Yoga, Swim {The Hip}, Repeat.

That pretty much sums up my weekend. Lots of good things, sunshine, water and I even shed a few tears and reflected on life in general.

This past weekend there was an event called Valley Yoga Fest. The girls and I decided to go Saturday morning to check out the kids class (amazing) and I did the adult class nearby. The kids class was so awesome, they did about 40 minutes of yoga and then played on the BIG playground – what kid wouldn’t love that!


Valley Yoga Fest

I was at the adult yoga class on a beach towel since my girls had both of my yoga mats. Honestly, I didn’t care I was on a towel with the wet grass underneath me. I was just happy to be able to attend a class and have my children participate in one at the same time. The towel didn’t faze me. My girls wanted me over at the playground so I cut my class short, again that was fine by me because it meant I had happy kids and I got in a little yoga.

Well, this is where the fun begins! Lululemon staff were at the session and gave me and my friend a new yoga mat! They gave out roughly 10 or more to random people in the class that we attended but they wanted to make sure we both got one since we were on towels and then we could do yoga WITH our kids…all on mats! Both my friend and I were blown away! We got lots of goodies; samples, complementary yoga classes at local studios, sunscreen and flavoured water.

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With my husband on night shifts all weekend, we went out Saturday afternoon to swim. I am taking care of my boss’s pool so we spent around 3 hours swimming and playing. We repeated this on Sunday too; yoga in the morning for all three of us and swimming in the afternoon. I even managed to do 25 minutes of leisurely laps…good lord I could never be a swimmer!

During Sunday’s yoga class I couldn’t help but think about Gord Downie and the concert I listened to the night before. I started my practice with him in my thoughts and eventually got lost in the hour and some random hugs and refereeing with the girls. The last song they played during the yoga class was a Tragically Hip song. To be honest, the tears starting falling down my face in an emotion of pure sadness. Full circle yoga session for me I guess.


If you don’t know who I am talking about, look them up…they are the most Canadian band you’ll ever hear. Last night all of Canada basically said “goodbye” to them as their lead singer Gord Downie has incurable brain cancer {horrible}. They put on a three hour show during their last tour.

I’ve listen to this band since high school and loved them all along. There are slight references to Canadian towns {Bobcaygen}, the radio/tv broadcaster {CBC} and reference great moments in Canadian history {hockey} in their lyrics………..

If there’s a goal that everyone remembers
It was back in old seventy two
We all squeezed the stick and we all pulled the trigger
And all I remember is sitting beside you

You said you didn’t give a f— about hockey
And I never saw someone say that before
You held my hand and we walked home the long way
You were loosening my grip on Bobby Orr

Saturday night I went to an outdoor concert to listen to them play as the CBC was airing their LAST concert live from Kingston, Ontario. I just needed to see the concert outside of my house for some reason and the outdoor venue was awesome.

They did THREE encores and Gord spoke briefly, mentioning the Prime Minister {Justin} but also leaving us with these words “Have A Good Life”. Oh man, I started crying! He was saying his goodbye and wishing US all well! OMG, lots of tears for his man. A friend of mine who attended another concert earlier in the week shared that he said “be kind to each other, take care of each other, and have a nice life”!

It’s true. We ALL need to be kind. We all need to take care of each other. If we could all do this, the world would be a better place I’m sure. The Tragically Hip may have finished their last tour ever but their music and their legacy will be with us forever.

I’m exhausted from all the activity, staying up WAY pass my bed time {so worth it} but also the sadness for Gord Downie. What now…well, I hope he’s able to enjoy life with his family, band members and friends.

How was your weekend?

Do bands have impacts on you? 

Did you catch the concert or see any reference to it online?

Singing Toddler

Lately, Lilly and I have been singing songs at random times throughout the day. Sometimes  I use this to distract her from being upset, crying in the car or while changing her nappy. She always laughs, claps her hands and says “yah” after each song.

A few weeks ago, my sister daughter her “head, shoulders, knees and toes”. Well she thought that was the funniest song. Laughs out loud so hard I think she’s going to fall over.

Last night, we were playing with some blocks which happen to have the alphabet on them. I decided to put them in order and sing the alphabet. Well, Lilly started singing too: HIJ …. RST! I was quite surprised at this but then remembered they are learning letters at the sitters.

I’ve been singing “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star” and every so often she’ll get in a word or to.

This morning while getting ready for work, she was singing something and I finally figured it out. She was singing “twinkle twinkle…”, she knew the song! There were only a few key words I recognized but she was making an attempt to sing a song. It was really cute.

It’s so amazing to see how much they learn in such a small amount of time.

Do you sing to your children (nieces or nephews) ?

Do they “sing” back?

Music Makes Me Move

This morning while at a local stationery store I was waiting in line to pay for my two red pens and 2 orange Heritage Notebooks (you know the one’s you used in elementary school for homework or spelling).

The lady in front of me was waiting on some information, therefore I was waiting to pay (which was fine by me, I wasn’t in a hurry). Next thing I know “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas came on their radio and she (the lady in front of me) started bouncing her leg to the beat. Which then led me to bob my head a little to the beat and I thought “music makes me move”. So if music makes me move why don’t I listen to music all the time.

Then I reflected….

At our house, we leave a radio on for our dog when we are gone – I guess to keep her company even though she sleeps relaxes most of the day. I usually have the radio on or a cd (children’s music for Lilly) in the car when we drive anywhere. But at the office, our very small office, we don’t have any music on – well my boss does but that’s in his office and I can’t really hear it. From past work experiences I am much more productive with music in the background and it makes me move. Maybe I should invest in some good headphones so I don’t disrupt the others in our office – but then I would feel like I am shutting them out, not really what I want to do. I’ll have to think about this one.

Then there is our daughter, Lilly.

A few months ago we discovered our daughter really liked to dance but only to certain songs. Randomly one day The Tragically Hip came on the radio and she started rocking out – it was great and her Uncle Paul would have been so proud of her. Another day it was “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People – she danced the whole song.

Some of Lilly’s current favourites:

  • Pumped Up Kicks (Foster The People) (actually THIS is her favourite – after looking through videos of her it seems to be THE song she’s rockin out to the most)
  • Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO)
  • Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera)
  • Sexy and I Know It (LMFAO)

It doesn’t matter what she is doing but if one of these songs comes on the radio, she’ll start dancing. Good thing we now have some of these cd’s to play when we want to dance.

Maybe a little Pumped Up Kicks is in order….I’m off to dance with my girl.

Does music make you move? Do your toddlers break out dancing when their favourite song comes on?

Pictures from Google.