Weekend Wrap-up

Ahoy there! I haven’t done a simple wrap-up post in a while, and while had a pretty eventful weekend it was low-key compared to the last few weeks, so I thought I’d toss a quick post together for this fine Monday morning!

Friday
We were treated to the most spectacular sunrise and had a relatively quiet morning around the house. I put the finishing touches on a quick DIY Halloween costume for myself; I hadn’t really planned on dressing up but Isla’s school is hosting a family Halloween dance and costumes are highly encouraged so … I guess I didn’t want to be *that* parent, haha. I bought a red shirt and some fabric paint from Michael’s and a headband with antennae from the dollar store and for less than $15 I’m dressing up as a ladybug! Photos eventually

Isla had the day off from school, so we met up with some friends at the park after lunch and they played for a couple hours until it was time to go! I popped some popcorn to feed the ducks and the girls all thought that was great as well.

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Later that afternoon we all went down to Kyle’s mom’s to celebrate her birthday a few days early. The girls were exhausted by the time we went home and slept like champs that night!

Saturday
Again, we didn’t have too many plans for the day, but I did manage to make it out to the polling station to vote in the municipal election!

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Overall, I’m happy with the way the results panned out and I’m looking forward to seeing where the next four years takes our city.

After lunch the girls and I went and visited my grandpa for a couple hours! It’s been so nice having him in town now, and the girls are both so lucky to have so many grandparents in their lives! (Even though sometimes they forget which grandparent is which, lol.)

Oh yes, and I cannot forget to mention that Isla lost her first tooth as well! She’s had a wiggly one forEVER and on Saturday I was finally able to help her pull it out. She panicked a little bit because it bled and hurt afterwards, but once that subsided she agreed that it wasn’t so bad and was SO happy that she’ll be able to join the Missing Tooth Club at school.

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Also – I will admit that seeing her toothless smile makes me feel SO SAD because it’s another milestone proving that she’s only getting bigger and that time is moving too quickly!

Sunday
We had a pretty routine day for the most part; Kyle treated us to pancakes for breakfast and the girls just lounged around for most of the morning. I went and bought the groceries for the week, and then after lunch we decided to take advantage of the sunshine and headed outside to do a bit of light yard work.

We also went and had a “Bon Voyage” visit with Kyle’s grandparents as they are heading off on their annual snow birding vacation soon! Kyle and I both agree that while we didn’t really understand people’s desire to snowbird when we were young, we totally get it now. I don’t know if it’s going to be a part of our retirement plan, but you never know! Chasing summer isn’t such a bad thing, I don’t think!

How was your weekend?

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What I’m Reading: The Light We Lost

The Light We LostFrom the book jacket:
He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

My review:
I stumbled across this title while casually looking for one more book to add to my cart for a special Kobo 3-for-1 deal. I had never heard of the author before, but the it received praised from both Reese Witherspoon and my favourite author, Emily Giffin, so I figured why the heck not?

I definitely don’t regret my decision as The Light We Lost really drew me in quickly and I had a hard time putting it down. In a nutshell, the main character Lucy is addressing her ex-boyfriend Gabe, telling the story of how they came together during a horrific time in history, and how they eventually grew apart and where her life took her after that.

The book really makes you think about all the things that could’ve been, the what-ifs, and if-only’s of life. What if you chose a different university? What if you chose one partner over another? What if … ?

Although I found the ending to be slightly predictable, I still loved The Light We Lost and would definitely recommend it.

My rating: ★★★★★/5

Race Recap: Run 4 Donuts!

It was a freakin’ beautiful fall day for some pastries and a run! Isla has been wanting to test her legs in a 5K run, so I thought the Run 4 Donuts would be a great way for her to do that.

In a nutshell, the Run 4 Donuts is a charity run for the local food bank, and during the race you stop at donut stations to eat a delicious pastry before continuing on your way. Sounds awesome, right? (Spoiler Alert: Mowing down on donuts while running isn’t necessarily a good idea, but it’s a great motivator!)

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We got to the race bib pick-up area with plenty of time to stand in the sun and warm up and before we knew it, we were munching on donuts before heading out for the first stretch of the race! Isla did great during the first lap but got pretty tired after Donut #2. (The fact that it was a Boston cream probably didn’t help either, haha.) We took a few walking breaks due to too many donuts and sore legs, but Isla finished strong and did amazing! I really couldn’t be any prouder of her.

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The Run 4 Donuts was a super casual yet totally fun race, and I hope we can do it again in the years to come! It was a great last race of the season, and I’m glad Isla got to join me!

Of course, here’s all that technical stuff just for curiosity’s sake ;)

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Thanks to Dirty Feet for organizing and putting on such a great event to support our food bank!