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Chapter 34: Cheese and berries!

Hey guys!

So the highlight of our week was by far the weekend! We grabbed some McDonalds and  met up with a big group of friends on Saturday morning, to go berry picking at a nearby farm! Honestly I had no idea what the itinerary was, or what we had really signed up for. We did so much! There were between 15-20 of us I think, so we all piled into cars and drove off an hour out of Montreal to the most picturesque farm you could ever see. It has been pretty rainy here this season, so the ground was saturated and super muddy. We rode this super old rusty cart thingy, like a hay bale ride but instead of bales, you're sitting on slightly rotten wooden benches. I was a bit worried we would break one since there were so many of us piled back there. Steven was sitting on my lap and that man has some sharp bones!

I LOVE BERRY PICKING. I go hard. I get inside the bushes, and find all the hide-y holes where most people don't think to go, so I ended up finding a lot of good stuff. We all had a blast and laughed so much while we ate. I mean picked. haha weird...

While we were nearing the end of our picking, the daughter of one of our friend's decided she and I were new bestfriends. She is so sweet, and took my hand to go find more berries for her little bucket. I am not entirely sure why we became friends, but I love it! Who knows with kids right? 

We took the tractor ride back from the field, and the bench I and two others were sitting on actually did break!!! It was so bad! The wood was rotted through, and the metal supports had rusted through, so really it was a matter of time. We felt awful though, because no one likes to be sitting on something while it breaks... dang..

After we bought the berries we picked (blueberries and raspberries) and we bought some strawberries because I could NOT resist. It was the first day they were being sold since it has been so rainy! They're really late this year, but let me tell you, the taste is well worth that wait!!! All the berries were incredible.

The couple who had the idea for this day trip treated us all to something called "Pet de Soeurs" Which is a classic French Canadian pastry. The name translates to "Nun's farts" what??? Yeup. Like Catholic nuns. farts. What the heck French Canadians! You constantly surprise and delight us. The pastry is like if you wanted to make cinnamon rolls, but had pie crust instead of bread. Which tastes as wonderful as you're thinking it will! They are sticky and flakey and sooooo delicious. It has been confirmed, nuns officially have the best farts (not that I ever doubted this of course) Thanks to Heidi! 

 

After berries we visited Fort Lennox. Parks are free right now for Canada 150, which was great! It was pretty cool, an old British army posting from 1812ish. We went up into the barracks and saw the officer's apartments, and stuff. My favourite part was the inspection, where an actor dressed as an officer came out and inspected the kids as new recruits. Then he demonstrated the firing of a riffle a few times, and actually fired it with blackpowder and stuff! The flames that shot out are so cool. 

Steven and a couple other people did the challenges around the park (spot two american soldiers hiding in the far tree line, load a cannon etc. ) and won a Shilling! He tricked Magnus by pretending to pull it out of his ear. To be honest, Magnus is too smart for that trick, but then his dad joined in and Magnus totally believed after that. It was kind of hilarious. Steven would put the coin back "in" and later pass the coin to Magnus' dad Mike. Mike would later pull the coin out of Magnus ear and blow his mind haha. He was like "how did you do this?? how did you make it stay there??" trying to put the coin back inside his ear hahah... classic

We visited an awesome cheese shop, and bought way too much cheese after we left Fort Lennox. We took our fruits, and cheese and bought baguettes and meat and made a picnic of it out by the river. It was truely lovely. Afterwards, we all felt the need to visit an icecream shop back in Montreal. We drove home (Devin stayed awake like a champ!) Our car was all pretty sleepy and fighting it bravely with different degrees of success. 

The icecream was incredible. I got rasberry icecream DIPPED IN ORANGE CHOCOLATE. It is my new favorite flavor combination. Good thing that shop is super far from our house haha. 

