Monday, 28 June 2010

Well now that I caught up on the PEI trip......

It's time to talk about the rest of the month of June.  It was a rainy month until the end and now it's been nice out.  It almost seems like, shhh don't say this too loudly, summer is here and it's looking nice.  (knock on wood)

Little Man had caught a cold while in PEI and it has taken him all month to get rid of the darn thing.  I had to take him to the doctor twice and once was a middle of the night visit to the hospital.  Thankfully the antibiotics have kicked in and he's my happy little guy again.  For awhile he was absolutely miserable and was not happy unless he was attached to my hip.  It made getting things done a little difficult.  It also spoiled our work with getting him into a bedtime routine.  We almost had it, but then he was sick and I am a softy and let him snuggle with us and sleep in our bed.  Ooops... now it's back to square one of getting him to sleep on his own in his own bed... but I have determined that I am more stubborn than he is.

We had a wedding to go to in the middle of the month.  Adrian's friend Ty got married.  It was a pleasant ceremony and the venue was gorgeous.  They got married out at Popovich's Dinner Theater and Wedding Facility.  The staff was gracious and the food delish!!!  It was a nice time.  Little Man and Chan were both well behaved, even if Adrian got a little out of hand.  Just kidding, Adrian was good all day until he forgot to drop off the wedding card.  Note to self, never let a man who has been drinking all day with his buddies drop off the wedding card, even if he says he can do it, because it's likely he won't.

I also took Little Man swimming for the first time.  He had a lot of fun. He didn't really swim in the water but he crawled around and splashed himself and I.  Chan did some dives off the diving board, he went off the high board once then he didn't do it again.  I caught some action shots of him doing front flips off the low diving board though.  I think both boys had a great time.

This last weekend in June was not as busy, yet it seemed more busy.  I had a jewellery show to do on Saturday.  It was a lot of fun, if I could just start getting more and more shows then I could do my Fifth Avenue as a business, but it's hard and I am not that driven right now.  But I will keep it going as a side business for me to earn some extra cash.  Saturday night we went to a Buccaneers game.  It was fun watching my brother play football.  He came close to making two tackles while we were there.  I know he wished he would have made them, but he seemed to play well.  Sunday  was a work at home day.  We stained the garden and the deck steps.  I replanted some flowers for my front walk.  Adrian hauled dirt to level out our backyard.  All in all we accomplished a lot.  We also had friends over for a barbecue then it was time to go to bed. 

It's been a relaxing and busy month at the same time. Most days have been very low key but when they were busy, my oh my were we running our butts off.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Last Day on the Island

It was bittersweet waking up this final morning in Prince Edward Island.  Though the weather had not been kind to us upon our arrival, with all the rain and what not, the last two days had been hot and so enjoyable.  And our final day also had us waking up to beautiful weather.  We decided to get up a bit earlier because we still had some more sight seeing to do.  Nothing like leaving things to the last minute, but it definitely makes life interesting.

Stacey and I had decided that we wanted to find Profit's Point to find the unique rock that was completely carved out in a circle.  That was the goal of today's journey's, that and buying some lobster to take home!!!
After a fabulous brunch with her mom, Stacey and I loaded up the car and took the boys on another excursion around the island.  Stacey's parents live fairly close to where we were travelling so it wasn't a big journey but we had to be cognizant of our flight and getting to the airport on time.  Would hate to miss my flight.... or would I???  Just kidding I was happy to be going home, just wish home wasn't so far from PEI.

We made it to Profit's Point Lighthouse and went down to the beach.  I prowled the beach looking for the shot that we saw but sadly, I did not find the shot.  It was a beautiful beach though, and the boys had fun playing in the sand. 

We drove past Lucy Maud Montgomery's birth place and took a couple pictures.  More for a memory of where to go next time I came down, but also because it was pretty cool to see history still being maintained. 

Note the General store it's that pale yellow I was talking about.
We spent some more time in Charlottetown and then it was time to take us and our lobsters home.  All in all it was a great trip.  I had such a great time and Stacey's family were terrific hosts.  Some other things I found very interesting were the different types of floral vegetation around the island.  The Lupins were some of my favourite flowers, I even bought some seeds home to plant in my front yard.  Who says you can't take part of the island home with you.  I also got some shells and rocks to make something out of, when the mood hits me I will make my little memento of the island.

