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Happy thanksgiving everyone! Mike and I had a few friends over for games and turkey tonight.
We made good use of these “Trudeau Duo Tone Floral Wine Charms“… though somehow Megan managed to drink from my glass anyway =P
Derry practiced his begging tricks early on in the day. He even put on a bow tie for the occasion.
Also, I made game pieces of my friends and me for our gameplay today! They were quite the hit… using just metal binder clips and cardboard printouts of our pictures.
Starvin’ Marvin looked delicious straight out of the oven… he was 11.5 lbs!
Above is our happy little family! Derry may have been a little distracted by the turkey.
Always thankful for family, friends and good food!
I’m sure every couple eventually gets to the point when they feel like they are just spending way too much time indoors on the couch watching TV, surfing the web, and just not talking to each other in general. Mike and I surely have, and it’s starting to creep up again now that all of the wedding preparation and general chaos has calmed down. So, to save you time googling “things for couples to do when bored” like we did that one time, here’s a list of fun things to do you can do with your significant other!
If you’re as lucky as us to live in the Lower Mainland, here are some more specific ideas:
For one of our wedding guestbooks, we asked the question “What should we do on Date Nights?” – along with the drawing above, here are some of the suggestions we received:
There seems to be a general trend in these… But these are probably my favourite (very serious) answers:
As promised, here is my official post on the wedding! All of the photos in this post were taken by Wesley and Calista Chandler. Our wedding colours were picked by Mike – royal blue and white! The ladies looked amazing in the dresses they chose for themselves, and the men were looking particularly handsome (especially my hubby hehe).
Everyone was dressed up for the occasion, so of course Derry put on his best suit to fulfill his duties as the ringbearer. It was amazing to see my months of preparation come together for the special day! Mike helped me with the escort board, complete with luggage tags naming each of the guests – tables were named by major cities around the world where Mike and I have been or wish to go. These table names were also on our wedding centerpieces, the air balloons I posted about making here. In lieu of seating cards, I folded a crane for each guest so they could easily find their seat.
On the gift table, we had the refurbished suitcase I made a few months prior to hold the cards. Instead of a traditional guest book, we had a different question at each table, and the guests were encouraged to move around and fill them out. Our cupcake tower was amazing, thanks to Candice of Love Your Cake.
Our caterer, Savoury Chef, helped make the day run so smoothly, and the food was delicious!
Our lessons with Joel absolutely paid off for our first dance. Not going to lie, it was pretty difficult to move as quickly in the long wedding dress, but it was a lot of fun regardless! Our first month of marriage has been amazing, and I am looking forward to exploring life’s many adventures hand-in-hand with my soul mate. I love you, Mike!
Time really flies by! It’s been one month since our wedding, so Mike and I decided to celebrate at Q4 on West Broadway. I wore the dress I bought in Paris! The restaurant was smaller than I expected, and the decor was in no way pretentious. The service was mediocre, but the main courses were amazing.
Above was my Pacific sablefish on truffled sweet corn, which was basically the most delicious fish I have had in quite a long time. Soft, smooth, and served on top of asparagus and potatoes.
Mike had the cinnamon rosemary lamb sirloin with fig demi glace, cooked medium. They sure know how to cook their meat! The one bite I had was very savoury and juicy.
For dessert, I had the tiramisu, which was unfortunately nothing special. I personally like a creamier tiramisu, and this one had more cake than I prefer.
Mike had the Italian trifle, which had vanilla cream with cake and berries, quite yummy. I would like to go back to try the antipasto platter and Mike is excited about testing the chef’s multi-course tasting menu.
The most entertaining part of our dinner was watching the other diners. Not that we were trying, but it’s not eavesdropping when they’re talking too loud, right? On one side, we sat next to two ladies who were clearly having a wonderful time – one of which got a bit too excited and knocked over her tea, splashing my Kate Spade heels in the process. On the other side, we had a lovely couple who wanted different wine glasses, the ravioli cooked in a different sauce, and all-in-all proved that I would never make a good waitress.
If I could describe Paris in one word, it would be “stairs”. Mike and I had such a work-out, I’m sure his Grouse Grind buddies are going to be impressed next time they go. In short though, I did love the city – my favourite part was breakfast. I could eat pain au chocolat every day and never bore of them. How can one pastry be so soft and crunchy at the same time?! I am also proud to say that Mike and I got through more than one meal entirely in French – who knew those 6 years of classes in high school could be so useful? Okay, so there were a few times when I was asked a question and I looked utterly lost and stupid, but that’s what Mike is for! Since it was our honeymoon, I am going to spam this post with pictures of us making out. Here you go!
1. Taken when we first arrived in Paris, on one of the bridges going across the Seine. So glad to be off the plane!
2. At the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. Beautiful location, but the washrooms were super gross. No seat covers! I just can’t handle no seat covers!
3. After walking up the mountain (and learning afterward there was an elevator) then another 300 steps to the dome at Sacre Coeur. Amazing view – the crypt is a total tourist trap though.
4. Another thing I love about Paris? Their metro lines go everywhere. You can’t walk two blocks on a major street without finding a metro entrance. We stayed near La Motte-Picquet which connected to three different lines, and got us anywhere we could possibly want to go.
5. Outside the Louvre, sitting at the fountains to give our poor feet a break. Beautiful venue, though I admit neither of us had any art history knowledge and could properly appreciate the wealth within the museum.
6. A quick stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens. We were lucky enough to have sunshine on our entire week (with a few showers while we were indoors, but didn’t affect us much). Lots of couples fondling each other there, so we fit right in.
7. Another photo while walking across the Seine, this time near the Eiffel Tower! We didn’t take a picture making out while we were at the top, unfortunately, but we did see the fantastic view (it was on my birthday!).
8. On our last evening in Paris, we took the Bateaux Mouche boat tour along the Seine while the sun was setting.
9. Perfect way to end our Paris trip… but the honeymoon is only beginning! =)