out with the old, in with the new

On new years eve (in the late afternoon), the husband and I had sat down on the patio (feet in the sand) at the very restaurant where we were married to enjoy a beverage,


look out at the beach,


and write our goals for the new year.

**note: above – those are actually pictures from my wedding**

It was the best way to reflect on the year we just had and make a plan for the year ahead.

Times like this are why I put blogging on hold and just live.

I never really fully appreciated the saying, “I have no time,” until I felt like it was all I could say. Between cramming for exams and packing to leave on vacation for a couple of weeks, I could barely fit in anything else…and I didn’t mind. It was very fitting for the end of the year – just enjoy my time and what I was doing in that moment.

Now that it’s a new year, I have new focuses and plans, and blogging is definitely in there. I like being busy, but I’m ok with having a bit of time – especially to get a post in! 😉

I hope that 2012 is a great year for everyone. I have a feeling it will be the best year yet.

I feel like I have so much to share, but for now I’d like to finish with a collection of photos from my cruise with my husband and his family and also some from our travels around Florida (the husband and I were Floridian junkies – we went from Fort Lauderdale to Sarasota to Orlando to Jacksonville, and then hit some of those spots again!)

My 2011 ending


[our ship]


[family dinner – same spot, same time every night!]


[port in st. thomas]


[view of st. thomas]


[one of the formal nights]


[‘ty and char, grand turks’]


[enjoying one of many coconuts!]


[enjoying amazing mojitos in puerto rico]


[the night i got chosen to go onstage in a magic show – whole other story!]


[towel art 1]


[towel art 2]


[towel art 3]


[enjoying the bahamas]


[bluest of blue in the bahamas]


[salad beasts that i never got sick of!]


[last dinner on the ship]


[new year’s eve in florida]



road trips

The first thing that comes to mind when I think ‘road tripping’ is food. But, more importantly, I want to tell you why road trips are something that are special/enjoyable for the husband and I.

My husband was notoriously referred to as the gypsy by his family before I even knew him. Reason being, he was always on the road. I never really caught on to why they called him that, until I was always in the car next to him, gradually turning into a gypsy myself. And, like him, I totally enjoyed it.

If it weren’t for our love of traveling and road tripping, it might never have led us to multiple trips down to Florida – one of them happening to be our engagement.

They say, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and that is exactly what happened in the above situation. The husband had traveled down to Florida for the winter, so he could continue to improve his golf game, while I stayed back in Canada. Even though I made frequent trips down, the husband realized that he couldn’t be without me, and proposed! This is why Florida is one of our all-time favourite places to be!

We continued to make frequent trips down to Florida because it was the easiest decision for us to make to have not only gotten engaged there, but get married there as well!

This also meant lots of road tripping for friends and family, too! 🙂

Road tripping is not something we’ve only experienced on this continent, but in Australia, as well! We made the decision to travel there after our honeymoon, and it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made!

The hardest part about road tripping in Australia is adapting to driving on the wrong side of the car and the wrong side of the road.

But the true gypsies that we are had it in us to make it work 😉

Had we not decided to road trip halfway across the world, we would have never:

Met new friends.

Ride in new ways.

And, saw new creatures (no sharks thank goodness)!

And, we all know that road tripping in Australia would not be a complete road trip without having a camper van (or two) at some point.

Conveniently, this was actually the cheapest method that allowed us to travel up and down the east coast of Australia. The one above (our first camper van) was manageable, but our second one was a beast. The husband would have been scared enough to drive it in North America, but now put this beast on the other side of the road and give him the most narrow and curvy roads possible. It makes you appreciate us making it home safe and sound!

Our road tripping did not end after Australia. We came home for two weeks, then as quickly as we got off the road/plane, we were back on the road. This time, we were traveling out west.

This meant driving from Ontario to British Columbia – which is where we lived in the spring/summer/fall of 2010.

And after our less than a year stay there, we were driving back east, which takes us to now.

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Road tripping was not only about the amazing places and things we got to see, but being each other’s best company. Had I done all these things with someone else (I know that doesn’t sound fitting for the getting engaged and married part, but still haha), it would not have been as amazing as it was. No amount of kilometers we put on our jeep or frequent gas fill-ups or flight costs could have made me change how we have lived together as a couple thus far. I’d actually do it all again, if I could, plus more!

And although I originally wanted to make this post today since the husband and I will be road tripping later this afternoon, it is nowhere near the magnitude of the road trips’ above. Nonetheless, it still makes you appreciate the time in the car you have with the someone you love. 🙂

And I’m always one step ahead, thinking about the next road trip we can take together. That cruise in December can’t come quick enough!


again and again

The weather just doesn’t surprise me time and time again, you’d think it would. I woke up to this today:

yuck!

It’s honestly what I’ve come to expect from living in Canada. Almost May…who cares, let it be cold and snowy! So, can someone just take me back to here:

I don’t think a trip to Florida is too much to ask!

To warm me up, I had the same oats as yesterday – PB &J! I think I would have enjoyed them a little more if I wasn’t rushing out the door to go to training. The real bummer with that, was someone told me yesterday that training started at 8:30am, but it was actually 9am. I coulda used the extra 30 mins in bed. I was just dead tired sitting there the whole day…NBD!

What did Dementia training entail? Well, you definitely learn a lot about the different diseases, how family copes with it and how to work with them. It’s pretty interesting and also very scary at the same time. It really put in perspective what they’re going through and hopefully I can apply that to my job in a manner that serves them better.

Even though it’s a disease they have no control over, they aren’t stupid, and that was the message I really got today. Sometimes they just want to feel included or useful. I know I only serve them their meals, but I think even when I interact with them in those 30 mins that I will try my best to just talk to them and get to know them as people!

Training was suppose to finish at 5pm, but we were done by 3:30pm – always a bonus! I love going home early!

I have Easter weekend off (thank you boss!) so I really have to get through chem tomorrow so I can make fun Easter cupcakes with the little sis!

Q: What do you do with your family & friends for Easter?

We’re going to the hubby’s sister’s tomorrow, to eat with his sis, her husband and our niece and nephew and the hubby’s parents are in town, too! Then My fam on Saturday or Sunday…still up in the air!

PS – I’m totally addicted to smoothies. I had another mixed berry smoothie with vanilla protein. Why do they have to taste soooo good?!?