Writing-On-Stone.

Aug 23, 2017

This past weekend we headed to Writing-On-Stone with just our little family. It was so much fun. It gets better and better as the kids get older. Not so stressful and scary. We had a picnic lunch, played in the Hoodoo's, and checked out the visitor's center, which we've never done before. It was really neat and all the kids enjoyed it. It was the perfect weather too, cloudy and a bit breezy. Does summer really have to end?










Oh, and I made a little video of our adventure too. Click HERE if you'd like to check it out.

Birthday Girl.

Aug 20, 2017

My baby girl turned 6 the other day. Seriously, she will be a full time school girl in a couple of weeks. She is such a sweet girl. Always giving hugs and nice compliments. She loves to play with her sister and her friends, and spends a lot of time playing with toys. She loves dance and is excited to do tap again this year and participate in competition. She really wanted to learn how to braid hair the other day and had her Grandma teach her and then practiced it until she got it. She's determined and works hard to accomplish her goals. She has a soft heart and does not like to be laughed at (even if its because she's cute or funny) and will get emotional at sad stories or movies. She was completely heart broken in Sound of Music when Maria leaves the kids to go back to the Abbey. She just couldn't understand how she could leave. She's helpful, loves animals, and loves being the baby of the family. We sure love her.

On her birthday we took two of her friends to the movie "the Book of Life". Its one of Hayley's favourite's. Brit and the girls met us there too. I made little treat bags for the girls to enjoy while watching the movie. Then we went back to our house to play, eat lunch, open presents, and have cupcakes. Cody and Ginger came for the rest of the party. She had so much fun. We loved celebrating our little bean.











Thanks to our family and friends who helped make the day so special for her.

Roxy Fitness Event.

Aug 17, 2017

Last weekend Ryan and I headed to Canmore for a Roxy Fitness Event that I had signed up for. I was introduced to Roxy brand by my cousin when I was in High School. I fell in love with their clothes and have been wearing them ever since. They have these fitness events all over the world. They do stand up paddle boarding (SUP), a 5k run, and then end with a yoga. I thought it would be so fun to do one but never thought they'd come anywhere close to me. When I found out they were coming to Canmore I just had to sign up.

We headed to Canmore Friday night. The kids were staying at Roy & Connie's. On our drive we legit passed Santa Claus. No, seriously. The license plate says SClause, and then someone who looks just like Santa was driving, and there were even presents in the back of the car. Legit people.


When we arrived at Shannon's we just visited for a bit then headed to bed. Saturday morning we got up and went out for breakfast. Now that I have all these diet restrictions it sometimes makes it tricky to eat out. I asked the waitress if they had gluten-free options and she said "We can do anything gluten-free today, except the waffles, pancakes, and toast" Ha ha. I was thinking do you know what gluten is. That's pretty much nothing then. So I got a bowl of fruit and some potato's. We headed in to Banff and went and rented a couple SUP boards for an hour. I was doing a 1k race the next morning and hadn't ever really been on one, so thought it might be a good idea to get some practice in. We had so much fun. I love it. I really want one of my own for next summer. Then we ate lunch, walked around town for a bit, and then hiked Tunnel Mountain. I really wanted to hike but it was almost all uphill and pretty intense. I was feeling a bit foolish after because I had to run a 5k the next day and I wore myself out and was thinking I'd probably be sore from the hike. It was a nice hike but it was pretty smoky so the view wasn't as great. After that we headed back to Shannon and Jode's and then went and got pizza from Red Rock Pizza, Jody's pizza place. I wasn't sure what to order because I can't have gluten or dairy. I mean, thats most of the pizza. Jody assured me he could make me something tasty, so I had a gluten free pizza, with chicken, bacon, and arugula. It was actually fantastic. We also got a house salad and their dressing is literally the best I've ever had. Ryan and I both devoured the salad. If you're in the area. You have to eat there. So. good.









The next morning I was up early for my fitness event. I was pretty nervous but very excited. Ryan dropped me off to check in while he went and grabbed some breakfast. I checked in and then took the shuttle bus to the lake where the SUP race would be. Ryan met me there. There would be two heat's. I was there early so I was in the first heat. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect. It looked like everyone was borrowing boards from roxy, which maybe meant they were just as un-experienced as I was. When I was practicing the day before, I realized I could go faster and had better control if I stayed on my knees, so that's what I did. The race started and I quickly pulled in front and thought "I could actually win this" so I went for it. I went around the Lake once in the lead the whole time and then they were like "you have to go around again" I had already went full out so I was worried I would tire, but I kept pushing and maintained my lead up until the very end. I went to turn and kind of stopped which helped a couple of others to catch up. Right at the finish line when I picked up my board to run the last little bit I totally wiped out. Ha ha. I was up really quick though and still got first. It felt amazing. And I won a $250 gift card to Roxy. Yes please. Such a fun experience.






Then it was back to the main event for the 5k. I have never run 5k before so I knew I wouldn't be winning anything here. I just wanted to keep a good pace and run the whole time. I did it and was really proud of myself. I think I ran it in 35 minutes. It was really hard and I felt so dead by the end, but so happy with the results. I am not a long distance runner at all, but it something I'd like to work on. Then we ended the event with yoga and it was perfect. I love yoga and it was amazing to do outside with a beautiful mountain view. I seriously had such a good experience. I hope they come back again next year. I would do it again in a heart beat.









