was getting myself into, I would be too scared!

So what is AntiGravity® Fitness? It is a unique hybrid of aerial arts and yoga. It is a low impact cardio workout that combines gymnastics, dance, pilates, calisthetics and yoga. The technique was originally created by gymnasts and aerial acrobats that used the Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock for competitions and performances.

Everyone in the class uses a Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock that is connected by two overhead points. It acts as a swing or trapeze. It's pretty much the coolest piece of workout equipment ever!

Our instructor, Alison, is also the owner of the studio along with her husband. He teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu there as well.

The only requirements for the class were:

- wear a t-shirt or long sleeve shirt (no tank tops) 
- remove jewellery so as to not snag the hammock
- wear grippy socks

I will also add that next time I'll wear longer capris or pants since I found the shorter length kept riding up by my knees.  

We started off getting used to the hammock and I could have stayed in this position all day long! Something so comforting about being suspended there.

In no time at all, Alison had us doing inversions. Let's just say I was terrified! I did not want to be suspended upside down, regardless of the fact that the hammock can hold up to 1000 lbs!

Apparently I was quite entertaining with my self-talk and deep breathing to prevent myself from passing out and falling down! Guys, I was so scared! I really wanted to quit through this first inversion.

And then we did another one... I wasn't brave enough to take my hands off the ground though.

This looks easy, but I promise it is a full body workout!

Talk about core work!

Another inversion! Hanging on for dear life!

This suspended child's pose was a favourite!

Highlight of the class? Swinging!! How I can swing so high, yet be terrified of being upside down is laughable!

This particular move was kind of awkward yet fun! Rotating in circles on our toes!

The beginning of another inversion called vampire! Imagine if I had quit during that first one? I would have missed half the class and fun! By the 3rd one I was starting to feel a lot more comfortable and a little less hyperventilating.

We spent a lot of time upside down!

This was a neat pose- really got us working those legs!

Finally it was time for our final resting pose- coffin. So good! I could have stayed here all day long!

This was seriously such a fun workout! While it wasn't a typical, super sweaty workout class that I may be used to, the next day my entire body was SO sore so I can attest that it is a full body workout! It was also a good challenge for my mind- to prove to myself that I can push past those fears. I will definitely be going back for more classes!

So glad I got to try this class with these ladies! A huge thanks to Alison for teaching us and Ange for organizing it for us.