Birthday Weekend Recap

Thank you all for your kind comments on my birthday post! I love reading back through those yearly reviews every year, I actually prefer them to January reviews!

Anyways, I had a great birthday weekend so I thought I would do a recap.

Saturday morning (my actual birthday) I got up and had some coffee while reading my book and enjoying a piece of toast. At 9:30 my friend Janine picked me up to go to yoga. One of the local yoga studios has a Saturday morning deal where if you go to the 75-minute flow class you get a coupon to have 1/2 price brunch at the restaurant across the street! I decided that would be a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday with friends and was so grateful to have so many people come out. We got our sweat on at yoga and then enjoyed a delicious brunch. I wish I’d taken a photo of my meal because it was sooooo good, but alas I forgot.

Eric took the day off work (at my request) so we could spend it together. We get so little time together I really just wanted to hang out with him. When I got home from yoga he had the table all set up with some birthday surprises 😉 What a goof ball.

The cereal is a bit of an inside joke from the first trimester of my pregnancy when I was so sick and ate a lot of cereal, and also just a few nights before we were talking about how much we were craving cereal but didn’t have any. Clearly that will not be a problem in our home for awhile.

I loved the flowers. He even asked her to add a pink rose (the first flower he ever brought me for our very first date on Valentine’s Day in 2005) and a sunflower for our wedding flower. What a guy <3 <3

I had a shower and got dressed and we headed out for some shopping. There was a block party happening in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market so we picked up pumpkin spice lattes and wandered through that.

I bought myself a little birthday present. This is from a local small business and I have been eyeing up their jewelry sets for quite some time!

After we were done wandering the block party and perusing the Farmer’s Market we headed to the movie theatre to catch an afternoon matinee. I wasn’t super interested in anything that was playing but the movie that looked the best to me was Wind River so that is what I chose. Oh my gosh I’m so glad I did, I really really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it! It was very well done and tackled some relevant social issues about missing and murdered Indigenous women.

After the movie we went to the book store. I sure do love browsing the bookstore. There are so many GREAT new releases out this fall that I want to read and some of them are not available at my library yet so I was very tempted to spend all the money.

I resisted and only bought one that was on sale and had been on my to read list for a long time. Really looking forward to getting into this one.

We headed home and I read my book for a bit before getting changed to go for dinner. I chose Spicy Fusion, our local Indian restaurant, for my birthday dinner and it did not disappoint!

Soooooo good.

It was fun doing my makeup a bit nicer and getting a bit dressed up. I used to do that all the time at my old job, but I don’t really do it anymore. I admit I am not feeling at ‘my best’ with being pregnant (pregnancy weight gain is tough ya’ll!) so it was fun to get a bit more dressed up and feel pretty.

31 weeks at 29 years old!

Sooo thankful and appreciative for a wonderful day with this guy <3 After we got home from dinner I had a lovely candlelit bath and then we laid on the couch and watched Big Brother.

On Sunday Eric was back to work and after a day of indulgent food and not much movement on Saturday I woke up wanting to MOVE my body on Sunday morning! So immediately after getting up I loaded Chloe in the car and headed to our local trail network for a walk / hike. We did a 50-minute hike while listening to a podcast and it was seriously lovely.

I had to take more rests than normal on the steeper hills but overall this preggo did pretty good if I do say so myself.

My sister-in-law and nieces came over for coffee and a visit once I got home from the hike and then I spent the rest of Sunday doing things around the house. Hauling in some stuff from our garage, doing laundry, purging… general nesting stuff. It has felt really good to cross some big home to-do’s off the list.

Sunday evening my aunt hosted a birthday dinner for all the September babies (my cousin, my uncle and me). We ate fresh crab and salmon they had caught on their recent fishing trip to the ocean. It was soooooo good.

And I got to request dessert! I requested peanut butter cheesecake, also sooooo good.

I was definitely sufficiently stuffed after that amazing meal! Huge thanks to my aunt and uncle for hosting everyone. Next time I need to be better about getting a group photo.

And after all of that I was in bed by 8:00pm on Sunday night 🙂 So yes, overall a pretty perfect birthday weekend. Time with friends, family and my lovely husband but also a bit of alone / quiet time thrown in. Can’t believe this was my last birthday without a little sidekick. 30 is going to look veryyyyy different, isn’t it?! This year already looked super different from last year when we had a very active hiking / camping weekend. I feel pretty good about how much activity I’ve continued to fit in while pregnant, but I definitely don’t think I would have been able to handle all that hiking at 31 weeks 🙂

How did you celebrate your last birthday? And, if you remember, how did you celebrate your 29th birthday? 


28 in review!

Well, hello! September 9th really snuck up on me this year and I almost didn’t get this post done. But I couldn’t miss reviewing the last year of my life, as I have done for the past SEVEN YEARS, on this blog so here I am.

