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!

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January Recap

January kind of flew right by, didn’t it? Normally it seems to be a month that drags on forever, but thanks to some great weather it wasn’t overly bad! Here’s what we got up to this past month:

  • I tried my best to take a half-decent photo of the Super Blood Wolf Moon, or whatever it was called. (Are the names for these events real or do they just pull things from the Twilight books?) I think I could’ve got a better photo if I had a bigger zoom lens, but I was pretty happy with how it turned out in the end.
  • We got in some sledding with some friends before the snow nearly melted all away! The hill was pretty icy, but the girls all had a blast regardless. It’s almost bizarre how mild it’s been this winter – not that I’m complaining because I know that back in eastern Canada it’s a bit of a different story.
  • I started the lululemon 40|80 Challenge on Strava. In a nutshell, it’s an outdoor running challenge that encourages you to complete either 40 or 80 kms in two weeks. Once the challenge is over, there was a special reward from lululemon for everyone who completed the challenges! I managed to finish the challenge with 43 kms, which was no easy feat; I had to push Norah in the stroller quite a bit, and battled a bit of ice and snow along the way, but I did it! Kyle was a huge help too by taking me out for a 10km run, my longest distance yet! Anyway, I was happy to complete the challenge and definitely took advantage of my reward!
  • Norah started swimming lessons and while she didn’t pass (her back glide needs more work) she is definitely a little fish and loves being in the water. Confidence is definitely something she exudes! She’s also still in ninja school and loving it; she looks forward to going to “school” and seeing her coach and friends every week!
  • I also filled out and submitted Norah’s preschool registration forms! She’ll go twice a week for a half-day just like Isla did, and it’s really something that I think she’ll enjoy and benefit from. (Also, I don’t even want to talk about how she’ll be 4 this year because she’s still my baby …)
  • Isla is still loving everything – dancing, reading, life! Her ballet class is now starting to work on their end of the year recital routine, she’s crushing it at school, and is overall just making Kyle and I very proud!
  • Kyle and I have started a new routine in the evening of turning off the TV and putting down our phones about an hour before bed and playing Scrabble. It’s really actually helped us unwind and relax a bit, plus it’s fun to have a little friendly competition! We’ve played almost every night and it’s been a great substitution to staring at the television. We’ll happily take any suggestions for other boardgames that are simple/quick for two people to play!
  • I had grand plans of doing an Instagram Story a Day for 2019, but I’m thinking I’m going to let this one go. As someone who didn’t post a lot of stories to begin with, it became more of a chore than anything else. It’s funny, because I did the Photo a Day challenge back in 2014 with relative ease, but there’s something about Stories that’s harder!

I think that’s about it when it came to January! This month is going to be a busy one as well with school (I have four courses to go!), the girls’ happenings, and of course, A PUPPY! We’re having the hardest time choosing a name too. There’s a few contenders, but nothing is really sticking. We have right until the end of the month to decide, so we’ll see!

What are some highlights from January for you?

August Recap

Oops, I did it again? I totally didn’t mean to only post four stinkin’ times in August but what can you do? Life was either busy or I just didn’t have the oomph to sit down and write. But – here I am now updating you on what else we got up to during the second half of the month.

My dad turned 60 this month, so Isla, Norah and I headed out to Vernon for a couple nights to help him celebrate. My brother also flew in from Vancouver, so it was a fun, family affair! We spent our full day there visiting Davison Orchard in the morning and then after lunch/Norah’s nap we headed down to the lake for a couple of hours. Two of my aunts came into town to help celebrate as well, so it was good to catch up with them a bit!

We also made a quick jump over to Old Navy in Kelowna as well so I could do some back to school shopping for Isla.

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My brother hitched a ride back to Kamloops with me so he could visit with my mom for a couple of days before bussing it back to Vancouver. It was good to see him since we probably won’t see each other again until Christmas!

Last weekend we were invited by some longtime friends of ours to be tourists and ride the old steam train that’s in Kamloops. Named the Spirit of Kamloops, it takes you on a short journey across the river and back. While it wasn’t quite what I had expected, it was still pretty neat and the kids all had a blast, so that’s all that matters! Plus it was great to catchup with our friends; we’ve known each other since high school and have grown up so much since then!

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Finally, on Tuesday and Wednesday the RCMP Musical Ride was visiting Kamloops and the horses from the ride were being boarded inside the sports centre on the North Shore. The public was invited to come and “meet” the horses, so I thought it would be a good way to kill a couple of hours with the girls. While you weren’t actually able to meet all of the horses individually, there were a couple horses tethered near open Exit doors and you could pet them from the exterior of the building. Norah just adored them and even Isla got into petting the one. Even I thought the horses were stunning and pet them, and I’m slightly apprehensive around them. (Long story.)

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Now it’s the long weekend and we have no plans! Lets call it the “calm before the storm” as Isla starts kindergarten on Thursday. *sob face* I can’t believe how quickly the summer went by, but I’m impressed by how much we managed to do considering the forest fires.

How was your summer? Do anything special?