A very quick check in…

So last week my blog decided to break! Thanks to the amazing Kyla Roma, it’s up and running as it should be but the broken blog was a great excuse to not blog last week :)

Anyways, I thought I would do a quick check-in blog post letting you know what’s new. I should probably be actually getting ready for bed right now since it’s 9:40pm and I have to leave the house at 7:00am tomorrow to drive 3+ hours for work.

Last weekend my sister-in-law and adorable nieces were in Enderby, which is just over an hour away from us, so we drove out and spent two days with them. We went to the drive-in movie theatre, for a 7km hike (that was crazy steep in some parts!) and swam in the river. It was so great to get to see them and spend so much time with them.

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We hiked halfway up to the Enderby Cliffs in Enderby Provincial Park. The views were amazing so I can’t wait to go back and do the full hike one day, however with a 2.5-year-old, a 5-year-old and two 7-year-olds it just wasn’t in the cards when we went. Though they totally impressed me with their energy and stamina and I wouldn’t have put it passed them to go all the way to the top! Living far from family is hard but it sure makes you appreciate the limited time you do get with them.

So grateful for a fun-filled two days with all of them!

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Then last night after a crazy busy day at work, where I rushed from work to a chiropractor appointment (tweaked my back this weekend) back to work to load my car with stuff for my out-of-town trip today and then to the Y to teach my TRX bootcamp class, I met up with Elizabeth who is passing through town on a BC road trip on her way to Alberta for a wedding (seriously check out her instagram – she is having so much fun and is so adventurous! I love it!)

We went for a sunset hike and it was absolutely lovely! I’m just sad I’m having such a busy week and couldn’t spend more time touring her around. She is just making the absolute best of her trip here and treating BC like the playground it is. Chatting with her was a good reminder that I’m so lucky to live where I do. Thanks for the hike, Elizabeth!

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Anyways, I have a crazy week of work ahead of me. Today will be a 16ish hour day with about 6 hours of driving and then tomorrow night I have a goodbye BBQ for one of my coworkers and Thursday night I have book club. But exciting news, I have next week OFF work! I actually had extra vacation days this year so am taking all of next week off work. Thursday Lisa arrives for a long weekend visit (which I’m so excited about!) and Monday – Wednesday will be staycation days. I’m trying really hard to not plan much as I just really want to stay at home and relax. Wish me luck with that whole non-planning thing. :)

Happy Tuesday! How was your weekend? What would you tell me about life during our quick check in this morning? 

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Weekend Recap: Another great weekend camping!

As some readers may remember Eric and I went camping at a beautiful lake called Johnson Lake twice last summer. We knew we definitely wanted to get back there this summer so way back in May we booked a camping spot there with our friends Jen, Brennen and their baby girl Sydney.

Well, right after we booked that spot a post about the lake went viral on social media and got shared over 250,000 times! Apparently in May and June people were flocking up to this beautiful lake by the hundreds. Of course, that kind of traffic is not good for this incredibly stunning and naturally beautiful lake, so my disclaimer is that they are trying to limit the amount of people who visit this lake, especially for a day trip. So either consider going up on a weekday or in September or October when it’s not so busy if you want to visit!

Anyways, onto our awesome weekend recap! We arrived early in the afternoon on Friday and set up camp. I kept saying how I feel like Eric and I have finally dialed in our camping game as we get ready to upgrade to travel trailer camping.

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Friday afternoon we walked to the lake and just kind of hung around and then cooked dinner. We had steaks, corn on the cob and caesar salad.

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We all went to bed pretty early on Friday as it was POURING rain. Tent camping in the pouring rain isn’t very fun! Eric and I had the worst night of sleep ever as our air mattress apparently has a leak so we had to get up twice in the night to re pump it up. Also the rain was pouring down on our tent all night. We got out of bed around 7:30am on Saturday morning and had some coffee and breakfast with Jen and Brennen.

Finally around 9:30 we headed off to take Chloe for a walk. I said we’d be back in 10-15 minutes. Well as we’re walking along we see a tiny sign that says “Howling Point” and points up a single track trail into the woods so we decide to follow it. Before we know it Eric and I are hiking up, up, up and dripping with sweat but we’re determined to get to Howling Point.