Today I am 29 and Monday I will be 31 weeks pregnant. Last year on my birthday recap I shared a bit about our struggle to start a family. To say I feel grateful and have a full heart this year would be an understatement. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel lucky even on days where I also feel incredibly sick, exhausted and/or fat. Isn’t it funny how we can have conflicting emotions all at the same time?

That said, life is still not perfect. But is it ever? With challenging and conflicting work schedules and work environments that aren’t the best for either of us, I have to admit I felt a bit nostalgic looking back on last year’s birthday recap, as well as some of my blog posts from last summer / fall. We’ve really struggled with having a work / life balance this year and I am a bit sad that our summer wasn’t as “fun” as they have been in the past. Especially since it’s our last summer without a baby and I’m sure finding a balance will only get harder. This was also our first full year up north!

So, here we go, 28 in review…

We had a wonderful weekend camping and hiking in Tumbler Ridge to celebrate my 28th birthday.

Our first snowfall happened on October 1 – and it stayed. Welcome to the north!

I had so much fun throwing Eric a beer-themed 30th birthday party!

Eric was the best man in a wedding in Vancouver…

…and then we jetted off to Kauai, Hawaii and spent 7 days there over Christmas. It was our first time ever going away at Christmas and it was amazing! (You can find the recaps here, here, here and here)

We bought another house!! This time a half-duplex. We had been saving like crazy and house searching the entire 8 months since moving and we finally found the right place for us. I have to say, 6 months later and I still LOVE our home so much. The layout is perfect for us and it’s just the right size. Not too big or too small. I am still fully obsessed with our kitchen as well. I have to say, I didn’t think I’d be 29 and own two homes but this is another thing I feel pretty darn grateful for.

Not shared on the blog so no link, but towards the end of January I started taking medication for what we had planned to be an IVF cycle. Then, in February we had a whirlwind weekend where we traveled to Kelowna and stayed in a hotel with daily appointments at the fertility clinic. On February 19, 2017 we did our IUI which as you all know worked. I promise I’m going to share the full story very soon but now looking back I am remembering that in a 3 week span I was finishing up my 2nd round of Whole 30, doing my first round of IVF medications (so my hormone levels were CRAZY) AND we bought a house. It was an intense time to say the least!

I finished my 2nd round of Whole30. I still love this program so much and hope to do it again in 2018.

January – March I went cross-country skiing almost every weekend. Such a fun winter hobby!

We moved into our new house! We found out we were pregnant on March 7, 2017 and took possession of our new home on March 8, 2017. Eric did 95% of our moving during his week off work (thank god!) But again, another whirlwind time in our life.

March / April were a whirlwind of moving, Eric working an extra long night shift and me being in my first trimester of pregnancy and SO SICK. I basically spent all my extra moments in March and April on the couch or in bed or puking over the toilet… and that is why I only blogged twice in April 🙂

At the end of April we headed off to London and Iceland for two weeks! Amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip. Truthfully, I do wish we could have done this trip when I wasn’t pregnant as I still wasn’t feeling 100%, however it was still an amazing trip and I’m glad we got one last bit international trip in together before starting our family.

Of course, or main reason to go to London was to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Eric had snagged us 2nd row tickets 1.5 years earlier – it was epic!

And then we spent 8 days camper vanning around Iceland chasing waterfalls, hot springs and hiking. Recap posts here, here, and here!

Mother’s Day weekend, right after returning from our trip, I hit 14 weeks pregnant and was officially in the 2nd trimester so we announced our pregnancy ‘publicly’ on social media and the blog.

At the end of May I traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota to watch my blog BFF Lisa marry the love of her life, and also had the most AMAZING weekend with a whole bunch of blog friends. And I never did recap this amazing weekend on the blog (whoops!) how ironic 😉

On my way back from Minneapolis I spent the weekend in Calgary and got to see my good friends Robyn and Michele! I also went to my first Surf Fit class.

I planted my first ever veggie garden (full recap on that coming!) and Webster went missing for a very terrifying 48 hours.

We had an amazing 3 day camping weekend in June to kick off summer!

On July 9 we hit FIVE YEARS of marriage! Trust me, I did not expect us to spend our 5 year anniversary the way we did – having breakfast together and then watching a movie on the couch in the morning because Eric was on night shift – but after the year we had leading up to it it actually was quite perfect. We’ll do something big for 10 years! You can tell how tired we both were from our 5 year anniversary selfie!

In July we had our much anticipated anatomy scan at 22 weeks and Baby H gave us a big wave.

At the end of July / beginning of August I spent a week at my mom’s lake house and got to catch up with some dear friends from Kamloops.

We went back to Hazelton, BC (where Eric and I took our first ever vacation together to) for a week of camping and fishing in the mountains.

I walked 10,000 steps a day every single day from June 1 – August 31!

