Friday, December 28, 2012


I have been MIA from the blog for what feels like a really long time! We had one crazy busy week before we left for Mexico trying to wrap things up with my class, packing, trying to find someone to house sit.

We also had to put our dog down. Jack was 11 years old and had a great life, but it was so hard to lose him. I was devastated, which led to me having no desire to blog, or really do much besides be sad in my free time.  

After a particularly embarrassing haircut!

On one of our last walks together
In his glory days!

We got him when I was in grade 9. Jack was my most favorite running partner ever. When I first started running I used to have to literally drag him down the driveway to come with me. I was too scared to run in the bushes on my own or else I probably would have just left him at home.

Eventually we both grew to love running, and he was always ready to head out for a quick run. I remember one Christmas we went out for a run and as we were going down an icy hill I slipped and fell. Jack decided the best way to help was to come and sit on my stomach. As you can see in the photos, he was not a small boy, but I couldn't stop laughing long enough to push him off of me. It was pretty funny.

He had an amazing life, and we were so lucky to have him. Its going to be weird when we get home from our vacation and he's not there to greet us with a stick or a ball or a bone. He was hurting pretty bad at the end though, so it was time. RIP Jacky Lou.

I will be back within the next couple of days to update y'all on the ongoings of the past couple of weeks... stay tuned!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Running Streak Week 1 Recap

Yay, the weekend is finally here!!

I feel like I barely had time to breathe this week! We had our school Christmas concert this week ,and getting a busy group of grade 1/2's ready  for it was a challenge. They did an amazing job though, they're just so dang cute! We did lots of neat little Christmas crafts this week too, I'm going to try to remember to take some pictures to post next week!

I've been teaching the same grade 1/2 class for 7 weeks now, and I can't believe I only have a week left with them! I'm sad, but at the same time I'm ready for a break! I've been counting down the days until we head to Mexico- one more week!!

Week 1 of my 50 day running streak went well, there were definitely a few nights that I really didn't want to drag my butt onto the treadmill, but I did it and like always I felt better afterwards. Since I was totally time crunched this week, all of my runs happened on the treadmill. I am looking forward to getting outside for a nice snowy run with my Baxter boy tomorrow morning!
Hunting squirrels while we run!

Week 1 totals
Day 1- 3 miles 27:30
Day 2- 3 miles 27:00
Day 3- 2 miles 21:00
Day 4 - 2.5miles 23:30
Day 5- 2.1 miles 20:00
Day 6-1.85 miles 20:00
Day 7- 2.15 miles 22:15

Week 1 distance- 16.6 Miles/ 26.72Km 
Week 1 time - 2 hours, 41 minutes, 15 seconds

After writing down my times, I noticed that as the week went on my runs got shorter and slower. Maybe working out in the morning instead of the evening will help with that....
I am proud of myself for making it through one week, usually I get a few days into something like this and get lazy, but not this time. I'm looking forward to completing the remaining 43 days!

My goal for next week: At least 2 runs over 30 mins. I need to start building up my mileage again!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Three Things Thursday

Today's Three Things Thursday is all about why I love shopping in the states!!

1. Target.

Do I really need to say more? Most of my favorite clothes (that aren't from Lululemon) are from Target. Everything is so cheap and cute!! We went down on the weekend and I got some super cute sports bras, 2 tee shirts and a cardigan for less than$50! I know we are getting Target stores in Canada, but I have a feeling they aren't going to be as cheap or awesome as the US Target stores.

2. The different types of food.

I could spend hours at the grocery stores looking at all of the different foods that we don't have. Trader Joe's is included in this category obviously. I spend way too much money at TJ's when we go down to Spokane. During our last trip to Kalispell we got holiday colored Junior Mints! The insides were red and green- I was wayy to excited about that! We also got holiday colored Swedish Fish ( I may have had to throw them in the cart when Will wasn't looking!)  The other things we stock up on (besides candy) are yogurt and cheese. They have so many more flavors of yogurt than we do!

3. Friends!

Some of our best friends live in Spokane, so it's nice to get away for a weekend to go and see them. They always take us out for great food, and find us cool local activities to do!

If you are Canadian, do you ever shop in the states?
If you are American, do you ever come up to shop in Canada?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Awesome Stuff Survey

So if you follow my blog, you know by now that I'm a little bit obsessed with Christmas. Which is why when I saw this excellent Christmas survey on Janae's blog, The Hungry Runner Girl (which is my most favorite blog to read by the way), I just had to join in on the fun. If you've never read Janae's blog before, head over and check it out now... or as soon as you're done reading this post!

1.  Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song?

Brad Paisley's Christmas album is my absolute fave, followed closely by the Glee Christmas CD.

2.  Run on Christmas morning or take the day off?

Definitely run! I can't wait to run in Mexico on Christmas this year (It'll be weird not to have to  trek through the snow!)

3.  What do you usually eat on Christmas morning?

Sounds super strange, but we have my mom's Swedish pancakes with a side of chips and dip. Only on Christmas morning!

4.  Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition?

Dad and Grandpa getting ready for the game!
 I have so many, it's hard to pick just one..  I always look forward to watching the IIHF World Junior Tournament that starts on Boxing Day with my family each year. We get really into it, even Will who doesn't really like hockey will sit down and watch the games with me (Go Canada!!)

