Weekly Photo Dump

Whoa, Halloween was a week ago already? Last week marked my first full week attending classes at Oranj fitnessย (more on the studio to come!)ย and I have been loving them. I’m still trying to take a ton of different classes to see which I like best and what I can fit in my schedule: It’s been everything from tabata to bootcamp to kickboxing to hot barre…. the list goes on!

I’ve also been really loving that they offer free childcare so I made sure to dress Wes a bit festive for the occasion..

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(Pants: Munchkin & Sprout Creations)

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I actually had Wes wear his pumpkin costume that I got for him last year. He was still teeny tiny then and we didn’t go trick or treating, so it was money well saved. He had a blast going from house to house collecting candy and waving to the people as we left. I managed to stay out with him for an hour before it got dark and chilly out.

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Most of the houses in our neighborhood have young kids, so tons of houses just left buckets of candy on their porches. It sorta defeated the purpose of the evening, but for Wes it was still exciting!

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He used my trick or treat bag from when I was little!

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The dogs kept a close eye on our candy sorting.

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Bath time is fun time! Especially to warm up after a nippy walk around the block.

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^^^ 1-800-GRUMP. Man oh man was he fussy that day. It stinks when it’s too cold to go outside (cough cough SNOW) so we really only went to the gym and ran a bunch of errands. Cabin fever is a really stinker when you’ve got a crank pants toddler.

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Getting ready for Thanksgiving!

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(Dino pants: Munchkin & Sprout Creations)

Friday after the gym we went to the Airdrie Christmas Market. It was pretty small, but there was some neat vendors and I managed to get some early Xmas gifts.

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Luckily, there was a playground nearby so we stretched our legs outside a bit.

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Saturday morning we were up and at ’em early and headed down to Bowness Park for a mini family photo shoot! Our photographer sent us a sneak peak and I am anxiously awaiting to rest. It was cold out which made for a bit of a challenge when trying to keep Wes happy, but I think it went really well and we ended up having a lot of fun with it.

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I’m hoping to check back in again this week to share some beer…or some other goodies? Who knows. See you then!

Weekly Photo Dump

PHEW. Where the heck did the past week go? I have been jumbling days and barely sleeping and go-go-going that I’m almost relieved it’s all coming to a close. No wait, I don’t really mean that. Well, yes I do. Wes and I are both itching to get back home to see Tyler and the doggies! Here’s just a snippet of what we’ve been up to lately:

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All this kid has wanted to do this whole trip is go outside and explore. Nonstop.

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Tried to teach him how to smell the flowers, but…..he eats them.

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I’m gonna have to buy one of these gliders for home because it keeps Wes entertained for hours. Mostly the gliding ottoman. For what reason, I do not know.

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The beginning of last week was crazy hot and I hadn’t packed any warm weather clothing for us, so naked it was!

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My workouts have been all random things I’ve thrown together. My external hard drive wasn’t working (operator error, I’m sure) so I couldn’t do any workout DVDs. I opted for running, AMRAP workouts, tabatas, and circuits. They’ve been a wonderful change-up for me and I’m hoping to keep it up when I’m back in Calgary.

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One of my besties (AMY!!!!!) got married on Saturday so it was a whirlwind of a weekend. The rehearsal dinner was YUMMY and it was fun to meet her hubby-to-be’s side of the family. PS: I loved the dress I wore, but it look terrible in the above photo. Grrr..

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Not the most glamorous food photo, but it was chicken cacciatore and acorn squash. And the CAKEEEEE. OHMYGOD THE CAKE. It was so tasty I think I scarfed it in two bites. Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate.

Some of us bridesmaids stayed in one of the townhouses on the grounds of where the wedding was and we all crashed within 10 minutes of getting there. The dinner went so late and we had to be up at the crack of dawn (actually, we were up when it was still dark out!) to get ready for the big day!!!!!

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Ha…my mimosa is the only mimosa sans any juice ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Fake eyelashes for the win!

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The ceremony was great, we took some amazing Gatsby-eeque photos (her theme), and the reception was a PARTAY. I haven’t danced that much in ages and have a god awful blister to prove it. I feel like there’s so much I want to tell about the whole wedding weekend…it was such a blast! Congrats to Amy and Lo and have so much fun on your honeymoon. PS: bring me back some wine?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This kid has been somewhat of a handful lately.. between not seeing me much over the weekend + teething like a sonofabitch + whack sleep pattern + missing daddy & doggies + learning to say the word ‘no’ to everything = disaster. I’m hoping our flight home won’t be too bad and everything settles back to normal once we get back into our routine.

