Moonin’ Part 2

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First of all, a big shout out to all of you who leave comments and love here and on the FB links. I usually get the notifications when I’m at work, hence the lack of response on my part . . . but I’m seein’ them. And they are nice. So thaaaank you!

We spent our last night in San Fran on the outskirts of the city, close to the airport (mad savings on hotels). We were headed south anyways so it was quite nice. Enjoyed a sunny, morning walk by the ocean and watched about 5 planes come land/take off every 2 minutes. I’m not even exaggerating.

Maybe I’m just a naive prairie girl but it was mind boggling.

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The beginning of our coastal road trip was a little overcast and gloomy, but romantically so. How can it not be romantic when you’re driving alongside cliffs and waves and fog and greenery?

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I must have been real busy taking in the view because somehow I failed to snap much that day. We checked out Santa Cruz and meandered around the beach and around the pier. We even snacked on mussels and I didn’t take one photo.

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We wound up in the most adorable little town called Carmel (by-the-sea).  The beach was the softest, whitest sand I’ve ever felt. We drank hot chocolate and watched the sun set.

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And took selfies.

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And then a stranger gave us a little hand a snapped a few for us.

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I am just putting this on here to remind myself in future years, how hilarious Dane is. Seriously always goofing off.

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Soon night was upon us and we had no hotel booked. Classic.

We asked around and phoned around only to discover that the Annual Poodle Weekend was on in Carmel and therefore, every single hotel/b&b was booked.

So we took a little drive down by the harbor while we decided what our next move would be.

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TARGET. A memory foam, two pillows, a duvet – we were set. We planned to rearrange the backseat of the mini cooper and turn it into a bed.

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After a nice supper in downtown Monterrey, we headed for the countryside to find a place to sleep. It did feel a little bit sketch parking on the side of a surprisingly busy little “country” road but the options were limited.

Nothing like startin’ your morning with a solid teeth-cleaning sesh in the woods.

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Can’t say it was the most comfortable sleep I’ve ever had but it sure was a pretty morning.

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An early start usually rewards you with incredible views.

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We weren’t disappointed  ❤

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We had heard from some local Carmelions that a must-see along the coast was Hearst Castle. William Randolph Hearst was born into his father’s gold-mining wealth, but topped it off by making himself a major media mogul. He built an enormous, majestic castle on the side of a mountain; it was a huge architectural feat but Julia Morgan, a brilliant and patient female architect, stuck by his side and made his dreams a reality.

I became a big fan of ceiling art. How amazing is this . . .

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Mr. Hearst loved to fill the castle up with friends and create a wildly entertaining experience for them. He had a large private zoo, tennis courts, beautiful pools, horses, and almost every source of entertainment available in his day.

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The library was stunning.

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Smart people read lots of books ❤

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Was kinda loving this print . . .

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William Hearst’s private workspace. Not baaaad.

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If you can look at this picture and not kill yourself laughing, I am sad for you.

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Just plain crazy.

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I would definitely recommend the castle if you’re in the San Simeon area of California.

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We topped our morning off with lunch in the quaint little town of Cambria.

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. . . before hitting the highway again, on to Paso Robles. We were hoping to tour a vineyard in that area but time was tight so we settled for one a slightly-less out of the way. It was called Niner Wine Estates.

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Their claim to fame is the heart-shaped bunch of trees smack dab in the middle of the field ❤

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After making our way all the way down past Santa Barbara, we stopped for a few “last night of the honeymoon” photos.

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The below picture makes me chuckle – it’s kinda typical us. We’re both pretty independent so we sometimes pull each other in opposite directions . . .

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But eventually we end up fusing our ideas and running off together. And I mean that in the most non-gaggish way.

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We ended our night with a 20 minute speed shop at an outlet mall, and an American supper at a hip little warehouse joint.

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These photos make it look a lot greasier than it was. I’m not claiming that it was the healthiest of choices, but it was definitely better than it appears here. The restaurant was called The Local Pheasant and if I was a local, I’d be a regular.