We went home shortly after this and practised a musical number we had been asked to preform at church. Its a french hymn called "Souviens-toi" and its really quite lovely. We have attached a recording for you if you wanna hear our nervous voices haha. Anyways it was a great weekend!! We had another picnic just with me, Steven, Amber, Devin and Pam today. It was the perfect temperature, and we just ate and then all lounged around under the trees talking and laughing. At one point point Pam said "Right now, there is literally no where I would rather be" and I think it was exactly what I was thinking. I will definetly cherish this weekend, it was one to remember for sure. 

 

Love,

Heather

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 19: Barbegazi and the rest

Honestly, we completely forgot to make a post last week. Sorry y'all! We'll do our best to get this working again. So last week was pretty tame, the most exciting thing being Barbegazi. The word Barbegazi refers to a mythical french and Swiss creature and the words Barbegazi come from is something like "barbe gelée" or "frozen beard". Its like a bearded man/Sasquatch on skis? ...That's also blue? ...Clearly we were confused about it haha. So its pretty much just a winter activity festival. We heard about it the day before we went, and thought it could be fun. Turns out, it was a super high budget event that had only a fraction of the expected attendance, so that was awesome! Short lines, and lots to do. There was a McDonalds cart giving out free hot chocolate, big fire pits, arm wrestling stations, wood cutting competitions, tree tossing, and lastly and most importantly... an obstacle race! The best part? IT WAS ALL FREE.

Steven and I went with Amber and Devin, and the boys were just so jazzed about it. Stevens got a video to put here about it, it was a blast. Amber and I felt we were best serving as camera people, because of how slick the icy snow was. The boys got kinda banged up, and Steven got a bloody nose, but it was worth it.

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We went and saw a couple movies the past two weeks, which always makes for a good week. Steven found that he loves quinoa salads, and consequentially we ate a ton of quinoa haha. I like them too, but Steven was suuuper excited, because those are the sorts of things adults get excited about I suppose. quinoa. salads. Steven has been killing it at work lately. He works for a company that kind of loans him out to other companies they have under their wing. Most of them have loved his work, and been really easy for him to access what they want. But there was one company, which was a little trickier. This week they pitched an ad campaign and Steven delivered some videos to them for it and they lost it! it was an amazing response and he was so proud. He feels like hes getting the hang of their style now and what they like with their branding which is really rewarding!

In other news, this Saturday we spent a few hours watching a live stream of the Women's March on Washington. When we first tuned in, there was a man speaking and my first thought was "of course. women's march, and yet a man is the speaker. of course." but after he finished speaking, a woman got up, and She was intelligent, powerful, and articulate. Then another woman got up, and she too was formidable. Then another, and another. after about an hour and a dozen women and three men, I thought, "This is how men feel, like ALL of the time." I got really emotional and felt a commitment to be one of those women. I want to be one of those women in my community, in my work and in my church. At work, there are more women than I expected, and more women in positions of power than I expected. I have been working on a show that has powerful women in it. It has been a thrill and a blessing to be able to look up to such women and know that I don't need to be the first. I can walk the path that many have blazed for me.

Speaking of work, This has been a wonderful two weeks. I have finally feel like I have settled into a pattern. I was feeling like I could take on more work, so I asked for more. I was given a little, and a little more and then all at once my work load was doubled, but I held up under it! I hope I can make myself indispensable by the end of the year. I want to be the person, that when something needs to be done, and done right, you ask Heather to do it.

I don't usually come up with resolutions per se, but I for the past few years I have picked a word to focus on trying to live better through that year. Last year I wanted to be more Engaged in my endeavours, the year before I wanted to be more Disciplined. This year, my word is Commitment. Working on my commitment to my relationships with the people I love, being more committed to excellence, more committed to the things I love and making time for them. I love this practice of choosing a word because at different times in the year it means different things to me. For instance, I chose the word Engaged last year, because I wanted to work on how I scattered I was feeling. I wanted to be more engaged at work, and later in the year when Steven proposed that word took on a very different meaning. That's the most obvious example but the word does gain meaning through this year and I highly recommend it. I would love to hear if you have any words you would like to choose to focus on this year!

Love,

Heather