GIRLS NIGHT IN: MY BACHELORETTE PARTY

30 August 2017

Oh, bachelorette parties! The event that most brides-to-be look forward to almost as much as they do their wedding day. Almost! Whether you're the bachelorette or the good friend helping her celebrate, I'm sure we can all agree that it can be some of the best times ever. And while it's probably not going to be the last hurrah with them, it's a great way to get your closest girlfriends together and live it up before going off into the married world.

How I felt about my bachelorette party was absolutely no different. It was a night that I was anticipating since the wedding date was finalized. And it turned out to be a night that I'll both equally never forget, nor ever remember! To be more specific, as you've probably already guessed, it was the first half of the night that I'll never forget. The second half? Well, I'm sure you've guessed that part too!




In case you need some help though, let me take you back to Sunday morning, June 18th, the morning after the party. It was around 8:00am when I finally opened my eyes and looked around the room to get my bearings as to where I was and to what happened the night before. After looking down at myself in my bed wrapped up in blankets, I noticed I was wearing only my bra and my spanx. You know, both the least sexiest or comfortable thing one could possibly ever wear to bed. With another quick look around the room I saw my dress hanging over our closest door and a white sash saying "Bride To Be" draped over our tv. It was then that I quickly realized that I left (or got carried...tomato, tomatoe) my own bachelorette party early. Between the realization of missing half my party and the feeling of pure sickness that came over me, I rolled over and smacked Todd, yelling at him to grab me a garbage bucket. But to my surprise, the garbage bucket was already next to my bedside from the night before…thanks to my lovely ladies!!

So, now that we got that part out of the way, let's talk about the actual night. There's no need to grab yourself a bucket if you want to continue reading because it only goes up from here!

When my girls started asking me about what I wanted to do for my bachelorette party, after throwing out a few ideas, I quickly settled on having a good ole fashion house party. At 31 years old, house parties with just the girls are very few and far between (see: never).  See, that should have been my first inclination that we were bound for trouble! We're not 19 anymore and we just can't handle it like we used to (again, see: not at all). Or, maybe it was the fact that because we rarely go out anymore, the excitement caused us to head out of the gates too fast, charging at full speed. While I didn't make it across the finish line, from what I was told though, it was a hard race for the rest of the group too!!






There were 11 of us girls in total, and I could not have asked for a better group to celebrate with, and I truly mean that. They all mean so much to me and never in my life have I had the chance to have them all together at once. A special mention goes out to my friend living in Edmonton and my sister living in Ontario who both came home earlier than the wedding so they could be there too. Why can't bachelorette parties be every night?  Oh, right, because of that earlier story, Renee!





The night actually started off quite calm with everyone just chatting and catching up. But then entered Burt Reynolds. Not the actual human, but the shot. It was all fun and games until we actually played a game, the underwear game, where I sucked at guessing who gave me which pair of underwear. The upside was scoring enough underwear to get me through weeks without having to do any laundry. The downside? Having to drink those shots every time I guessed wrong, hence the early departure!




The girls then asked me some bachelorette party appropriate type of questions that were asked to Todd prior, and I think we all had fun listening to both mine and Todd's answers. It's a real good thing though that dads don't go to bachelorette parties because I'm pretty sure we both would have died hearing some of those answers! Luckily for me, it's just my mom that now knows the "strangest place we've ever had sex"!!

And then before we even reached the best of the playlist, a full on dance party was happening right in the middle of my friends floor. Leave it to girls to always find their way dancing no matter where they are, hey?!

The last thing the bridal party had planned was for us to be picked up by a party bus when the clock struck twelve. I don't know why party bus's are so much fun, but they are, and they always seem to take a party up a notch (I blame the pole!). Unfortunately for me though, the party bus brought me down quite a few notches, and before I knew it, with only a few spins around the block, the bus was turning back around to bring the bachelorette home.


The lovely bridal party!


But I guess if there's one night that you gotta be put to bed by your friends, I guess your bachelorette party would be the night! And as disappointed as I was the next day about having to go home early, Todd kept reminding me, "it's all about the story". And a great story we had...by all of us! Needless to say it was a good thing we had a few days to recover before the next festivity - the rehearsal party!

