July Recap, Part 2

Check out Part 1 of my July recap here.

Just over 22 years ago, my mom took me to my first ever concert – the Backstreet Boys! A fan for life, I have been. So when it was announced that they would be coming back to Vancouver I just had to try and get tickets! Obviously, I was successful, and last weekend my mom and I road tripped once more to live out my fangirl dreams!

We left early Friday morning and made pretty good time getting into downtown Vancouver considering there was quite a bit of congestion and traffic. We were staying with my brother so we swung by his office to pick up keys and a parking pass before making our way to his place!

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The view from his apartment was pretty stellar, as long as I didn’t look down!

After dumping our stuff we took the sea taxi across to Granville Island to kill some time/pick up things for dinner while we waited for my brother to get off work. We also took a little walk along the beach before the humidity got to us and we had to retreat back to the apartment.

Once my brother got home from work we went out again to get a few groceries for breakfast and to make a quick stop at the liquor store. Fun note: I was asked to leave the liquor store for not showing my I.D. even though I wasn’t buying anything. (My brother was already in line paying and I was just standing there beside him.) So that was hilarious! We went back to the apartment and had an awesome dinner before venturing out again. Vancouver was gearing up for Pride Week, so there was a bunch of free entertainment going on by the Art Gallery, including Drag Queen dance lessons, so that was fabulous to watch!

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Saturday morning I was able to check a run on the Seawall off of my Run Route Bucket List! One day I’d love to run the Seawheeze, but until I’m prepared for that, this was the next best thing. The views were pretty spectacular, especially as the sun rose over English Bay!

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Post-run selfie with the Burrard Street Bridge!

By the time I was done my run I was hot and disgusting, so I headed back to the apartment and sat myself in front of the fan while I waited for my mom and brother to wake up.

After breakfast my brother thought it would be fun to go to the Stanley Park Pitch & Putt. It was actually super fun and we laughed so hard! We were starving by the end of the round so we found a place to have some lunch. Lucky for me, they were still serving brunch, so I ordered a crab cake eggs benny with a pineapple margarita, and it was delicious!

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After lunch we ventured towards Robson Street and meandered to the Jack Poole Plaza to check out the Olympic Monument solely because I had never seen it in person before. (#TouristMode) It was a little underwhelming but the people watching was good!

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We slowly made our way back to the apartment to relax before ordering dinner (Door Dash is amazing in Vancouver) and getting ready for the concert! We were about a 1/2 hour walk away from Rogers Arena, so we left with plenty of time to navigate the streets and find our seats!

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The opening act started almost right on time (which happened to the the 16-year-old son of one of the Backstreet Boys, which made me feel wicked old), and then … it was SHOW TIME FOR THE BACKSTREET BOYS!

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Let me tell you, they seriously put on an amazing show, and I’m not just saying that as a life-long fan! They nearly performed for 2-hours straight, singing all of the classics as well as a few new ones off their latest album. The audience was electric and I am so glad that I got tickets to this show. My inner 11-year old is very happy with my adult self, is what I’m saying!

We arrived back to my brother’s apartment just around midnight and I promptly fell asleep, mostly because I was exhausted. (I logged just over 35,000 steps according to my FitBit!)

On Sunday we managed to hit the road at a decent time and casually made our way back home! As much as the break was wonderful, I missed Kyle and the girls and was happy to be reunited with them!

So with that, July was a pretty amazing month and I’m looking forward to whatever August has to bring!

What are some July highlights for yourself? Are you still a fan of a singer or group that you started listening to when YOU were a kid? Share in the comments!

July Recap, Part 1

We are half-stinkin’-way through summer! Can you believe it? I can’t. Life has been pretty hectic and I haven’t been able to set aside much time for the blog other than quick book reviews, so here’s Part 1 of what went down this month:

After the Canada Day long weekend, Isla and Norah got to go on a 5-day camping trip with my mom and stepdad! The weather wasn’t super great but they both had an amazing time – it was Norah’s first time camping with them and she was jazzed, to say the least! Kyle and I were also very thankful for my mom and stepdad taking them as well – it was wonderful to have a meal together without having to tell someone to eat their supper or to have “just one more bite,” haha!