In a couple years I will be going back for sure, might plan a trip to be out there for two weeks and spend some time exploring the other maritime provinces. 

Another Day of Sight Seeing!!!

So another busy day was had by the travelling foursome.  It is amazing how well Little Guy and Little Man did with all the travelling... I am actually quite impressed with both of them. 

The day started off with sun shining and birds chirping.  Again we were up by 9:00 and out the door by 11:00 ish.  Little Man and I took some pictures outside the cabin of the flowers and of him on the deck.  Little Guy got involved too, it was a fun morning while we waited for Stacey to get ready. Stacey and the humidity didn't get along so well... it played havoc on her hair.

Our first stop of the day was at Rick's Fish and Chips.  It was a cute little place and the fish and chips were so delish!!!  Then we got back in the car and headed off to Souris.  We ran into some road blocks at Souris, mostly with ill directed construction.. there were no detour signs and then when they did detour us they didn't tell us how to get around.  We even stopped to try and ask but no one would come and help us and they just waved us through.  Finally, we made it to the manor and we were able to get some pictures of the ferry and the ocean.  After Souris we headed out to Confederation Bridge.  That is one huge bridge.  We walked along the beach and took pictures the Northumberland was almost warm.  I would have gone swimming but I didn't bring my suit with me.   

We finished off our vacation with a barbecue with Stacey's parents and a soak in the hot tub.  It was a great time and I had so much fun.  There was only one day left and I knew it would be just as fantastic as the rest.  Prince Edward Island leaves so much open to the scope of imagination!;)

Thursday, 17 June 2010

A Day in Anne's Shoes

So this was the day we did our first big tour of sight seeing.  It was a busy day and I am pretty sure we saw half the island.  Unfortunately, many of the images we saw this day were not captured on film or camera as my camera decided to be a pissy pants and die on me after the beach.  I was not impressed, but I had my camcorder so I made due.

Little Man and Little Guy were awesome travellers for the day, they did not fuss and rarely did they cry, which is frankly amazing for Little Man since he hates to be in the car.  It may have been better because the roads were bumpy so he was bumped into sleep and Little Guy kept him company in the back seat when he was awake.

The day started with getting the children ready, having breakfast, getting ourselves ready and making lunches.  Stacey cursed the humidity in the air as it played havoc with her hairstyle. I pulled my hair up into a pony tail and was content with that.  Once the preliminaries were complete we loaded ourselves into our little rental car and drove to Charlottetown to pick up Jody.  Then we were on our way to see the Ocean, Green Gables, Avonlea, Cavendish, Summerside and Rustico for supper.  

Our first stop as a group was to the beach at Rustico.  I wanted to have my picture taken with my feet in the Atlantic Ocean.  I have a picture of myself in the Pacific, so I needed an Atlantic one to match.  The water was not as cold as I expected it to be. I wouldn't go running in for a swim but dipping the feet in was pleasantly refreshing.  We didn't just stop for a picture at the ocean though we also combed the beach for shells and things too.  Stacey left a message in the sand for other people to find and we found shells and a few crabs along our journey.