The bachelorette party was another reminder just how lucky I am to have such a great group of friends! They all made me feel so special, and I'm so thankful they all came out to help me celebrate...and to also help put me to bed! My bridal party did such an awesome job planning this night. I was amazed when I walked into my friends house seeing all of the decorations and all of the little details they put into everything. It sure did feel like the best party setting ever!

One last thing, what about Todd and his party? Usually a bachelorette party does comes along with a bachelor party. Todd and his friends had their party the same day as us ladies, so there were multiple couples who were out for the count the entire weekend. While I don't know all of the details from Todd's bachelor party, I can leave you with this picture....


And that my friends would be my husband there in the middle!!


Until next time.

FULLER WALLETS, BELLIES & HEARTS: MY BRIDAL SHOWER(S)

23 August 2017

I actually started this post a while back, but of course little ole lazy me decided to just let it sit there collecting dust instead of actually finishing it. Well, it's now a few months later, but here I am, dusting off the cobwebs and trying to fill in the missing pieces. 

To get these wedding posts going, I figured it was best to start with the pre-wedding celebrations! While I wish I had of posted these right after they actually happened, I thought it was best to do so now before getting right to the main and good parts...the actual wedding and the honeymoon. I know what I'm like and if I don't do it now, the wedding post will (eventually) go up and these other ones will never make an appearance. And while they may not be the main events that's happened recently, they sure still mean an awful lot to me.




I remember after Christmas thinking about all of the fun wedding things that would lay ahead in the next five or six months. I love having fun things to look forward to (I mean who doesn't!!), so my excitement just thinking about it all was unlike no other. That's the thing about weddings, it's not just about that one day. While obviously that day is huge and probably one of the most significant and meaningful events that will happen in your life, there's a whole lot more excitement that comes along with that day too.

And, for me, it had absolutely nothing to do with being the centre of attention or the focus of the celebrations, but rather it had everything to do with us being surrounded by family and friends and celebrating together.

The first official pre-wedding celebration was my bridal shower in my home town the beginning of April. Bridal showers in my small community usually consist of inviting everyone, and not only from my community, but from many other ones too!! While it wasn't the intimate type of shower that I would normally go for, Todd's mom loves planning these types of showers and she really wanted to throw one for me, so I was in no way going to turn it down!




Believe it or not, I was actually pretty nervous that morning!! Did I mention that I don't work well when I feel like all eyes are on me?  I remember thinking that if I was nervous now, I was going to be in for a real treat in a few months time! Let's just say that a little pill known as Ativan was probably going to be on speed dial the day of our wedding!

By clinging to my closest family and friends, it turned out be a great afternoon! I went to a lot of these showers with my mom growing up, and it was a pretty surreal feeling sitting down in the same place and thinking about how I was now here for my own. Between that feeling and getting to see some familiar faces I hadn't seen in a while (not to mention the great help towards the wedding expenses), it was the perfect kick start for the rest of the celebrations that were about to come.

The second festivity was a Jack N' Jill shower for me and Todd. I mentioned the idea to my mom in the new year, and with the help of my bridesmaids, they planned the perfect celebration for the both of us at our house the end of May. It's funny because people kept saying they had no idea what a Jack N' Jill shower was or what's supposed to be involved, and my response to that was always "me neither"!! I just knew that a casual little party that involved both me and Todd and our couple friends sounded pretty darn fun. And fun it was!




Besides all of the chatting and eating and drinking, the highlight of the day was definitely playing the newlywed game. I could have played this all. day. long! It was so fun comparing what me and Todd had written for answers and seeing what the other said. I learned that Todd's favourite body part of mine is my boobs, he likes blondes better than brunettes (only because he can spell blonde and not brunette...I almost died later when he told me that), and that the animal my mom most resembles is a sloth (and I did die when we both held up our sheets with the same animal written...sorry mom!!).

