Ollie’s World 

My little girl turned 5 today and my mind is literally blown. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was walking myself to the hospital so that she could make her entrance into this world.

Words can never truly express how much I love this little girl. God, the universe, what ever you want to call it brought this precious gift into my life just when I needed it the most. She has helped heal my broken heart and fill it with more love then I could have imagined.

She is my wild child, a girl after my own heart. She loves the outdoors, wether she’s in the back yard or exploring in the mountains. She is strong willed and there are times it makes me want to pull out my hair but she has a tender heart. She loves her family and her dogs, especially Copper. She loves to run, climb trees and dig for bugs while wearing the frilliest dress. Whenever she accomplishes anything she shouts out “boys drool, girls rule!” 


Every year I do a birthday interview and save save them, they are fun to look back on. Here are Olives answers for this year.

What is your name? Jessica Olive Ruth Dudley

How old are you? 5

What is your favorite thing to do? Pet and play with puppies and kittens

What do you want to be when you grow up? A cop (this kills Bryce for some strange reason. It has been her answer for the last 3 years)

What is your favorite food? Cake

Who do you like to spend time with? Mom and Dad

What do you do really well? T-BALL 

What makes you laugh? When I chase Copper with a balloon and she runs away because she’s scared

What is the best time of day? When I’m allowed on my leap pad

What are you afraid of? The dark becuase there might be ghosts, but Copper makes me feel better

Who are your best friends? Thiago, Ivy and Clarity

What do you like to do with your family? Go on adventure walks and bike rides

What do you like learning about? Insects

Where do you like to go? Auntie Beckie house,  Nanna and Poppas house

What is your favorite book? The Pout Pout Fish

If you had one wish what would it be? To meet Hello Kitty in real life

Happy birthday Ollie, thanks for making our lives that much more exciting 

💓Mom

Mom Fail.

Olive had her team/individual pictures last night for t-ball and we totally missed them. Her team was supposed to go at 6pm and I for some reason thought it was at 7pm. Olive and I showed up and I asked her if she recognized any of her teammate or coach as I have no idea who anyone is becuase I haven’t been able to make it to a game because of work. She said she didn’t but they’re were a bunch of kids with the same green jersey as her so I made her stand with them, thinking maybe she was being shy or something. 😂

Fast-forward to the teams photo and this coach tells me my daughter isn’t on thier team, and thats when I found out she was supposed to be there @6pm. 

The coach feeling sorry for me insisted that she join them for thier team photo so that she could get her individual picture. Which was very kind of him. You can tell she doesn’t look impressed to be with the wrong team. Lol

When I got back to the car and my phone I had a text from her coach saying that we missed our team pictures and that we weren’t the only ones so we’ll get one at our next game. 

Cheers to motherhood 

Cat.

2017 Race Line Up

My posts are few and far between these days. Trying to stay caught up on posts is a bit challenging. Between kids schedules my work schedule ect. I feel like I hit the ground running as soon as 2017 began, I’m always on the go and I sometimes over fill my plate. 

There has been so much going on the last couple of months that I don’t know where to begin. But I’ll start with my 2017 Race line up. I told Bryce that I’d take it easy this summer when it came to scheduling runs and things of that nature and I feel like I did really well this year.

2017 Race Line Up

  • June: Banff Half Marathon.  My goal is to be under 2hrs and 30mins. 15 mins faster than my first half.

Olive has a race line up this year too. 
Olive’s 2017 Race Line Up

I’m pretty excited that Olive has a love for running and being active. 

What races are you participating in this year? Do you include your children in your work outs?
Cheers,

Cat.

Oh HAPPY DAY!

I dread grocery shopping. I dread it even more with 2 kids, and my kids are pretty well behaved for the most part while we shop. I dread long lines for the till, wondering up and down the isle only having to go back to the other end of the store because I forgot something on my list. I dread the unessasary things that end up in the cart because I’m starving and have no sense of will power. I dread unpacking the groceries only to find out that I forgot a handful of items. Finally there are others things I’d rather do with my day.

I remember having a conversation with a girlfriend of mine about how some grocery stores in the states you can order your groceries online and then pick them up at the store. Um, how amazing is that? It sounds like heaven. 

How many hours in our day to we spend mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, instagram, and lets not forget PINTEREST! Now imagine sitting on your phone or computer with a glass of wine, a hot cup of coffee, or whatever your cup of tea is and doing something productive like ordering your groceries for the weeks or month to come. No more long lines to the till, no more children meltdowns over wanting anything and everything. No more expanding waistline becuase you went shopping on an empty stomach and have no will power so everything ended up in your cart.

Well heaven is a place on earth and it’s called The Real Canadian Super Store. You are now able to order grociers online and pick up in the slotted available time. It’s perfect for those who hate grocery shopping, who just don’t have time after work becuase you’re juggling your schedule and your children’s after school activities.  We’ve ordered online a few times and we haven’t has a problem or mix up with our orders yet. If something on your list isn’t available they’ll send you an email with suggested changes and you can email them back or they’ll let you know at pick up a date they’ll quickly grab whatever it is for you.

XC skiing.

