It’s hard to believe that it’s been 365 days since David and I tied the knot! In some ways it feels like it’s been much longer- we’ve learned so much, experienced so many “firsts” and really settled into our own rhythms and routines that it’s hard to remember life pre-marriage. And yet, in other ways, it feels like just yesterday I was getting ready to walk down the aisle! Regardless, it’s been a fantastic year, and this weekend we celebrated with a weekend away in Niagara!
We left on Friday morning and en route I asked David “did you book a room with a view of the Falls?” He said “No way. I would never pay extra for a view. We’re hardly going to be in the room anyways,” which is fair. When we arrived and went to check out our room we opened the curtains and were both so shocked and excited to find that our corner room had an incredible view of the Falls from 2 sides!! (The trip was off to a great start!!)
To start off our weekend away, I convinced David to bike ride from Niagara Falls to Niagara on the Lake with me (a 25km ride, one way). Poor David- it was one of the hottest and most humid days of the summer so far (felt like 40 degrees!!!) and the trail was very hilly and not shaded AT ALL! ha ha ha. David wanted to stop after the first 10km, but with lots of encouragement (and a few water breaks) we DID make it to Niagara on the Lake!! (I love that husband of mine)
We had lunch at a place called The Old Angel Inn, and then hopped BACK on our bikes for the ride home! We were SO SWEATY that it looked like we had just done a hot yoga class (like sweat flowing from places we didn’t even know we could sweat from…it was gross!!), and it felt like we had too! We were pooped!
After a quick stretch and shower, we left to go do the Hornblower Cruise- Voyage to the Falls (previously called Maid of the Mist). Neither of us had done the ride since we were kids, so it was LOTS of fun! We finished the night with dinner and a walk around Niagara Falls!
The next day we had a delicious breakfast and then became tourists for the morning- we did the Furry of Niagara tour (which gave some history on the development of the Falls) and the Behind the Falls tour, where we got to go through the caves behind the Falls! Both were REALLY cool!
Afterwards, we checked out of our hotel and drove to spend the afternoon in Niagara-on-the-lake! I LOVE that little town! The shops are SO cute, the restaurants are awesome, and there are like 8 ice cream shops on the one main street! HA. It’s totally my kind of place! We did some shopping, eating, chatting…and even spent time hanging out on a park bench! It was perfect!
I booked a 1 year anniversary photo session for Saturday evening in Toronto and, because we had to check out of our hotel at 11am, I opted to get my hair done at a local salon so that I didn’t have gross hair for the photos! It was such a great, relaxing treat and for only $35, I’m considering making it a weekly thing ;) ha ha.
We ended the day with a really fun photo shoot at Toronto Botanical Gardens (STUNNING!!!!).
On Sunday, David’s parents hosted a 1 year anniversary party for David and I, and invited my family and grandma, as well as David’s grandparents! It was lots of fun to spend time together and we even got to eat the top layer of our wedding cake that Patty saved for a whole year! It was surprisingly delicious a whole year later! I wish we had been able to save some for next year!
David, after 1 year of marriage I’m even more SOLD than I was when I said “I DO” 365 days ago. You are patient, kind, hard working and lots of fun! You’re so good at loving me in all the ways I need to be loved, and I feel SO LUCKY that I get to be your partner in this crazy life adventure! I’m looking forward to many more memories and laughs with you this year! I love you! xoxo
On Monday morning, Phylicia, Jenna, Stephanie and I set out for Haliburton for a girls "weekend" away! This was something we had talked about at the end of the school year, but that I honestly didn't ACTUALLY think would happen. I'm so happy that it did!!
It's hard to summarize EVERYTHING that took place over the 3 days, so here are some of the highlights of the trip for me:
1. Discovering a love for snapchat!
Phylicia decided to get snapchat one night and so I thought I'd reactivate my old account! I used to be a snap chat lover and then got over it. WELL....I'm feeling the love again! We spent way too much time snapping videos (sorry to everyone who got them...lol) about our feet, euchre tournament etc. and laughing so hard about our ridiculous snap chat stories!
2. Having lots of time to chat (while tanning on the dock)!
Phylicia, Jenna, Stephanie and I are lucky enough to work together and we make time to chat during the school day, but it's often about school related issues. I loved that we had time this "weekend" to have real life chats that weren't (all) about school! :) I'm so lucky to have awesome friends to work AND do life with!