Next we headed off to Cavendish, which is where you will find all things Anne related. I am speaking of Anne of Green Gable's, that fiery red-head that has made Prince Edward Island famous around the world.  If you have not read the books or seen the movies that should be on your list of things to do... they are wonderful!!!  As we drove I pointed out all the yellow houses we passed, I am sure somewhere in my past something clued me into this novelty but I can't place it.  While we were at Anne of Green Gables Little Man fell asleep, he doesn't quite have the wherewithal to enjoy cultural venues yet, but at least he wasn't screaming.  We went through the house that inspired L.M. Montgomery to write her Anne series and then we also went along the trail that Anne calls Lover's Lane.  It was a beautiful walk.  All the green ferns and fragrant flowers brightening a partly cloudy day.  The babbling brook sang as we walked through the forest.  I was in heaven even if my camera had died.  We stopped in at a little cafe that is on the farm and had our picture taken in the Anne Hat with the braids.  I am sending those pictures in so they can be placed on the wall for others to see.  I think it's a fabulous idea, and one day I am going to write a book on how I took Anne to discover other areas of Canada!!  We stopped by the village of Avonlea which wasn't open for the season but it was pretty fun.  This village hires actors to come out and play the parts of the characters from the book so it's a live interacting play that the audience gets to walk through and enjoy.  It would be an all day event.  Sadly, it was not open for the season so we only go to look at the buildings in the little village.
While in Cavendish we stopped at Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum.  It was a neat experience.  Some of the things they show in there are just freaky, some are neat and some are plain gross.  We all tried the different palm reading machines that were placed around the museum.  It was a good laugh and the Little Guy enjoyed the things he saw. After the museum the boys were tired so we drove out to Summerside and then back to Rustico so the boys could get a little nap in before supper.

Finally, we ended our day at Fisherman's Wharf. It is a buffet restaurant in Rustico that serves Lobster with an all you can eat buffet.  It was fabulous!!! Everything was so tasty and so fresh it melted in your mouth.  I am forever ruined from Red Lobster, now that I have had the real fresh Lobster from Prince Edward Island I don't know that I can ever have a reheated frozen lobster tail again. 

While we were sitting down to supper we discussed the lack of tourist resorts in Canada.  I understand that in countries around the world all inclusive resorts offer the people in those poorer countries an opportunity to make more money through tips left by the visitors, but what is stopping Canada from trying something like that.  Canada and the United States are two countries that want tourism to stay in their countries, they talk of encouraging residents to stay in their own countries but they do nothing to offer incentives to do so.  If Canada, federal or provincial governments, sat down and came up with a type of all Inclusive resort that celebrated different areas of Canada I think Canadians would go.  Maybe not when it was freezing in the winter but in the summer sure why not.  Not everyone likes to camp, but people like to go on vacation.  It definitely got me thinking.... so how do i get these great ideas out to those who can make them into a reality?!?!?!

Anne Land June 6th

So Sunday morning dawned on us bright and early again, well early by any standards.  Stacey had to go to a Flea Market to sell some of her stuff and we had to be there by 8.  So we were up at 6 o'clock which was 3 o'clock in the morning back home.  I had a desire to text home but I refrained from doing so and I carried on with my day.  I helped Stacey out at the Flea Market that day.  She sold a lot of her stuff and gave more of it away, but it was a neat venue and we had a great morning.  Stacey's mother came to visit and helped out a bit too.  After we had finished with the Flea Market we went out to Stacey's aunt's to have a barbecue.

The barbecue was a lot of fun, Stacey's relatives were very friendly and easy to talk to.  Little Man crawled all over the place and played with they puppy then he got tired and fell asleep on Stacey's aunty.  It was fairly adorable.  We had another relaxing day because the next day was going to be busy with all the sight seeing we were going to do. 

The boys went to bed when we got home, but they woke up around 10 and had a little late night play session.  Then Little Guy told me he had to go to bed and he put himself to bed.  It was so cute it reminded me of Chan when he was that age!!  Little Man then went back to bed with me after that.  Those two boys play so well together. 

Here's a little question I need to ask to my readers, why do guys feel like they should lie to an ex when they begin seeing a new girl??  Is it helpful for them, or is it just that we girls are so vindictive that they feel they need to lie??  This is based on something I saw while I was in PEI that Stacey had to deal with, it's unfortunate but she handled it pretty well.

Day Three, but really Day 2 in Anne Land

After a rather restless sleep in the cabin, Little Man woke up many times and I kept listening for Stacey to get back from being out with her sister.  (It's the mom in me, I do it all the time)It was morning, and when I say morning I mean 9 o'clock.  That is the time Little Man usually gets up at home, but it was 6 o'clock back home, I tried to get him to sleep for a bit longer but he was not having any of it so I got up.  Being on Vacation though I was hoping to convince Little Man that sleeping in was a good thing, however, he's the boss and we got up.