This past weekend I was able to sneak a girls trip to Waterton for some cross country skiing. Okay this trip had been planned for about a month and the funny thing was, I was so excited to have a kid free day but the entire time I kept thinking about how much fun the kids would have had. It’s a mom guilt thing Haha.  I headed to the mountains with a group of girls my friend Rachel had rounded up. Yay for making new friends. 

When we got to the park we headed straight to Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort to rent our cross country ski’s, boots and poles and they were only $30 to have them for the day. (they also have snowshoes to rent as well.) We headed up to Cameron Lake to start our winter wonder land adventure.

Full disclosure non of us had ever been before except for Rachel. And for some strange reason I had it in my mind that I was going to be terrible, I have never been on ski’s except for in the water. But as it turns out it was easy, all together we only had a few mishaps on our way to and from the lake and I did the entire trip with a broken boot. The weather was cold when we first started out but we warmed up quickly and were all sweaty and gross when we finished.

The scenery was breath taking as usual, and the fresh mountain air renewed my soul and everything that seemed to be plaguing me dissolved from my thoughts. Everything felt right again.

We trekked out onto the lake and do you want to know who the real unsung heroes are, the people who forge the cross country ski trail tracks, so thank you, thank you, thank you. I tried to make my own path on the way back to the shore line and it was tough. 

After wondering around and taking pictures we headed back down to the car wich ment that those hills we conquered going up we got to go down. It was fun, you build up just enough speed to think to yourself,”oh geeze how do I even stop?” and just when you start to feel a little bit of panic you’re at the bottom and have almost come to a complete stop. And you carry on with that bit of thrill pumping in your chest. 

All I could think about as we were coming back down the mountain was how much I wanted to eat sweet potato fries from Weiners of Waterton. When we got there it was crazy busy and I thought I was going to have to wait an eternity to eat, but our food came quickly and it was everything my taste buds had hoped for. I also found out that the have deep fried pickles and they are heavenly.

It was an awesome day in the mountains I am definitely a fan of cross country skiing and I can’t wait to go back with the kids and Bryce.

Cheers,

Cat.

New Years Resolutions 

Am I the only one who feels as though 2016 came and went way too fast. I can’t believe that it’s January 1 2o17. My New Years Eve was wild. I spent it watching The Goonies  (Olive’s pick, and a great pick might I add) eating appies, sipping hot cocoa and being in bed by 11pm. I totally crashed while putting the kids to sleep, but as the great Bob Dylan said,”the times, they are a changing.” And I wouldn’t trade my night for anything.

My last year’s resolutions went really well, I feel that my relationships with people have grown, some more then others, but I am incredible grateful for those that have grown. I learned something too, no matter how much you try or make an effort if the relationship is only one sided it’s time to redirect your time energy to relationships where it’s going to blossom.

This year I’m focusing living authenticly. Living authenticly for myself, my children and my husband. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR
CHEERS,

Cat

Christmas Vacation

I love Christmas. The lights, the trees, the goodies, the 10 pounds I automatically gain just looking at the goodies. But mainly family. My sister Jessica’s birthday is on Christmas day and she passed away almost 5 years ago to the day. So it’s a bitter-sweet time of year.

This year we decided to venture down to Dallas, TX to visit my sister and her kids. My parents and little brother met us there from California.

Our adventure was off to a rough start. AMERICAN AIRLINES LOST ONE OF OUR CAR SEAT, AND THE SECOND ONE WAS DAMAGED TO THE POINT WE HAVE TO PURCHASE A NEW ONE. Then the following day the package that my brother over nighted from London England had been opened and one of my kids Harry Potter wands had been taken and the package was resealed. Who steals from kids???!!! Let alone at Christmas. And Dealing with FedEx customer service has been a COMPLETE nightmare to say the least.

Besides those 2 bumps in the road we’ve been having a blast. The kids love seeing and playing with everyone, Olive especially loves the 3 dogs; Boomer, Roscoe and Lucy. She’s in heaven. We’ve spent the majority of our week relaxing and lounging around the house. Friday Bryce and I went out with my sister and little brother for drinks and applies and shared in some good laughs.

 

Christmas day my kids slept in. We didn’t open presents until 11:30am. Olive and Kevin we’re spoiled and she was so elated when she opened her gift from her Uncle John that had her ticket to Hogwarts and her very own wizards wand. And if you’ve read my You’re a Wizard Harry you’d understand her excitement.

Telling stories to our older cousins who listen intently.
 and riding the merrigo at the mallFor our last day we went to the Perot Museum with the kids and my sister. This place was amazing and we all had so much fun.I LOVED BEING WITH MY FAMILY over the holidays.

Remember at the beginning of this post when I said that American Airlines had lost one of our car seats and damaged the other one. Would you believe that when we arrived home in Calgary that our other car seat had been lost!!!! No word of a lie, both our car seats had been lost. As annoying as the situation was, West Jet saved the day. Apparently lost car seats are a common thing, so common that they keep brand new ones in stock. So we were off with our new car seat and if they ever find our lost one they’ll mail it to us. haha How crazy is it that we lost both car seats? Have you ever lost anything while traveling?

Cheers,

Cat