August 31, 2015

Weekending: Races & Road-trips

This is it: summer is coming to an end. While September can still be a nice month, summer officially feels over for me once August wraps up. I had a fabulous weekend to round off the summer though, full of good food, good friends, and lots of time outdoors!

On Friday, Becky and Liam picked up Sully and I and we headed off to Lethbridge for a 'carb-loading' dinner with a bunch of friends (and kids!) in preparation for the LRPS run Saturday morning. We all had different race distances originally planned, but we all decided to drop down to run the 5K as the smoke in the air from the fires down south were really effecting air quality. Carb-loading may have no longer been necessary, but any excuse to eat with friends is good with me!

Carb-Loading Dinner with Friends Blogging Get-together

Jim met up with Sully and I at our hotel that evening so that they could be at the finish line to cheer me on! It was so nice to have them there, even if I didn't end up running 10k like I originally had planned. After the race, we hung around while the kids had fun bouncing on the bouncy castle, took lots of after-race photos, and then headed out for post-race brunch and mimosas. (Full race recap coming soon!). Sully was getting tired and had come down with a cold overnight, so Jim stayed back at the hotel to take him swimming and then for a nap.

Post Race Family Photo Brunch at Firestone Grill Lethbridge

After we checked out of our hotel, we drove to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. I hadn't been there since a grade 6 field trip and Jim had never been. We decided not to go into the museum part as I just wasn't up to it with a cranky toddler. We figured a snack outdoors and walking around outside would fare us better for the rest of the drive home. We walked the entire loop outside of the interpretive centre, stopping to take in what we could see of the view. We'll be back one day to check out the indoor exhibit, but if you're ever driving through and need a place for a pit-stop, this place is great! There's lots to see and read along the walk, and you can still use the washrooms inside.

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Sunday was a rest and recovery day. Jim told me to sleep in the basement so I could get a good sleep and sleep-in and I ended up sleeping till noon! Husband of the year, amiright? My body was exhausted from a poor sleep Friday night and the downhill portion of Saturday's run. We ate and lounged around the rest of the afternoon, before heading out for a little family walk before dinner.

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I'm sad to say good-bye to August, but I've got a lot of fun things coming up for the month of September, including two more races!


How did you spend the last weekend of August? 
Tell me something fun you did! 



18 comments:

  1. Looks like a fantastic weekend! Wish I could have joined for the race but it's too bad about the smoke.

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    1. It was a fun race, but next weekend will be just as fun!

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  2. you guys are just the cutest!

    looks like such a fun time, i'm so sad i work saturday mornings and was unable to join you!

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    1. Aww, stop it! *blush*

      Wish you could have been there too, but we will make up for it next weekend! :)

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  3. It was so great spending time with you guys on the weekend. It's too bad about Sully's cold. I hope he's feeling better. You always take such pretty photos!

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  4. Your family is adorable! I'm so happy you were able to come down. It meant a lot to me and the other ladies. You are the sweetest and I really do wish we lived in the same city! I guess this means I need to get my butt to Calgary more often! xxx

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    1. Aw, thanks :) I'm glad I came down too! Next time I need more time for "girl time" haha. And yes, come to Calgary anytime! You are always welcome to stay here, with London too :) xo

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  5. Fun! Glad you girls got to run still! I wish I was able to come down!
    I haven't been to Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump sincerity we lived in Lethbridge. Love all your photos! Are the Sunday ones with a camera or phone?

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    1. I didn't know you lived in Lethbridge before!

      And thanks! The photos were all taken with my iPhone…I forgot to take my big girl camera along with me, which is usually the case ;p

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  6. What a great weekend you had! Love that Jim came down to meet you guys :) And so jealous of you sleeping in until 12pm! I haven't done that in forever. Brian lets me sleep in on weekends (usually until 7:30-8am) and it's glorious!

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    1. Well, it doesn't help that I go to bed super late, so noon would be like someone else's 9am haha! ;)

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  7. What a fun weekend!! Too bad the smoke changed your running plans. Looks like you all made the best of it though.
    Haven't been to HSMBJ since we got engaged 10 years ago! We will have to go back there with the kids sometime!

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    1. It was too bad, although in all honestly, I really wasn't feeling prepared to run 10k, so I guess it all worked out for the best haha ;)

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  8. What an adorable family! :-)
    Sleeping in until noon sounds amazing! I'm in the 7:30 is a treat camp.

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    1. I am a chronic night-owl, so my noon is like someone else's 9am sleep-in, haha ;) But still, was super nice!

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  9. You take beautiful photos! What a great weekend!! So fun to meet up with all those awesome ladies! Glad you could still run despite the smoke!

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    1. Aw, thank you! It was definitely a fun time despite the smoke!

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