Work, Play and Fun!

Work, play and fun – do those words really go together? Oh yeah! As a Regional Physical Activity Coordinator, I sometimes get to “play” for my job. This week I attended a workshop with some awesome people from around Nova Scotia. Some I work with and some I’ve never met before BUT, we all have the same mandate – getting people more active.

So what happens when you put us in a room to listen to someone speak ? Well…a little fun happens! The workshop had two topics: Programming to Attract AND Retain Inactive People and Active Play Through Ages and Stages. As you can see by the photo, our “Happy Face” developed some other features throughout the day and we may have blown some bubbles, had sword fights and played with stickers while listening to presenters. Hey – they put the stuff on our tables!

PR Birthday 2014

Mr. Happy Face got a face-lift; Oh She Glows Cookbook and my Doddling the information we were learning.

Now, I could write a long, very detailed post about these topics – maybe I will some day – but for now I’ll leave you with a few things I learned…random facts if you must:

  1. Rats prefer the sugar in Oreo’s more than Cocaine.
  2. Unstructured play is critical to children’s development.
  3. We need to normalize “Silly Play” and just go with it. When was the last time you ran through a sprinkler with your clothing on? Me, last weekend with  my girls and neighbour 🙂 Don’t be afraid to be silly AND play!
  4. If you are competent and confident with an activity then you are more likely to continue participating in the activity. Example: if you have never been taught the skills in lacrosse…how to hold your stick, throw and catch a ball then you are not competent or confident to join in a game.
  5. The Helicopter Parent vs. the Hummingbird Parent – LOVE THIS!

It was also my birthday yesterday…the big 3-4 🙂 I got to spend the day with 50 ish people, played tag {silly play} during our lunch break for 30 minutes, had numerous Facebook messages AND Twitter (Thanks Salt!) and message on my phone.

I came home to the three people I love the most with lots of hugs and kisses. We had a great dinner (home-made Indian Dahl – yum) and some cake too! And yes, I got the “Oh She Glow’s” Cookbook for my birthday – I’ve wanted this for a while and couldn’t put it down last night. Oh my, I see some GOOD eats ahead of us!

So I worked a little, learned more about play and had a fun birthday! See: Work, Play, Fun CAN go together 🙂 I plan on having a little more FUN this weekend in a soccer tournament … yeah, I’m #pumped

Have you heard about the Helicopter Parent or Hummingbird Parent?

Which one are you more like?

When was the last time you just played and didn’t care about the risk ?

Weekend plans?


Speed Skating 101

Let’s just say I have a great respect for the sport and the athletes that compete in Speed Skating! WOAH!

Speed Skating 101

  • Listen to your instructor the whole time (he/she will give you lots of pointers)
  • It’s not like normal skating
  • Wear a helmet…any helmet will do
  • Speed skates are SHARP, long and uncomfortable
  • Don’t try it for the first time when little kids are around on a free skate
  • Don’t try cross-overs……bad idea
  • You better be ready to squat
  • Physical literacy skills are a must
  • There is a lot to think about and remember when speed skating; your feet sweep almost like the breast stroke in swimming, your right arm only rocks back and forth to propel you, don’t dig your toes in like normal skates etc.
Speed skating 101

Speed skating 101

I had the opportunity to try speed skating today during my lunch hour with people who I work with. One guy runs a newly formed speed skating club for kids and adults. I went with two of my co-workers who are open to trying anything and being active (daily).

We had a lot of fun, weaved in and out of the children skating, had sore feet, tried to keep our form and our legs were sore from squatting. It was a great workout!

Have you ever tried speed skating?

Would you try it?

Have you ever tried a new sport and have gained appreciation for those athletes who compete?


5k – All In A Day’s Work

Last week, I managed to get outside a few times. I had a challenging run during lunch one day and then completed 5k but it wasn’t while running! How does one manage to get 5k in without running at all?

Cross Country Skiing! 

I had to meet with a co-worker last Wednesday to connect on a few projects and somehow managed to run their staff through a basic cross-country ski lesson. You see, when I worked at the Outdoor Centre (where my husband and I met) that was my job….to teach cross-country skiing (and snowshoeing, winter camping, fire building, canoeing, kayaking, high ropes etc). Yes, lucky me 🙂

So before our sit down meeting, I did the basic lesson and massively embarrassed myself when I face planted while double poll planting 😦 After the lesson we went on the trail and ended up skiing just over 5k (thanks to my Green Garmin).  We then had our sit down meeting and that was my afternoon at work!

Feet of Piper's Run

The awesome activity doesn’t stop there. I had another meeting with someone else Thursday afternoon during the women’s gold medal game. Why, oh why, did I book the meeting then, I’ll never know, but I was able to listen to the crazy intense game on my radio while driving to and from the meeting. Let’s just say I was on the edge of my car seat for the last 10 minutes of the 3rd period. Well done ladies!

Back to my meeting. I arrive and instead of a sit down meeting we had a walking meeting. YES! We walked for 40 minutes outside and discussed everything that we needed to, then went inside to chat for another 20 minutes and warmed up as the wind was fairly cold. Thursday was supposed to be my “rest day” from any activity but it was kinda nice to get a good power walk in during my work day. Bonus!

If only I could have walking meetings every day 🙂 

Does your job every have you being active?

Have you ever had a “walking meeting” before? 

Did you enjoy the Olympics, happy it’s over or can’t wait for the Paralympics to start March 7th ???

Snow Day = Work from Home

In Nova Scotia we are lucky to have four actual seasons. Spring is beautiful as everything is “budding” and coming alive again, Summer is hot and sandy beaches, Fall is cool and enjoyable and then you have WINTER! It’s officially winter in Nova Scotia right now. Last Sunday, we got hit with about 20 cm of snow and the same amount is to fall today! Just like that we’ll have around 40 cm of snow to play in (however, we might have a tone of rain this coming Sunday – we’ll wait and see).

I love to play in the snow….snow shoe, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, playing with my girls…building snowmen, snow angels and just going for walks can be an adventure for us. Since I’m not in the school system, I don’t get snow days. However, on a day like today when the roads started off not great and were to only got worse (thank you Canada Post for delivering that package from England), I chose to work from home since Sai was home too! We kept the girl’s home from day care which was great!

The morning went a little something like this…

snow day work home

The three of them played upstairs until snack time and then came down to join me.

Our afternoon looked the same but minus little H as she was napping and Sai was moving snow!

snow day work home 2

Lilly was busy colouring, hiding and repeated that multiple times!

And then when I called it a day, we did this:

Snow fall Dec 18 2013

Lots of hot chocolate was consumed in our house today!

Sometimes I am amazed at how much work I can actually accomplish when at home. I have to admit, having lunch with my family was the highlight of my day! {sorry, no photo’s taken}

Elf 4 Health Update – I’ve been hit and miss on some of the challenges. My elf is fun to chat with and it’s nice to learn more about her and how she’s doing with the challenge too. Somethings I’ve done:

  1. Pay It Forward,
  2. Cleaned out my closet (and my husband did his too…but we did not plan that one)
  3. I shared my expertise but not on the blog. A local writer wanted a quote on the benefits of unstructured play-time. It was fun to do and I’ll share her article in a few weeks when it comes out.
  4. Meditate. This I am not good at but I did a little yoga the other night and my body felt better for it.
  5. Made a Donation to KidSport {Local funding that goes towards a child’s registration or equipment for a sport}.

Do you get snow days?

Do you pack up your work knowing a storm is coming the next day?

Do you love or hate snow days?