Thursday, August 28, 2014

my running buddy

It's no secret that I've been on the look out for a running partner, pretty much since I started running. I know lots of people that run, but finding the ideal running partner is not as easy as it may seem because there are a lot of factors at play. I have running friends who I have to rule out because of speed or stride or geography and then finally someone approached me. They wanted to start running, would I do the couch to 5k with them? I couldn't say yes fast enough.

She is my perfect match in stride and speed. Well actually she's a titch faster than me which makes me faster, so win win win. This afternoon we wrapped up the first week of running and she's totally in love with it. Which yay for me and her!!

Since she's just starting out I've loaned her some of my running gear, old race shirts, a pair of compression capris and such, but what she needed was new running shoes.

And here's where I take a moment to tell you how fabulous my brother is. Those who know me know I think the absolute world of him. He's been tremendously encouraging to me since I began running, sending me a care package of technical t-shirts and socks to get me going way back in the early days before I had any kind of running paraphernalia. He really is the best brother ever.

So today a box arrived that contained a beautiful new pair of running shoes to help out and more importantly encourage my new running buddy....

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because he is also the best Uncle ever.

And yes The Abster is my new running buddy. It's still early days, but for the moment she is loving it. The pretty new Pearl Izumis are helping to seal the deal, for sure, but it's also a great time for us to be doing this. We head out for a run and it's just the two of us. No distractions, no Dads, no little sisters, just time for her and I. And that's good. So if your friends with Abby on facebook feel free to shoot some encouraging words her way as we work our way through the next seven weeks of the program. So proud of that kid.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

fabulous family fun

My thumb hurts, y'all. Hanging endless pieces of art work on bulletin boards will do that to ya I guess. Yep, that's how I spent my evening yesterday. And for why? It's almost fair time folks.

It's a lot of work, but I love what I get to do at the fair. And what exactly do I get to do? I deal directly with art and school work made by kids from kindergarten to grade eight. I'm not going to lie it is a lot of grunt work to put it all together. The work that comes in needs to be sorted, judged, recorded, organized and then displayed. And we do two rounds of this. The first round (that I'm dealing with right now) is stuff that is submitted by the teachers and a huge thank you to the teachers out there that support us. Round two, which is due to arrive in mid September, is stuff the kids can put together themselves at home.

Why do I love it so much? Well once all the grunt work is done and we throw the doors open for fair weekend an endless parade of kids come through and they are all so excited to find their work and, more importantly, their ribbons. It's something I honestly never get tired of.

I would encourage my local peeps with kids to take advantage of this opportunity. You can check out the prize book online. It's free to enter and the kids win ribbons and cash. My girls have both been entering since they've been old enough and it's such a rewarding experience for them. I won't lie I get just as excited waiting to see what ribbons the girls are going to get on their projects. So really, it's fun for the whole family.

Monday, August 25, 2014

bringing home the gold

Yesterday was MyPie's favourite Sunday of the month... horse show day!!! And if we're friends on facebook, instagram or twitter then you know that our little horse show cutie brought home the golden fourth place ribbon!

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Most importantly she had an incredible time, smiled all day and had one heck of an awesome cheering section.

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Only three more weeks until she gets to do it again.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

challenge accepted

I, like many many other fine folks, have been nominated for the ALS ice bucket challenge. I'm sure you've all heard of this because if you're anything like me then your facebook, twitter and instagram feeds have been full of it. Heck even The Abster was nominated and participated and before me even!

Here's my big question though... why are we all so busy judging each other? I'm going to specifically use the ALS ice bucket challenge as an example, but it's true in a very very broad sense. Why are we so busy judging each other. In my own personal social media streams I have seen the following postings... Hey what if I told you... you don't have to dump ice on your head to donate to charity. Or stop with the water, just donate money. And so on... you get the idea.

I have an idea though.... just do you. Seriously. If you want to dump water on your head and then donate to charity.... rock on with your bad self. If you want to dump water on your head and not donate, but you inspire two other people to donate.... well then hat tip to you sir. If you don't want to have anything to do with any of this... I bid you a good day. Whatever. It's all fine. All of it. What it isn't is a competition. Nobody is any more or less awesome because they do or don't participate... unless you're a hipster. Then of course you're above all of us and we bow to you, your skinny jeans, and your fedora.

Long time readers know that giving back is something very important for me and, if I'm being honest, my mental health and I take care of that in a myriad of ways. I donate money to causes that are important to me... which, if you are interested, are the Canadian Cancer Society and McMaster Children's Hospital, but along the way I'm happy to donate to causes my friends and/or my friends' kids are involved with; fundraising runs/walks, jump rope for heart, read-a-thons and the like. I give boat loads of my time to an ever growing list of worthy organizations and I practice random acts of kindness whenever I can.....



and I dump water on my head.

Does my list of "do goodery" qualifications get me a free pass? Can I post my challenge video without enduring the eye rolls and mockery of my social media friends. Am I "good enough" to participate without judgement? Maybe, maybe not. Don't know, don't care. It's taken me almost 40 years to build this incredible little life for myself and 41 years to embrace the idea that what other people think of me is none of my business. So dump the water or don't. Donate the money or don't. You're all fantastic people either way.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

how indeed

I don't want to over sell this whole Maya loves competing at horse shows thing, but tonight we headed over to the fairgrounds to get our building ready for the fair and that place was just hopping. There were cars and trailers parked every where. Since it doesn't typically look that way on a random Tuesday night......

Maya: What's going on here?
Me: Oh there's a horse show.
Maya: How could they have a horse show that I'm not involved with?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

happy anniversary

And 18 years looks like this......

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Am I a lucky girl or what?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

saddle up

So while it may the end of an era for Abby, it's just the beginning for Maya. MyPie has almost two years of lessons under her belt and a complete and total love of horse shows. This year she's only showing in the lead line class, meaning while she walks and trots someone else is leading her horse for her, but she is desperate to be out there on her own. Which is completely baffling to me, seeing as how she's spent most of her life attached to my leg and hiding behind my skirts. Abby has always been the more socially outgoing of our kids, but the thought of riding her horse in front of an audience does not appeal to her in any way. Maya, on the other hand, laps it right up.

It's so funny to see her even the night before a show, she very carefully lays out all of her clothes in preparation. The morning of a show she hops right out of bed and is dressed and ready in a blink.

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A few weeks ago Maya was in her second show and she knocked it out of the park. The judges asked to see a walk and a trot going both clockwise and counter clockwise.

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It is without a doubt the best bit of horse showmanship you'll ever hope to see. Okay, so we may be a bit prejudiced, but this time around the judges agreed.

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First place for MyPie. I don't think she stopped squeeing for the rest of the day. She was ridiculously proud of herself.

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Little sweetie that she is though, she was very worried that perhaps bringing home this red ribbon was going to make Abby feel bad, but Abby was a picture perfect proud big sister.

Only another couple of weeks until the next show and Maya is already asking daily how many days left until the show. I'm not going to lie I can't wait either.