She lives!!!!!!

Okay, so I kind of disappeared for a REALLY long time. I’m sorry. No excuses, I just sort of sucked at writing, let alone even remembering I had this little blog. But I’m back. I’ll give a super quick re-cap since I disappeared:

2014

Mike completed a truck driving course, and together we determined that was not right for our family.

Towards the end of the truck driving course we discovered I was pregnant!!!

We took a week long trip to Cuba and soaked up lots of sun.

Mike became a FedEx courier, we found the job that fit our family.

In December, two whole weeks late, we welcomed little Gavin into the world.

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2015

The year of maternity leave – I loved spending my time with Gavin

Nova Scotia was hammered with snow and ice – so much so our driveway ended up 8 feet longer than normal and the ice bent the rim on one of my tires!

I decided to enter the world of direct sales and became a Steeped Tea consultant. I love their teas and love the company

We traveled to Ontario twice (once for a Steeped Tea conference, and once just because)

My mom came to visit several time, my brother and father also made a trip each out to see us and baby Gavin.

Our cat, Barkis, went missing for 10 very long and stressful days.

I left my Guide unit and joined a Pathfinder unit.

November 30th rolled and around, and I made my return to work and Gavin started Day Care.

December 10 we celebrated Gavin’s first birthday.

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Mike changed careers at FedEx, and became a ramp handler

2016

I finally re-discovered this blog and am now going to drive you all nuts again!

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Wedding Details – the Rings

One Ring to rule them all, One ring to find them; One ring to bring them all. and in the darkness bind them.

Oops, sorry, wrong rings. You all are more interested in our WEDDING rings, not the one from Lord of the Ring (one of my all time favorite stories).  Now, you all got to see my engagement ring back in January when we announced to the Internet our intentions to wed. That engagement band is part of a set, so naturally we got me the matching wedding band.  My finger is now covered in bling!:) One thing that I love about my wedding band was a happy coincident. The only band of our style they had in stock when we went to get it happened to have 13 small diamonds on it. Thirteen is an awesome number – it’s my lucky number, we got engaged and married in 2013 and our wedding date was October 13! It’s like that band was meant to be!

1422665_10153471188390532_1942617026_n Picking out Mike’s band turned out to be a little more challenging. It took months of trying on rings, and trying to decide before Mike happened to stumble across what was to be the ring. He found a yellow gold band (to match the gold in my rings) with a simple claddagh design on it. For those of you who don’t know the story of behind the claddagh it is as follows:

A traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship; the heart represents love; and the crown represents loyalty) *from Wikipedia1419867_10153471181350532_1192713652_n**photos by Jenn from Jennifer Galliott Photography**

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An Oldfashioned Pastime

It seems that every one I know is either expecting a baby or just had one – and by everyone, I mean two of my best friends/Bridesmaids and another close friend of Mike’s and mine. I figured with all these baby’s popping up around us, something needed to be done.

Now, before you get excited, I’m not expecting! I’ve only been married about 4 months!!! Instead, I let my creative juices start flowing and I’ve taken up quilting. I’m going to give a little teaser, but since my first completed quilt is a gift, I’m not showing the whole thing:) Who know, you might bet a peaks of the next ones I do too!

IMG_1126Don’t worry, I didn’t sew Barkis into the quilt. That said, he’s a huge fan of “helping” me make them!

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A Love Song 73 Years in the Making

Some days you need something to make you feel warm, fuzzy and happy. This video is one of those things. The background is covered in the video, but I do have to say. This sweet man is an example of exactly the kind of love I want everyone to experience in their lives!

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January 20, 2014 · 4:52 pm

2013 in review

It’s that time of year again, a review of my year as a blogger. Albeit one you don’t hear from all that often! Check it out, it’s got all the highlights of the year. Oh, then go and read a couple of posts that are new to you!

Happy New Year!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Wedding Details – the Cake

From the time we got engaged until about two weeks before the wedding, Mike and I were planning on having cupcakes in place of the traditional cake. I looked up so many different styles of cupcakes and had decided on a very simple one. Swirls of icing with sugar pears scattered down one side. Simple yet elegant. The original plan was to make them myself, Joy was all prepared to bake up a storm with me a couple of days before the wedding. Then I was going to have someone make them for me. Then I switched back to making them myself – $400 for 100 cupcakes? I don’t think so!

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Eventually I decided that baking that many cupcakes myself was never going to work. One week before the wedding I changed the whole game plan. I buckled down and 6 days before wedding baked up three, three layer cake tiers which I promptly wrapped and popped in the freezer.  Then two days before wedding, Joy and I filled and decorated them to create a simple cake.

Insert photo of Mike and I cutting cake!

Yep, I was one of those crazy brides that does her own wedding cake.

*Top photo provided by my cousin Tara Troy, bottom photo by Jenn from Jennifer Galliot Photography*

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Wedding Details – the Dress

The one detail that everyone asks about from the moment you get engaged until the bride walks down the aisle is the dress. People want to know what it is going to look like, what kind of style the bride is going for. They just want to know everything about it! Then there is the poor groom, he often gets to know NOTHING about the dress until he see’s his bride. I of course decided to make Mike into one of those grooms who had to wait:)

When we first got engaged I started to stress about the dress right away. Would I be able to find one that I liked? Would I be able to afford it? How many places was I going to have to go to find it? Would Mike like it? (that one stressed me the most!).

1450222_483236831790435_1195057786_nThe classic shot of the dress before wearing it – love that it’s outside and NOT in a window!

Well, I was lucky. I found my dress within a few weeks, at the very first place I went to – a Bridal Show with my friend (and one of my bridesmaids) Helga. There were dresses there for up to 80% off, and I managed to snag my dress and veil for all of $500!

Of course having it for so long in advance I had my moments where I doubted if I liked it, heck, at one point I was sure I hated it! Thankfully, after all the alterations were done (hemming, taking in and adding some straps), I LOVED it.

992755_10153446464210532_1530184032_n**Photos taken by Jenn from Jennifer Galliot Photography

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