Saturday, June 24, 2017

That last crawl to the finish line

June can be the nicest month but it can also be one of the most exhausting, especially if you are a mom to school age kids.  This past month we have wrapped up dance, piano exams, soccer and school.  I found preparing the kids for their Royal Conservatory Piano exams likely the most exhausting.  I was wondering if Fynn was going to make it, as was his teacher.  He surprised me to be honest and came out with a 73, and Sophie a 70.  I'm very proud of both of them.  Fynn also had a number of small projects that seemed to be due at school in the same week:  a speech, a comic book assignment, and another assignment that escapes me right now.  I feel like I really had to push him along so he understood how to make things a bit better than just dialling
it in.

The other big wrap up this month was an Advanced HR Certificate program I had been taking for the past 9 months or so through UCLA.  It was a good program but I'm certainly glad to have that bit of extra time back again.

We are in the final preparations of our trip to France.  I find it hard to believe the date is almost here.  I'm excited about the flight, seeing Paris for the first time, and the beautiful river cruise. Can't wait.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fynn continues to enjoy playing Development level soccer. We were down in Kelowna today for two of his games.  Great to watch his skills progress.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


After about a year of feeling horrible, with hot flashes, low energy and some brain fog, I asked my doctor last week if I would be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  We talked about the pros and the cons, and the big study back in the early 2000s that prompted many women to stop taking hormone replacement therapy to ease their menopausal symptoms. We decided the relatively small risk for me was something I was willing to take for a better quality of life.

I have only been on the very low dose of estradiol and progesterone for two days, but I can already say that my hot flashes have been reduced.  I went from having 10-12 a day, to around 2-3 (so far).  I never thought I would want to be on hormones, but because I am feeling quite a bit better in a relatively short period of time, I am quite supportive of any woman who talks to her doctor and decides to do this.

On an unrelated not, Fynn had an awesome couple of soccer games in Kamloops this weekend. Pictures below.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Surviving On Ramp

As I wrote about last month, Vic and I enrolled in Crossfit On Ramp (fundamentals classes for about 3 weeks).  It was a challenging three weeks, not only because of the time commitment (I wasn't used to going 3 x a week) but also learning the Olympic lifting techniques and some of the gymnastic moves.  I doubt I will be attempting a handstand push up anytime soon.

When we completed the On Ramp classes last month, we started onto regular CrossFit.  I was finally able to leave the security of "Lite" Classes.  That was easier said than done for the first week when I was really nervous about taking a regular class.  It seemed too intimidating when I was quite comfortable with Lite.  But after a few days I decided to sign up for a regular WOD and I'm glad I did. Since then, I've done 3 WOD classes, plus a number of Lite classes.  It means I'm at CrossFit 4 times a week and it is starting to show.  I'm definitely getting tighter and more toned. My mobility, especially with squatting below parallel has really improved too.

I'll keep reporting back on my progress in the upcoming weeks.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Cross Fit On Ramp

Vic and I have been on the Cross Fit journey for about 1 year.  We did the Cross Fit Lite classes for just over a year, and now we have started the On Ramp program (it teaches you the techniques for lifting, etc) so we will be able to do the regular Cross Fit classes.  On Ramp is interesting and it is not easy!  Trying to focus on the instruction and getting your brain to translate what our coach Cody is describing into movement that your body is supposed to be doing is tough.

Anyway, I am proud of us for sticking with it and upping the challenge with On Ramp.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

So this is happening...

tomorrow Sophie turns 13.  How did this happen?

Her friend Hunter is coming over for a movie (LaLa Land) and a sleepover.  Tomorrow, I'm treating 7 girls to a lunch at Cafe Tasse, and then cake at our house.

Best mom over, right?

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Quiet week

This week we started to get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break.

I've been really trying to focus on a couple of small, yet positive intentions to help myself for 2017.

1. Drinking more water.  It sounds so boring, but Sophie got me this beautiful Swell water bottle for Christmas.  I have been bringing it to work each week and taking sips of water throughout the day.  I seem to be doing okay with that.

2. Doing less.  More on that in the coming week.

3. Crossfit.  It was important to me to go to the 2 Crossfit Lite classes this week.  It felt really good to get back into this routine again.

4. Finally, less internet time, specifically less time on Facebook.  I really don't like FB.  I don't like the incredible time suck it always is.  I'm doing okay with that too.  I had to replace that with a habit.  For me that is reading.  So far, so good.  Vic is doing more reading too.  This photo is from the British Museum's bookstore during our trip in 2015.  Love all the books.