life lately

June had some highs and lows but now we’re well into July so here’s life lately:

Birthday dinner at Eliot and Vine with Mike:

David performed at the school variety show with his friends. They did some beatboxing:

Birthday treats from Kristin!

International Running Day was on my birthday!

Henry got a haircut and a festive bandana:

Picking colours for my new office space:

Morning views from Point Pleasant Park:
Volunteering on course at the Youth Running Series. Fact: Boys, ages 6-9 are the least likely to stay on course:

Dinner at the Shore Club with Kristin Josh and Noah before the left for Ottawa:

Celebrating birthdays:

Views on the drive home: 

Neighbour love: 

Spotted at Frenchy’s:

We have a crow problem:

I’m not an Instagram stories person, but I’ve starred in some…

Who else has a boss that texts photos like these? A perk to working on a photo shoot:

Then my office sent Mike a t-shirt and he wanted to give modeling a try:

Elissa and I went for a run around Dartmouth:

Nancy and Carl sent me a coffee package from Arizona: 

Attended a Sunday afternoon macramé workshop with Amanda and my mom:

June was pretty:
I love this facade:

I tamed a wild rose:

Roaming around the Public Gardens:

Congratulations Josh, let’s celebrate your success!

A rainy night at soccer practice:

Which ended with a rainbow:

Our annual evening at the Public Gardens watching the prom:

Followed by our first visit to the Stillwell Beergarden:

Andrea was in town, we tried to recall the time we went camping 15ish years ago… there are a lot of missing details:

Another day at the track for David’s tetrathlon – 60m sprint, shot put, long jump, 600m:

Henry on the green:

My neighbour Cindy has given me more flowers this year than Mike…

Teacher gifting. I hope she’s into bullet journaling:

School’s out for summer!

Celebrating the end of grade two on the waterfront: 

You know you’re marathon training when you have this many steps by 9:00 am on a Friday:

Happy 150 Canada!

We really upped the hat game this year:

There were a lot of firetrucks and family in this year’s parade. My cousin Anne is a volunteer firefighter in Pugwash. Her son Reece and my cousin Emma represented my aunt’s recycling depot float. David and my dad were with the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary.

Not so cheap thrills (aka fairs):

Zero Gravity = barf

Spectating at the Highland Games:

Selfie with a lobster trap… it was on my list:

Derby racing is a big thing in Pugwash:

A very wet run on along the country roads and trails near my parents. The big puddle is the trail:

Long run done. Time to have fun:

Golfing was on my summer bucket list…it took us +4 hours to do nine holes, which I hear is a long time. Oh well, it was a beautiful course and we had fun:

My best shot was over the ravine and on the green in one hit!

David went camping with my parents in PEI:

The Halifax waterfront on an early morning foggy run:

Erin and I went to an outdoor movie at the Chicken Burger in Bedford. Footloose and fancy-free:

Another track meet. David loves being in a running group:

That’s a wrap. I’ll be back again.

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life lately

May is done. Yay! Here’s life lately:

Supporting the locals, supporting cider:
You bet I watched the whole thing:

The annual 24hr. eco-endurance challenge was a bit more challenging this year without mom and Alice but once Jill and I got the compass settings figured out, we were good to go!
Our first follow-a-baring while bushwhacking adventure was a success, we found the trail: We also found Sarah and Trevor, who were great companions for the afternoon:Check point:Up on the knoll:This trail was actually a very wet swamp:Driving through Bridgewater and I spotted a yard sale. 9 out of 10 times, Mike does not pullover when I yell ‘YARDSALE!”…
Leah joined the Youth Running Series this season:David has moved up to the next age group – he’s hoping for a top 10 finish this season and is doing well:He also joined the YHZ run club and gets to do fun things like track meets:The 60m dash: Third overall:The long jump – second overall: The 600m race – first overall:Not shown – Shot Put, third overall. Final score, third overall in the Tetrathlon for ages 8-9. We celebrated at the Armview: Mother’s Day breakfast in bed: Mother’s Day morning at Point Pleasant Park: Henry doing a little shell-shucking:Mother’s Day selfie:
Signs of Spring on Cabot Street: The leaves are out:And the flowers are blooming:
Plus Mike got the trampoline up – Can you tell he’s in the Insurance business. No kid is suing us! We were spoiled with a few really warm days and I was spoiled with a lunch date with Sarah at Dee Dee’s:Bluenose weekend! David and I ran the 5km together:
We finished under 25 minutes, which is pretty awesome since it’s the furthest he’s ever run: 

