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While I’ve been MIA…


O.M.G. It bas been a long time!

I have been totally (well not totally, but on this blog) MIA for over six months! The last time I posted, it was the middle of summer and the USWNT had just owned the World Cup! Since then…

We went to wedding in Nebraska…

One more with the Bride and Groom! #weddingweekend #happilyeverafter #celebrate

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And then one in Indiana the next day.

Momma and Jordan! #MacKenji #weddingweekend #celebrate #latergram

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We actually flew into Louisville, so we also spent a day a exploring.

My Dad’s baseball card! #leaveyourmark #LAAngels #LouisvilleSlugger #ToppsBaseballCards

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After Louisville, Jordan came back to Canada with us!

Jordan running on the #Seawall. #StanleyPark #Running #RunLove #BlackandWhite #latergram #vancity

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Nathalie and Teddy joined the party a few days later!


A few days after Nat, Jordan, and Teddy left, Kyle and I were off to Orlando for Kyle’s teacher’s conference. Since my mom’s family lives in Orlando, we arrived early and left late so we can see the cutest baby in the world, spend time with family, and enter a magical world.

Just a little girl in a tutu! #adrianatilstra #kids #tutu #Sonya6000 #baby

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In between fam hang time in Orlando, we stepped aboard and sailed off to the Bahamas for Kyle’s conference. When we got back to the mainland, we had another magical day!


The next day we had to say goodbye to the fam and get back to reality because school started the next week! Look what was in the mail when we got home!

And just like that summer was over and school begun…

Since school started, life has been incredibly crazy! Here’s a look at what we’ve done…

Traveled to Kelowna for a football tournament, gone back and forth between Vancouver countless times (mostly Kyle) for games, graded papers, dressed up like students for Halloween (that was me), started planning our summer Euro trip, travel to Alberta for a volleyball tournament (Kyle again), gone to more weddings, made lesson plans, opened a TPT store, gone to more tournaments, and the list goes on and on and on.

While work is non-stop, we’ve also done some fun things like…

Recreate childhood memories!

Spent Christmas with fam in Texas and Miami!

SANTA!!!!! You’re never to old to get a pressi from old Saint Nick! #merrychristmas

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Said farewell to Kobe in Portlandia!

Celebrate birthdays!

Re-read a classic and understand it in a whole new light with an adult perspective.

And all of that gets us to now. In one post I basically recapped my 28th year of life. So far 29 is going very well and I am anxiously excited to see what is next to come.

**Sidenote** As you can see by my total lack of posting the past 7+ months, if you want to see what’s going on in my life check my Insta and my teaching blog!

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NTC Vancouver

Witnessing the Stars and Stripes win the World Cup wasn’t the only dream that came true this summer, I was also able to attend my first live NTC class! The Sunday before the World Cup Final I was perusing Twitter when I came across this tweet:
To say I was excited would be an understatement! Since Toronto is the only true Nike Store in Canada, awesome Nike experiences like this only come around with events like the World Cup! The day of the World Cup final Nike hosted two NTC workouts in The Nike Underground, one at 6am and one at 8:30. I tried to get into the 8:30am class but naturally it filled up first. Even though a 6am class meant waking up at 4:30 to drive the hour into the city, I wasn’t about to complain or not go!
After waiting out side of The Nike Underground for a few minutes we were ushered inside…
…to the other side, where Nike had turned the pitch into a NTC gym!
Hubert Kang Vancouver advertising sports documentary  photography video motion stills

Hubert Kang Vancouver advertising sports documentary photography video motion stills

After giving us a few moments to take some photos, the Nike crew continuing ushering us passed the pitch into a locker room where we each found a locker with our name on it…
IMG_2347…full of Nike goodies: a limited edition World Cup inspired sports bra, a tank, leggings, a water bottle, a tote, a towel, socks, and a pair of Nikes! What! How amazing is Nike…a free work plus a brand new outfit!!! #NikefortheWin


As soon as we were all changed into a new gear (and had taken a few photos), we were directed out to the pitch to start our workout. The workout was led by Toronto Master Trainer, Eva Redpath, and Chicago Master Trainer, Emily Hutchins. Canadian snowboarder, Spencer O’Brean was also there to help lead the sweat session! Carli Lloyd’s NTC was the inspiration for the workout (who knew what would happen in a just a few hours…maybe doing her workout before the game was good luck:).
Hubert Kang Vancouver advertising sports documentary  photography video motion stills

