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V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!  In the summer sun! (you know, the song by Connie Francis from the 60s).

That’s right, we are offline and hittin up some family + friend time and a few weddings! So although I have been missing in the blog world it is simply because we are keeping busy and really enjoying ourselves.

We will have lots of updates once we have a few minutes to save our photos and sit and remember everything we have done!

Happy Summer Time!

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more family visits

I love having people visit! This past weekend happened to turn into another semi long weekend 🙂 We had my brother-in-law (R’s younger brother), his wife and our nephew…oh and Roxy (their dog)…come visit!

The weather was lovely…the company was fantastic…and the dogs…well that’s another story. Let’s just say since Moose is still a puppy she doesn’t quite understand that not all dogs want to play all the time. On the positive side our nephew got a few kisses from Moose and they warmed up to each other.

We managed to squeeze in a morning at the Farmers Market, lunch out, nap time, girls night (where we left the three males at home), wine…lots of wine…then we visited wineries…and had more wine…(seemed to be the weekend theme), and some playground visits.

Here is a brief montage of their visit…lots of fun memories for the bank + we finally got to spend time with our nephew in a more quiet environment. All in all he warmed up to us quite well. Uncle R even gave him a toy car (that made lots of noise…not sure Mom and Dad were too thrilled – I feel like there could be payback in our future) before their departure.

                                                                    

We are looking forward to having them back here on Sunday night and hopefully we will get in another visit in the near future. Thanks for another fantastic time you three!

family visits! (days three, four and five)…the end.

Last week…

Peter went back to Calgary on the Thursday – sad how fast the time flew by! Diana and I decided it was about time to enjoy the nice weather with some wine tasting. Since we live in the beautiful Okanagan surrounded by wineries the options were endless! We thought trying out the Naramata Bench Wineries might be a great option.

Out first stop was in Naramata at a Lavender Farm where we enjoyed walking through the farm with a glass of lavender lemonade. The sent was and sights were beautiful.

the beautiful lavender farm

On our drive towards town we stopped into several wineries including Lake Breeze Vineyards, Ruby Blues Winery and Poplar Grove Winery.

The first stop at Lake Breeze was Di’s first official experience at a wine tasting! It was a fun experience to share together. While I love my deep full bodied reds Di prefers a crisp white sweeter wine.

first winery stop

Di’s first tasting and bottle!

filling up the box with wine 🙂

I think Di’s favourite stop was at Ruby Blues, not only did we get a great story but the wines were really yummy!

winery stop #2

beautiful vineyards

Our last stop at Poplar Grove turned into taking a seat at the restaurant to enjoy a few appetizers with a stunning view.

enjoying Poplar Grove

Friday we decided was a ‘bask in the sun’ kind of day. Following a little raspberry jam making (with our very own homegrown raspberries) we decided to head to the channel.

making jam

The channel is nothing more than floating – we have a two person inflatable tube (with a cooler in the middle) and at the start we pay someone at the little station $2 to fill it up for us. Then it is pure bliss in the 30+ degree weather. Around here it is a very popular summertime event…you can go whenever you want and it is incredible how much it will cool you off! Since the float only took us 1.75 hrs we decided the beach and a swim in the lake was necessary. We decided to hit up another winery (I mean how can’t you when there are so many to choose from!) south of town. We went to Blasted Church Vineyards had a tasting and Di topped up her wine load with another two bottles! Another one of her fav spots! The day was lovely topped off with a bbq at our house with some great friends.

Saturday was Di’s last day with us. Sad face. We decided to make the best of the day and started early by hitting up our local Farmers Market. I love going to the market even though I found I haven’t made it there nearly as frequently this year as I have in the past. Either way it is always a lovely time. Afterwards we took Miss Moose for a quick walk and then went to Kelowna to walk around. Trying to fit it all in before Di left!

out with Moose

The highlight of our visit to Kelowna (for me anyway) was purchasing my new cherry pitter! So exciting! The night before I made a cherry pie but had to pit all the fresh cherries by hand, so not practical! I realized a pitter probably didn’t cost all that much…well let me say I used it that night and it was the best $16 I’ve spent in a while!

All in all I had a wonderful visit with my siblings. I am looking forward to our next get together in whatever city we might be in! Thank you for visiting, you are both amazing people. xo

(all photos credit to my sista!)

family visits! (day one and two)

YAH! We have visitors. My sister Di is here from Nova Scotia and my brother Pete came in with her from Calgary!

Di + Pete in Calgary pre-visit

It is the first time we have ever been alone to spend time together which wasn’t in our hometown or without our mom or dad around (not that it is a bad thing but rather a fun new experience).

Our hometown (@ a family friends wedding)

They arrived Tuesday around noon so we packed them into my car and we went out for a nice sibling lunch. Following this I gave them a mini tour on the way to our house since they hadn’t seen it yet. 🙂 They are our first guests beside my awesome handyman Dad who spent 3 weeks with us when we were just moving in/renoing. (Side note: We forgot to even get 1 photo of the 3 of us together!! sad face)

Tuesday night Di and I took in a Summer Okanagan Wine Festival event! It was the ‘Battle of the Benches’ event (a fellow blogger has shared a bit about the event). There were over 30 wineries participating and 100 wines to taste! We did not nearly taste them all (since by taste I mean fully consume – no spitting or pouring out here), and if I did I would have been lying face down on the grass, but it was a fun experience and one my sister had never taken part in.

