Memories

Chapter 33: Our home and native land

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Firstly - as a heads up, our blog will be moving and the format will be changing in the next few weeks! We are starting to do more design and film freelance in our spare time, and are building out a website. We will be moving the blog over there so we aren't dealing with two different platforms and hosts and stuff. Anywayyyyss will keep you posted. sooo... I CHOPPED MY HAIR! Its been so hot and heavy, and I finally couldnt handle it. Ill probably go even shorter in the future, but I am LOVING it sofar :) I'm pretty impulsive when it comes to huge haircuts, and have done them myself a time or two. I just gotta do it before i loose my nerve! And after the fiasco with that hair salon here last time I was more comfortable doing it myself than if i had gone somewhere. Poor Steven was asleep and I woke him up to make sure the back was even. He was like "...what? wwhat? man this is alot to wake up to" hahah!

This week my department went out and did some laser tag after work one day. We had pizza and played some games and then went and shot each other for an hour and a half haha. I had never played laser tag before and it was a blast!! More fun than paintball because 1. you have unlimited shots 2. lots more hiding places 3. IT DOESNT HURT I was feeling pretty good about it by the last round, and afterwards looking at the scoreboard I was shocked to see I had ranked 4th out of 33! HOW. just how. haha, I brought home the scorecard because I suspected (correctly) that Steven would have reservations believing I had done so well.

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Steven did some filming for a wedding this weekend. He had a blast, and was super inspired by the couple. Apparently he teared up during the vows, because the groom said "Thank you for showing me the purest form of love I've ever experienced." swooooon! What a lucky lady is that bride! And I'm pretty lucky too to have a guy who tears up at stuff like that or gets the feels during the movie Little Women. (I was practically sobbing during that movie. Seriously watch it its amazing. I had nearly forgotten how much I loved it)

So last week we were too tired to write because Canada Day! Since it was Canada 150 we decided what better way to spend it than by driving down to Ottowa and spending it near parlament hill! It was a pretty crazy day, full of people and noise and RAIN, and we didnt get to bed until about 3am, but it was worth it!

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We spent the day eating delicious sandwiches, and having a picnic with the friends we had driven down with Janelle and Ben. There were characters everywhere, which makes sense because there were HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people there! yeah.

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We saw the changing of the guards or something? I dunno what it was but it was very funny because Steven was so intent on taking these pictures, and i was intent on putting my poncho away in its tiny bag that we didn't notice the police had asked everyone to stand back about 5 meters from the guards in a semi-circle. Steven and I were the lone people right up close haha!

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Over where the stages were set up, the grass was so saturated with water from how wet it has been here that all the people walking on the lawns just churned it into super deep mud. We had set up our blankets a where we found some dry ground, but i still ended up with muddy chucks dang it.

We listened to music and wandered around. I got a tiny sunburn somehow. We were watching some threatening clouds roll in around 8pm, and I was marveling over how fast they were going! It was insane. They were looking pretty menacing too, but when they got to us and nothing happened, no rain or anything, the boys decided to go find a bathroom. not 5 minutes after they left, the heavens opened and suddenly we were under water. We scrambled to get our rain poncho's on (yes we had ponchos and they were the best money I've ever spent. shout out to Janelle for that stroke of genius) We got all our backpacks and camera gear in a pile and then we strategically tented ourselves in our ponchos so everything was under us. Like we were a two headed poncho chicken roosting on some very expensive camera eggs. We were there for at least half an hour until the rain slowed some, but the rain didn't stop for close to two hours we think. Steven and I ran off to find some hot chocolate and a beavers tale to feel better about the wet and the not having anything to do until fireworks. the fireworks were well worth the storm and the rain. We had an incredible spot thanks to Janelle and Ben! Ben went to the car early, for a catnap, and we eventually made our way over to him too. I LOVE FIREWORKS. They are such sparkly magic.

Anyways, that was our Canada fun, and then the rest of what we have been up to since!

Love,

Heather

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Chapter 30: KnockOutWedding2017

We took off last week for my best friend's wedding. We arrived at 1am Thursday. We spent Thursday running errands, picking people up from the airport, and helping set up the reception before stealing Krista for some bachelorette fun!

We rode roller coasters as a welcome to the ride of a lifetime marriage will be. It was super fun, even though I started feeling sick after like one ride haha... I held it together so well though, and for so long! When i needed a break and time for my gravol to kick in Carolyn and I tried the high ropes course which was super fun, I've never done that before! I have really powerful fear of heights, but over the past 10 years I have worked on it at every opportunity I have and am super proud of the progress I've made!

Anyways, after coasters we took some photos, which were hilarious as so many of us tried to clown-car our way into squishing inside one photobooth. Afterwards we headed out to the restaurant, where we had dinner and mocktails and Krista opened a lot of fun lacy presents. We were nearly the last people there too. We eventually made our way to the house Krista's parents had rented. The bridesmaids slept over and we stayed up all talking super late.

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That night Steven had dinner with his aunt Bonnie and uncle Lee who live in Northern Edmonton. He stayed at their house that night too, so he really got some quality time to spend with them. Lee was an Elvis impersonator in his "glory days" and Steven even got to hear his uncle perform for him a little. Apparently he is an amazing guitarist too! I guess we know where Steven's passion and talent for music came from... ELVIS!