Another fun thing that the girls planned was they asked everyone to write a little memory of either myself or Todd (or both) and to leave the note anonymous so we could guess who had written it. It was definitely a great way to add some memories and laughter all in one!!


Two of my bridesmaids! The other two live far, far away from me! :(


Ahhh...I'm already getting a little sad thinking back on all of the fun that we had and thinking about how thankful we were, and still are, for everything that everyone did for us!! That reminds me - my bridesmaids gave me the best wedding gifts, one which was a spa gift certificate. I thought about using it before the wedding (because hello stress!), but I'm soooo thankful I didn't because a spa day in the near future sounds like heaven right about now.

I seriously can not thank our parents and our bridal party enough! I'm tellin' you, I have never felt more loved in all of my life....and the bridal shower(s) was just the beginning of the huge appreciation we'd feel through it all!

Until next time.

SPENDING THE DAY IN BONAVISTA

21 August 2017

I was certain that the next time I'd be back here I would be going down memory lane, sharing every little detail about our wedding, but unfortunately the wedding talk is going to be put to a brief halt for now. With a million wedding posts ahead of me, I figured I'd try and stay up to date on some recent things that has been happening around here since we've been back and settled!

I mentioned in the last post that the past few months have been super busy with us being away, so when Todd got home last week from work, we decided to do the practical thing that anyone who feels like they've been away from their home all summer would do....pack up their vehicle and drive three hours for a little road trip!




But, the thing is, when you do feel like you've been away all summer, you can't help but want to cram in all of the things you've been wanting to do in the last few weeks that's left of the season! And the other thing is, as much as we love to travel, we also love seeing and exploring our beautiful province, and that's something we don't get to do as much as we'd like. So, since camping was on our mini bucket list, we decided on Friday that Saturday morning we'd hit the road with our camping gear and head to the Bonavista peninsula, somewhere I've never been since I was little.




This spontaneity didn't pan out too well though, as we discovered about an hour after we got there that there were no available campsites to be found! We knew that we wanted to see and do a few things in the area, so instead of driving somewhere else just to pitch a tent, we decided to just spend the day there and drive back to St. John's later that night. Gosh didn't we love unpacking all of our untouched camping things late Saturday night when we got back home! It was as if we just packed it all up!!!

So, first up on our day trip was hiking the Skerwink trail in Port Rexton. While I'm no expert in hiking, I honestly believe Newfoundland has some of the nicest and plentiful hiking trails, and this one did not disappoint!! It only takes about an hour and it's a pretty easy one to do, so it's great for those who want to see Newfoundland's beautiful rugged coastline without having to be gone all day and sweating your butt off the entire time. We also saw plenty of whales throughout our hike, which definitely added to the experience!




After finishing the hike we were pretty thirsty, so a stop at Port Rexton's local brewery was a must. Gotta stay hydrated, right? We could have stayed at this place for hours, and if we were camping instead of driving back home, we probably would have! We did make sure to try some of their favourites though!!




Next up was driving around and exploring all of the little communities in the area from Trinity to Bonavista. We would have loved to have more time, stopping at more places along the way, but with the drive ahead of us, we ended the day with supper at the Bonavista Social Club. We loved this place, but I'm pretty sure Charley was the one who enjoyed it the most!!! 




We couldn't leave Charley in the car so we were super appreciative that she was welcome because we really wanted to try this place after hearing such great things about it. Despite it being busy, I think it was the quietest place we've ever eaten dinner. So peaceful (minus having to try and teach Charley some much needed table manners!!).

With a doggy bag for Charley, it was then time to head back home! It turned out to be a perfect day regardless of not getting to go camping, and we were actually pretty thankful things turned out the way they did because it was awfully nice hearing the downpour of rain that night from our own bed, instead of from a leaky tent.

We can't wait to pack up our vehicle again soon and explore more places around the province, hopefully this time being able to unpack somewhere!!

Until next time.

WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?

13 August 2017



*Stares at blank screen for what feels like an eternity*

Over the last week or so I've been wanting to get back into writing and recapping everything that's happened over the last couple of months so bad! Soooo bad! But, every time I'd look at my laptop sitting on my coffee table I'd catch myself asking the exact same question...

