Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Back to School

The summer has been a great one!  We had an amazing trip to France, Fynn took a two night back country camping trip with Wild Wonders, Sophie went to Winnipeg for two great weeks at RWB and we capped it off with a long weekend in Osoyoos at Walnut Beach.  I truly think it was one of the best summers we have had as a family.

This week we get back into our routines.  Sophie is in Grade 8 and Fynn is in Grade 5.

Here they are for that obligatory back to school photo.


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

France 2017

It's been weeks since we've been back from our trip, and I'm just getting around to writing this now.  Where to begin?

The trip was everything we planned and hoped for!  And more, I'd say.  We spent 3 days in Paris exploring a number of locations such as the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, the Opera House, Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower (of course!) and the banks of the Seine.  We also did a little bit of shopping at Galleries Lafayette.  On our third day in Paris, the local host for Uniworld visited our hotel to introduce herself to us and the other passengers who were staying at the same hotel. She was kind enough to drive us in her little car to MonteMarte where we had dinner and then walked/took the funicular to Sacre Coeur.

The river cruise itself was pretty special.  We embarked in Paris, visited Vernon, Les Andelys, Rouen (loved that city), Caudebec-en-Caux (Normandy Beaches), Rouen (back again), Mante-la-Jolie (Versailles) and then back to Paris.

The kids met many other children on the ship - there were about 30 kids on the boat which made it pretty fun.  The closest friends they made were from North Carolina, named Emily and Jackson.  The other kids they hung out with were Nick and Josh from Arizona.  I know the kids are trying to stay in touch via social media, so hopefully they will continue that.

I MUST go back to Paris, I need to also see more of the French



countryside.  It is so beautiful.  Eye candy.  It filled up my soul.

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....soccer

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

HRT

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.