Stagette Weekend

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

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

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

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 ❤

Emma

My poor little neglected blog. If only the photos edited and uploaded themselves :)
This was one of the most hilarious weekends in a long time … what a sweet group of people & what amazing hosts!

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Starting with the costume party … Farmer Riley :)

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We were Monk & Monkette.

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The exterminator rudely interrupted our solitaire meditations …

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But inner peace is not about what’s around you right, so we got back atter.

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Best Looking Mobil Employees I’ve Seen

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Pretty Little Hula Dancer

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Caesar!

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Kels came as her pa :)

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Napoleon :D

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Dictators …

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Astronaut Andy gettin’ all hot and bothered.

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Window Cleaner

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Vintage Golfer

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There goes the stogie!

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Bell Boy

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A Wet Nurse!

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Shepherd

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Phenomenal Meal

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Creme Brule in the making :)

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Love ❤

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The “Talent” Show

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Our Johnny Cash Attempt

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This girl has some pretty mean rap skills ...

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More Crowd Surfing!

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Somebooody had the idea to build a human pyramid in the living room (ahhem Andy) …

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Flexible Little Miss

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Voice of an angel :)

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Walkin’ on coals …

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That’s it in a nutshell! Such a good time.

Comin’ Down The Pipeline

I’m packin’ in a lotta kms this summer. Not kiddin. It’s resulting in a lotta photos … but not so much time to get em all up! They’ll come as soon as I can squeeze it into an evening. For a taste, this is one of the sadder things that has happened to us … the poor Corona finally gave up the ghost and left us stranded. And I am still in mourning because I loved her.

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But lots of good things have happened too! Which I will share as soon as possible. Right now I’m in dire need of zzz’s from a busy little weekend. Chow for now!