Where do I even begin?

Seriously, you guys! This has been the craziest couple of months ever! I've said it before, but blogging is always hard to get back into once you've stepped away for a little while. But, when you add having some of the biggest events of your life to share on top of that, well, it makes for quite the hard comeback. 

So then, where do I actually begin? How do I get into sharing all of the details, both big and small, that's happened recently? I have absolutely no clue, but I do know that I want to start, so apparently it's starting right now - at 8:00pm on a Sunday night.

The big things that's happened recently? Well, that's easy to share! I got married, went on a three week honeymoon, and then immediately went to Alberta for work for two and a half weeks. Thankfully I'm back home now, doing what I'd normally be doing at 8:00pm on a Sunday night...sitting on my couch in my pyjamas! Up until a few days ago, I had spent a total of four nights at my house since June 26th. Four! I've definitely been craving some normalcy for a while now, and I'm so glad to finally be getting some this week. It's funny how we often get so sick of routine, only to miss it so much when we're away from it.




After getting married and then being away on our honeymoon, I was not at all prepared for the phone call that I'd have to leave to fly across the country for work for a few weeks just a day after returning home. My suitcase wasn't even unpacked, I didn't have time to even mess up my house, and Charley was just getting used to the idea of having her mom home again. I was still on a high from all of the wedding festivities, and the last thing I wanted to do was hop on a plane to go and work double the amount of hours that I normally would home, all while being secluded from everyone. I just wanted to get settled back into our home, and continue to ride the post wedding and honeymoon high with any family and friends that would listen to me!

But, it's certainly hard to complain when your work was amazing enough to give you four weeks off for your wedding and honeymoon! I knew how lucky I was for that, so off I went with another suitcase in tow! And it actually wasn't so bad. I loved the work that I was doing and I loved being super busy! I also got to spend one night with Todd after he drove two hours to see his new wife...that'd be me people!!!! (did I mention he had to leave for work just a day after getting home?), and on my travels back to Newfoundland I got to spend a night with my sister and her family in Toronto due to airport delays.




So as you can tell, I'm quite happy to be home! I will say though that now that everything has finally returned back to normal, our wedding seems sooo far away and feels very in the past. We had the best month of our lives, and it's been strange not talking much about it with everyone. I know that sounds silly, but it's true! You know how when you have an amazing night out with your friends and the next day (or the next time you see each other) all you guys do is chat about how much fun it was? Well, that! I missed that! I've already told some of my friends to be prepared for lots of wedding talk when we see each other again...regardless if it's months from now. This girl here wants to go back down memory lane!!




It's been seven weeks since our wedding (crazzzzzy...make no wonder why it feels so far away!), but I still can't believe that I have a husband. And that I'm a WIFE!! I swear whenever I say that I can't help but laugh as I remember the episode of Friends where Monica's upset as she tells Chandler she'll never be a bride again, just someones wife!!

But honestly, it still hasn't gotten old or any less exciting (or strange) calling Todd my husband and, in fact, we still say those words (or 'hubby' / 'wifey') to each other more than you can imagine. You know, a few people have asked us if anything has changed since we've gotten married or if it feels any different, and while we know that a 12 year relationship couldn't change much because of one day, we both say that somehow it does feel a little different. It's hard to explain, but it feels pretty awesome to know we made such a big commitment to each other. It's also an amazing feeling to have made that commitment and then celebrate it with all of your family and friends. Weddings are fun, you guys! Very, very fun! Why we didn't do this any sooner, I'll never know!! Ha!

But unfortunately I think that's where I'll have to stop for tonight. Since I'm now back to my normal routine, that routine comes with a 10pm bedtime!! But remember all of those smaller details I talked about earlier? Well, thankfully I have this place here because I have sooooo many of them that I want to share! The wedding shower, the bachelor and bachelortte parties, the rehearsal night, the honeymoon, and of course the big day. It's all coming (hopefully) soon! Now you guys have also been prepared....

Until next time.