This weekend update is coming to you a bit later than normal. Liam and I are at home today with matching head colds that started out this weekend and seem to be getting worse. Colds or not, this was a weekend I had been waiting all summer for! It was the second annual LRPS girls weekend in Lethbridge, full of girl time, running, food and wine.
Also, how is today the last day of August? Didn’t August JUST start?
I took Friday off work and made sure we hit up Cool Beans for our first pumpkin coffee of the season before we hit the road. First stop in Calgary was Fiasco Gelato for a couple pints to bring to our carb loading dinner.
Second stop was at Brie’s for some lunch and diaper change before all hitting the road together. The drive from Calgary to Lethbridge with two toddlers was….interesting. Poor Sully was not a happy little man and Liam was so good trying to cheer him up most of the way.
We made it to the city in mostly one piece, stopping to pick up our race packages before continuing on to dinner. There was a big group of girls running the race, but with the poor air quality due to forest fires further south we all end up dropping down to the 5k distance.
We all gathered together for a ‘carb loading’ dinner aka a big excuse to eat all the food and visit while the kids ran around outside. Melissa was a saint for hosting a bunch of kids in her kid free, immaculate home.
After dinner we headed back to Kaella’s to put the kids to bed. Ange came just after we got back as she was also staying with Kaella before the race. It was so nice to finally meet her in person! We enjoyed a glass or two of wine together before calling it a night.
My alarm went off about 6:15 to get ready for the race. It was far too early since I had a hard time sleeping and didn’t feel rested at all. I ended up having to wake Liam up too since he had a late night but we had to get going off to the hotel to meet everyone. I will do a full race recap later this week once race photos are posted!
After the race we hung out near the finish line for a little bit while the kids played in the bouncy castle. We had brunch reservations at 10 and I was so excited for food and a mimosa. Unfortunately by this point Liam was getting tired and was being a brat and I was having a hard time with him considering I was so tired too. We ended up having to leave in a hurry before everyone else when Liam had a meltdown. Toddlers. The eggs benny and mimosa were worth the frustration though.
Back at Kaella’s (where I stayed for the weekend), the boys went down for naps. Liam slept for about 3 hours and after a shower, I went to lie with him for awhile too. We had hopped to be able to take the boys on an adventure after nap time, but the smoke had rolled in again and it was too smokey to be outside. It was a long afternoon inside with the boys arguing over toys. A couple other girls came for dinner, wine and girl talk and it was so nice to be able to have more time to visit .
I didn’t last long after everyone went home since I had woken up with a cold and was feeling progressively worse as the evening went on. I felt bad calling it a night and curling up beside Liam shortly after 9pm.
Liam and I were up and packed up ready to go home pretty early. Liam was sad to leave London’s house Before we headed out, we had a photo session with my friend Tawnya who is an insanely talented photographer. I had contemplated cancelling just because I was feeling crumby and wanted to get home but I’m so glad I stuck it out. I can’t wait to see more photos.
We drove straight home without stopping and luckily Liam slept most of the way. We rolled into Red Deer just after noon, where I dropped him off at his dad’s and went home to sleep the rest of the afternoon. I had so much fun with everyone in Lethbridge but it felt so good to be in my own bed.
Lethbridge is such a beautiful little city and I’m so lucky to have such great girlfriends there. It’s too bad it’s such a long drive because I would love to be able to visit more often.
What was the highlight from your weekend?