Weekend Wrap-up, Holidays Edition

We are heading back to reality today as Kyle’s back to work after an amazing two weeks of holiday time! In the past we’ve often failed to take full advantage of his time off from work, so this year we made a huge effort to do as much as we could and I think we were successful. Here’s a recap of everything we got up to:

Kamloops Marathon/Running
We kicked our time together off with the Kamloops Marathon. You can read the whole recap here, but in short it was a great experience and a fun (yet exhausting) way to spend time together! After the race we went over to Kyle’s mom’s for a pool day and barbecue with the family, and the girls were thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day.

I signed a friend and I up for a Dirty Feet trail race in September, so about a week after the Kamloops Marathon I started training for that. News flash: I’ve never actually trained outdoors so I took advantage of the warmer weather and Kyle being home to get up early and log some hill running in. It’s so much different than plodding along on the treadmill, but the views on my route are amazing!

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Movie Nights
The day after the race Kyle went to Penticton overnight to visit a friend, so the girls and I hung out around the house and rented Pitch Perfect 3. (It was just okay and not nearly as good as the first or second movies.) We ordered pizza for dinner and after they went to bed I watched Jurassic World and way too many old episodes of Grey’s on Netflix before heading to bed.

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Kyle and I also watched a couple older movies on Netflix, and rented the new Death Wish movie with Bruce Willis, which I would not recommend!

Camping
Isla got to go on a solo camping trip with my mom and stepdad for 6 whole days! She looks forward to camping with them every year and had an amazing time. While it was weird not having her at home, I think Norah really enjoyed the undivided attention she got while her sister was away, haha.

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Photos courtesy of my mom

Green Lake
While Isla was away camping we did get away to the lake ourselves and went back to Green Lake to visit/stay with my aunt and uncle at their cabin on Green Lake! The weather was absolutely amazing and we had an awesome time. We were even able to have a campfire both nights since there was no campfire ban in place (yet), so it was nice to sit around the fire before turning in for the evening.

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Norah, as always, had the most fun ever and didn’t stop the whole time we were there! She got a lot of swimming in and went for a boat “tour” and basically just lived her best life.

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Oh, and we also learned that although he hates the water, Campbell CAN swim if push comes to shove. (In the most literal way possible, too.)

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Waterslides
A couple days after Isla returned from her camping trip we headed all headed out with some friends to the Salmon Arm Waterslides. They’re just over an hour away and the weather was just beautiful! We were there for about four hours and Isla rode the slides pretty much non-stop; I had to stop her and remind her to eat at one point. Norah was a little apprehensive about going down them at first, but after a couple gos and some cheering/encouragement from Kyle she was hooked as well!

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The Salmon Arm Waterslides isn’t the biggest facility around, but it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s pretty family-friendly and I was able to double with Norah down all the slides except one, although there was one other slide that I found too fast to safely take her down on as well. I found the lineups to move fairly fast, and everything was in good, clean shape. My only complaint was that you had to pay for the showers. Overall, it was an awesome day and the kids loved it, so that was all that mattered.

Other Things
We managed to fill in the gaps between the “big things” with various little adventures and chores. The girls both started showing more interest in riding their bikes, so we got a few laps around the block in so they could practice. Kyle got a round of golf in with his uncle, grandpa, and stepdad. We tackled the mess that is our garage and got it a bit more organized. I played my last slo-pitch game of the season and tailgated with the team afterwards. Norah and I went for frozen yogurt to curb her mind off of feeling left out when Isla went camping. We took in a few more pools days at Kyle’s mom’s.

It was really a wonderful two weeks and I’m sad that Kyle’s back to work but alas, all good things must come to an end. We have a fairly busy August ahead of us as well, and before we know it school will be back in session. July went by SO fast, is what I’m saying!

What at you been up to lately?!

 

 

 

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Weekend Wrap-up

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope all my Canadian readers had a wonderful long weekend, and to my American followers, I hope you have a great Fourth of July tomorrow!

We had a weekend jam-packed with adventure, so I’ll just jump right into it!

{Friday}
We packed up early and headed out to the lake for the night! My aunt and uncle had bought a place right on the water and invited us out to stay, so we couldn’t say no to that! A good chunk of my family was also going up, so it was a fun little trip!

While the weather was all over the place, the girls had an absolute blast! There was a lot of running in the rain and swatting mosquitos, but by the end of the night the rain subsided and we had some beautiful rainbows and sunsets, and celebrated with an awesome campfire!

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And yes, that’s a fox! He (she?) was just hanging out on the side of the road and didn’t give a flying fox (HAAAA) about me being 10ft away from him. The next morning when I was taking Campbell for a walk, there was three of them just hanging out on the road. Nature is crazy, yo.

{Saturday}
We had a bit of a slow morning but we eventually got loaded up and headed home around lunchtime. We made a quick stop to visit Kyle’s dad and stretch our legs, but managed to make good time and made it home with plenty of time to prep dinner and throw some laundry on.

The girls were EXHAUSTED and didn’t argue at all when we went them to bed early, haha.

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{Sunday/a.k.a. Canada Day!}
We were back in the truck and travelling east to the Little Shuswap for our annual visit with Kyle’s best friend from high school. While it was rainy (again) the kids scrambled to the playground during every break from the showers and we had a nice visit with everyone. There was even a little Canada Day celebration in the park that we wandered over to, and the girls got their faces painted.