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Open air. Exposed pipes and beams. Brick. My favorite style of windows. Pretty cute.

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A few shuttles, cab rides, hotels and airports later, we arrived back on prairie ground ready to make the big move. Hilariously enough, I’ve joined Dane and his room-mate in what we call The Dungeon. If it was truly dungeon-like, I wouldn’t last very long; but its humble and liveable and will do the trick for now! And Andy is the easiest person in the world to get along with so there’s not too much to complain about :)

I’m still playing catch up here, so lots more content to come!

As well, we are having a wedding tea in Emerald Park this coming Saturday – if you want details, message me :)

Moonin’ Part I

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Ok. I’m temporarily skipping the blog post about our wedding. Only because we have 2 wedding teas to happen within the month and I don’t want to spoil everything by posting it all on the blog now.

But. It will come!

Instead I’m going to post shots from our honeymoon in Cali. Woo hoo. Fair warning. This is a massively long post.

It started with caffeine and airports. We were running on fumes and maaaybe 3 hours sleep. I don’t know if you’ve ever planned a wedding in 1.5 months but it is buuusy and I was definitely ready to chill.

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So more coffee.

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We arrived in Van ready to board the cruise ship, but it wasn’t quite ready for us so we meandered around town a wee bit and tried to keep our eyes open.

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After crazy customs lines and hoards of people, we finally got onboard. Funniest thing (well, funny now). When we walked in the room, by this time exhausted and ready to crash, they had 2 single beds for us. I mentioned to the room-keeper that we were on our honeymoon and probably wanted a double, so he says (in broken English) “ok I’ll push them together for you”. Not knowing that that’s what they do for all beds on cruise ships (you can’t fit a queen bed down the hallways) I was kinda not excited about that idea. However, it turned out to be quite plush and we had lots of good sleeps and naps on it.

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After 3 extremely relaxing days, we arrived in LA and hit the road. Starting things off right with the most delicious Cold Pressed Coffee with vanilla beans, dates, nutmeg and cinnamon. Amazing.

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We popped in at Long Beach to stretch our legs and have a quick dip.

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And then we cruised along I5 . . .

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All the way to San Fran.

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The next morning, by popular recommendation we hit up Tartine. It did not disappoint. Excellent croissants and even more excellent coffee.

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This below is a highschool in SF. Um hello. So cool.

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We took a ride in a classic trolley.

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Eventually we made our way to Alcatraz Island.

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Along with a million other tourists, but I tried to exclude them from the photos.

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It’s not that I don’t find history interesting, but there’s something about being herded around in a walking tour that kinda turns me off and I can’t get into it . So I was happy to wander around and snap. Luckily mister bought the history book and we did a little follow-up reading to compensate.

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The inside of the jail . . .

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After Alcatraz, we had classic chowder in sourdough at the wharf . . .

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I think I’ve found my dream home . . .

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San Fran is home to the most adorable, cozy apartments. We used AirBnB to find a darling little spot ourselves!

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By this point, Dane was getting reaaaal tired of me taking photos of him . . .

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Beretta. One of those foodie places that you walk into, check out the menu, and you’re like BAM. DONE. But, as it goes with most good restaurants, it was so low-lit that the photos are quite shabby.

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This was a gnocchi-based appy that was pretty dang phenomenal.

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Followed by a mouth-watering pizza.

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And then. WOWEE. This was a homemade vanilla sorbet with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Sounds pretty random but it was positively splenDID.

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And the food continued. The next am our AirBnB host had made us a breakfast of champions.

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Complete with an antique tablecloth (which I clumsily spilled peach cobbler on).

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Have you ever had coddled eggs? No? Oh my. You might want to change that. Like ASAP.

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They are now my new favorite type of eggs. Hands down. I have a new standard.

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We also did quite a number on this bowl of peach cobbler.

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Our AirBnB was inhabited by 2 super passionate art collectors. Art covered almost every inch of space in the unit. Pretty amazeballs.

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The coffee was fine; he’s just sick of me snapping.

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We rented a bicycle built for 2 and cycled up and down til we reached the Golden Gate.