3. Touille, Touille-two, Touille-three....
Well we had some unexpected visitors at the cottage this weekend- small furry friends that we decided to name... and then kill. Our first night, Touille (as in Ratatouille) came strolling into the family room where we were playing games and we totally freaked out! We scrambled to find a mouse trap, set it, and within 30 minutes, we had caught our friend! Steph took him outside to give him a burial, while Jenna and I stayed far away, standing in a tight embrace on the couch! The next day we drove into Haliburton to get some more traps and we ended up catching 2 more friends!! We had so many laughs while trying to check if we had caught/killed any mice and while removing the dead mice from the cottage. RIP Touille 1,2 and 3!
4. Playing Euchre and President (and NOT skip-bo)
We played LOTS of games at the cottage- Skip-Bo (or Skibooo, as Jenna calls it LOL), Euchre, President and Mexican Train Dominoes. If you know me, you know how much I LOVE GAMES! And, I don't want to brag, but STEPH and I TOTALLY killed it as Euchre partners! Jenna and Phyli- we're ready for tournament #2! :)
5. Eating like QUEENS
A few days before we left for the cottage, Steph sent out a meal plan for the "weekend" and honestly it was SO impressive! I don't think I've ever eaten so well....EVER! HA. I'm talking eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruit for breakfast, prosciutto and cheese for snacks, salmon and santa fe salads for dinner! It was amazing!
Thanks for the awesome "weekend" ladies! I can't WAIT for next year! xoxoxo
My family is generally pretty active- we like bike rides, swimming, playing backyard games at the cottage, running, tubing etc., but VERY RARELY do we do ALL of these activities in one weekend. Well, this weekend was the exception. You already know about my crazy 1.5 hour run on Friday. Little did I know that that was just the beginning of one of the most ACTIVE weekends of my LIFE!!
On the way up to the cottage on Friday we stopped at Bike Sports in Newmarket to get David a new road bike. Poor David has been riding a mountain bike (well, actually ROBERT has been riding David's mountain bike, while David rides Robert's road bike) and we thought it was finally time for David to get a road bike of his own!! We had a really nice night together and tried out a new restaurant for dinner called Chip and Malt, on Main Street Newmarket! (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
After getting up to the cottage on Friday night we went for a 40 minute power walk (it was 11pm!!) and then hit the sack. On Saturday morning we got up and played a family OGODISK tournament (check out this link if you haven't played this game before), went for a 40km bike ride to Keswick, and THEN decided to do a 1.2km swim! Afterwards we got the tubes and tubed around Lake Simcoe until our arms literally couldn't hold on any longer. SO PAINFUL, but SO MUCH FUN!
On Sunday morning, David and I got up at 5:50am (WAY TOO EARLY) to drive to Blue Mountain so that I could participate in a 5km race with Jessica. It was Jessica's birthday gift to me, and BOY was it a TREAT! lol. This race was part of a series of events called the Endurance Challenge Series, which features "the most pronounced elevation gain trail race in all of Ontario". I knew we were doomed pretty much right away when I noticed that most of the runners were wearing special TRAIL running shoes (who even knew those were a thing?!?) and my suspicions were confirmed when the race began and we headed into a series of uphill trails. I would classify the trails that the run took us on as difficult HIKING trails! The fact that they wanted us to RUN up them was INSANE and clearly I wasn't prepared enough (read: AT ALL). Sprinkled between deep, deep breaths, Jessica and I enjoyed some lovely conversation, mainly centred around WHEN THE HECK WE WOULD REACH THE TOP!! HA. When we finally did reach the top, the VIEW was stunning and we thought "WOW!! Maybe all that pain was worth it...". We were wrong!! Instead of winding down the mountain (like we wound UP the mountain), the run route took us in one straight line down Blue Mountain....from TOP to BOTTOM. It was one of the scariest things ever and our quads felt like they were literally ON FIRE!! Clearly there are some techniques for moving quickly downhill that we don't know because, aside from Jessica falling (lol), more runners passed us on THAT part of the race than on the uphill part!! We were KILLING ourselves laughing...because we felt like the people in THIS video, expect we didn't get any cheese. #lame. Finishing that run was INCREDIBLE, not because we were proud of how we did, or because we enjoyed it, but because it was OVER.
WE HAD SURVIVED!
David and I spent a few hours at Wasaga Beach, relaxing, and then headed home to do more RELAXING!
My body was officially exhausted and all I could say at the end of the day on Sunday was OUCH!!
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