Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The One Where I Think I Was Supposed to Recap My Honeymoon 2 Months Ago...

I believe about two months ago I said I'd come back to write about my honeymoon!  Well, I certainly followed through on that didn't I?  Ah well, teaching Kindergarten is sooo exhausting.  By the time I am home, it is hard to do much other than relax with my feet up in front of mindless television.  However, here I am, so let me tell you about our trip!

We waited to go on our honeymoon until the summer, since we got married during the school year.  We had weighed our options, and we decided that what was most "us", and what would allow us to have the most time together, would be a road trip honeymoon rather than flying to an Island vacation for just a week.  Neither of us had ever been to the East Coast, so we decided to go ahead and see our own beautiful country!

We spent two and a half weeks travelling.  We first went to Quebec City for a couple of nights.  It was nice to see it, and the Old City is so beautiful, however it was SO rainy that it was hard to really enjoy our evenings there.  We did have a great day of sightseeing, but it ended very rainy, wet, and chilly.

After that, we were off to New Brunswick!  It was such a beautiful province to drive through.  We decided it was our favourite in-land drive.  There was NO traffic, AT ALL, anywhere.  It was amazing how fast we could travel place to place in New Brunswick.  We stayed in Fredericton, and then at a small motel near the Hopewell Rocks.  We then met up with Dr. McVet and her husband to visit the Hopewell Rocks for the day.  We walked the ocean floor, and stayed to see the high tide as well.  Here are a couple of our pictures:

The Hopewell Rocks before we went down to walk the floor ourselves.

A few hours later when the tide had come in!
Such an awesome transition to see!  It was really fun.  When walking the ocean floor, it felt prehistoric.  The water was also so brown, it was like chocolate milk.  Very interesting!

After New Brunswick, we met up with the rest of the Sitcom Group of Friends in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the August long weekend.  We had a wedding to attend, on a boat!  On our first day in Nova Scotia, we visited Peggy's Cove.  This was such a beautiful place, and I felt like I could lounge in the sun and watch the tide roll in for hours.  Then, we explored Halifax and had a fantastic time at the Hat family's wedding (pseudonym, obvs).

Peggy's Cove, NS
Following our weekend with our friends, Mr. Lock and I took off on our own again and we spent two nights driving along the Cabot Trail.  This was probably our favourite part of the whole trip.  The Cape Breton Highlands National Park was beautiful, and the drive along the coast was gorgeous!  We decided that while New Brunswick was our favourite in-land drive, Cape Breton Island and Nova Scotia generally was our favourite coastal drive.  We both agreed that we would love to go back to the Cabot Trail one day, and spend more time hiking and visiting the beaches there.

A view from a look-out along the Cabot Trail.
Our next stop was Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  We took the ferry across from Nova Scotia to P.E.I.  It was really awesome because we actually saw a pod of Pilot Whales while we were on the ferry.  We otherwise saw next to no wildlife on the entire trip!!  Which was quite surprising!

Prince Edward Island was very nice, very small, very quaint.  However, we didn't feel blown away by it.  We found that it was difficult to see much without constantly having to pay again.  We had to pay a Provincial Park fee to see Cavendish Beach, but we only had a day of touring so we weren't stopping at the Beach for long... then we had to pay a DIFFERENT Provincial Park fee to visit L.M. Montgomery's homestead/inspiration for Anne of Green Gables.  The red sands were really interesting to see, and we had some of the most delicious food of the whole trip while in P.E.I.  We just found it a bit dull for us compared to the other provinces we had visited.

Cavendish Beach, P.E.I.
We took the huge Confederation Bridge to drive back into New Brunswick as we headed back home.  We spent one night in Moncton at the New Brunswick Casino Hotel.  It was pouring rain, so we never really saw Moncton.  We did drive the Magnetic Hill which was very, very cool to experience.  I know it's an optical illusion, but it REALLY feels like your car is rolling uphill, and quite fast.  I took a video and it is amazing!

We drove to Montreal the next day, just to spend a night there to break up the drive, and then we ended our honeymoon by spending time with Mark's family at the cottage they rent to the North-East of Toronto back here in Ontario.

It was such a wonderful vacation and honeymoon.  We spent quality time together, experienced the beauty of the Eastern part of our country, and even spent special time with our best friends and Mark's family.  It was a perfect honeymoon, and one day I do hope to go back and visit the East Coast again.

P.S.  The photos in this post were all our own, I'm pretty impressed with how gorgeous they turned out!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Let's start back in May with my wedding?


I didn't MEAN to stop blogging!

I've just been very busy, I suppose!  I've also been a little frustrated with my laptop, so I haven't been doing many things I usually did online.  I'm going to try to continue blogging, because I do very much enjoy it!

