This summer was a pretty big deal. A lot of awesome stuff happened to some pretty fabulous people.
To start with, my sister got married. The wedding was in Canmore and it happened only a week after the flooding in Alberta. The highway to Canmore only reopened on the Wednesday before the wedding. Wednesday! Her wedding was on a Saturday! Needless to say, it was stressful. But it all worked out beautifully and I’m so so happy for Sheila and Jesse.
(The following photos are courtesy of their amazing photographer Talia. Seriously, if you need a wedding photographer, Talia’s your girl.)
After the wedding we had two more big events to look forward to – the arrival of a nephew and a niece. Henry was born on July 12 and Daisy was born on August 19; being an Auntie and an Uncle is the best.
(Henry is the tiny zebra and Daisy is the tiny kitten. The sweaters were made by my sister-in-law Flora.)
Amid all of this excitement we managed to make two trips to the lake, a few trips up to Edmonton and one trip out to Fernie. It was so lovely to drive the prairies visiting family and friends.
Now it’s September, Theo’s back at work and we are getting settled into routine. I’ll miss the summer, but there is something so satisfying about the coming fall. I’m looking forward to fresh pens and paper (even though I’m not in school anymore I still love a bit of back to school shopping), rainy days and cozy sweaters.
Sheila and I did it. We drove all the way to Vancouver, danced for 2.5 hours at the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert and then drove all the way back home. While in Vancouver we managed to see Stanley Park, walk the seawall, see the Olympic Flame cauldron, walk the length of Robson street, have happy hour at a pre-concert party and then, of course, the concert itself.
I can’t adequately describe the concert because I don’t think I know the right words for it. Or, maybe the right words don’t exist. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments. We were on the floor, center field at BC place. Over 40,000 people in attendance. Biggest stage I’ve ever seen. Two and a half hours of partying with arguably the two biggest superstars in the world. The roof of BC Place was partially open for the show (the first time that’s ever been done). While JT was singing Mirrors (the song I was most looking forward to seeing), a light rain started to sprinkle on us. I looked up, saw a plane fly overhead, felt the rain on my face, saw the lights twinkling around the roof and looked over at Sheila – we were there and it was exactly what I’d hoped it would be.
How lucky am I to have a sister who loves this just as much as I do? Someone who would drive 12 hours one way just to see this concert? Sheila is amazing and fun and game for anything and I love her. This was our fourth time seeing JT live. Twice with NSYNC and now twice solo.
Travelling with Sheila was so much fun. We lost our voices on the drive down, chatting and singing along with our driving tunes. We snuggled up in our tent during the night (yes, we camped just outside of Vancity). We hung out in coffee shops playing crib while we waited for the show, and she calmed me down moments before the big event when I was beginning to feel those feelings of excitement that can sometimes put me over the edge (I have a history of excitement-induced migraines…). She made sure I was eating enough, drinking enough water and taking enough deep breaths. She’s the best and I’m so glad we experienced this together.
5 more months until we do it all again. Does this mean that my hobby is going to Justin Timberlake concerts? If so, I’m OK with that.
Here’s a video from our concert. I didn’t take it, but during this we were on the floor (FLOOR SEATS) dancing our fannies off. It was the most fun I’ve had in a while. I mean, COME ON. I was in this same room as this guy. My love for JT will never die, and I am not ashamed of that fact.
And, just for good measure, here’s the video for Mirrors which makes me teary every time I watch it.
JT and Jay Z – you guys are truly the legends of the summer.
1. Here is our new place:
Ours is the 2-car garage one. We share one wall with our neighbours. We have a balcony and a little patio/yard area in the back. It still sometimes feels like a hotel because the master bedroom is sooo nice and it has an ensuite bathroom. I’ve never lived like this before. Also, it has a dishwasher, which I’m pretty sure it a life/marriage saver. We are happy.
2. A little while ago I drove up to Edmonton for a quick visit and to attend Sheila’s bachelorette party. Here we are before the craziness ensued:
Her wedding is 12 days away and I am so excited!
3. Somehow I failed to ever get into Robyn’s album that she released in 2010. Remember Robyn? 90s singer famous for Show Me Love? Well, she put out this album and it’s totally different from Show Me Love and it’s now my new jam. Especially this song:
(Full disclosure: I’m currently watching Girls Season 1 and this song was featured at the end of episode 3 and I immediately had to look it up and now it’s been my jam ever since.)