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{Monday}
Today was a lazy day for the most part, although I did get up early and get in a 4 mile run on the treadmill before everyone else woke up. After showering and feeding the tigers kids I went off to the store to get our groceries for the week.

I gave Campbell a much needed bath as well! After being at the lake he was pretty grimy and stinky, plus he was eaten alive by mosquitos, so it was long overdue.

After lunch Kyle went out for his long run and the girls and I just had a quiet afternoon or fingernail painting, block building, and laundry doing.

That’s about it! How was your holiday? 

“Adulting” in Vegas

Last week Kyle and I were lucky enough to go visit one of our favourite vacation spots, Las Vegas, for the second time! My mom was kind enough to watch the girls for the four days that we were gone, so we were able to “adult” and have some much needed alone time!

We flew out of Kelowna and had a short layover in Calgary before landing at McCarran Airport Monday afternoon. Instead of breaking each day down individually, I’m going to recap our trip in categories.

Where we stayed:
We booked a room in the Julius Tower at Caesar’s Palace through Expedia back in August. The prices were good and I’ve always wanted to stay at Caesar’s Palace, so I figured why the heck not?! The rooms were decently priced too. When we went to check in our room wasn’t quite ready, so I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades were available so we didn’t have to wait. There was! We got a very nice room in the Palace Room for no extra cost to us – woo! The biggest upgrade was the bathroom – there was an ENORMOUS jetted tub, a double-vanity and a separate toilet “room.” It was definitely worth asking for.

My only gripe about Caesar’s Palace was how BIG the resort is. It took forever to walk anywhere inside; while I’m happy we got to stay there I don’t think I’d do it again just based on that.

(L to R: Upward view from the pool; the Statue of David; the Fountain of the Gods at the Forum Shops)

What we did:
We decided to prebook a couple of shows while we were still in Canada so we could ensure we’d get good seats when we got to the show.

On Monday night (after an obligatory trip to Walgreens) we booked tickets to see Penn & Teller at the Rio. We weren’t particularly hungry but arrived way too early to wait in the theatre, so we ended up playing a quick round of Kiss by Monster Mini Golf. It was incredibly cheesy and not a great mini golf course, but it was an okay way to kill an hour before the show.

Penn & Teller’s show, however, was really good! There was a lot of “traditional” magic (slight of hand, card tricks) and our seats were great so it made it that much more entertaining. It wasn’t a big, over the top production and that, I think, it was made it stand out. We even had the opportunity to meet Penn & Teller after the show and had our picture taken with Penn!

We did a bit of shopping in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and the Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood; I bought some new lululemon leggings and Kyle found a couple of shirts.

We also visited Seigfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and while it was just okay it was still pretty neat to see the big white lions and tigers. We picked up souvenir white tigers for the girls and they were a hit when we came home.

Tuesday night we went to see Fantasy at the Luxor. We had seen the show before but had nosebleed seats, so this time we prepurchased tickets back in September. What a difference! There were new dance routines but the comedian unfortunately had the same acts which was disappointing. Still – it was a great show overall!

Of course, we did a bit of gambling; we managed to find $5 Blackjack tables at New York New York and while we didn’t win big, we didn’t go broke ;) I even won $28 on a dorky side bet and $7 on a slot machine in the airport before we left! Kyle won $25 or so on a slot machine as well :)

We played Top Golf, which is located behind the MGM Grand! It’s a super fun interactive driving range and we really enjoyed it! It would’ve been even more fun with a couple more people because you could really make an afternoon out of it. I definitely recommend trying it out if you ever get a chance!

And of course, a Vegas trip isn’t complete until I watch the Bellagio Fountain Show at night! We stopped by to watch on our last night there and it was the perfect ending!

(L to R: Sunset on the Strip; meeting Penn; Top Golf; our last night on the Strip in front of the Bellagio Fountain)

Where we ate:
It seems like all I wanted to do on this trip was eat, haha. We ended up stopping at the BubbaGump Shrimp Co. on Monday and it was just okay. I think it compared to any other fried seafood restaurant out there.

We went to Carnegie Deli inside the Mirage on the recommendation of Kyle’s uncle and it did NOT disappoint! We split and ENORMOUS sandwich and a plate of fries and were both stuffed. And our sandwich was “small” in comparison to some of the other options on the menu. ;)

We returned to Slice of Vegas pizza place as well this trip to grab a bite before the Fantasy show. Kyle has gone there every trip so I guess you can say it’s a tradition now to go there. We split a pizza and I had an “adult” root beer that was so good!

Of course, we HAD to hit up a buffet while we were there, and Caesar’s Palace had a deal where if you opted out of room service to “go green” you’d receive a $10/day credit towards any CP-affiliated eatery. We decided to use the credit on the Bacchanal Buffet and it was SO worth going to! While the “entry” fee was pricy, the food choices definitely made it worth it. We stuffed our faces until we couldn’t move and then headed back to our room to digest, haha.

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The a few of the dessert choices at Bacchanal Buffet!

In a nutshell …
We had such a wonderful time and it was so needed. It was great to be able to be together, just the two of us, and kind of reconnect as a couple. Life has been crazy busy and we haven’t had a lot of time to ourselves (obviously), so it was nice to be “Kyle and Kara” for a few days instead of “Mom & Dad.” We were asked quite a bit what we were going to do when we were there and our answer was usually “adulting,” and while our trip was pretty tame as far as Vegas standards go, I’m pretty sure we “adulted” to the fullest.

Of course, it was great to come home and see the girls. As much as it was nice to have some time away from them I still missed them a lot!

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