Really, the weather was super shifty all month, but we took full advantage of the sunnier days by spending time outside and visiting the splash park:

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We also took a day trip to a lake to hang out with Kyle’s mom and stepdad while they were camping. They have kayaks, so we were able to borrow those and paddle around the lake for a little bit, and I borrow the kiddie kayak from my mom and Isla got to do some paddling as well! We also went on a little hike/walk around the provincial campsite as well, and both girls were exhausted by the end of the day. We were barely 5 minutes into the drive home and Norah had passed out hard in her carseat.

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At the beginning of the month Kyle had stumbled upon an AirBnB listing for a cabin at one of our favourite lakes to visit, and it just so happened to be available during his week of holidays in July! We booked it for two nights, and my goodness, it was amazing! I would hardly have called the space we stayed in a cabin – it had full amenities and was super spacious and comfortable! (And to be able to shower off at night was SO luxurious, lol) Really, it was borderline glamping, haha. While it wasn’t lakefront, we were only a 10 minute walk from the boat launches and a 5 minute drive from the public beach! The cabin even allowed pets, so both dogs were able to come with us.

The girls had a blast swimming and playing in the water during the day, and we made s’mores after dinner both nights. Overall it was AMAZING and I hope we can book it again next year!

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The water wasn’t nearly as warm as I’d like it, but these two crazies didn’t mind at all!
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Dirty little Lake Monsters!
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Take a stab at how many shots I had to take to get this single photo …

Overall, I think our family time in July was spot-on! We made the best out of every moment we could, and I think it worked out beautifully! I think we had a great blend of adventure and R&R.

Are you a camper or a “glamper?”

Tomorrow I’ll post Part 2 of my July recap, which will be my trip to Vancouver to see the Backstreet Boys in concert!

February Recap

It’s not surprising that because we had amazing weather in January, February was total crap. We spent the majority of the month trying to stay warm, but here’s what we got up to in between:

  • While my thermometer claims that the coldest it got to was -23°C/-9.4°F, I’m pretty sure that with the windchill it was more like -37°C/-34°F. Yuck!
  • The girls and I went and visited some friends just outside of town at the beginning of the month. It was nice to get out of the house and be social after being cooped up inside all the time due to the cold.
  • My dad and his girlfriend came into town to celebrate Chinese New Year. We went out for lunch and the girls enjoyed the visit and their red envelopes, lol. I’m not sure they grasp the concept of the holiday, but I hope I can teach them a little bit about their heritage.
  • I planned out the races that I hope to run in (and finish) this year, but it looks like one of them is going to be on hiatus. It’s disappointing, but it happens. A local running store is also putting on a special Run Series where if you complete a minimum of eight local races from a specific list, you earn a free pair of shoes! A good chunk of them are already on my list, so I’m thinking I might try and tackle it! The biggest hurdle will be completing the Blackwell Dairy 15km race – I’ll really have to train up for this one and just focus on finish lines rather than finish times.
  • I finally got to watch Bohemian Rhapsody and loved it SO much. I love Queen’s music and the movie really helped me learn more about the band and Freddy Mercury. I definitely recommend it!
  • We had the Family Day holiday mid-month, and it just so happened to be a beautiful sunny day! We decided to get out and enjoy it, so Kyle and I loaded the girls into the car and we headed down to the park for a little bit for some fresh air and Vitamin D. The girls were skeptical at first, but were soon running around and having fun.

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  • I went to a spin class in the first time in forever and nearly drowned in my own sweat! I always forget how hot these classes get and never wear the right attire. One day I’ll get it right, ha.
  • I had an over-the-phone job interview, which was only slightly less stressful than an in-person one. I’ve yet to hear back and I’m not getting my hopes up too much, but it was good to practice my interview skills. Whatever happens, happens!
  • Our household got a lot of prep done for bringing home our new puppy! Keep your eyes peeled here as I’ll post an update on that as soon as possible!

That pretty much sums up February! It’s was a tough month between the cold weather and a few other things, but I’m hoping spring will be here soon! March brings us Daylight Savings Time, Spring Break, and the beginning of running season!

How was your February? I hope you stayed warm!