how do you like them apples?

Go BIG or go home in the BIG APPLE!

If all goes well for the next 242 days, I will be one of 50,000 running all 5 boroughs of the Big Apple on November 6, 2016 at the New York City Marathon.Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 10.24.43 AM

I’m relieved to say, it was actually Mike who convinced me to register… After the excitement of Chicago, I thought I’d chill-out this year but the NYC marathon has been on my running bucket list so Mike said what’s the harm in trying? (Like Chicago and other big races, it’s a lottery which I tried and failed at three times before so I think he assumed it was not going to happen). Hah! I’m in.

Convo with Mike:
Me: I got in! This will make 2 out of 6 for the World Marathon Majors
M: Awesome, what are the 6?
Me: Chicago, New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo and Boston … (Boston you qualify based on time, it’s not a lottery)
M: Well, you can at least try for the first 5…

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No plans have been set in place but I am pretty excited! Marathon five + five boroughs = dreamy.

What about you – have you singed up for anything lately?

psst. Sadly, the NYC marathon lottery closed so I can not invite you to run with me however it is not too late for Chicago. Best.Race.Ever. I found this video yesterday of last year’s race and it gave me goosebumps… I was there!

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ya’ll ready for this?

Finally, the party is over. So much build-up… turning five is a big deal.

Here is a photo recap of the event, which included a great bunch of awesome kids. If you missed the earlier post about making of a piñata and the invite, click here.

My new favourite thing – A massive number balloon! I can’t imagine moving forward in event planning without one of these involved.
photo 1

The palm tree was more for me than David as I used his party as an excuse to buy it. I figure it is a lot less expensive than moving to California.
DSC_0858 The kids took home a Clark the Shark book, sunnies and a balloon… plus their loot from the shark 2Five Alive, pizza, fish-shaped gummies, Goldfish Crackers and chips were on the menu. photo 3The kids and some of the parents in the poolDSC_0860 Aislynn vs. the sharkDSC_0862 Liam vs. the sharkDSC_0865The mad dive for the candy
DSC_0872My sister made the shark cupcakes
DSC_0873 And with that, it’s a wrap. DSC_0876


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f i v e

Happy Good Friday! And a good Friday indeed… it is David’s fifth birthday.


For fun, I did a little video interview – something we can hopefully look back at and laugh… Remember when you were cute?

I made the questions up as we went along and nothing was edited or suggested. Enjoy!

Oh and pardon the lack of editing… it is a holiday and I forgot to turn my phone sideways. Amateur.

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Song credit: Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster The People

my dude

With the arrival of April it means two things:

  1. My blog has turned 1 (no need for presents, your readership is enough)
  2. My boy is turning 5!

As mentioned here, David has been planning his birthday since last April and I have been thinking about it since February, so embrace yourself for a bit of boy overload this month. First up, setting the scene with a five-year-old’s inspiration board:

boys toys

*A. Swatch Flik Flak in Turquoise / B. Boogie Board Ripster Pro 40in Kids Surfboard / C. Boden Anorak Jacket / D. Gap City Graphic T / E. NIkon Coolpix S31 Camera / *F. Helium 20 Bike by Louis Garneau / *G. Penny Original 22″ Skateboard / H. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / I. Tretorn Strala Boots / J. Best of Boat Worlds Desk Organizer Set / K. Rad Tee / L. Chuck Taylor Kriss Kross Sneakers / M. Boys Chambray Flat-Front Shorts / N. Burton’s After School Special Snowboard / O. Herschel heritage kids’ backpack / P. 9 ft Tecmo Delta Kite / Q. Tonka Steel Classic Back Hoe / R. Toms Navy Sailboats Youth Classics (*stuff he owns and loves)

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Stay tuned for the party planning and more stuff on this guy but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a picture of David’s sneakers – indoor sneakers. Things don’t last long around here. Oh boy!


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