Weekend Challenges & Wins!

It’s another “hard to believe it’s Monday” because we had such a great weekend!  Even past the numerous tantrums (5) my four year old had on Sunday, it was still a great weekend.

As a parent that wants to be active with their kids, it sometimes can be pretty stressful pulling it all off. Make it a little harder for ya: planning to take your kids somewhere without your husband because he is working. It’s life and it goes on but sometimes it can be stressful.

It took me about four days to finally decided that I wanted to take my girls skiing Saturday. The packing of gear, the stress of teaching Hilary how to ski while Lilly was off on her own, packing the car, unloading the car, making the lunch, carrying everything from the parking lot in your ski boots with two kids. It doesn’t always sound like fun to me. So, I hesitated in making the decision to go.


Luckily my Dad lives to ski…yes, lives for it and he joined us at the hill. All the packing, gear finding, stressing over if it was going to fit them this year went pretty smooth. Relief set in for me once I had everything ready to go. Friday was all about packing a lunch and snacks, making sure the car had gas and packing all their gear and mine while they slept. I didn’t tell the girls we were skiing until the morning so they were pretty excited.

The day went way better then I expected. Lilly quickly remember how to ski on her own and Hilary tried to bomb the hill though I’d slow her down and try to control her speed. I managed to take Lilly up the big hill and she did awesome while Hilary got to hang out with Grandad.


I had planned to leave at lunch but we stayed until 4pm. Time got away from us and then “just one more run, please”...said Hilary…which turned into three more runs. Though it was a lot of work and a little stressful seeing if I could pull it off – it was worth it. I also though they would fall asleep on the way home but they didn’t.

We had a blast. Big win!

Weekly Workouts

So, I guess this is going to be my new thing….weekly wrap up of workouts that I did…or didn’t do 🙂 Here we go!

January 16th – 22nd

Sunday: Soccer game

Monday: Osteopath appointment (then rest for two days)

Tuesday: Nothing. Think about all the running I want to be doing 🙂

Wednesday: Skating at lunch.

Thursday: Physiotherapy appointment. Went well, can run 2 days a week. 🙂

My husband and I went to the Banff Mountain Fill Festival in Wolfville Thursday night. All the films were great, inspiring, exhilarating, some terrifying and some made me laugh out loud.

My favourites were Ace the Desert Dog, Young Guns, and Four Mums In A Boat – oh my gawd, I laughed at those amazing women from England. Loved their film!



Friday: Nothing. (Packed for skiing, that’s kinda of a workout) 😉

Saturday: Skiing ALL DAY LONG!

I also played soccer yesterday morning at 8 AM – whoever schedules women’s 7 aside (over 30) for 8 AM games is not smart. With all that skiing, soccer and then taking the girls to their gymnastics class – I was spent Sunday afternoon. It took everything in me to get through the afternoon and evening.

You can plan so much, do so much but you also need to remember you need to sleep and rest so much to recover well.

How was your weekend?

Parents: do you find it stressful planning a day trip?

Have to seen any Banff  Mountain Film Festival movies?

I’m joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.









34 thoughts on “Weekend Challenges & Wins!

  1. Aww I’m so glad your ski day turned out well! It is a schlep for sure so kudos to you for taking it on. When my girls were little we all went to FL when my hubby was there for business so I took the kids (2 and 6) to Disney by myself. As I struggled to get the kids and stroller on the tram in the parking lot I wondered wth I was thinking. The struggle is real but the memories are priceless.

  2. It looks like y’all had a wonderful skiing trip! There’s not much to do around here and we’re so busy during the week, my kids and I have been resting most Saturdays (I have three kiddos). Last week was hard so I only ran three days and didn’t get my long run mileage in. My son has been so sick lately. I am pretty sleep deprived. Hope you have a great week!

  3. Been there, done that with “single-parenting” adventures. I took the three kids (when they were young…like 9, 6 and 4 ?) to a water park while my husband was at a conference. OMG. All the gear, thankfully the 4-year old was still small enough for a stroller because there was no way we could have hauled all of the towels, snacks, extra clothing, etc. on our own. And we were on a “day trip” (via a shuttle bus from the hotel), so we couldn’t just leave the park when we were “done.” But, those are the outings where the best memories are made 😉

  4. Sounds like so much fun! But oh boy do I know the stress… there are some days I have big plans for us and then I throw my hands up in the air and say “forget it.” And we stay home. Because sometimes I just need a stress-free day. Lol!

  5. Oh that sounds so fun! I want to take little mans skiing next year – I’m nervous because it’s been a LONG time since I’ve gone, but I think it will be cool.

    I’ve been doing day trips solo since my guy was born. Mr PugRunner had to work, so I would take drives up to 6 hours to visit friends or go to Disney or some other place. I was always pretty comfortable with it, and I’m a planner so the packing and everything was pretty smooth. The worst was when he was potty training and I wasn’t sure I could always plan when we would need to stop for a bathroom, but we passed that phase and now we’re back to our free-wheeling road tripping when the mood strikes.

    • You’ll be just fine!

      Solo trips can be hard work but mostly worth it in the end! I don’t mind doing some closer stuff to home on my own like the beach or lake which still require planning and prepping. However, skiing was a little more stuff to pull together, we had a blast!

  6. priceless memories you made out there on the slopes! Kudos to you! I applaud your efforts for getting out there and doing it all!

  7. I totally understand the dilemma with parenting. I want to take Mary out to do things, but a part of me just wants to stay in. And the planning of what to do,and the packing of all of the gear…..makes watching TV and snuggling sound so much better sometimes! Sounds like a fun weekend!

  8. What a great way to spend a Saturday with your girls and dad! I know they will remember it!!! I love a night out watching a play like that! Sounds like a lot of fun to break up the routine!
    And hey, I like this new thing, recapping your workouts with us! Hope to see you again! 🙂

  9. We love to snow ski but live in the south so it doesn’t happen very often. I do remember the struggle of having little ones on skis! And, going to the beach was just as stressful. I’m very impressed you pulled that off by yourself. How wonderful to have you Dad to help while on the slopes. Thanks for linking with us, Anna!

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