So many wonderful things happened since my last post!

Mr. Lock and I got married, first of all.  I never blogged about my wedding!  I cannot believe it.

So, we had an absolutely fantastic wedding day.  After a very cool spring, our May 24th wedding day was sunny and quite warm!  It was just perfect.  Everything went according to plan, and I just had so much FUN. The dance party was everything I wanted it to be (that's my favourite part of any wedding, so it was what I cared very much about for my OWN wedding).  My aunts and uncles on my mother's side stayed right until the very end of the night, and we even ended everything with a big group sing-along to Bohemian Rhapsody... it was so cool.  They had such a great time, I was glad I could provide them with that!  I was the first of my cousins to get married on both sides of my very large family, so it was a very special event for everyone.

It was just so exciting to have all of the important people in our lives gathered together in one place... I am so very happy with how my wedding day went!  It all went by very quickly... however, I have incredibly happy memories of the day.

After the wedding, it was time to write report cards and finish off my year teaching SK/1.  I had such a great class, it was bittersweet to see the school year end.  We were also spending time doing some furniture shopping and continuing to set up our new house.  It is coming along nicely.  Our next project will be painting and putting up photos and art, so far we have nothing on the walls.  We are taking our time though.  As a new construction, it is recommended we wait to paint until the house has settled more.  We can still have the builder come back and fix a few things up until the 1 year mark, so we may wait to paint because we have some nail pops that need repair.

Married life has been great so far!  For Mr. Lock and I, not much changed, since we were already living together and forging our life together.  We are very happy, though.

I will update soon about our honeymoon trip this summer -- we drove through the East Coast of Canada, and it was an amazing adventure!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Bachelorette Party!

Our wedding is less than three weeks away now.  Talk about HOME STRETCH, omg!!!

I feel very prepared, but there's just a few things I know I really need to do asap that I must keep to the forefront of my mind otherwise I'll start to get a *wee bit* panicked.  However, for the most part, we're incredibly well-prepared and ready!  I will just have to remind myself of how well-prepared we are, so I don't start to feel worried unnecessarily!

This weekend, Mr. Lock had his Bachelor Weekend with his brother and friends.  I think it went well, I haven't heard details yet!  Last night, my awesome co-Matrons-of-Honour threw me my Bachelorette Night!

It was just the sort of night that was perfect for me.  It started with dinner, and there were only four of us at dinner but it was really great.  A few more ladies were invited, but they ended up having to cancel last minute, but all in all it worked out to be a nice meal.

Then, my very good friend Amanda from Multi-Testing Mommy joined us and we were off to go line dancing!  We went to the place Amanda and I go to a few times a year!  I just love it there!

For line dancing, a couple of other friends met us out there.  I hope everyone had a good time -- I sure did!  I joined in to LOTS of the line dances, and it was just awesome.  I love following along, even if I'm not quite doing it right, as I try to learn a few more combinations.  It's also great exercise, let alone how much fun we have!

I really had a good time with my few, close, best friends and that was all I was looking for in a Bachelorette night out.  It was so much fun.  Also, it was the last pre-wedding event until our rehearsal on May 23rd, and the big day on May 24th!  Suddenly, time is speeding by... next thing you know, I'll be one half of an old married couple!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Less than a month to go!

Mr. Lock and I have less than a month until our wedding day!!  Plans have all been coming along really well, things are going smoothly.  We've created our ceremony and have shared the plan with the officiant.  We have our cake flavours chosen.  We're working on some music selections, but mostly have those chosen, too.  We're just on the very fine details and little touches we want to add to make the event memorable and unique to "us".  The RSVPs are almost all in!

I'm feeling excited, and also a little nervous for the ceremony part and speaking in front of everyone.  I know it will be really nice, though.  I'm very much looking forward to being married!!!

So, less than a month!  I feel very ready, and not that stressed, so that's perfect!

Let's just hope for some nice weather!  It has been TOO COLD so far this spring... I hope May warms up!

Woo hoo!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Wedding Planning Update

Less than two months until our wedding day!  Lots happening!

1.  Dress fittings are done!  All that needed to be done with shortening the hem.  The dress is back in my grandma's closet, and will just go back for a final steam before the wedding day.

2.  Decorated our envelope box!  Quin was so great and loaned us her envelope box from her wedding, so I just needed to update the d├ęcor to match our wedding colours.  I enjoyed working with the glue gun, actually, haha.  Added some plum ribbon around the top edge, moved some white flowers to one side, and made a cascade effect of small plum purple and white flowers across the top and down the other side.  I think it turned out quite pretty!