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Such a gangsta.

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After a good bunch of biking and walking, we lunchd on ceviche . . .

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And tacos . . .

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We also hit up Four Barrel Coffee for our afternoon fix . . .

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And then we caught a baseball game!

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We had a late supper at a place called Dosa. I last had a dosa in New York which is quite awhile ago now, so was super ready to try em out again. Dane was a little shocked at the size.

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And rightfully so!

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Mine was slightly more modest. But those kind ^ ^ are much cooler.

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I was a little snap happy so I will do a second batch of honey moon pics. This one’s gettin’ a little lengthy and bed is calling my name!

I Love Artsy People

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Like my friend, Amanda, who shot our engagement photos. Love love love.

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We are so fortunate to have these beautiful images, and even more fortunate to call this artist our friend. It’s not often I get on the other side of the lens but it was a hoot and I love the outcome. Thanks A ❤

Stagette Weekend

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And what a weekend it was. All I can say is that these girls know me pretty well. They kicked things off with a homemade, super-healthy breakfast …

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Followed by a hot & sweaty yoga session … so rejuvenating!

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Then we all shopped HARD in W.E.M.

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Royal’s just like … whoa, where I am … what’s with all this baggage.

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Only the finest attire.

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After costume changes in the parking lot, we ripped back inside for a hilarious night at Red Piano.

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This girl ❤ ❤

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We shared a hefty meat platter with an array of dipping sauce, modern potato pie and juicy asparagus. I left my phone and camera at home for the day so all these photos came from the girls iPhones.

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Diggin in.

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Woo hoo ❤

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Oh Jay ❤ You got your hospitable bones from your amazing parents (they fed us yet another fantastic feast) ❤

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Drivin’ home with these adorable little ying yangs. Things got pretty wiiild.

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So wild in fact, that chauffeur Donny had to keep the Beats glued to his head :)

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Thank you girls, for a blast of a time ❤ May the memories of “Baby Got Back” keep us laughing til we’re old and shriveled.

The Proposal

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Thursday, August 7, 2014. He popped the question.

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Dane spent the summer working out of Regina so planning a Saskatoon proposal meant he needed some help. His friends went waaaaay above and beyond helping. They flippin’ worked their hineys off to set up the most beautiful little area where we spent the evening. It was so.crazy.

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Complete with a BBQ, generator (hidden in a bush with wood covering it to drown the sound), extension cords strewn all over the woods to light the place up, candles everywhere, flowers everywhere, a little firepit and wood … it went on and on and on. So much work.

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Kebabs and salade.

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People always asked if I saw it coming. The truth is, I kinda did. He was dropping some mad hints about marriage and we had discussed it (and all the benefits) quite often. Buuut, the night he did it, shocked me. It was the most impractical day for him to do it. We were flying out to Van from Regina on Saturday, and he randomly drove up to Saskatoon on the Thursday evening before (he had to work Friday) just to do this. I guess it’s not “just”. It’s kind of a huge deal. But you know what I mean.

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It was a beautiful evening ❤ I hope I never forget the image of him sitting on the lit-up, rope-wrapped bench, with a big bunch of roses and a nervous grin.

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We decided we wanted to get married soon, so we quickly got to work on planning. The ceremony would be at Mile 12 – my favorite place on the railroad.

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I began throwing together some decor.

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We had a few other weddings to attend before our own as well!

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Adorable little dollies at the wedding ❤

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A quick overnight stay in Bonnyville with this little munchkin.

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Good brunch food at Nosh one day ❤

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More wedding planning!! I loved these compostable plates. So much cuter than Chinette or styro.

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Prepping the ceremony site with incredibly helpful friends ❤

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Real life didn’t stop either. Apparently I had squeezed every last kilometer out of my tires (the one on the right). This was the disposal pile. Normal people’s tires on the left. My tires on the right. Good thing my husband is a Kijiji fanatic and found some replacements for 10 dolla!

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And so the whirlwind continued!!!