A true roxy girl. Everything I wore the whole time was Roxy. No lululemon on this girl.

And thanks to Ry for hanging out with me and supporting me all morning. Love you.

 

I was pretty beat and sore after that. We visited with Shan for a bit and then headed home.

Who wants to do it with me next year?

Oh, and I made a little video about my experience. Click HERE to check it out.

House and Health

Aug 14, 2017

We've been working on the house slowly, but surely. We got the stucco and stone all done on the outside. Now I just need to pick a colour for the door. We got the fireplace stone done as well. And we got the trim all painted in the living room, and got the blinds installed. Everything looks amazing. I don't know how I'm ever going to sell this house. Next on our list is the front landscaping. Then hopefully the shelves in the mudroom. Then I can show you the complete main floor all finished. I love my house.







I've been feeling really blah and off the last few months. I would get really dizzy and light headed and I have been bloated all the time. I've always had problems with digestion and was told I probably had IBS when I was young but haven't really done anything to curb it. My Mother in-law had an appointment with a nurse practitioner in Calgary and so I jumped a the chance to go see someone. The appointment went really well. I got food sensitivity tests done, and found out that I'm anemic. She put me on all the vitamins I should be taking and then an iron supplement as well. I also found out I'm dairy intolerant (which I pretty much already knew and had cut most dairy out of my diet) and that I'm moderately sensitive to gluten, soy, and eggs. So now I am doing an elimination diet. I have to cut all those things out for a couple of months and then add them in slowly to see what my body does. So far its been pretty good. I think the hardest one is eggs baked into things. I've been on the diet for just over a week now but I still feel bloated a ton. The nurse is going to send me for an ultrasound so hopefully we'll be able to find out what is going on with that. But I'm hopeful we can get it all sorted out and I will start feeling good again. Cause c'mon, I've got a life to enjoy. Its already going by way too fast. Summer is almost over. Hope you're enjoying yours.


Prairie's Baseball Tournament.

Aug 10, 2017

We were in Calgary this past weekend for Ty's final baseball tournament. Prairie's is what they've been working towards all summer. Teams from all over Southern Alberta, and even some Saskatchewan teams play for the title. Ty was determined to win this year. His team played hard and won 3 games and tied 1, which put them in the finals with the Lethbridge Southwest team. They played this team a few times over the summer and beat them every time, except the time that mattered the most. SW ended up taking first, and we placed second. It was a hard loss for the boys. SW was beating us 2-0 for the first half of the game and then we had a really good inning where we scored 4 runs (Ty hit an infield home run) and then got a couple more runs the next inning. The score going in to the final inning was 6-2 for us, and we had last bat. Easy peasy, right. Well, we had a horrible inning where a lot of errors were made and they ended up getting a bunch of runs. The score was 8-6 for them. All we had to do was get 3 runs. The boys were definitely feeling the pressure. First two batters hit pop fly's that were caught, then Ty was up. Oh my gosh. The pressure he was feeling. The anxiety I was feeling because I knew he was feeling it. At this point I kind of figured we wouldn't catch up and win, but I wanted Ty to get on base. Well, the ump pretty much screwed him over. It was full count and the last pitch was way outside and clearly a ball to all of us who were sitting right behind the plate, but he called it a strike. I don't think I have ever been so mad and frustrated. A bad call like that on my son when the stakes were already so high. It was heart breaking. I have never seen Ty cry in baseball, but as he turned to go back to the dug out I could see the tears coming. He told me later that when he was up to bat he turned to look at his team and they all had their faces pressed up against the fence just watching so intently and hopefully. Poor guy. I know its a good experience for him but hard to see him so disappointed about the outcome. As they were doing the medal ceremony (I mean, they did get second place) pretty much our whole team was crying. So hard when you're so close. I think part of Ty's emotion was that it was over too. He loves baseball so much and is sad that it is over for the year.

I am so proud of Ty. He has worked hard this season and has improved so much. He is becoming a really good ball player. Can't wait to see what next season brings. Now, two weeks until football starts.





Oh, and this little cutie has fallen in love with our friends puppy. She carried and followed her around the whole time we were there.


Tara, her birthday is coming up next week. I think she would like Portland!


Waterton and baseball.

Aug 1, 2017

Brit and I took the kids to Waterton for the day a week or so ago (does time actually mean anything during the summer). We hiked to Crandall Lake, ate a picnic, the boys swam, and the girls just played and explored. Crandall Lake is so beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing. One of our must do's every summer. Then we went back in to town and had some sweet potato fries at wieners of waterton. They are seriously the best one's I've ever had. Then a visit to the candy store, we bought fudge, then the kids just played at the park until it was time to go home.









The kids did the Eat it or Wear it challenge. It was all their idea and they'd been asking to do it for awhile. I finally caved. They had so much fun but man it was messy. It will be a fun memory to have for sure. I even captured some great shots.




Here's the link to the video if you want to check it out: Click Here

Swen's invited us over for a BBQ and to play on their big bouncy water slide. The boys also spent time playing baseball with Will. We have missed those two kiddo's and it was so nice to spend the evening with them.



But mostly we've been watching baseball. Ty's had tournaments every weekend. I love watching him play and to see how much he's improved is awesome and exciting, but man, I am baseball'd out. This weekend is the last big tournament in Calgary and then we are done. He pitched 3 innings the last game we played and did so well. Made this Momma so proud.

I can't believe summer is half over. Why does it have to go by so quickly.