And I spent an incredible amount of time reading and relaxing on our back deck oasis this summer 🙂


It’s so funny how much life changes. You don’t see any big race recaps in this yearly review, or even a lot of time spent with friends or family compared to year’s previous, but it was a BIG YEAR and I know the next year and the one’s after that will be even bigger.

I will basically spend the majority of my 29th year on maternity leave since we are so lucky to get 12 months off in Canada. I know we go into every year having no idea what’s going to happen, but I really have NO IDEA how the next year is going to look. I’m really trying to go into it with 0 expectations and trusting that even though it will be incredibly hard, it will all work out in the end and the hard days too shall pass – just like the hard days of dealing with infertility and wondering if I would ever have a baby have passed (for now).

For now, I will focus on the present and remember how much I wanted what I now have and enter the next year of life with an incredibly full and grateful heart <3

My previous birthday year in review posts can be found here. 21, 22, 23, 2425, 26 and 27.


Birthday Weekend in Tumbler Ridge

Hi friends. Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my birthday post last week. I meant to get this weekend recap up sooner but holy moly have I ever had a smokin’ busy week at work. I can’t believe it’s already Friday!

Anyways, for my birthday last weekend we planned a camping weekend in the mountains. A couple of weeks ago we bought this adorable new-to-us 1973 12-foot travel trailer. I can’t wait to spruce it up next summer! (The Nugget is my inspiration).


Tumbler Ridge is this cute little town/village in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about 2 hours drive from Fort St. John. It is surrounded by incredible hiking trails, which is what drew me to wanting to spend a weekend there. Their tourism website and visitor centre is robust – full of amazingly detailed brochures for over 50 hikes ranging from 1km to 60km long. The four hikes we went on were incredibly well marked and I can’t wait to go back lots next summer in our little trailer and do more exploring.


We didn’t get out of town until about 11am on Friday so pulled into Tumbler Ridge around 1pm. By the time we set up our campsite and ate a late lunch/early dinner it was 4pm! My dad came with us (and brought his huge fully equipped motorhome so it was really more like glamping!) and he opted to go back to the campsite and rest. Eric and I decided to fit in two short waterfall hikes that were about 2km each.

First we hiked to Quality Falls, which was a 2.5km round trip hike and the trailhead is about 6km North of Tumbler. The trail and trailhead is really well marked and it’s a super pretty hike through boreal forest.




After we were done at Quality Falls we hit up the Flatbed Falls, which were super close to our campsite. We actually could have hiked there from our campsite we realized but it would have been a much longer hike. From the trailhead it was only about 2km.


The fall colours are out in full force up here already (welcome to the North!) and it’s seriously stunning.


After our two hikes we headed back to the campsite to get some much needed shuteye as we had a big day planned of hiking on Saturday!

Saturday morning we all slept in until about 8am and then got up and made a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast and of course lots of coffee & bailey’s. A camping staple!

After breakfast we piled into the truck and headed out to our main destination for the trip: Kineuso Falls! Kineuso Falls is actually higher than Niagara Falls! It’s a pretty popular tourist destination in the area. Even with it being such a popular spot for tourists it was still a 50km (30ish mile) drive on a rough gravel road. The drive was beautiful though!



We walked out to the main viewing platform with my dad to check out the falls from above and then Eric and I hiked down to the river to check out the falls from that viewpoint. It was only 2.5km round trip but it was a tough hike, especially in the warm sun!



These falls were incredible – I’ve never seen anything like them!


On our hike down!


At the river view point!


My Live Love North pullover is the comfiest thing ever, and was also my birthday present to myself. It came in the mail right before the weekend which was perfect as I was literally living it up and loving it in the north last weekend!

After our hike to Kineuso Falls we headed back down the long gravel road. Our next stop was Barbour Falls which is about halfway between Tumbler Ridge and Kineuso Falls. But first we pulled over alongside this pretty river and ate our lunch and wished we’d had our fishing rods with us!


Barbour Falls was a really nice and flat route and was rated ‘easy’ on the Tumbler Ridge trail map which was perfect because it meant my dad could accompany us on it!



These falls were viewed from up high, looking down on them. They were really pretty! Again it was approximately 2km in and out.


There was even a little bench to admire them from!


On our way back Eric and I scurried down a super steep hill to get to this little pool area which is above the falls. I guess it’s a popular swimming spot when it’s hot out!


It was a great hike!

After that super busy day we all headed back to the campsite to rest for a couple of hours and then went out for dinner at 1 of 2 restaurants in Tumbler Ridge! A cold beer and a steak was just what the doctor had ordered after a busy day of hiking. We slept in until about 8am again on Sunday morning and then got our campsite packed up and ready to go. Eric and I were going to stop and do one more hike on our way home but it was raining so we opted to save it for next time.


See ya next year Tumbler Ridge!