3.  We have so many RSVPs back!  I've been keeping a spreadsheet, and we only have 47 out of 157 invited guests left to hear from!  Most people have been RSVPing yes.  I'm going to download our escort card template a.s.a.p and begin typing in guest names, then I just have to add the final table number later but at least one part would be done.

4.  One bridal shower down, and one left to go!  So looking forward to April 13th, seeing some good friends and family and enjoying a luncheon together.  I'm loving how much weddings bring family together! 

5.  This weekend is a meeting with the florist to discuss the bouquets and I'm hoping we'll make some final decisions.

6.  The guys have been measured for their tuxedos!

7.  We've chosen our cake in general, but we just need to make final flavour decisions -- hoping to come to a decision about that this weekend, too.

8. We've heard from our officiant and have some sample ceremonies to look through so we can discuss our ceremony plan in a meeting soon.

9.   Mr. Lock went and got our marriage license this morning!  So we are officially licensed to wed!

Things have been going smoothly so far!  Still quite a few things to do, but mostly I think it will turn out to be a great event.  I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together on May 24th!

Monday, March 24, 2014

The 2 Month Countdown

Today marks the 2 month countdown to our wedding day!  It has been a relatively stress-free experience, fortunately.  I think helping my best friends plan their weddings before mine was really useful.  I knew generally what needed to be done and in what order, got a good book for a To Do List to follow, and then Mr. Lock and I just made appointments as necessary and took it all one step at a time.  Our RSVP cards are coming back, and each day its great fun to open them up and see who has replied.  We're actually getting them back really quickly which is awesome, I think we are only waiting to hear from about 70 more guests (out of the 157 we invited).

We've been for our food tasting, and we've been to the bakery to order our cake.  We haven't made final decisions on the cake yet, but at least our preferred bakery is booked.  My first dress fitting was a couple of weeks ago, and I go back on April 2nd to try it on again after the alteration -- it only needed to be shortened, so that's pretty great.  The guys are going for their tux measurements, we picked out their formal wear over March Break so they're good to go for measurements any time.  I have an appointment with my florist on April 5th to make the decision about my bouquets -- Mr. Lock's mom is making our centre pieces herself, which I'm quite happy about!

There are some bridal showers coming up.  My bridesmaids are hosting one on April 13th, and then my dad's cousin wanted to host one on March 30th for their side of the family.  My great-aunt is quite ill, so her and my great-uncle won't be able to attend the wedding.  I think having a shower in their home is my dad's cousin's way of including her parents in the wedding festivities.  I grew up very close to my great-aunts and great-uncles on my dad's side, his cousins were much like aunts and uncles to us growing up.  It's great how weddings bring everyone together again and we can have a few events to enjoy each other's company.

All in all, things are going really smoothly.  Now that the RSVPs are on their way in, we're beginning to consider table placements.  I'm hoping the seating plan won't be too much of a headache, I think we'll be able to sort it out without too many issues.  There are escort cards on Etsy that I'm going to purchase the template of so that Mr. Lock and I can make them ourselves once we know which table number each guest will be sitting at.

Two months and I'm a Mrs.!  What an exciting time of life!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Farewell, Recycling Bin...

Today I was at a workshop, so I'm home earlier than usual.  I lucked out and the workshop was held in my home town, so the commute for my work day was incredibly easy.  

Today happens to be garbage/recycling day.  I pull into my driveway only to discover that there is no blue recycling bin there any more.   We had a very windy, snowy day... and I guess it blew away.  I looked up the street, even walked a ways up, but I can't tell if there is any blue bin there that would belong to me instead of the other houses on the street; one doesn't look particularly out of place.

Did I consider writing my address on my recycling bin when we first got it?  I did.  I truly did think of it, said it out loud to Mr. Lock, and then couldn't find a black sharpie at that moment.  I then put out the recycling for two weeks without incident.

Alas, dear free blue bin, we used you three times and then you disappeared.  Nice knowing you.  Now I guess we'll need to go spend money we don't need to spend on another blue bin...

I'm going to find the black sharpie immediately, so I don't forget to write my address on the next one.  (Even then, I wonder how often they actually get returned to you when they blow away?).

Home ownership, amirite?

P.S.  I'm being haunted by a  damaged green bin that was laying on our property when we moved in.  I don't feel it's my job to deal with it, as I had nothing to do with it in the first place, so I passed the buck and put it on our neighbours boulevard (they haven't moved in).  However, with the wind, it has blown back over to my property and now I've gotten so annoyed with it that I've taken it into my garage and I'll figure out a way to dispose of it properly later!  I wonder whose damaged green bin it was to begin with???