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Pizza and beer are my favorite things. And naps. But you can’t take pictures of naps.

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The cooler weather came back, but Wes was still determined as ever to pack in as much outside time as possible. I also got in one last run and really enjoyed it.

HOLD THE PHONE.

Iย enjoyedย my run. I’d love to continue incorporating some runs into my routine once home, but anything colder than the 55 degrees it was today and it’s just not my jam. We’ll see.

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And on a final note: I’ve noticed that ever since I updated my iPhone last, it shuts off just about every time I bring my phone outside for more than a few minutes. I had to burrow it in my jacket so that I could still listen to music while I ran today…anyone have this problem?

Ok, so maybe going forward there won’t have to just be PHOTO DUMP posts…gotta work on that.

Week + Weekender

Whoa..talk about a wonderful and crazy week! The amazing weather hardly makes it feel like the weekend is winding down and having my mom here with us makes it even better! I didn’t get to do a recap of the week on Friday because I posted Wes’s first birthday (which I think is way more important) so let’s see what I can remember. Apologies in advance for the excessive photos ๐Ÿ˜‰

Monday: From all that I can remember (eek) I got my workout done in the morning and we walked the neighborhood in the afternoon- making sure to hit the playground before returning home. Chicken caesar salads for dinner!

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PS: No joke, I was doing the second week of 22 Minute Hard Corps this week and could already see the changes! My core is much stronger and my arms and butt are getting more definition! (I think I might chat about this later this week since it might also be due to some hormonal changes…man, you just never know! But these workouts feel GOOD!)

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Tuesday: My mom flew in! We haven’t seen her (or my dad…but he stayed home. boo) in just over 6 months. It really is 100% no fun to live so far away from family. I crave moments where I can just have mom and dad come over for dinner or to watch Wes for an afternoon. But…it is what it is right now.

We headed straight to Costco from the airport to stock up on essentials, made homemade chicken tenders for dinner, then called it an early night. Not without a glass of wine first!

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Wednesday:ย We considered Wednesday our ‘transition’ day. It was nice for just the three of us (me, my mom and Wes) to hang out and get into the rhythm of a slightly different weekday now that grandma was in town! We did manage to get out of the house and run a couple of errands which was nice. Lots of snacks and maybe even a couple of presents for Wes!

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We had pulled pork sandwiches for dinner and hit the hay. Wes really took to grandma so fast and has been super bubbly which has been great!

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Thursday:ย Wes has his one year appointment at 10am, but woke up so early in the morning that he was already down for a nap by 9am and I had to wake him to put him in the car to go. I hate doing that, but I knew that it was still early enough in the day that he would get a good afternoon nap in anyways.

He wasn’t too happy at the appointment and wanted me to hold him the whole time. I didn’t mind at all since I rarely get those good cuddles, but I didn’t like seeing him saddish.

We headed to the Tim Horton’s drive through on the way home for a couple of coffees and picked up a timbit for Wes since it was his birthday eve. No shocker- he gobbled it in two bites!

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He was still pretty clingy the rest of the day and snuggled with grandma throughout the afternoon. Heart=melted.

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Tyler picked up a pizza on the way home from work for him and my mom and I was out the door by 5:30 to attend a winemaker’s dinner at Pampas Brazilian Steakhouse (more on that later this week!)

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Friday:ย My baby turned ONE!ย We celebrated just as the sun came up with balloons in his crib and he LOVED them. Poor Tyler’s alarm still hadn’t gone off yet and we were making so much noise. Whoops!

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We had pancakes for his birthday breakfast (my idea, obviously) and Wes hung out with grandma to play. They even facetimed grandpa for the Happy Birthday song!

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I think we walked over to the shopping center to pick up a couple of things too. It must’ve happened, because there’s photo evidence!

