July 20, 2015

Weekending: Pyjama Days, Hiking and BBQ's

A lot of our time on the weekends is spent trying to complete projects we have going on around the house. While our house is far from a fixer upper, (it's only a few years old), there's still a little wear and tear and cosmetic projects that need looking after. But, I don't want our summer to pass us by and all we have to show for it is freshly painted walls! It's easy to stay in, but we try to find a balance of working around the house and getting out and doing things.

Friday, Calgary was hit with a crazy storm. It rained most of the day and the howling winds were out of control. It was the perfect day to stay in our pyjamas, eat snacks on the couch and watch movies. Sully's attention span for TV is max 20 minutes, but I'll take what I can get. Since I felt bad for Jim having to take the train home from work in this weather, we drove downtown and picked him up, stopping to get Tim Horton's for dinner on the way home.

pyjama day

Saturday, Jim got to work sanding a few walls in the house and I baked the Lemon Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins that I bookmarked from Running With Spoons. I thought for sure they'd be a hit with Sully, but oh the faces he made! Luckily, Jim was a huge fan and downed three in one go.

Lemon Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins
After Sully woke up from his afternoon nap, we headed out to Bragg Creek and did the Diamond T Loop trail, which is 4.5km and took us just over an hour to do. It's a pretty steep climb up, which definitely had us huffing and puffing, but then heading down is a breeze! There's a bench and a lookout when you get to the top, but the trees are so thick at this time of year that there wasn't a lot to see, view wise. Definitely a great hike to do when you just want something quick.

Diamond T Loop Trail Diamond T Loop Trail Diamond T Loop Trail Diamond T Loop Trail Diamond T Loop Trail

Sully loves when we hike with him in the backpack carrier and he doesn't make a peep the entire time. It's so great that we are such a short drive from mountain hiking trails.

We picked up stuff to throw on the BBQ on the way home and then started on season 2 of An Idiot Abroad once Sully was in bed.

Sunday, we had a quiet morning at home puttering around. Jim went out for a motorcycle ride while Sully napped and I got ready for my cousin's birthday BBQ at my aunt's that evening. It's so nice that we have some family here and can still attend family get-togethers. My aunt Max and her husband Barry always cook delicious food! And the adult interaction for me is always nice, haha! Of course, I failed to take any photos of the evening, although Jim did get this awesome one of me and Sully, ha!

Me and Sully Me and Sully


Tell me something fun you did this weekend! 
Have you hiked out near Bragg Creek? What are some of your favourite trails?





18 comments:

  1. I love the picture of Sully watching TV. So cute.
    Sounds like a great weekend! Is An Idiot Abroad on Netflix?

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    1. It is on Netflix, but I think only American...

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  2. i need to take wes on some hikes this summer!! sounds like a fun weekend!

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    1. Yes, you should! Do you have an ergo? Or something similar…you could wear him in that!

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  3. looks like such a great weekend! i haven't been to Bragg Creek yet, i should check it out. i worked the majority of it, but was able to get to the Stamps game on Saturday afternoon.

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    1. You should - it's beautiful, not overly busy and SO close to us!

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  4. I loved your hike video! I want to go to Bragg Creek bad! I always see Alison go there too, looks like a good area for family hikes :)

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    1. Haha, thanks! :) We could always plan a day of hiking with some of the other mommy's!

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  5. I'm very jealous of all of your beautiful, local, trails.

    Our weekend was mostly spent inside- a crazy storm went through Southern California. We were thankful for the rain, since the whole drought thing is happening.

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    1. It's definitely nice having the mountains so close - we were so land-locked when living in Edmonton and it was something I really missed from when we lived in BC. Yay for rain!!

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  6. I think I saw a picture of you carrying Sully in the carrier on your back. Does it ever get too heavy for you? Do you take turns with Jim? We want to get one of those eventually for William, but my sister and brother and law have one and don't use it very often because their two year old was too heavy even for my brother in law!

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    1. I haven't carried Sully in awhile, and never with the hiking backpack…I've hiked with Sully on my back with the ergo before tho. Honestly, I don't think I could wear the backpack with him in it, not for long anyway! Jim says it's not bad yet, but it's definitely more of workout for him! Sully is still relatively light tho, so that helps. And obviously the more steep the hike, the tougher it is :) Maybe I'll give it a try next time and see how it goes!

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  7. I need to hike more this summer!! August goal!! Need something flatter though for the 3 year old.

    Houses require so much maintenance, even when they aren't old!! I feel like we just get the walls repaired and another ding shows up!

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    1. Haha yes, I don't know any 3 year old that would have hiked this one lol. I'm not sure how much longer my husband will be able to continue wearing Sully in the pack, but we should be able to finish off the summer with him in it - next summer will be a different story and I'm sure we won't be doing the same kinds of hikes.

      Yes they do! I can't imagine having a true fixer-upper!!

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  8. Those muffins look amazing! We've done that hike, it's nice! Seems like there are always jobs to get done around the house no matter what!! I love Sully's hair!!

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    1. You have to let me know which hikes are your guys' favourites! I really just picked it because it seemed to be the shortest haha. And I agree, is a house every truly finished?

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  9. oooo- gorgeous hike!!

    Jen@Jpabstfitness.com

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