Di and I at Battle of the Benches

Live Music!

food + wine…OK!

Pete hung out with R (my husband) and went for beer and dinner at a pub/restaurant. It seems as though they enjoyed themselves too.

Wednesday turned into a day of touring around and our second attempt at teaching Moose to swim…we were actually somewhat successful.

Walking Moose along the River.

And when we weren’t at the beach we were enjoying ice blocks c/w toys!

Most of the visit we has 30-35 degree weather which has been wonderful (but a total adjustment for my East Coaster sister)…but better than all that rain for visitors! So between the lake and ice cream I think we were successful at staying somewhat cool!

Best ice cream place!

“i scream you scream we all scream for ice cream”

Happy Sunday & family visits!!

(photos credit to my sista!)

our first anniversary

Today is our First Wedding Anniversary! I have no idea where the past year went! It is crazy how time just flies by.

I loved our wedding…we got married in Ottawa Ontario Canada. Having grown-up in the east and now we live in the west it was a good meeting point; not to mention we did meet in Ottawa about 7 years ago.

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We were married at an Anglican Church and our reception for 125 guests was at the Museum of Nature. A beautiful venue (in my opinion anyway) where we hosted our detail oriented black and white themed wedding. It was a day I will never forget. One of the most memorable aspects of our wedding was the love and support from our friends and family. They travelled from almost every province, from BC to Nfld and even from Switzerland to be there with us. It was an incredible feeling to have all of these special people in our lives there just to support us. Something I will never ever forget.

I remember working on details galore for months on end, coordinating everything right down to the pearl in my fascinator (which were from my late grandmother’s necklace). We named our tables after places we had each lived throughout our lives, made our own signage for the bar/photobooth/guest book/etc., had a DIY photobooth, our guest book (which was a photo book of Ottawa people signed throughout), we made our place cards with local wine corks we had collected from friends, designed and wrote our own menu cards and thank yous, provided washroom baskets for any item someone may have forgotten…you name it we tried to get it done. We had people comment on the attention to detail which made me happy to have spent so much time piecing things together (I’m a total type A personality).

We had wonderful family and friends who helped make our day extra special. A few extra special hands made our wedding cake – my cousin who is a baker now in the UK did our wedding cake which I loved and tasted amazing. My father built the cake stand which in the evening was just glowing with mini lights and the driftwood was a touch from the east coast. My cousins and my beautiful bridesmaids and our mothers helped assemble all our centrepieces from items from their garden (which I might add are always stunning). There were many other family and friends that helped us run errands, provided us accommodations and were very giving to R and I; for all those things we will be forever grateful for helping us.

I am looking forward to many more years together with my wonderful husband. xo

The photo credits go to our fantastic photographer (Derrick Rice) from Union Eleven.

skype

I love skype…it’s amazing. You can be geographically so far away from people and yet still feel so close. I had a wonderful 2 hour skype chat tonight with a very good friend across the country. She is an inspiring woman. We enjoyed a few glasses of wine while we talked about life, our careers, and dreams/goals. When you don’t live close to family and friends it is amazing how skype can make you feel so in touch.

Thank you skype for letting my friends and family see me schlup around in my sweats, hair in a ponytail + no makeup on, and how messy my house really is behind my big head on the computer screen. Best part is they still love you and don’t notice any of it.

Happy Thursday night!

Bye Dad! Thank you!

It is hard to believe my Dad was here 3 weeks and is now gone. He was a fantastic help and great company. It’s been a long time since I have spent so much time with him or that R has ever spent that much time with him! Something I think all 3 of us enjoyed.

Dad managed to get a number of items off of our checklist which was wonderful…he installed two handrails for our deck (thanks to the insurance company swinging by the house), helped level the washer/dryer and freezer, replaced kitchen drawer hardware (rollers), fixed the plug for the stove, fixed the thermostat in the kitchen, helped me mow/wiper sniper the lawn, replaced several light fixtures…not to mentioned he renovated our WHOLE washroom! Thanks Dad!!

Dad building our second handrail

We joked that he wouldn’t want to come back for another visit! Haha We told him next time to come for a vacation…not a work visit!

Our washroom is almost done…Sunday when we went to install the sink we realized it was damaged and now we are waiting for the shipment from IKEA out by Vancouver. Once it is here I will install it and hook up the plumbing then we are all done! (Minus a shower curtain which I am waiting for fabric to arrive). YIPPIE! Either way the shower and toilet work and we have the sink in the kitchen, so all manageable.

Dad and I with the new washroom!

Not sure what our next project will be…likely to fix the siding on the house, clean the outside, paint the trim and door…freshen up the exterior. And figure out how to turn on our irrigation before the grass we do have is fried.

We are slowly unpacking and now have a somewhat put together living room which is much more comfortable. I will put up a washroom photo album once we finish this week!

I learned a little something else this week. Our 1940s home was built likely right after the WWII. Since metal was at a premium nails weren’t made like they are today with a big head, in order to conserve the metal they were made with almost no head. Taking apart our home we came across old and new. Interesting finds in an old home!

Old and New nails