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It was a bit of a full body workout kind of hike as there were plenty of places on the trail where trees had fallen and blocked the trail so we were climbing under and over trees for a good bit of the hike.

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After about 45 minutes of straight climbing we made it to a lookout point!

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The small lake on the left is “Little Johnson Lake” which is where our campsite was!

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We are not actually sure if this viewpoint is “Howling Point” as the trail did continue to climb. We climbed a little bit further hoping for views of Big Johnson Lake but only got a few through the trees. We decided to turn back since we’d already been gone quite a while longer than we said we would be and really had no clue how long the trail would go on for! Plus we had no water or anything. We’ll have to be more prepared and explore further next time!

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It was a really great hike though especially since it ended up being so spontaneous! Eric and I were planning on going for a run we were gone and the hike definitely sufficed. I was dripping sweat from the steep climbs.

After we got back to our campsite we all loaded up kayaks and lawn chairs and lunch and drove to the little “secret” (not really) spot Eric and I had discovered last summer. I was really worried it would be taken up by people but we lucked out and got it to ourselves. We then spent the next few hours kayaking, fishing and hanging out. I even went for a swim! The water was pretty cold but not unbearable.

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The reason the lake is so clear is because of the Riparian area around the waters edge, which means that all around the lake the trees come right to the edge of the water and there are no beaches. This little spot we found last year is one of the only places I’ve seen that you can wade in for quite a ways before it gets too deep.

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I had so much fun hanging out with these two!

I even got Chloe into the kayak for the first time! Chloe is actually quite scared of the water because she doesn’t know how to swim at all. She flails around like crazy every time she has tried. She was so good in the kayak though and sat perfectly still while we paddled around, probably because she was scared of falling in. Ha!

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And then my phone died so I have no more photos of our adventures. But that evening the boys went fishing, Jen and I talked and talked and talked, which is par for the course when we get together and then we all played some Rummy before hitting the hay around 9:30pm. We are all seriously getting so old. At least they have a little baby, Eric and I really don’t have an excuse.

One of my favourite things about camping here is there is NO cell service there!! Since my phone was dead I ended up being disconnected for almost 48 hours. It felt SO good to disconnect for so long. I definitely want to look for more cell-phone free service campsites and lakes to visit in the future.

So yes, this is definitely one of my favourite places I’ve ever been and I hope to continue camping there year after year! It was also really great to catch up with our friends and spend some quality time with baby Sydney who is getting so big and is also so so sweet!

How was your weekend? Do you have a favourite place to getaway to in the summer?

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What is your morning routine?

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An old sunrise picture! 

So I’ve noticed over the past few months I’ve really been lacking on morning workouts. I used to workout 4 – 5 mornings per week and right now I’m only getting up on Wednesday and Friday mornings for our 1-hour trail run from 6-7am. Other than that I have been doing all my workouts either at lunch or after work. I was getting into a bad habit a few weeks ago where I would sleep until 7:15 or 7:20am. I need to start getting ready by 7:30 – 7:40 at the latest to be at work around 8:30 so it wasn’t really the nicest way to spend a morning, waking up and feeling tired and also rushed.

Recently, I’ve been trying really hard to get up by about 6 – 6:15 so I can spend some time reading in the morning and also take Chloe for a 20 – 30 minute walk. I usually also fit in 15 – 20 minutes of puttering around the house in there, putting in a load of laundry, doing the dishes, sweeping the floor etc. If I do this I go into my work day feeling so much more productive and ready to tackle the day.

I don’t know how I got out of the habit of getting up early but I really want to work on it! I do consider myself a morning person and never sleep past 8:00am unless I’ve had a really late night. I think part of the problem is that it’s light out so much later in the summer. Lately it’s starting to get dark at 9:00pm again so I think it will be easier to start getting back to an earlier bedtime. When I stay up until 11pm (which I do way too often) it’s pretty hard to get up at 6am.

Anyways, this is a short post today because really I would love to hear what your morning routine is. Do you workout every morning? Or 3 mornings a week? Do you get up and read or take your dog for a walk? Do you get up early to work? Do you sleep until the very last minute until you have to go to work?

Any tips for making the most out of a morning routine?

Happy Hump Day!

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