Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas today, I hope you day is filled with love, laughter, good food, family, friends and memories for years to come.

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Lillian and Hilary

Enjoy the day!

Piper 🙂

Piper’s Run 2nd Blogiversary!!!

It’s been 2 years since I started this blog, what a journey it has been. My first “hello” post here. This will be my 400th post! There are over 300 of you that subscribe to my blog or at some point did {thanks for not deleting your subscription}. Lots of Facebook peeps, Twitter followers and a few Bloglovin’ friends. Thanks! It’s been a fun two years and I’ve really enjoyed this community…I’ve sure learned a lot!

I thought it would be fitting to do a little “Who’s Piper’s Run” and Amy over at Fitness Meets Frosting had this survey up a while back, so I thought it would be a good start for you to get to know me {again}.

Survey:

Your Hair: Med-long, straight jet-black with a little salt in there 🙂

Tired Mama & Hilary at 3 months old.

Tired Mama & Hilary at 3 months old.

Your Mother: Amazing, strong, funny, hardworking, role model, confident, intelligent, knowledgeable, family focused, selfless, trustworthy, grandmother….simply the best!

My Mom and Dad, xo

My Mom and Dad, xo

Your Father: Ski-bum, teacher, drop-anything-to-help-you, selfless, lover of puns, remote-hogger, learner, determined, born for winter, get’s excited like a kid when the snow falls, hardworking, role model, inspirational, grandfather….irreplaceable.

Three generations skiing ~ March 21st 2013

Three generations skiing ~ March 21st 2013

Your Favourite Thing: My girls; Lillian Mae (3.5 years old) and Hilary Elise (1 year).

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Brrrr, it’s cold outside!
Lillian 3.5 years and Hilary 1 years old!

Your Dream Last Night: No dreams.

Your favourite drink: Hummm…well maybe Silk Chocolate Milk or this punch I make {Lime sherbert, Seven-Up and Pineapple Juice – yum….and feel free to add a little Malibu rum in there…just sayin’}

Your Dream/Goal:

Dream: To hike Mount Kilimanjaro with my family.

Goal: To simply be happy in life (even have a tattoo to prove it).

The Room You Are In: Kitchen

Your Fear – Spiders and not being a family of four.

Where do you want to be in six years: In our forever home with my husband, 7 and 9-year-old girls…oh my! Happy, health and still running.

Where were you last night? Home with the girls, worked out {Ripped in 30 level 1} – felt great}

What are you not: Always Confident.

Muffins: Banana chocolate chip or Pumpking Vegan Muffins…not wait….chocolate vegan mint cup cakes. Cup cakes count, right?

One of your wish list items: 

Materialistic: Foam roller and new running gloves. Mine have a hole in both index fingers for picking your nose…I mean using your phone 😉

General: My family of four to be together all the time.

Where you grew up: Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA!

The last thing you did: Pulled all the bags (diaper bag, Lilly’s bag and my purse) together.

What are you wearing: Dark Brown corduroy pants, cream long-sleeved sweater and my black Blundstones. Easy and comfortable for a full day of sitting in meetings and driving.

Your Pets: Maclean, 11. Our retired sled dog.

2008: First day together :)

2008: First day together 🙂

Your Computer: Lap top & Desk top.

Missing Someone: 

Non-living: My grandparents. If I could only know what you think of my little family.

Living: My husband (been away for almost two weeks now).

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Your Car: 2001 Honda Civic … Murphy, you’re getting up there, hang in buddy.

Something you are not wearing: A necklace.

Favourite Store: Well, if you look at my debt/credit card statements it would say “Superstore” (Canadian grocery store) but really it’s not. I don’t think I have a favourite store.

Your Summer: Joyful, fun, swimming.

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Like Someone: Yeah, I kinda like my husband…….kidding, I love ya!

Your favourite Colour: Colbolt blue and purple.

When was the last time you laughed: Belly laughed yesterday at lunch with a co-worker/friend. It was GREAT!

Last time you cried: Monday night out of frustration with the girls during bath time. We were all tired and it ended in tears 😦

What is one thing on your to-do list? Packing up for a day trip to Halifax….family birthday celebrations for little Hilary.

What “one thing” are you excited about? The BIG snow storm coming this weekend … 20 -30 cm! Saawweeet! (I added this question).

Favourite workout: Soccer, Running and then any intense DVD workout. (I added this question too).

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Now it’s your turn…tell me about yourself:

1. Answer a few of the above questions

OR

2. Re-post it on your blog and share the link in the comments.

Happy Friday!

Weekend fun

We had another great family weekend. It started off with a sick dog 😦 Poor Maclean wasn’t feeling good so Lilly decided to read her a story to make her feel better. (Oh man, my heart just melted a little more for this girl).

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I ran the Miles for Miracles 5k with two friends Saturday night after the girls went to bed.

Miles for Miracles Run 2013

The blog got a little face lift….change is good.

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We went out for breakfast as a family for the first time …. food was dropped, milk was spilled on the floor, we used our little Norwex cloths (thanks Jen) and we all left with full bellies.

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Success!

What did you do this weekend?

Any good runs or workouts?

How often do you go out for a family meal ? And where do you go?

Piper: trying to balance it ALL

That’s the main point of this blog…trying to balance being a mom to a 3-year-old and a 7 month old; work full-time when not on maternity leave; keep the house clean (ha ha ha); cook vegan meals for my husband that is away more than he is home because of work; semi single parent; find time to workout and lead a healthy lifestyle; maybe run and share it on this blog.

Life sure has been getting in the way of blogging and I’m okay with that because my little family comes first. We’ve been busy:

Beach with two Aunts and an Uncle

Testing the water

Testing the water

Learning to Swim in a big pool:

New Swimming "pfd"

New Swimming “pfd”

I also hit up the emergency department at the hospital last week with both girls in tow on my own…at 10:30 at night. Thank goodness for Grandparents that can drive an hour to help us out. Four hours later we thought Lilly had an allergic reaction to something but turns out our family Doctor confirmed it was just a virus after going to the clinic the following day. That was a fun 36 hours for us, said no one ever! Benadryl, rest, hugs and cuddles to the rescue (and Daddy coming home early).

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We’ve been struggling with nap time with Lilly who is just 3-year-old. She is  so grumpy and exhausted by the time it’s bedtime we know she’s not ready to give up her naps. What’s a parent to do?

We’ve also had many birthday parties, making baby food, tested out Sprout Foods (yum) and I’ve barely worked out in 2 weeks. Yes folks, it’s been at least 2 weeks since I did a decent workout.

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

That’s life.

Blogging has been the bare minimum lately because I’m just trying to get by and balance it ALL. This week, we have friends visiting, a small family gathering from my Dad’s side that I’m super excited about and another 3-year-old birthday party. Fun yet busy time ahead!

I’m hoping to knock out a few post this week if I have the time. I will have something going up on TOTS Family later in the week, so keep an eye out there for Piper’s Run.

How do you balance it ALL? 

Kids, work, running, dogs, family?

What do you give up/put on hold  when you get busy?