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After his morning nap, I attempted to take his one year photos and was so excited for him to wear some new garb! Luckily, I have come across so many great small shops lately that I was able to assemble something rather last minute. I absolutely loved each piece ๐Ÿ™‚

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The leggings are from Baby H Designs (she made the leggings/hat Wes wore when he came home from the hospital), moccs from Posh Panda, and bow tie from Will & Co

After a somewhat successful photo session, all clothing was removed so he could enjoy his very first cupcake! I would have preferred it to be something I made myself (I am anti-any-baked-good-from-a-store-since-homemade-is-better) but I thought this was too cute to pass up when I stopped by Crave.

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IMG_4688 from Jen Linton on Vimeo.

We had to take a quick bath after that because it was a bit messy and Reggie was losing his mind over all the potential frosting to lick. We opted to all stay shirtless after the fact (plus, it was warm out) and I whipped up these amazingly delicious baked chimichangas for dinner. Best part? We had leftovers which were easily wrapped up and thrown in the freezer! Edited to add: I just remembered that Wes ZONKED for nearly three hours after noshing on the cupcake. It was a great little break for me and my mom, but it made for a less fun night of trying to get him to bed…almost 9pm!

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Saturday: Even though Wes went to bed so late on Friday night, he was up at 6am on Saturday. No fun for this mama because my eyes just felt heavy as bricks! I made sure to get both our breakfasts ready before getting him from his room and we hung out in the living room for a while. On one hand, early mornings are no fun because who wants to get out of bed, but on the other hand, I absolutely love those quiet morning hours with Wes when it’s just me and him….and maybe one or two of the doggies who make it out of the bedroom.

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The little guy is getting more adventurous in his eating and was asking for a lot of my mom’s cereal. So cereal he got! Afterwards, he was back to sleep for almost another 3 hours! Although I didn’t want him to miss out on the gorgeous weather, I knew he needed the sleep and it was nice for us all to be able to do our own thing for a little bit.

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After his nap, we spent a long time hanging out on the patio! When it’s this nice out, it’s a sin not to sit outside and enjoy it! He really loved the fresh air and looking out ๐Ÿ™‚

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Once Tyler got to a point in his renovations where he could take a break, we had cake! Well, technically only Wes had the cake. No party this year for the birthday boy (1. Because he won’t remember it, 2. Because we have no family around to come and my girlfriends all live so FAR AWAY, and 3. Because umm…isn’t cake enough??!) I sort of feel bad about it, but so long as he’s happy that’s all that matters. He really enjoyed the cake even though he really didn’t understand the concept ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, I really need to dress nice for some photos, but can’t see the point when we’re just in the house! Besides, DOG. HAIR.

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Timing worked in our favor this time and he was in bed at a relatively normal time! We had lasagna for dinner and watched Ride Along 2 before getting in bed.

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Sunday:ย I heard Wes stirring in his crib at 6am and of course he went back to sleep but I couldn’t. I laid in bed for a few minutes before getting up to start coffee, make waffles for everyone, and fix my BAE breakfast.

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At 8:30 I decided to put Wes in the stroller and walk to the library to return some books and maybe stroll around the neighborhood for a bit. I was walking one of our usual loops and just before we got back to the house, he had fallen asleep. Since Layla is a barking beast when we get to the front door, I opted to keep walking throughout the neighborhood until Wes woke up. Cut to one hour later and I finally decided to just throw in the towel because my fitbit died haha.

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I had him bundled in the stroller because there was still a tiny nip in the air, but by the time we were back at the house it was practically HOT out. I changed Wes and we hung out on the patio for a couple of hours..and even managed to have a picnic lunch.

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I even braved to snag a few photos in our backyard. It worked out pretty decent- the grass is (dead) nice and dry from the warm weather, and there was no dog poo! I should probably mow it sometime soon, but we’re never back there. Oops.

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Layla is such a great pup with Wes. He loves her so much and is always grabbing for her and hugging her and even just laying on her and she takes it all like a champ.

We came inside for a bit because it was getting a bit too warm and I took the dogs for a long walk. After coming home, Wes went down for a nap, I worked out, and finished up the laundry.

Then it was a nice naked afternoon of crawling, climbing, babbling, and giggling.

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Tyler made burgers on the BBQ for dinner and we all got to sleep pretty early after all that sun, exercise, and renovations (for Tyler).

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It looks like there is still more sunny weather ahead this week, so we will be having many more outdoor adventures. I can’t wait!