For some reason I’m into Euro dance music right now? I’ll go with it.
I’ve been away for a long time. It sort of had to happen, because I felt like I’d run out of things to say. I also felt pressure to post things, and pressure isn’t really what I want to drive my blog posts. That’s just no fun.
I’m just going to dive in and share some photos from an amazing day I had yesterday. I got to plan and throw my sister, Sheila, a bridal shower. It was perfect. I had this vision, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to end up, but it all came together exactly as I’d hoped it would. The sun shone, the rain stayed away. There were tea sandwiches, china tea pots and dainty tea cups; cake plates and stands loaded high with scones, cupcakes and other goodies. There were friends and family together in my Grandma’s garden to celebrate this awesome person, who I’m lucky enough to call my sister, and shower her with love and presents. It was lovely.
It was a great day.
As for my life right now – we are moving this week. Staying in Calgary, but moving into some new digs. It’s all crazy and we have to be completely out of our current place by noon on Friday. Wish me luck?
I’m back from a week spent in St. Catharines, Ontario with 2 of my dearest friends and their cute babies. It was a wonderful week. So much visiting, playing with babies, and visiting some sights including Niagara Falls, Port Dalhousie on Lake Ontario and the Funk Family Farm.
Thanks to Derek, Sarah and Lena for being the best hosts! Here are some pictures…
It was so so wonderful to catch up and pick right up where we left off. It’s not always like that with friends you haven’t seen in awhile, but it’s always like that with these ladies. xo.
On an unrelated note – JT’s new album is out tomorrow. This is my favourite song on it right now. I told Theo I want to learn the dance moves – they’re just so smooth!
It was my birthday yesterday. 28! The day was wonderful and I felt so loved from the moment I got up to the moment I fell asleep. Many thanks to my wonderful friends and family who sent notes, rang my phone, posted on Facebook or came over to celebrate with a cupcake.
Here’s to another year!
We parked the car far away so that we wouldn’t have to pay for parking. The weather was mild, about 5 degrees at 7pm. We traipsed through the U of C campus in search of the student centre and MacEwan Hall where the Tegan and Sara concert was to happen. It said the doors would open at 7, got there at 7:15 only to be met by the longest line on the planet. You probably don’t know how the U of C is laid out, but this line snaked from Mac Hall in the student centre all the way to the Kinesiology wing. Winding through the food court, down a flight of stairs, around corners and through skinny halls. Every time we took another turn we were met by more line.
“Is this line seriously for the Tegan and Sara concert?” we asked.
“Yep,” came the weary response.
So we joined it at the border of the Kinesiology wing and moved slowly for half an hour. It actually wasn’t so bad.
Once inside we realized this was a standing-only concert. I must admit, those are not my favourites. No chairs anywhere. So we found a spot along a wall and sat down to rest up our legs for the show. The crowd was a strange mix of University students, hipsters, tom boys, girls that looked ready for the club, couples in their 50s and children. Yep, I saw two little girls wearing tiny Tegan and Sara shirts running through the crowd arm in arm. Truly an all ages show.
The twins came on and the night was amazing. The sound quality was perfect – the songs were clear, loud enough (but not too loud), and you could distinctly hear their voices and the lyrics. So many times at bigger shows the music is done a disservice by the acoustics of a large venue or the mixing is bad. Not so for this show – they sounded incredible live.
I appreciated that they also sounded human. Sara messed up the lyrics at the beginning of one song, their voices were not perfect and sometimes they had trouble hitting higher notes. This wasn’t something that bothered me, but rather something that endeared them to me. Tegan and Sara have immense talent, but they’re also human. I love that they showed that. They’re also hilarious and told silly stories between songs and bantered back and forth like only twin sisters who also work together and are with each other constantly can do.
They played a great mix of songs – hits from previous albums, every track off their new album, a Prince cover and a medley of old old songs. When they sang a bit of Monday, Monday, Monday I was immediately transported back about 10 years to when I first loved that song. Strange how music makes you remember. When they busted out Closer, their hit single right now, I handed Theo my bag and let loose – dancing with the three girls in front of me who hadn’t quit since the start. Like at any good show, they welcomed me into the fold and we just danced. It was so fun.
We left with aching feet and aching backs, but not too much ringing in our ears. It was everything I’d hoped it would be.