Jumping into 2018

2017 was awesome. The kids are growing like weeds. They are doing more (biking, skiing, swimming), and they wipe their own butts. Big win.

I have ran and pedal biked more than I ever have in my life. Towards the end of the year, Cliff also got into cycling. We changed our family eating habits to incorporate more whole foods and less processed crap. Another big win.

I have no plans to make 2018 “better”, because I don’t think of a year in terms of good or bad. I am fortunate enough to have my family, my health and my career, so I already feel like a million bucks right out the gate. I do plan to have as much fun as I can fit into 24 hours a day.

In keeping with the same tradition of the past 5 years, we spent a week in Whistler to end 2017 and welcome 2018. And of course that means jumping from the dresser to the king size bed for photos. Back when the kids were little, Cliff would toss them onto the bed. But now that they are both heavier and bigger, they get to use their own legs to jump.



I’ve got this

A year ago today, I held my breath as I entered my “40s”. I knew looking back things have been good, but I really wasn’t sure how this new era is going to hit.

I am happy to report that now I have had a year to practice being 40, I’ve got this. It’s actually pretty damn awesome!

There were three things I was very happy about:

  1. Savanna and I traveled to Morocco. I will continue to talk about this trip for years to come. We really bonded on this trip, and I learned that she is an amazing little traveller.
  2. I am more fit than I have ever been. 21 Day Fix Extreme, P90X3, Insanity Max 30, spin, kickboxing, running and biking had me drop 30 lbs since a year ago. But it’s not the weight I’m most excited about; it’s the feeling being strong and growing stronger.
  3. I cleared out the noises in my life. Taking a social media hiatus is one of the best things I have ever done. I stopped caring so much about what people think of me and wasting time on things that do not matter. I made time to be home for dinner at least twice on weekdays.

Today we enjoyed skiing in Whistler. There is no better way to spend the day than with the very people who make my life so damn awesome.










Day 71-85/365 {Catching up}

In the blink of an eye, spring break is over, and I am beyond behind on my 365 post.

We spent the entire first week of spring break in Whistler. The snow this year has just be amazing. The kids both made great progress in a short time. Savanna can now tackle the entire beginner hill on her own without assistance. Josh is leading me down tree runs that scare the crap out of me.

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Savanna hid herself under a pile of pillows. All I can think of is she looks like she’s peeking out from a giant vagina.

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Savanna made a good point to me about she is the only one in the family who doesn’t have a camera, so I bought her one. It’s a small Canon point-and-shoot. She brought it with her to Whistler. We took photos of each other. She was very happy to capture me.

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It snowed. And snowed. And snowed. And snowed some more. So awesome.

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Josh and I went for a walk in the village to spend some time together. He said, “Mommy, that was good that just you and me went, so we had lots of time to spend with just each other.” Josh, you melt my heart like nobody else can.

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My favorite bakery in Whistler is Pure Bread. Going there for a baked treat and coffee is one of the highlights of going to Whistler for me. I prefer their original location–quiet, out of the way, small, quaint, and cozy. There is no fancy coffee here except the dripped coffee cones hanging over the shop owner’s homemade rack from pipes.

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Josh loves the trampoline park in Whistler. In particular, he loves the ball pit. I find the ball pit really gross and smelly, but he would jump into it over and over and over.

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After we came back from a week of awesome skiing in Whistler, I went for a long bike ride. Stopping here is a part of my long ride ritual.

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Vancouver welcomed us home with rain.

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When I got back to work, I found this little sticky note on my computer monitor. It was nice to know someone at work gives a rat’s ass about me.

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Last year during spring break, I bought Josh a challenging set of Lego to build. It took him some time, but he completed it without much trouble. He was 5 at the time, and the set was aimed at age 8 and up. This year, I got him a set of Lego Technics. It’s supposed to be quite challenging with gears and clogs. Again, he completed it with some effort and time. It was a proud mama moment for me.

