Saturday, 10 December 2016


We got back from our honeymoon over a month ago and I still have yet to post a single picture or say a single thing about it on these interwebs.  Can I use the excuse that when we got back a bunch of stuff happened and I haven't really had a day off from work since (other than weekends of course).  

Luckily, early this week we all had a snow day and so I had the time to do a little writing...

Here is the only picture that John and I have of the both of us from our honeymoon, taken on one of our excursions to Tulum to see some Mayan ruins

There were a bunch of pools on the resort and all but one were often nearly empty

We stayed at the Grand Palladium in the Mayan Riviera 

We actually had 2 rooms while here.  Our first room had 2 double beds so I put in a request for a king size bedroom and after a couple of nights in our first room we were able to move to this one.  Basically the same room just with only one bed.

We went on 3 

The first one we went to see some cenotes (sinkholes) and swim in them and through caves.  After that we went swimming with some turtles in Akumel which was the highlight of the trip for me and I'm kind of regretting not purchasing the pictures the photographer took of us on this excursion (note to self: when they say the photographs cost $30 this is actually a very good deal!)

The 2nd was to Tulum to see some ruins

The 3rd was to see more cenotes but this time we got to jump into them from really high, repel into them, zip line into them, and kayak through them.  It was pretty fun but the car ride through all the twists and turns was not.  The photos at this one cost $80 so needless to say we did not purchase them!

There were 2 shows every night at our resort which was nice but we were usually pretty tired (especially if we went on an excursion to go to them). We did see all of one and the last bit of another.  
John would say the food was the best part (and it was pretty good).

No limits as to how often you could visit a sit down restaurant and the buffets were pretty well endless.

Local merchants set up booths on the resort in the evening which was nice if you wanted to buy something local without leaving the resort.

All in all a fine time was had by all

Then we came home and by the next evening I had the flu.

I would still go back!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016


3 out of 5 of the divisions I can work in cancelled classes today (and yesterday as well).  All city school buses are not running.... sometimes even the substitute teacher gets a snow day!

So I've made a long list of things to get done today... 

I've already got a load in the washing machine and the dishwasher.
Once the dishwasher is done I'm going to attempt to put all these tomatoes to use and make and can some salsa (the jars need to be warmed for it to work properly).
I've got some presents to wrap.
I've got some meat to sort through and freeze.
I still have groceries in the car (because I had already done 5 trips up and down those stairs in the snow and didn't think I had it in me to carry the big bag of rice last night)
I'm going to make the executive decision on what we are doing for our preliminary batch of thank you's from the wedding and order those so we can hand some out this weekend.
Dishes need to get done (after I make the salsa though)
It looks like I have some snow to shovel
Maybe I'll vacuum
We got our free (included in condo fees) cable finally hooked up last night so I think I'm allowed to sit back and watch something.
If the road reports within the city seem better than yesterday I've been invited to a friends for dinner
Oh, and I've got Bible study tonight (if the roads are okay).

Bur for now, I'm listening to Family Force Five's Christmas album - Christmas Pagent, drinking hot chocolate, and not leaving the computer until I type up a little something something about our trip to Mexico!

(this last thing proved to be more difficult than I had anticipated... apparently my iphone needed updating before it would show up on my computer!)

Here's hoping it's a productive day off!

Sunday, 23 October 2016


It's been just over a week since we got married.

We haven't jetted off on any honeymoon (yet)
... or even moved in all of John's things.

What we do have is a bunch of sneak peeks at our wedding photos though!
(which we actually got about a week ago because our photographer is so fantastic)

Here are the two that I've been sending/showing most people

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Bachelorette Party

Despite what many people may think about a bachelorette party needing to be wild and crazy mine was not.
(and nor does it have to be)

What did I do?

I found a fantastic person that was willing to come to any location (I chose my sister's house because she had the space) and teach myself and 14 others (yes 14!) how to paint a beautiful painting.

You'll find the artist, Amber, at Painting on the Prairies and I highly recommend that if you are from around these parts and wanting to do some painting you contact her.


First off, she told me that since I booked my party far enough in advance she could do a custom painting just for me!  What!?!  I felt so special that if I didn't see anything in her selection that I loved she would do something different for me (I went with the custom painting - which is apparently a huge hit now!)

I may be marrying outside of the Mennonite heritage but you can't take the Mennonite out of me.  I needed the best deal for a private party.  I didn't want my party at a bar of any kind and didn't want to have to find a community center to rent out.  With Painting on the Prairies all you need is 10 people and it costs $350 (of course you can have more... any additional people are $35).  If you have under 10 people the cost is still $350 which makes sense.. you gotta pay the artist for her time!  And she'll gladly attend your party at your house.

Amber was so easy to work with!  The plan was to possibly paint outside (weather permitting) but the weather did not permit for this.  So instead we painted in 3 different rooms.  All the rooms were on the same floor but still separated enough that Amber had to show the same thing 3 times.  And she did a fantastic job working all 3 rooms.

Clean up was also super easy... to be honest I didn't even realize it happened.  

Anywho, I'm beginning to sound like Painting on the Prairies sponsored this post and I'm just not that popular for that to happen... I'm just letting you all know that you should consider it! 

All in all it was a fantastic afternoon and evening and I feel incredibly blessed that so many people wanted to come out and spend time with me and bless me with my upcoming wedding.  

I couldn't have imagined anything better!

Bonsai Beauty