I’m Back and Where I’ve Been Pt 4: Miscellaneous Edition

Hey folks! Here’s the last edition of “I’m Back and Where I’ve Been.” Wow, I knew I was busy this summer but when you break it down like this, I did a lot of stuff. Anyways, onto the pictures.

My friend Amy and I have become race buddies. We started this last year when we did Foam Fest as a group and then her friend flaked on her four days before Dirty Donkey and she begged me to do the race with no training other than regular bootcamps (I hurt so bad the next day). This year, we did Foam Fest, which is a 5K fun run. If you want to start getting into doing fun runs and obstacle courses, this is the one to start with. There are families and kids doing this run. It’s not competitive. It’s got bouncy-castle-type-things to jump on and slide on and lots and lots of foam. I highly recommend it and I’m planning on taking Daughter when she’s old enough.

View Photo: http://www.zoomphoto.ca/viewphoto/19814-110-27079860/1/
View Photo: http://www.zoomphoto.ca/viewphoto/19814-110-27079860/1/

And then we did Spartan. It’s a 5K, 22 obstacle course. When I told people we were doing this race, the number one response was, “Why?” Honestly, I had no answer. Because we’re crazy? Because Amy made me?

It was hard. It was competitive. It was kick-ass!!

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We are so doing it again next year. (This reminds me that I should start training for the rope…. ugh).

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One of the many, many bruises I had after the race. I wore them like badges of honour.

After I was done with races that kicked my ass, we took an extra long weekend and did some touring around Manitoba. We’ve done this the last couple of years: rent a room for two nights at the South Beach Casino and Resort in Scanterbury on the east side of Lake Winnipeg and do a tour of the beaches in the area. It started when Daughter was little and we had one disastrous camping trip so we rented a hotel room. And now we really like doing it. If it rains, we spend time at the pool. If not, we head to the beach.

At the pool
At the pool
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Patricia Beach
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Windy day at Patricia Beach

We build sandcastle and picnic and chase after seagulls. I definitely look forward to it every year.

And the rest are just some miscellaneous pictures that I took over the summer. I hope you enjoyed reading about my summer as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you. Happy Shopping!

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Tinkertown
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Out for drinks
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Margaritaville Magic!
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Riding bike while mommy runs
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Ice cream with cousins on unbearably hot day
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Toddler tea snobs
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Ice cream on Corydon

Santa Schedule 2016

I love going to see Santa. Even before I had Daughter, my mom and I would go and see Santa together. It was a ridiculous but fun family tradition. Now of course, we go every year and use it as an opportunity to have a family photo. Here we are at St. Vital Centre last year:

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Since Santa visits are an important part of holiday shopping, I thought I’d quickly post Santa’s schedule here in Winnipeg during the 2016 holiday season.

CF Polo Park: Santa arrived on November 20th and his hours are: Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm; Sundays 10am – 5pm; Black Friday: November 25th 9am – 8pm; Late Night Shopping: Thursday December 22nd 10am – 8pm; Christmas Eve: Saturday December 24th 10am – 2pm. Find more information here. As a side note, Polo has given their Santa display a facelift and it looks awesome. Here’s my quick snap of it from the second floor by the elevator.

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St. Vital Centre: Santa arrived on November 16th and his hours are November 21 to December 23: Monday – Saturday 9am – 8pm; Sunday  9am – 5pm except for Wednesday, November 23 – 11:30am – 8pm; Thursday, December 24 – 9am to 1pm. Find more information here.

Portage Place Shopping Centre: Santa arrived on Nov 19th but his schedule at this mall is erratic so be sure to check their calendar with his hours here.

Grant Park Shopping Centre: Santa arrives Nov 26th and his hours are: Monday – Friday 2 pm – 8pm; Saturday 12 pm – 6 pm; Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm; Dec 24th 12 pm – 4 pm. Find more information here.

Kildonan Place: Santa arrived Nov 18 and his hours are November 20-December 23: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm; Sundays 11:00-5:00pm; Christmas Eve 10:00am-3:00pm. Just FYI, KP was the only mall to specify that outside cameras were not allowed but I’m not sure how thrilled the other malls are about outside cameras. Find more information here. KP is also one of two malls that do Santa visits with pets. KP schedules these on Sunday evenings during the Christmas season. Click here to see the details and plan to go early, it’s a huge hit.

Garden City Shopping Centre: Santa arrived on November 19 and his hours are: Nov. 19 to Dec. 23, Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm, 3pm-5pm, 6pm-8pm; Sunday: 12pm – 2pm, 3pm-5pm; December 24, 12pm – 3pm. Garden City also does “Paws and Claus” pet pictures with Santa every Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6pm – 8pm starting November 22 and ending December 21. For more information click here.

Oak Hammock Marsh: November 26th, 12 pm – 3 pm. Bring your own cameras to get a shot with Santa and “take part in many fun activities including cooking bannock and sipping hot chocolate over an open fire, face painting, and making a Christmas craft.” There are also wagon rides available for $5 per person. Click here for more details.

Did I miss Santa somewhere? Please let me know in the comments. Happy Shopping!

 

EDIT: After publishing time, Fort Whyte posted their Santa visit schedule, Sunday, November 27 & December 4, 11 am – 3 pm. Note that there is a charge to see Santa of $7 per family. Check out more information here.

Totally Random Friday – Sept 4: Things we did in Winnipeg/Manitoba Round-up

Hard to believe it’s September already! Where did the time go? Instead of doing a regular TRF today, I thought I’d do a round up of all the activities we did around Winnipeg/Manitoba this summer. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice some of these are repeats.

Dirty Donkey:


  

Cally and I commuted on the Water Bus one day:
  


We spend a few days at South Beach hotel and Grand Beach:  

And a few days in Lac du Bonnet area: 
  

And spent time at Grandma Dee’s camper, both with and without cousins: 

Even though summer went by too fast, we have lots of great memories. How was your summer? Happy Shopping!