Little Man and began getting ready slowly, Little Man woke up Stacey, she says he didn't but I disagree, he gets very excitable in the morning and was squealing away.  At least he's happy when he wakes up, even if he does have a cold.  That was the other thing that made Little Man's night rough, he caught a cold while on the plane.  He was congested and coughed but no fever and he he was good to go all day long, only at night did his cold ever seem to bother him.  However, I digress, we got dressed and ready to head out for the day.  We didn't have anything at the cabin to eat so we went up to Stacey's parent's house for brunch.  Stacey's Mom cooked us brunch of bacon, poached eggs and English muffins.  Little Man even had an English muffin with some homemade jam on it!  Donna was the nicest lady and a very gracious hostess!!  We loved visiting with Donna and Ian!!

After brunch Stacey and I  took the kids into Charlottetown.  One note about Prince Edward Island roads, there are NO SHOULDERS!  The highest speed limit is 90 KM/H and construction is a bit ass backwards.  There are no warning signs about upcoming construction like here, it's all of sudden BAM construction workers.  But back to going to Charlottetown. 

The children's festival was happening down at Peake's Keyes so we went there first Little Guy (Stacey's son) played on one of the attractions then we went to see the little shops that in the area.  One of the shops is Cows, the Ice Cream shoppe.  It was fantastic ice cream, and those of you who know me know I am an ice cream connoisseur so when I say it's good, it's gotta be good.  We looked in all the little souvenir shops and I bought a few trinkets.  We also found this picture of Profits Point and we decided that would be one of our journey's out to find this rock formation.  People said it was elephant rock but others said it was a different rock either way it was very cool and I wanted to see it.  The rock is a circle that you can look up and see a light house in the circle.  I also so the dirt shirts and bought myself a shot glass to add to my collection!

One other little gem that Prince Edward Island still has is Robin's Donuts!!  I love Robin's Donuts, it brings back so many memories from my childhood and I still claim that their donuts are way better. I got to drink tea from Robin's Donuts and ate some Robin's Eggs while on vacation I was super excited!!!

We then went shopping for some groceries so that we could have breakfast at the cabin and save some money.  We also wanted to be able to make some lunches for our journey's.  I love to travel but I am frugal when I can be!!!  That night we just relaxed at home.  The weather wasn't being very cooperative, so we stayed at Stacey's parent's house and watched a movie.  We watched Dear John  it was an ok movie.  I enjoyed it but the ending just left me going PARDON!! I felt the ending was a non ending and I don't like that about my movies, it just leaves things so wide open and unfinished.  I like things to be finished. 

Day Two June 4th PE Island here we come!!!

At 6:15 the radio in the hotel room started going off, it was a Christian talk radio station or something.  After much fumbling trying to find the snooze or the off button I was able to end the talking and silence filled the room.  The sun was shining and it looked like a great day to start our holiday.  Little Man was in a great mood, smiling and cooing at me as we got up for the day.

I got us dressed and fed Little Man some breakfast.  It wasn't much of a breakfast, just some left over sweet potatoes from the previous night, but he enjoyed them.  Besides he's not old enough to know that that's not really a breakfast meal yet.  Once we were dressed and the luggage cart load we went downstairs to meet the shuttle.  The hotel staff was again very helpful and assisted me with getting my luggage and myself on the shuttle.  We were on our way!!!

We were flying with Westjet, I am a very loyal Westjet customer.  The attendants were super accommodating.  They began helping me as I walked in from the drop off area.  One Westjetter helped push my luggage up to the ticket window and then another helped me push my luggage to the drop off area.  I was then on my way with Little Man to the gate.  Security was even pleasant, they were helpful and even joked a bit.  This was surprising seeing as security is often without smiles, not to mention humour.  We then boarded our first flight and awaited take off.

The day literally and figuratively flew by.  The time difference of three hours didn't seem to affect Little Man too much, but I was very conscious of it as I was trying to adjust Little Man's schedule so that he wasn't too grumpy later on.  We left Calgary at 8 am, landed in Toronto at 2 pm and left Toronto at 3:30 landing in Charlottetown at 6.  Stacey and her Little Guy were waiting for us in the airport.  Stacey got my luggage and I got our rental car.
this is Charlottetown airport, reminded me of Saskatoon before the renos!!

