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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What I’m Reading: When Life Gives You Lululemons

From the bookjacket:
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Weisberger returns with a novel starring one of her favorite characters from The Devil Wears Prada—Emily Charlton, first assistant to Miranda Priestly, now a highly successful image consultant who’s just landed the client of a lifetime.
Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly’s ex-assistant, does not do the suburbs. She’s working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.

Karolina Hartwell is as A-list as they come. She’s the former face of L’Oreal. A mega-supermodel recognized the world over. And now, the gorgeous wife of the newly elected senator from New York, Graham, who also has his eye on the presidency. It’s all very Kennedy-esque, right down to the public philandering and Karolina’s arrest for a DUI—with a Suburban full of other people’s children.

Miriam is the link between them. Until recently she was a partner at one of Manhattan’s most prestigious law firms. But when Miriam moves to Greenwich and takes time off to spend with her children, she never could have predicted that being stay-at-home mom in an uber-wealthy town could have more pitfalls than a stressful legal career. 

Emily, Karolina, and Miriam make an unlikely trio, but they desperately need each other. Together, they’ll navigate the social landmines of life in America’s favorite suburb on steroids, revealing the truths—and the lies—that simmer just below the glittering surface. With her signature biting style, Lauren Weisberger offers a dazzling look into another sexy, over-the-top world, where nothing is as it appears.

My thoughts:
I heard a lot of rave reviews about When Life Gives You Lululemons, and while I never read any of the other instalments of the Devil Wears Prada series I figured I’d give it a go. I’d only ever watched the movie version of The Devil Wears Prada, but I loved Emily’s character, so a book featuring her as one of the main characters couldn’t be bad!

When Life Gives You Lululemons was a fun and fast read, and I really enjoyed following the three women along on their journey together. Miriam was super relatable to me in many ways and I loved her relationship with Emily and Karolina. The trio kept one another in check wonderfully and their friendship is something every woman should strive to have. “I got your back but will call you out if you’re being an idiot” is definitely the kind of friendship I’m down to be in.

I never found the book to be overly predictable and found myself obsessively reading to find out what was going to happen next. My one and only gripe is that ending seemed a little rushed, as if Weisberger had a word-count to adhere to and needed to wrap things up before chapters got left out.

All in all, When Life Gives You Lululemons is a great summer read that is easy enough to follow along to without getting boring. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Race Recap: Kamloops Marathon

Upping your distance is no joke. After running a good handful of 5km races for the past 3 years, I thought it would be fun a good challenge to test my legs in an 8km race. I still don’t know if it was a good idea or not, but alas, I went for it anyway.

The Kamloops Marathon is actually a Boston Marathon qualifying race, so it’s a pretty big deal here in town. Kyle signed up for the half marathon, while Isla signed up for the 3km run. Kyle’s stepdad was doing the full marathon with a goal to qualify, so we were super excited to all be running a portion of the race with him!

Kyle was out the door suuuuuuuper early Sunday morning as the half and full marathoners left the start line at 6am.  While Isla and I didn’t have to head out the door until just after 7, I had a pretty good case of pre-race jitters and didn’t fall back to sleep when I heard Kyle wake up just after 4am. I didn’t plan on drinking coffee, but I figured a half-cup would probably do me good all things considered. I eventually showered and got dressed before waking Isla up to get ready at 6:15. (Norah stayed the night at my mom’s so we didn’t have to anger the honey badger!)

Kyle’s mom picked Isla and up right on time and we got to the race venue with about a half-hour for me to spare before my 8am start time. (Isla’s race started at 8:30.) I met up with a coworker of Kyle’s who asked if it would be alright to run with me and we wandered to the start line.

Now, I’ve never actually ran a competitive race with anyone before, but it was nice to have to company! She is a way more seasoned runner than I am, and I’m more than certain that I held her back. I had to take a lot of walking breaks because I was cramping in my diaphragm a lot, but she never left me in the dust. (The crazy woman worked a 12-hour night shift before the race and was going back to work another night shift that evening! Mad props to her, for sure!)

 

That last stretch was a doozy – lots of walking and thinking to myself, “Is it over yet?” I had to take one last walking break during the final stretch before giving that last push to the finish. Kyle was actually there at the finish line cheering me on, and it was what I needed to sprint across the finish line. (He finished his half-marathon with a time of 2:06:55!)

I didn’t quite make my goal time because of all the walking I ended up doing, but I’m still pretty happy with my time, especially for my first 8km race. It ended up being 48:23, so I think it’s a pretty good benchmark for next year!

After I had caught my breath, resisted the urge to barf my guts out (seriously), and hugged Kyle’s coworker for pushing me through, I met up with Kyle and we waited for Isla to come across the finish line! Kyle’s mom ran the race with her, and the word is that Isla did awesome on the course, only taking a few walking breaks and chatting almost the entire time! She finished with an official time of 23:47 and Kyle and I are so stinking proud of her!

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It wasn’t too long after Isla had finished that Kyle’s stepdad made his way across the finish line for the full marathon. He slayed it and finished with a Boston-qualifying time of 3:32:35! While he hasn’t decided whether or not he’ll apply to tackle Boston next year, we’re all super proud and inspired by him!

Isla and I hit up the pancake breakfast before we headed home to clean up, change, and get Norah from my mom’s. After Norah’s nap we headed down to Kyle’s mom’s for a well-earned pool party! It was the perfect way to end the day, for sure!

I look forward to doing this race again next year; the organizers did an amazing job setting up the course and I can’t thank them enough!