Hubert Kang Vancouver advertising sports documentary photography video motion stills

Hubert Kang Vancouver advertising sports documentary  photography video motion stills

Hubert Kang Vancouver advertising sports documentary photography video motion stills

Hubert Kang Vancouver advertising sports documentary  photography video motion stills

Hubert Kang Vancouver advertising sports documentary photography video motion stills

Hubert Kang Vancouver advertising sports documentary  photography video motion stills

Hubert Kang Vancouver advertising sports documentary photography video motion stills

To top it off, Nike also sent us a link to all of the photos taken during the workout by their professional photographers! Nike, thanks for such an awesome experience! All the wait (and the painfully early morning) was definitely worth it! With events like this it is easy to feel Nike’s passion for people, especially for women!
Nike, you are welcome back in Vancouver anytime!

P.S. Sorry for the major delay in writing this post. I actually was planning on posting it the week after the workout but I got a concussion and couldn’t get on the computer for a few weeks!

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The 15ers!

It’s not too early for a TBT, is it? I am still trying to believe that that game was real and not just a magical dream! How can it be that in just 16 minutes 16 years of wait was over!!!

The newly crowed champions, the 15ers!!

Since I was eleven, I have dreamt of cheering on the Stars and Stripes in a World Cup final. While it was awesome to cheer them on in the group stage (and see Abby score her final World Cup goal), the final was absolutely unreal! 4-0 in the first 16 minutes, yeah it’s gonna to be hard to top this performance!

WWC2015 - USA first goal celebration

Celebration after the first goal!!!

WWC2015 - USA second goal celebration

Second goal…I was (and still am) in shock!!! Best. Game. Ever.

WWC2015, Final ticket

Don’t mind me, I am just checking things off my bucket list…

WWC2015 - USA Flag

The energy inside the stadium was absolutely electric, American fans were everywhere! Even though we were up 4-0 16 minutes in, we still had 75 minutes of soccer to enjoy. Plus being as superstitious as I am, I couldn’t let myself celebrate until the final whistle.

WWC2015 - USA Victory

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! So many happy (and loud) Americans when the ref finally blew the final whistle!


Such a great moment – while others celebrated with their families Meghan Klingenberg and Becky Sauerbrunn celebrated with the fans by taking a victory lap around the stadium! I though it was very classy:) And Abby followed suit after the medal ceremony!



It’s been four days and I still cannot believe it! As soon as I got home I watched and re-watched in slow motion all of the goals. Since then I have been in a USWNT interview vortex:) This gave will forever be a cherished memory!

WWC2015 - VP and Sasha Obama

Last one, the best photo I could get of Vice President Biden and Sasha Obama:)

P.S. I definitely rank Carli Lloyd’s performance as one of the greatest championship performances of all time (regardless of sport and gender).

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The Nike Underground, Vancouver, B.C.

With Vancouver in World Cup mode, it is only natural that Nike would swoop in and do something amazing. Enter, The Nike Underground.

The Nike Underground, Entrance

Nike never ceases to amaze me with their creativity and innovation! This time around, Nike has literally turned a parking garage into an unforgettable soccer experience!

#NoMaybes, The Nike Underground

Upon entering, the first thing you see is the #NoMaybes wall. You can proudly show your colors by signing the wall! I signed, #WeWantThreeStars:)

The Nike Underground

To the left you can check out Nike’s team kits, buy custom gear , and test out some Nike boots.

The Nike Underground, TEAM USA Kit

I must say our blue kit is so fresh and definitely one of my favorites but I am a little biased. But real talk, Nike’s kits are boss!


Behind the wall of boots, you can buy a few Nike pieces. If you are looking to buy a World Cup souvenir, look no further. Even though Nike is not the official apparel sponsor, I say buy something here rather than at the stadium (the stadium gear is so underwhelming). Since I am too superstitions to buy something before the tournament is over, I got Kyle this sweet Canada shirt.

The Nike Underground, Custom shirt

Last but not least, Nike has even set up a mini pitch for you to test out Nike gear and play some pick-up.

The Nike Underground, Pitch

The Nike Underground is a must for any World Cup fan! Click here to get a QR code and details about opening times.

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