One of the first things I noticed as we were coming into Charlottetown and when we were driving down to the restaurant were the yellow houses.  When I saw them something was triggered in my head that told me I was definitely in Prince Edward Island.  It was a pale yellow colour, like pale yellow butter, and I associate that colour with the island.  It's weird but I don't associate the island with red (the sand) or green (everything else), but this pale buttery yellow is the colour I expected to see the houses and I saw a lot of yellow houses.  Stacey laughed when I first told her but then as we toured the island we noticed that there might be something to my association.

The first thing we did in Charlottetown was eat at Pat and Willie's, it's a little Mexican restaurant in downtown Charlottetown. It was Stacey's sister's birthday so we met her there and Stacey's Mother came as well.  I had a fabulous meal, the quesadillawith fries.  After we finished supper I was exhausted so Stacey drove us out to her parent's cabin. 
Stacey is in the middle she was a great hostess!!!

The cabin is just that a little cabin on the edge of her parent's property.  It had two bedrooms, a bath and a kitchen and sitting area.  There was no television, which at first I was a little worried about, but it turned out I didn't miss television at all while I was there.  We had so much to do that television would have just be an unnecessary distraction in the cabin.  Little Man and I quickly settled in, it took Little Man a bit to settle down for the night but finally we both settled down and fell asleep.  It was 10 o'clock in Charlottetown, which means it was 7 o'clock back at home lol!!! 

Friday, 11 June 2010

Thursday June 3, 2010 Day One

Little Man and I left for our Prince Edward Island Adventure today.  We hung out in Red Deer packing and organizing until Chan was off school, then we sped south for a night in Calgary.

While in Calgary we stayed at the Quality Hotel on Edmonton Trail.  As I drove up to the hotel, fear gripped my stomach.  It looked a little run down and like it might be a bit of a dive.  I quickly took in my surroundings to find a place to eat after we had checked in, there was a Tim Horton's and a Denny's within walking distance.  I just kept saying it's only one night, just one night. 

Upon checking into the hotel I encountered some of the friendliest hotel staff EVER!!  Everyone offered to help me with my luggage and I kept getting discounts and deals, it was a good day.  The hotel room itself was a little dated, but it was clean and warm.  Little Man and I shared a King size bed!!!  I decided to have supper down in the restaurant that is attached to the hotel. 

In Monty's Little Man and I were shown to a booth.  The waitress of course commented on his cuteness, and provided me with a magazine to read while I waited for my meal. Monty's is a wonderful little restaurant.  It is cozy and the ambiance in the place is very relaxing.  I was pleasantly surprised again, as my first impressions were not great of the hotel.  But that just goes to show you you can't judge a book by it's cover. 

It was a long day on Friday, but we had a good sleep!!!  More later!!!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Wedding Woes

I went so long without blogging and now today I have already written three blogs now.  Check out my new blog regarding my lifestyle lift!!
 Now onto what this blog is about, but that big event in my life that is fast approaching.  The Wedding!!!  (play dramatic music here). 

When I was younger I pictured a princess wedding.  I would have a huge princess gown of white with beading up the train.  My veil would be long and white and my shoes would be fabulous heels.  My hair would be down to my waist and eyes would be shimmering with excitement at seeing all my friends and family.  My father would walk me down the aisle and give me away, he would have tears in his eyes for seeing his little girl growing up.  My best girls would all be in my bridal party.  We would all have matching jewellery, and it would be the biggest event the town had seen in years.

