May Long Weekend Recap

May 23, 2017

It’s been awhile since I’ve recapped a weekend and this past long weekend was absolutely perfect so I thought I’d share what we got up to. We were spoiled with the best weather ever, considering our May Long Weekend is typically always cold and snowy.


I was craving smokies for supper, so after picking Liam up from the day home, we headed to our local market to pick some up. Coincidentally, the Running Room was having a sidewalk sale a couple doors down and I ended up with a new pair of Brooks Launch 3’s (the exact same pair I purchased last year). I noticed that I’ve been having some shin pain, which is typical when I start ramping up my training in the spring, but it wasn’t really going away and figured it was time for new shoes.
We got home just before a spring thunder shower began so Liam watched a bit of Moana before I fired up the BBQ. After supper we went for a 45 minute walk around the neighbourhood. Liam’s getting so much more confident and fast on his bikes (he has a push bike and a peddle bike with training wheels) and we’re able to walk farther and farther every week. I love it.

Once the kiddo was in bed, I caught up on the latest episode of Scandal before heading to bed to read.


Our morning started with bacon, eggs and coffee before packing up for a full day out of the house. First stop was the first market of the season. I filled up our growler with kombucha, Liam acquired an apple the size of his face plus a popsicle, and I indulged in the best garlic frites. There’s a new food truck serving smoothie/acai bowls that I have my eyes on to try one of these days!

I was lucky that package pick-up for the race I was running on Sunday was right by the market so we walked over there to get my bib before heading to Liam’s jujitsu class. I usually just loiter in the lobby of the dojo listening to the class, but I decided to soak up some sun and sat in the parking lot reading instead. It was perfect. Once class was over, we headed to the lake for more sunshine and family visits.

I didn’t pack Liam’s bathing suit since the lake was likely still cold with the last of the snow and ice only just recently melting away. I warned Liam not to go into the water but really I should have known I wouldn’t be able to keep him out. By the end of the afternoon he was fully submerged and having a blast. Good thing I was smart enough to at least bring a change of clothes.

By the time we headed home after supper, Liam was clearly exhausted. He fell asleep in the car and barely woke when I carried him inside to bed.

I laid out everything I needed for the following morning’s race, plus prepped some snacks for another busy day out before crawling into bed myself.


I felt so bad having to wake Liam up early after a busy day. Luckily he was a trooper about it. We had a quick breakfast together and were off to the race start. I’ll recap the race in another post (once the photos are back) but I have to give a huge shout-out to Scott and Mary for getting up and out of the house early to watch Liam while I ran. I have the best friends out there.

After the race, Liam and I headed home so I could shower and change and then we were off to meet Scott and Mary again so we could convoy to the zoo! Yes, I realize I’m slightly crazy for tackling the zoo after a race on a long weekend, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

The kiddos had a blast and were so well behaved the whole afternoon considering they had early mornings and it was so hot and crowded. We managed to see pretty much the entire zoo minus the dinosaur park before we were all starting to fade. Again, another shout-out goes to Scott who pulled both kiddos around in our wagon the entire afternoon. I likely wouldn’t have made it through the day if I’d been the one pulling them, haha.

We headed for an early dinner at Blue Star Diner in Bridgeland which was absolutely fantastic. I inhaled my buttermilk fried chicken sandwich so fast. It was at this point where the stiffness set in and I could barely walk back to the car. We said goodbye to our friends and hit the road back home. Of course, Liam fell asleep again in the car and I can’t say I blame him one bit.


I was hoping Liam would have had a bit of a sleep-in, but he was at my bedside promptly at 7am. We had a slow morning with Liam playing Lego and me with my book and coffee. I was beyond exhausted and admittedly a little grumpy.

My only goal for the day was to get groceries and all Liam wanted to do was go to the park. We managed to get out of the house just before lunch for groceries and then headed to the park in the early afternoon. We lasted just over an hour before the need to get ice cream became very real. Despite the fact that Liam hadn’t eaten a full meal since Sunday morning aside, we headed to the ice cream shop to indulge in our favourite flavour before heading home.

The rest of the day was spent playing on the balcony, BBQing and just hanging out before an early bedtime. I managed to get a couple loads of laundry folded while watching GirlBoss and then ended up staying up later than planned to finish my book.

I absolutely love the stage Liam is at right now. We have turned a corner with all of the whining and meltdowns and not listening which means we can really enjoy hanging out and having fun together. He’s such a funny kid and I loved having a full long weekend with him. The fun activities and perfect weather were just an added bonus.

How did you spend your long weekend?

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  • Reply
    May 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I just got new shoes too! I am so sad though since the colours are nasty this year – haha.
    You guys had a great long weekend! Was the zoo busy Sunday too? I found it not as bad as I thought and the perfect temperature for it.
    I was just thinking the same thing the other day that I wish I had this year off with Avery vs last summer, she has changed so much this past year – for the better 😉

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      May 23, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      What colour are yours? I really wanted the Launch 4 because they come in black but I figured a discount was better than the colour I wanted.

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        May 25, 2017 at 9:38 am

        The ugliest colour ever – baby blue! They disappointed me in colour options this year lol. But I wasn’t trying new shoes because of an ugly colour.

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    May 23, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    What a great weekend! He’s such a trooper, that water would be so cold! Love it. I need to get to the market soon and zoo again! I am so ready for the no whiny phase! It about killed me this weekend!! ha We will have to try that diner!

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      May 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      He did not complain about the water once. He’s a little bit crazy.

      One day I want to come to the Calgary market! I’m always so busy with other things and can’t make it there!

      Hang in there mama. 4.5 is when Liam turned the corner and don’t get me wrong, there are still days.

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    Brie @ A Slice of Brie
    May 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    What a fun weekend! You’re slightly crazy for going to the zoo on a long weekend! haha 😉 It’s so nice to hear that you have turned a point with Liam (i just realized we haven’t vented about our crazy kids to each other in some time lol). I need to come up to the Red Deer Market one weekend!

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      May 24, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Hahaha yes I know but really, it wasn’t that bad. We all had a good time even if we had to wait in line for a bit to get in. No biggie.

      We really need to plan a time to get together in either city!

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    May 25, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I’ve missed your weekend recaps! Those and day in the life posts are my favs 🙂

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      May 25, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Aw sorry! I just got so bored of writing them every week. I didn’t feel like they were that interesting haha. I’ll try and pop in more often to do them though!

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    May 29, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    That sounds fun and extra exhausting. Only restaurants and coffee shops are open here on holidays and I love that it’s a forced day off.

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      May 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      I love that! I wish it was like that here too.

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