Oh hey there! I literally have not posted in a month – and I have no idea where the last month went!
Last time I posted about our amazing family weekend at our friend’s cabin in LOTW. After that Ryan and I were on vacation for two whole weeks, and it was such a great break from the office. We planned well and got the best two weeks of the summer, weather-wise, and I’m soooo thankful. Especially because it’s rainy and poopy and kind of cold now!
So, let’s review a little, shall we?
On the last Friday of July we had a surprise birthday party for my mom who turned 50! My cousin and I planned it at a local pool bar/lounge and we invited a bunch of friends and family and she was TOTALLY surprised – she actually tried to walk away when she turned the corner and saw all of us! I don’t have any pictures of the surprise part, but here is mom and her cake (with all 50 candles, of course!)
And I am loving this photo of my brother, Grant, my life-long BFF, Liz, and my mama:
The next day we celebrated Ryan’s dad’s 60th birthday with a family dinner at Ryan’s parents house. I absolutely LOVE this photo of Harry, Cheryl & baby Jackson:
To end that first weekend of vacation a couple girlfriends and I went to see the Beyoncé and Jay Z On The Run show at the stadium. I have no pictures of us, but I did wear my special engagement shirt for the occasion, obviously!
As was expected, the show was amazing and I loved every second of it. We’re already looking forward to the HBO special so we can relive the whole thing together again!!
The next day I had to drag tired butt out of bed early because Ryan, Wallace and I were off on our annual camping trip! We go to a campsite that is very close to where I grew up and being there every year makes me soooo happy!
Wallace was thrilled with the sweet car ride bed we set up for him in the back seat with all the open windows and pillows!
Like I mentioned before, we had fantastic weather and camping was no exception. It was sunny and hot and when it did rain it was at night so we all three snuggled in our tent that we had facing the water and watched the lightening storm over the lake. It was very lovely :)
We had a spot with our own access to the water right on site so Ryan and I were able to go swimming without worrying about Wallace, since he wasn’t allowed at the public beach. The water was a little chilly, but because of the late thaw this year (due to our unbearable winter) it’s been expected. Ryan calls this “The Summer of Just Get In” :)
We didn’t do much while we out there, just a lot of swimming, reading, relaxing, eating and a bit of canoeing around the lake. It’s really just a great place!
I don’t think Wallace loves camping as much as I do (nor does Ryan, to be honest), because he doesn’t get his usual couch naps all day long. But that means he sleeps reeeeally well in the tent :)
Oh man, looking at these pictures makes me want to go back so badly!!
We were only out there for a few days. When we got back into the city we started work on the house. Ryan and I rented a big residential garbage bin so we could do some overdue tear downs of our backyard and basement, along with getting rid of a bunch of junk the previous owners left for us (how kind).
You may remember that our backyard used to have this weird partition around the dining area that completely cut off our yard and made it difficult for when we had a bunch of people over.
And this is what it looks like now:
(Ignore that last pole, it’s gone too haha)
This change makes our yard so much larger and safe. All that wood was really rotten and you’re not actually supposed to cover up your air conditioner like that. So while our backyard is far from beautiful, it’s a bit more functional now. Next step out here is to add some more stone on the right of the table (when facing the pool) so we can extend the patio over what is now an old sandbox. We’ll be able to move our fire pit over there and just have more of a useable living space in the summers :)
We also did a bunch of work in our basement, but I didn’t take any pictures of it because it’s really just a big blank slate now. You may remember that we had flooding in the winter due to our frozen pipes, so we had to tear up all the carpet down there. Because we weren’t feeling the 70s style panelling and the shotty walls that were half-hazardly put up, we tore it all down as well. So now it’s a big open box with just our insulation/vapour barrier exposed. We also pared down more of our junk and took the time to put together a proper pantry. The only thing that is still together downstairs is our bathroom/laundry room, as it is generally functional still.
But don’t worry, despite all of this manual labour, we still found lots of time to relax. We would wake up early and work in the mornings and then once it got too hot we would laze around in the pool in the afternoons.
Lisa, Jason & I
It’s a tough life, but somebody’s got to do it! (thanks for the hand photo bomb, Ryan!)
Let’s see, what else did we get up to? We went to the zoo one day to check out the new polar bear exhibit with Ryan’s family.
Me, Ryan, Jackson (in stroller), Brian, Cheryl & Alicia
I hadn’t been to the zoo since I was very little and a lot had changed. I think I realize now as an adult that I don’t care for the zoo, and I don’t really ever want to go again. I know that the animals are rescued and are not mistreated or anything, but they all make me sad. Jackson seemed to like it though, which was very cute. He’s getting so big!!
The very last weekend of our vacation was spent at our baseball playoffs, which are always a good time. Ryan and I play on a co-ed beer league team called Double Ryes and RBI’s and the majority of us have been playing together for the past 5-6 years. Playoff weekend is mostly spent doing a lot of drinking and maybe a little baseball. We didn’t play awesome this year, but by the time Sunday came around I don’t think any of us were in the mood for more beer, so we were pretty happy to get knocked out early:
And then it was back to work on the 11th!
Not much has been happening around here since then. I’ve been working late trying to catch myself up and I haven’t been to hot yoga in about a month (for shame). We were out at another friend’s cabin last weekend which was awesome and it looks like we’re in for a very rainy weekend this week, which will be nice. I can catch up on some of my house chores.
Tonight my friend and I are going to see The Little Mermaid musical and I am very excited as it was my favourite Disney movie growing up. On Wednesday I saw Wicked with my mom, so I’m just in a show tune mood this week! After this show I’m going to be in full on wedding saving mode, which shouldn’t be hard since I start my (very last) semester on the 3rd!
Next week we’re also going to be meeting with someone at the wedding venue I think I want and I’m looking forward to setting a date! Finally!
That’s all for now. This post took way too long to write. Congratulations for making it to the end. You get a gold star!