Now practicality has set in..... I can't have everyone in my wedding because I can't afford that big of a wedding.  I also don't want that wedding anymore, there are components of it that I do want, but as of 2009 my dreams for my wedding have changed.  I want to married on a beach, I want to have my family there, I want some of my closest friends to be there.  I want it to be a more intimate affair.  I want people to have fun, because they truly felt like they were part of my day not just a guest at it.  For me that is so important to me, that if you come to my wedding you feel like you are part of the wedding not just someone who has come as a guest to see what happens.   I want to ensure that my guests have a good time at my wedding, I don't even really care much about the reception.  I would honestly rather have the reception back at home where more people could come out, but again I don't know that I want to have a dance, maybe just a barbecue or something more informal like that.  It is something I have to figure out soon I guess lol.
So far our plans for August 15, 2011 are coming together a little slowly but we are getting there.  We have set the location for Lake Tahoe.  We will be exploring the area in July and hammer out the rest of the details after our trip to California.  I haven't decided about my Bridesmaids, who they are, what they will wear.  I haven't even chosen a dress for myself, although outlet malls in July be prepared for a whirlwind shopper.  We haven't formulated a guest list more because we haven't decided what we all want to do, but I think it will come together soon. 

Every time I think I have things figured out a new obstacle comes to light.  Money is always number one.  We have to save for this trip as a family it will probably cost us $5000 just with hotel, gas, food, Las Vegas and Disneyland stuff that we are planning for the month of August.  That does not include the wedding stuff except for the hotels.  Other obstacles are not knowing what to plan, and trying to ensure I get all the things I really want out of the wedding.  It's a lot of planning but maybe hiring a wedding planner would be an idea, but that could get expensive.  I am trying to do invitations by myself, but then I haven't gotten a picture of Adrian and I that I want to use, hopefully we will get a nice picture taken in Lake Tahoe that we can use.  Another obstacle is people, not all people but some people.  We have heard from some that they don't understand why we want to go away for our wedding, they don't understand why we don't get married right here.  It's our wedding though, we would love to have everyone there but we UNDERSTAND if you can't make it due to costs. But don't rain on our dreams because you are upset about it.

I try to face these obstacles with my shoulders back and a positive outlook.  I tell people that this is what we want and that we are trying to work it out so that as many people as possible can come, but that we will do something at home so that everyone can take part in our marriage which is what a wedding is about.  People coming to support a marriage, by attending that first step, but even if you can't attend you can still support by being positive.  As for money, well it's about creating a budget and living within that budget.  I do not want to have a wedding that is going to put me into debt. I want a small affair that is memorable for all those who attend and fun to experience via dvd for all those who can't make it but would like to see.

Now I have so many great friends that have gotten married and I am now calling on you to help me. Help me by letting me know what things were most important for you when you planned your wedding.  Let me know what surprises you found with your wedding.  This is my wedding 9-1-1 call out to all you married girls that read this blog!!  Thanks

May Memories

May has been a surprisingly big month in our household.  We have seen Little Man reach many milestones and it almost seems like you can see him growing daily.  We have also made progress with landscaping the backyard and have begun work on the bedroom hallway.  I didn't expect May to be this busy but there you go, you always get what you least expect.

For Little Man's achievements and first have been plentiful this month.  He has learned how to crawl and how to make it up one stair.  He will now stand with help and can pull himself up into a standing position.  He has also cut his first tooth at 6 months 3 weeks of age.  I see the second tooth coming but it hasn't broken through yet.  The weather was so nice I was able to take Little Man to the park where he rode a swing for the first time.  He also had his first grown up food meal, cauliflower, meatloaf and toast.  He also got his first bee sting, thankfully there was no allergic reaction.  Little Man also went to his first out door fire.  Little Man also went swimming for the first time as well.

We built a garden in our backyard so I can plant some fresh veggies.  It is a three part garden so that I have a little flower bed in the middle of the garden as well.  I got my potatoes and carrots planted, but we are waiting for more dirt to be hauled in so I can finish planting.  Unfortunately, my dog is an idiot and dug it all up, or part of it up.  She broke through the snow fence we have around it for now and was a big crap head.  Now I have to replant the carrots and I just hope she didn't get all the potatoes.  But I am not going to fret about it, just respond by
training her more on where she is allowed to go and where she isn't.

We bought new doors for the bedrooms and are in the process of installing them.  We have to drill out the door knob holes and then shave out the hinge areas as well.  Then we paint and install.  I am super happy because Little Man's room has never had a door, and it will help with getting him to sleep better at night or at least I will be able to muffle his cries so I don't hear it as well when he is being a little turkey.