What a FULL weekend – in more ways than one! Even though I’m up north I still felt like I celebrated a holiday weekend with my fellow Americans to the south because of all the celebrations this weekend! I thought I’d share some of the highlights and fun photos!) of a “regular” weekend in Calgary-turned-American Thanksgiving celebration.
Ready? Let’s do this.
The weekend kicked off after a long day of training 7 clients Friday with a dinner at our friends’ Aaron and Amy’s place. Aaron is from Alaska and has embraced Canada but also really still celebrates the US traditions – I love that balance! He’s a chef and creates amazing, creative goodness in the kitchen and his wonderful wife Amy is, among other things, a talented baker (they’re quite the team). Their house looked beautiful and we felt so welcome as several of us gathered to celebrate the night, connect over good food and share what we are thankful for:
The food was amazing, the company refreshing and the whole evening such a great time. We ended up staying late – until about 11:30 pm, and enjoyed talking, catching up and even getting a few poses in…USA!
Wait – you want to see those USA pictures I’m talking about? Okay – since you twisted my arm…
As Mikey said, “These colors don’t bleed.” 😉 Calgary is a very transient place, so there actually are a lot of people in this city who don’t have family around. Although Mikey’s parents are here, they’re the main family we both have close, and with my family States-side, it can sometimes get lonesome around such significant holidays, especially Thanksgiving. It’s great when friends really become your family and I’m so thankful to be part of such an inclusive, loving and RAD community.
We were up and at ’em early the next day to prepare a birthday brunch for my mother-in-law. I’m so glad they were able to come over and it was wonderful to host my in-laws for the morning! We caught up, laughed, talked about Christmas plans, and celebrated Muriel!
To a loving, kind, thoughtful and giving mother-in-law, Happy Birthday, Muriel! I’m so thankful to be part of your family and appreciate the love and support you continually give to both Mikey and I. Thanks for allowing us to be part of your week-long celebration! 😉
After we said goodbye, cleaned up a bit, and got organized for the evening’s activities, I realized I had a small window of time to squeeze a run in. After feasting (literally! No holding back and it was wonderful) the night before and having brunch that morning, I was full…and about to go eat another turkey dinner! So I took advantage of the 90 minute time frame I had left and thought I’d shoot for 10 miles. 87 minutes later, I was back home, popped in the shower, and we were off again!
It was a beautiful day for a run and one of my faster 10 miles in recent runs! I’m so thankful for the ability to move, for sunny skies and perfect running temperatures, for good sermons to listen to and music like Switchfoot that makes me pound it in home when I’m on a deadline!
Mikey and I hopped in the car and drove out to Canmore to attend Mikey’s boss (and, conveniently, supervisor!)’s Thanksgiving meal.
Jeanine is originally from the States (most recently from California, actually!) and we’ve partaken in her generosity before with good meals and staying at her place en route to mountain activities. We were excited to see some of Mikey’s co-workers and also get the chance to meet her newly-engaged son and his fiancee, Jess (congrats!).
We talked into the evening and enjoyed a huge assortment of foods, wines and desserts – everything was delicious and again, the company was wonderful! We were blessed by community this weekend in so many different ways; thank you for hosting, Jeanine!
Sunday morning went more or less like this: sleep in, relax, make (err – fail to make) pancakes for Mikey, lounge around and finally get going. Before my out-of-the-house errands for the day, I decided I had some juice left and wanted to get out in the sunshine and play, so another 10 mile run it was!
The weather, again, was gorgeous and with the snow and lower temperatures coming this week combined with an extremely full schedule, I knew I wouldn’t be as keen (or have as much time) to get out and move this week, so I went for it. I’m so glad I did! I kept my pace slower, enjoyed two good sermons, and just cruised along the path past different people, in and out of shadows, under skyscrapers and along the river. What a wonderful run to finish my weekend with (times two)!
Two 10 mile runs for two turkey dinners – sounds about right to me!
I hit up a few stores (Babies R Us for a baby shower gift for later in the week, Superstore for some groceries and the bookstore to pick up a book to read!) and finally headed home – deciding I wouldn’t do laundry but instead put my PJs on and enjoy being at home with Mikey. Between his reading and studying and me prepping for the week ahead, it’s a pretty focused household right now! And I am thankful we have this home to focus in. 🙂
Thank-FULL tonight for more than just our home, but for a full belly and the enjoyment of rich foods, for solid community among family who are friends and friends who are family and for the ability to move.
I hope whether you’re American or Canadian you can find good reasons to be thankful for different things in your life as the week kicks off Monday. Let’s choose to live in joy, to embrace community and to keep our bodies healthy through movement that brings us joy! …I’ll cheers to that. Live well & be well, friends!