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!


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.


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!

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.



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.


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.



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.)


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!



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?!




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!

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!





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.

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.


{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.


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? 

Weekend Wrap-up

It’s the last week of school and I have so many mixed emotions! We’ve been so crazy-busy lately with everything that’s going on, so here’s a slightly belated weekend wrap-up:

Today we held Isla’s early 6th birthday party! Since her actual birthday is the the day after the last day of school, we figured it would be best to celebrate early as most of her friends would most likely be going away for the long weekend. We (very very wisely) rented out the local indoor play place for a couple of hours and the kids all had a blast! Isla really enjoyed having all of her friends party with her and was a great little hostess.


What happened to the “L” in her name is beyond me, haha

Also – having 16 kids running around and screaming is no joke, ya’ll. There was some serious decompressing (See: Eating/Drinking of feelings) happening after Kyle and I got the girls to bed that night!

Norah turned three!(!!!) We decided to go a little more low-key for her party and invited just family up for lunch to celebrate her big day. She requested hot dogs and cupcakes, and so that’s what she received! She had an absolute blast visiting with everyone and was so spoiled by everyone.



Kyle and I were so spent from the past two days of birthday celebrations that we ordered Greek take-out for dinner and soon settled into food comas.

We got up early as Kyle was heading out for paintball with his friends and I had a slo-pitch tournament to play in. I managed to get in a solo trip to the grocery store before Kyle left, and then later in the morning I dropped the girls off at my MIL’s so they could have a pool day and I could go play ball.

I ended up only having to play one game, so I grabbed some lunch and headed back to my MIL’s to chill by the pool and watch the girls swim.


I got this awesome floaty jacket thing from Costco for Norah and it is absolutely perfect for the pool! She loves the freedom of swimming around in it and I don’t have to stress out about her not being able to swim.


With a little encouragement/ice cream bribery, Isla was finally brave enough to jump off the diving board! Now she hooked and it took me forever to drag her out of the pool to go home.

Kyle and Dave eventually got back home from paintball, so we threw some hamburgers on the barbecue for dinner and had a nice visit before Dave headed home for the night.

I got a quick 5km run in before Norah woke up, and then after we dropped Isla off at school I organized her closet because it was a mess bloody disaster. Norah and I headed off to Costco to do a bit of shopping as well.

The entire primary division of Isla’s school headed to the splash park for the day, and Norah and I were going to go meet up with them after we had lunch, but due to thunder and lighting, the kids all got evacuated to a neighbouring school and those students who weren’t picked up were bussed back to the school. I thought for sure they’d head back to the park when the storm passed, but I was mistaken!

Now it’s Tuesday and the rest of the week will be busy as well! Today is Isla’s Kindergarten grad, Thursday is the last day of school, and then Friday is Isla’s *actual* birthday! Whew! Thank goodness summer is here!

Are you as pumped for summer as I am?