The morning of the wedding, Krista gave us all matching monogrammed robes in the wedding colours, and her adorable niece had a tiny pink one. It was soooo cute. We got ready, (Krista looked STUNNING. those eyelashes like woah) and then Krista, her parents and I drove to the temple, everyone else would follow an hour or so later. Laurie and I had a really nice time getting everything to be perfect in the bride's room, and I can now say I have moved furniture in a temple... That might be a no-no, but the dress needed some space and the chair was squishing it. I stand by the decor decision, and I'm sure future brides will thank us.

Krista and Kaden looked so happy during the wedding ceremony, it was a beautiful private affair, with just some family and a few friends in attendance. Krista cried, and I think Kaden got emotional too although I couldn't see his face as clearly. I don't think I have seen a happier bride and groom in a long time, It was so touching to see the pure joy they had at the promises they were making and that they could be together - forever.

Mrs. and Mr. emerged from the temple a short time later just as we were starting to be concerned that it would rain. We made the most of the time at hand and got some really stunning photos of them, as well as shots with their families and parents etc. Just as we were about to start photos with the bridal party the ominous clouds (which look awesome in photos) broke open, and it started pouring. We all ran for cover and waited about half an hour as it cleared up. Looking back, I really don't know how I ended up with a sunburn, but there you have it! red hair/skin's fair - dont care. haha. We had a whirlwind of a day, and so much fun at the reception. Everything was beautiful, very classy and bonus? there were waffles. Gotta love waffles and popcorn! (Krista and Kaden's favourite foods)

food, speaches, songs, and then dancing, cleanup, and goodnight.

That's a fraction of what happened during that trip but It's enough for one post I think!

Highlights of the next few days: taking the niece/nephews on their first water slides, family photos, me somehow failing a drug test at the airport and having to have a full pat down and all my belongings searched and drug tested (would not recommend..), and of course, the amazing steaks cooked by the love of my life! It was so nice to have all my siblings together, and really wasn't long enough for me.

 

Mom and dad flew to Montreal with us Sunday because my dad had a conference here to attend. It was incredibly nice to get home! Since Monday was a holiday, Steven and I got to play tourist! We rode bikes down to the old port where there was an amazing event going on. There were all these people dressed in period clothes from 375 yrs ago (how old Montreal turned this week) and we got to walk around and look at booths of people doing pottery and shoe making, blacksmithing, and so much more. We met up with dad and went out for poutine (of course)

There were some really rainy days this week, so we spent our evenings mostly just at my parents airbnb. It was a condo with really great amenities, so we used the grill one night, the pool tables another couple nights. it made us reeeaaally want to live in a condo with good amenities...

anyways, this post is getting rambly, so Ill just leave it here. Talk to you next week!

Love, Heather

Chapter 28: Sushi and Scruples

We made California Rolls Wednesday, which was super fun! I got home as just as Steven finished getting together all the ingredients, so I put together the rolls! Not a skill I had until I dated Steven. Actually, I just remembered how I learned to make sushi! Steven and I were friends, starting to maybe date? It was a confusing time. One day we stopped by his parents house to grab something and it was right at dinner time. His mom, dad and sister were all making themselves sushi and invited us to join. I really hadn't eaten sushi many times at this point, and wasn't sure if I liked it or not, so I was pretty uncomfortable. Steven just dove in though! I stood there awkwardly while everyone was busily making their own rolls. I had NO IDEA how to do it, and Steven must have been so hungry he didn't notice how confused I was. Finally Stevens mom explained what to do, and I set about slowly making a roll. It was pretty terribly constructed, and took me so long I got much less food than the others haha. It was so funny to remember that memory and how awkward and out of place I felt. It feels like a lifetime ago, and like Steven and I are completely different people than we were then! He is so loving and conscious of me. I'm much more blunt and straightforward with him, I just couldn't see that same situation arising these days.  

We had some friends over for a games night Friday night which was really nice. We made a few pizzas, and they brought icecream :) We played our favorite strange party game "scruples" The version we own is from 1986, and it definetly shows its age. Not in looks (its in pristine condition) but in content. The game is great for getting to know people better. You have an answer card in your hand and 5 question cards. You choose the question card to ask anyone playing, but you need them to give the answer that matches what is on the answer card in your hand (yes/no/depends). The questions are things like "if your son became a stripper, would you continue to let him live at home?" "the old lady selling you her house is asking for less than her house is worth, do you tell her?" or "you leave water running while staying at a friends house and flood the bathroom. Do you offer to help pay for repairs?"

It was funny to see what different people were comfortable with and what others weren't! The game doesn't sound nearly as fun as it is when you describe it, but trust me its awesome. I did hooooribly at it, but still had a lot of fun.

I had my first full Saturday off in like a month!

It was my favourite day of the week, because Steven and I got to spend all day together. We didn't do anything very interesting honestly, like we ran errands, went to the doctors office, stuff like that. But It was so nice to spend all day together.

Saturday evening was stake conference. They spoke mostly about how to make the Sabbath day a delight. My Sabbath is far from delightful these days, so That's what we will need to work on over the next weeks. We are toying with the idea of doing these posts Monday night rather than Sunday since we always end up staying up so late Sundays. We will see if this helps over the next few weeks or if we end up just forgetting to post haha. its a pretty real possibility!

Love,

Heather