5.  Real tree, fake tree or no tree?

Will gets really into cutting down trees

Real for sure!! Going out to cut down a tree is one of my favorite Christmas Activities! We usually have a bonfire, and go sledding if there is enough snow.

6.  Christmas pajamas… yay or nay?

Most definitely!

7.  Where do you spend the holidays?  Your own house, your parents’ house, extended family, in-laws, friends?
Brother and Father on Christmas morning!
We spend part of the day with my family and part with Will's family. That's the beauty of having parents living in the same town!!

8.  Food that you always have during the holiday season?  Favorite Christmas food/treat?

Sugar cookies
 My mom goes on a baking spree at Christmas each year, I'd have to say my faves are coconut macaroons, and nuts and bolts. I also love sugar cookies!!

9. Open presents all at once or take turns?  Stockings… yes or no?
The late Mr Jibbs and our stack of presents

My stocking is my favorite part of Christmas morning! When we were little we opened our presents all at once, but the last few years we have been taking turns.

10.  Favorite Christmas(ish) movie?

I think I answered this on in the last Christmas Survey I did, but I would have to say Elf, Rudolph, and the cartoon version on The Grinch! I just bought Polar Express today, I've never seen it so I'm excited to watch it!!

Rudolph will always be my very favorite!!

Do you watch the World Junior Tournament?
What's your favorite family Christmas tradition?


Sunday, December 09, 2012

50 day running streak and HBBC week 3 summary

I was reading a story yesterday about a guy who decided to run everyday for 50 days to get his "running mojo" back. I thought that might be a cool idea for a New Years resolution, but then I thought what the heck? Why not start today?

So I did.

The only rules are:

1. At least 20 mins per day
2. 50 days in a row

Yesterday was day one, I have a head cold right now so I decided to do 20 mins of intervals- 1 min at 6.0 and 1 min at 7.0. I did my 20 mins and didn't feel super tired yet so I kept going. I ended up doing 3 miles in 27:30, and jogging for another .25 miles to cool down. It felt good to work up a sweat!

This morning I got up early to get a quick run in before Will and I headed off to the states. I got in 3 mi again, this time in exactly 27:00, my fastest time ever for 3mi! I did a .25 mi cool down again.

2 days down, 48 to go!

As for my HBBC week- It was pretty pathetic. I got my 7 servings of fruits and veggies in everyday, but my exercise was almost non existent! I have plan for next week though, and I'm pretty sure my running streak will help me to stay on top of it!!

HBBC Week 2 points
7+ servings of fruits & veggies
Seven days- 7 pts
30 day shred X1- 1pt
WOW Circut- 1pt
3.25 mi run- 3.25pts
3.25 mi run -3.25pts
 Stretching 20 min- 1pt
Bonus points 
Posting on Facebook- 7 pts
WOW bonus point- 1pt

Total points for week 1- 24.5 (16.5 + 8 bonus pts)
Total points for challenge- 88.5

Hoping for a better week 4!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Favorite things Christmas swap

Lindsay from A Running Tale, and Leigh from All You Need Is Love put on a Christmas blog swap for Canadian bloggers. Since Christmas and anything related to Christmas is my favorite, I was in!

I was paired with Nicole from Haute Runner. Nicole is a runner, and a mom to the cutest little girl, Audrey! We discovered that we both did the same triathlon a few years ago- small world!

I was so excited to receive my package!

Nicole sent me Christmas cupcake wrappers, a sparkly red star ornament, an awesome Christmas tree shaped flipper, hot chocolate, Baileys and a bag of home baked Christmas goodies!

It was the most excellent package!! The hot chocolate, Baileys and cookies were demolished the night they were received. Thanks so much for the package Nicole, it was awesome! I'm already looking forward to next year's swap!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

HBBC Week 2 Summary and Christmas tree hunt!

Another week down!

I feel like this week of the HBBC went much smoother for me. I am getting into the routine of teaching, and I'm not as tired at night which leads to more gym trips!
I got in 3 spin classes, did a couple days of the shred and got a few miles walked. The fruits and veggies are getting easier to get in, thanks to my new addition to breakfast:
1 1/2 C fruit, 1/2 c 100% fruit juice, 1/3 cucumber, 1 handful spinach
So dang delicious!! I have been having this along with 2 scrambled eggs and it keeps me full for a looong time!

Alos during the middle of the week I found out that I won one of the week one prizes, a box of Vega Protien bars, and a Bag of Vega Saviseed! I was really excited, I never seem to win anything! I've never heard of the Saviseed before, anyone else out there heard of it/ used it?

Before I tally my points for the week, I will leave you with a few photos from my Christmas tree getting adventure today. Wore my garmin, we ended up walking 5km!

Will loves to hang out with me!!

My snowman!

One for the Christmas card!

My cute mom and dad... dogs didn't want to co-operate!

HBBC Week 2 points
7+ servings of fruits & veggies
Six days- 6pts
30 day shred X 2- 2 pts
WOW Circut- 1pt
170 min spin classes- 17pts
3 mi walk- 3pts
WOW bonus point- 1pt
Stretching 20 min- 1pt
Bonus points 
Posting on Facebook- 7 pts

Total points for week 1- 38 (31 + 7 bonus pts)
Total points for challenge- 64

Here's to a great week #3!
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