Victoria Day Discovery Centre adventure: Blue skies:The innovation room is pretty cool:
And so is the theatre space. He’s practicing for his school talent show:We had lunch at Tomavinos Pizza. Fun fact, Tomavinos is where Mike and I had our first date:Sushi with Sarah, Georgina and Amanda before the I Love The 90’s Tour:
Sarah got us some fun tees for the night:
I am pretty sure this was during All-4-One’s set:Cabot Trail Relay time! Baddeck, such a charmer:
True:What’s leg 1 without Beerbox Head? Elissa running the hills like no big deal: Day 1 was very wet and very cold. Very Cape Breton:I spy Steph in wearing the Team 71 singlet:
Day 2 was sunny. Still at little cold at 6:30 am: The early morning cheering squad – relays involve car sharing, hotel sharing and even kid sharing: The end of leg 17. I did it:Our team (all but Jon)! 18th overall, 8th place for a mixed team:Election Day:Yup.
Tuesday nights are Spin and Barre nights at Cyclone – Kristin teaches and I go! We celebrated her last night with Amanda and Robyn at the Highwayman for post-workout drinks. The Garden Party was delicious!
Birthday mail: First week of marathon training is done. It was more about active recovery but that’s okay:

I ended my 17km run in Bedford at the Jumping Bean coffee shop:

Right after, we walked for the CAWS (Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome):

My next read for bookclub:Surprise! My brother-in-law surprised my sister with a plane ticket home for her 40th birthday! Erin is the oldest but shortest of the sisters:

Surprise! She though we were going out for a quiet family dinner at Mappatura Bistro but we invited her friends too:

The night ended at the Maxwell’s Plum. Cheers!That’s a wrap. I’ll be back again.

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holiday snaps

I hope everyone is enjoying a bit of holiday cheer. I am taking a bit of a break from my home-office and computer but wanted to share a few photos from December. Two of David’s cousins are in town from New York so it has been fun to see the kids together. I will be back with some Friday Finds and my 2016 bucket list … but until then, have a good one!

1The great tree hunt of 2015. Unlike Clark Griswold, we have no problem going to the local lot. David got his own tree this year.2We made a heck of a lot of shortbread cookies
3.1My favourite view in December
3.2An early Christmas at the Ackerman’s. Your eyes are not playing tricks, that is half-a-tree!
3.3David squeezed in a morning at soccer camp session. He loved it.
4I may only go once a year but when I do, I make sure to find the cutest church out there.
5What’s Christmas without matching PJs?
6David and Margaret are adding raisin buttons to the cookies for Santa.
7 8A little quality control.
9Christmas Eve. Erin, Jill (and Sam) played some beautiful holiday songs on the piano for us.
10If I can’t have a white Christmas, I’ll happily take +15 degrees and sunshine. Perfect weather for an 8km run with Alex and Allie.
11Jill’s friend made a plate of amazing sweets for our Christmas dessert.
12Boxing day hike in Wentworth.
13Rocks do not work as great tripods. You get the picture – a big family walk.
14Better late than never. David and I drove around looking at the Christmas lights in Halifax. Photos by David.
15Dinner with the Hulk and Darth Vader.
16Turns out suitcases with wheels were a big hit for all three kids this year. They all loved them.
17 18 19And finally, the three sisters had a pasta night at Jill’s house. Margaret and David helped.

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