Happy Easter, friends!
I’m sitting at home with a fray sky and cool weather outside (after hail, rain and snow all weekend) listening to the birds chirp happily. Sounds like spring? Should be spring? But isn’t quite spring… 😉 The sound of birds singing away makes me feel like I should be outside on a bike ride or a run – maybe I’ll pluck up my courage and venture out after all!
It’s been a lovely weekend, and I wanted to share a glimpse of our life on the blog with you all. After a busy week having fun subbing some one-on-ones and group sessions for Beneesse who were away, I was ready for a weekend of rest! I loved the new people I got to come into contact with…Here’s a peek at some of our sessions!
That’s a corporate group downtown above, and below is at the Beneesse studio, where we did: 50/40/30/20/10 low jacks, 40/35/30/25/20 TRX mtn climbers, 30/25/20/15/10 bag kicks per leg, 25/20/15/10/5 DB snatches (total) + 10/8/6/4/2 burpees. Every group, every day rocked it!
I also loved getting my own workouts in last week and my sessions at CityFit with clients – super fun and a great week of workouts all around!
Mikey was hard at work on his thesis all week, and I’m so proud of him for getting down to business with that – it’s been a while coming with all that he’s been balancing and he’s buckling down to get after it before a busy summer of Survive & Thrive trips and our own adventures! Speaking of which, here’s the recap of this year’s Bonspiel!
After 4 clients on Friday in the morning and a well-deserved rest day, Mikey and I headed to our church for Good Friday. The service was really well done and I was glad to reflect not only on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross but on the story of those he died with – the two thieves who hung next to him on their own crosses. One of the two believed Jesus was who he said he was, and without any way to “prove himself” to Jesus or make his life right, he simply accepted who Jesus was and spent eternity with him – “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Wow. To sit with the sorrow of our own sins (and of Jesus’ death) is important, but then to remember that we can have a different life because of his sacrifice is entirely another – an amazing gift (such an understatement) to not let our sins, our failures, our lack of faith, our past outweigh what Christ has done. I left feeling contemplative but encouraged, and then Easter Sunday was a great celebration of the resurrected Jesus!
Saturday began with a walk with Mikey to grab a coffee at Starbucks thanks to a gift card – always fun to go out for coffee!
While it was another work day for Mikey, Saturday became an around-the-house, lounge-around day for me. It was wonderful! After sitting most the day, I finally decided to move a bit before a dinner out for Ethiopian food with friends. So I sunk this little workout in of 5 pull ups, 10 push ups (feet against a wall – talk about some core engagement!) and 6 pistol squats/side:
Ethiopian was a real treat! Our friends Ben and Christy spurred us to go, and it was so good to connect with them for a few hours and talk about life – and Ethiopia, where Christy grew up! She ordered, spoke with the owners who they’ve befriended, and explained the culture, the food, their experiences there to Mikey and I. It was delicious and I love meals where you share the food, eat communally, and eat with your hands.
We went to bed with full bellies and happy hearts and woke up ready to celebrate Easter. I think my favourite part of the service (besides just feeling so light and joyful and grateful all morning and exchanging “He is Risen!” “He is Risen, Indeed!” ‘s with friends and family over text, with video and the phone), was at the end of the service. As we were singing a last song, people came onstage with signs of who they were or what happened to them: “addict;” “lonely;” “molested;” “rage” and then flipped the signs over when we sang the words, “I’ve been redeemed.” They turned into: “healed;” “comforted;” “cherished;” “patience.” It was so moving, and I was reminded that Jesus completely and utterly changes our identity. We are no longer who we used to be – we’re redeemed! Made new! Different! Not better than anyone else – just covered by him and loved more deeply than I know I can ever understand. It made my heart so happy.
We enjoyed brunch with my in-laws after church – lots of fruit and deliciousness at Cora’s – and caught up on our lives (they were in Arizona on holidays – came back tan and relaxed!) and it was great to see them. We spent some time after that with our friends Jay and Chantal – special thanks to Chantal for the great talk and coffee and to Jay for fixing our fan belt! Our Subaru no longer squeals – yes!
(Okay, okay – WE could never do this, but Jay can do anything!)
I was also happy to have talked with my mom (and SnapChatted with my brother and said hi to my dad) in the morning; she’s great for so many things but also for telling me if my outfit’s okay via text message. 😉
(Blurry but she got the picture and was able to tell me it worked – my best attempt at my special “Easter dress” like when I was little despite the snow that fell as I got ready here in Calgary!)
And that brings me to the end of a great weekend.
Did you celebrate Easter or Passover? Have a long weekend? Eat some chocolate or have some fun with family? I hope there was something different or significant about the weekend for you. Share a thought, a workout, some better weather (please?!) and let’s make it a great week!
Live well & be well,