Sunday, September 25, 2016

a September post

September 19th marked the one year anniversary of the day Edwin & I got married. It really does not feel like one year; this year has flown by. People always ask "how is married life?" and depending on who it is, I will go into more or less detail. However, the answer is always that it is great. How bad can life be when you live with your best friend and love spending time together?! It truly has been the best year of my life and I couldn't imagine it any other way. (cheesy, I know, but 100% true!!)




To celebrate, we went to Oregon on the September long weekend. On the actual day of our anniversary, Edwin gave me a giant bouquet of roses & lilies, and we went for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. With his new job, and not working insane hours, we were able to go into Vancouver for dinner and still be home by 8:30 and relax on the couch for a bit. It's so great!!


Here are some other things we've been up to this month:

Lindsay's baby shower. She is due in 2 weeks - can't wait for baby snuggles!!

The cake I made. It turned out okay from the front, but gosh, I didn't realize icing could be so challenging...

It was my Grandpa's 92nd birthday recently. We had a dinner at the golf club, and it was insanely good. (same golf club from our wedding!) This buffet even had sushi and the most amazing smoked salmon. The sushi honestly tasted like I had ordered it from a sushi restaurant. I was so impressed! This was my first plate filled with some sushi and random salads :) The food at the golf club is always so good!

Grandpa giving a birthday speech, before the pianist entertainer came out to perform.

Grandpa & Jen. Oh and it was also my grandparents 69th wedding anniversary the day after his birthday. Some pretty big milestones for them!

Edwin & I hung out with Kalan one night as his dad was out of town and his mom, Eliza, needed to go to an appointment and do some errands before their trip to Greece. (I am so jealous!!) We played cars, built some Lego, and read some books.

I decided to rearrange my spice cupboard. Wild, I know. However, I had recently bought some Epicure spices from my cousin Julia, and didn't have room in my usual cupboard. I used to keep the spices to the right of the microwave, but have since switched them to the cupboard on the left, which is several inches wider. Then, Pants built me some little wooden shelves for them so they are in three elevated rows. I can see them all now!! This is SO much easier than having to shuffle around a million spices just to get to the ones in the back.

Today, we went to the 1st birthday party of my cousins daughter, Eleanor. This is the birthday girl with my mom.

Adorable pink cookies.

Lastly, at this time last year, Edwin and I were on an insanely fun honeymoon in Central America. We were in Panajachel, Guatemala on this day last year. (here is my blog post from this part of our trip if you want to see more pictures!)

At the Sunday market

(the stairs we were standing on in the picture above, leading into a church)
Sidenote, if anyone is interested in going to Guatemala in the next 6 months or so, there are some super great flight prices out there right now. (~$400 round trip including taxes!) Thanks to my cousin Adrien for sending me the email with the info! 

Have a great week!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Oregon

Edwin & I went to Oregon on the long weekend as a semi one-year anniversary trip and just for something fun to do! Our actual anniversary is tomorrow, September 19th, and we will be going out for dinner.

We left bright & early Saturday morning (6 am!!) and used our new Nexus cards to cross the border SO fast. It was their inaugural use, and we have quickly learned that they are very worth it! We had absolutely no wait on the way down, and literally NO questions were asked of us. He literally said  "have a good day." And we continued on. I know not every time will be like this, but hooray for less border waits! (and to be able to use the special line at the airport)

We drove to Cannon Beach that day, ordered lunch (fish & chips) and sat on the beautiful beach to eat. We walked down to the iconic Haystack Rock and then wandered around the city part and went into some stores.

(impossible to get a picture of us with the rock without other people....)


After Cannon Beach, we drove into Portland, where we were staying. We ended up going out for Mexican dinner that evening and wandering around downtown Portland.

On Sunday, we also wandered around downtown Portland and went to a brewery. I had no idea Portland had so many! We then went to a Guatemalan restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner. This has been the only Guatemalan restaurant we've come found in the West Coast! It was super fun to go and have authentic food and also buy things from their market & bakery. We even bought some Guatemalan beer! (called Gallo in Guatemala, but Famoso in the states - some sort of licensing issue with the name apparently)

Beer testing

The best pretzel in the world

At Los Chapines in a suburb of Portland

Our food. Edwin had a beef dish of some sort that I cannot recall the name of, and then we shared plantains (that always come with sour cream & refried black beans) In the bowl with the blue cloth is tortillas!

My dish was called jocan. It does have chicken in it, but I just took the chicken out and gave it to Edwin. A lot of true Guatemalan dishes have meat in them, and I wanted to get something authentic. This was almost like a soup/stew that was spicy with beans and güisquil. It was really yummy!!

On Monday, the labour day holiday, we went to an outlet mall. We did buy a few things, but with the dollar not being so great, you really have to do the math to see if you are getting a good deal. After shopping and some lunch, we headed home and arrived around 9 pm.

It was really fun to have a mini getaway. I always love a good road trip!! 5.5 hours to Oregon is really not too bad. (it's nothing compared to Smithers - haha!)

We don't have any concrete plans for an upcoming vacation, but Edwin's 16 year old niece, Stephanie, will be coming to visit us for the month of December.  We are hoping to do at least one trip to a colder place in the mountains, where she can see tons of snow. I am really excited for her to have this experience!!

Happy Sunday evening - have a great weekend!