Pocket Bike Punjabi

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Never a dull moment with Dane and his boys. One random night they decided to turn their old warehouse (ongoing renos) into a pocket bike track…

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This stash is becoming a legend…

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Don’t ya hate it when your leg gets caught on the Rubbermaid?

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We also took a tour of the creepy little basement. Ick. Brought back childhood memories (scarring times) of Student Leadership trips to Fort San.

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Whooops.

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Saturday was a beauty day on the lake.

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Just darling.

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This is how graceful I am on a surf board.

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And then there’s him.

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I love The Hollows more for their Sunday brunch than for their Saturday night supper. Waay cheaper and soo freakin’ delicious.

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Normal, right?

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(Almost) Everything Before The Engagement

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Since my last post, I got engaged, planned the wedding, got married, honeymoon’d, and moved in with my husband (still weird to call him that). Soo our busy summer got even crazier! I’m just gonna do a big catchup post today with odds and ends from before any of that even happened. Then I’ll do separate posts for those momentous events :)

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Another lovely Poached breakfast with my flight attendant friend.

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Healthy supper with my roomie at Odd Couple.

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Followed by a somewhat naughty dessert at Leyda’s.

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Homemade suppa – maple/dijon/garlic salmon, brown pasta salad, asparagus

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Another date at Odd Couple :)

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Supper Date at CBH one night ❤

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Calgary Stampede Weekend ❤

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Steph and Michelle at their Dream Home Exhibit – not only are these twin sisters incredibly gorgeous, they’re incredibly talented – look em up!

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All the art featured throughout the dream home was created by these girls ❤

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Yep. All mind blowing pieces ❤ Seriously don’t know how they do it.

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Peanut and chocolate covered banana at Stampede – mmm mm!

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A sweet new(ish – we’re not locals anymore so kinda out of the loop) restaurant in Calgs. We met Dane’s law friends for a delicious lunch.

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Had to see what the hype about Village Ice Cream was – it did not disappoint.

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Things took a turn for the heartbreaking on the way home – the ol Coron’s finally let us down. In the middle of nowhere.

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Such a sad time (seriously, why is he doing thumbs up?) …

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We ended up hitchhiking home and made it back to the city about 2am. Dropped off on Ring Road Regina, hauled all our stuff to the nearest Timmy Hoes (was severely wishing I had packed lighter that weekend) and caught a cab. Back to work in Saskatoon by 8am. Oh the adventures!

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Haha ❤ ❤

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A beautiful wedding celebration ❤

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I loved V’s bouquet – all of the brooches had some sort of meaning, including the little pocket photo of her late father.

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A random story I won’t get into – but I spent a morning getting a personal, very thorough tour of the Sask Rail Museum. It’s so cute.

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My brother sent me this shot of one of our switcher locos (this is the type I drove up to our wedding ceremony!). Beauty…

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Oh my. Earth Bound Bakery lunches never disappoint ❤ I love their constantly new salad combos.

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Dropping off some engineers one day …

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Since Dane was working in Regina this summer,I spent a TON of time on the road going back and forth … so I got fairly well re-acquainted with the homestead.

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Little XT rides ❤

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Spent a few days trying to help the machine woman get the White City shop re-organized.

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Little Brooklyn – always striking a pose – haha :)

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Little Joe – always grinning … :P

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Spoiled at work with chocolate! How sweet hey!?

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Quick photo opp with the Prime Ministah :) No big D.

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We had a derailment on one of our railroads early August. It was in the middle of nowhere and extremely hot that week. Our men were working crazy hard to get it all cleaned up and the nearest restaurant would have been a good 30-45 minutes away (mega waste of precious time). So I got real busy and cooked them some lunches and suppers. Put quite a few kms on the ol Buick that week but I think it was worth it :)

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Then we had Emma weekend (already blogged those pics) and the same weekend was our beautiful friends’ wedding. And I mean beauuutiful.

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Little sistars.

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Oh my. “Fried Ham Fried Ham…” one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen …

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Letting off paper lanterns …

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Back to RD for the night and then back home for another week of work!

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Lots more adventures to come ❤