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Jewels came with her name. We didn’t bother changing it. My guess is that her first family named her Jewels because of her gorgeous green eyes.

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My nephew’s birthday was this past weekend. I really wanted to make a special cake for him. When my nephew was born, he was 6 weeks early. I visited him in the NICU. When I held him, I looked at his little face with the feeding tube up his nose, and wish I could do something for him. Now he is a healthy and grown 6-year-old, and I get to feed him junk food. I made a “gravity-defying Oreo cake” because he wanted Oreo in his cake. My brother said my nephew would have been happy with just a normal cake, and my efforts were not going to bring any incremental enjoyment. I don’t really care. Nothing but the coolest cake for my special nephew!

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When I stayed at an AirBnB last year, the host had a big container garden with a ton of over-growing kale. She sent me home with a huge bag of it. I was so jealous of her garden. We have no space for multiple containers, but we have space for one. So since early this winter, I’ve been planning a container garden for our tiny little balcony. We finally waited till the time is right, and planted our little container garden. This planting tool tells us exactly how far to space out the seeds. It was fun getting the kids involved in the planting. We are hoping for some good home-grown vegetables this summer!

Day 36/365 {Day 11}

Today is Day 11 at Whistler this season. It has been YEARS since I got this many ski days in!

Whistler Blackcomb received a dump of snow last night, and it seemed like the entire Lower Mainland was headed up there this morning. But aside from the traffic and lift lines, it was an incredible powder day.

It was my first time using skis in powder. I had a blast!


Day 30/365 {Corduroys}

Josh had pro-d day today, so I took the day off and we headed up to Whistler to ski. We went up yesterday in the rain and had a few damp runs. Today was beautiful and sunny, and the snow was hard and fast. We hit the gondola just as it opened first thing in the morning. With barely anyone on the mountain, the corduroys were in perfect shape welcoming us.


Day 22/365 {Rain or Shine}


We were skiing in Whistler this weekend. This morning, while I was sitting on the chair lift with Savanna, we played a game of “I spy”. It’s our chair lift routine. I love listening to her sweet little voice while she makes me guess what she has seen with her eyes.

After the game, she pointed to the glistening snow and said it looked like ice cream. I said, “Hey, do you want to get some ice cream today?” Ice cream is a special treat, and not something we get on a regular basis. But she had just charmed me to death with her cute voice, and had just showed me a whole morning of great attitude even when skiing got a little hard. I couldn’t resist but offer up a special treat just because she mentioned it. I’m so weak.

We went to Rain or Shine, and she picked salted caramel. She’s definitely my girl!

The big four-o

Normally, I don’t make a big deal of my birthdays. But turning 40 seems like such a big deal because it’s a whole new decade!

I really don’t “feel” 40. I’m not sure what 40 is supposed to feel like, but I still think that the university days weren’t *that* long ago. I even still very vividly remember a lot from high school. Funny thing is, I can barely remember what the heck I did yesterday.

I do have a lot of be grateful for, so I’ll spare you the gripe about my memory loss and aches/pains. I spent a beautiful weekend with some of my favorite people–Cliff, Josh and Savanna. We went up to Whistler, drank some beer, did some skiing, bungee jumped, and ate ice cream.

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The Cheakamus River

On our drive back from Whistler on the weekend, Josh pointed to the river and said, “Mommy, look! The ocean!”

I said, “That’s a river, baby. It’s called the Cheakamus River.”

Josh said, “Where are they?”

Confused, I said, “Where are who?”

Josh said, “The chickens.”

I asked, “What chickens?”

Josh said, “You said chicken river.”

I bursted out laughing and said, “No, the Cheakamus River!”

Josh wasn’t amused. He said, “Chicken-mus.”

I said, “No, not chicken. Chea-ka-mus.”

We tried it a few more times, but honestly, I have to admit it does sound a lot like “chicken-mus”.