Seattle in September

Our trip to Seattle, much like September has come and gone much to quickly~! In fact I cannot believe that we were there a month ago already. Not a day has gone by that we haven’t talked about Seattle or wished we could live our trip all over again.

Every.Single.Part.

AMAZING

When we arrived we were welcome with a very typical Seattle morning. Mild temperature, refreshing breeze and some low-lying fog. We were assured that by early afternoon things would clear up and it was going to be a GORGEOUS day… and indeed it was.

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We started off with breakfast at this great bistro called Bacco. They have a full juice bar and healthy delicious food. We loved it here so much that we actually came back a second time with Tyler’s parents. Note *if you are in a rush, there was a bit of a wait and service is a bit slow, but its worth it~*

We then took the Ferry over to Bainbridge. This was $7.00 each (as opposed to some of the tours that were upwards of $50.00 each) and a great way to spend the afternoon relaxing and seeing the sights. I would highly recommend this on a sunny day and if you have an hour to kill. Seattle skyline

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If you have been following along with our YEAR OF DATES, we did have our September date in Seattle… more on that here~!

By day two we were familiar with the area and decided to grab some fresh greek yogurt and fruit from the market and head down to the bay to eat breakfast. We finished every single bite of yogurt (Tyler would have licked the container if I would have let him) and decided to boost the Seattle Economy for the afternoon. We toured the whole market before making our way into some shops downtown. There is definitely something for everyone; lots of quaint little boutiques as well as your bigger department stores. After a long day of walking we made our way back to the hotel for a quick rest before heading out on a walking pub tour.

We booked this tour through Seattle By Foot…and I thought it was really enjoyable~! A few highlights included…

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And The Whiskey Bar…where we ended up.

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Saturday was another fun-filled day spent touring around and taking the bus to a trendy little area called Fremont. This area is filled with a lot of cute boutique shops, bakeries, restaurants and of course… Fremont Brewery~! This was a great area to walk around in for the day and I highly recommend checking it out~!

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Sunday was filled with nothing but NFL, NFL, NFL~! This was my very first NFL experience and something that was on my bucketlist for this year. It was so amazing! The Seattle Seahawks were playing the San Francisco 49ers; one of their division rivals in the NFC west and last years runner-up in the Superbowl. Although I am just learning the ways of the NFL, this was one sporting event I will never forget. This all day event was definitely the highlight of our trip and could end up being an annual event for us.

The stadium is huge and home of the “12th” man (the fans); Who don’t mess around. The noise levels in the stadium broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the loudest sporting event at 136.6 decibels. Read more about it here.

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The Seahawks were victorious over the 49ers with a 29-3 victory. The party poured out onto the streets after the game as we made our way to a local pub for some post game drinks and appys.

As our trip came to an end, we spent Monday meandering around, visiting the market once last time and getting in some last-minute shopping before heading home. I can honestly say that I love Seattle. We are still talking about what a great trip we had and how much we miss it there. I cannot wait to go back and experience more great food and more of Seattle.

Seattle, we will see you soon~!

~tl

Red Chair Affair

As it turns out, putting on a tea party is just as much fun now as it was when I was five years old. This particular tea setting was an idea that we found in a tablescapes book and we re-created it with the perfect shade of red paint and antique doilies and tea cups. Continue reading

No Place Like Home

Has it really been three weeks since we were hit with all the horrible flooding in Southern      Alberta? We were hardly affected by the floods other than loosing our power for a week and our hearts go out to those that are still displaced and have lost all or most of their possessions.
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Hell or High Water

What was supposed to be a busy weekend with ball, date #3 and a visit from Tyler’s parents has turned into devastation and despair. We have had an unprecedented amount of rain this spring which has led to major flooding in low-lying areas and devastation and despair for a lot of people in Calgary and surrounding communities.

We received word on Thursday after work that we were to evacuate our building and head out of downtown as the Elbow river was likely going to crest around 3:00 am. We didn’t leave right away but were monitoring the situation pretty closely. The news showed devastating pictures of High River, Okotoks, Bragg Creek, and The Trans Canada Highway which runs through Canmore; all areas that had all been washed away or flooded.

At 12:30 AM we decided we had better go and took refuge with Tyler’s family.

With very little sleep, we awoke on Friday morning to find out that the Elbow had crested around 4 am and our neighborhood had indeed been flooded. We had no idea of the condition of our house or just how far the water had come up but from what we saw, things didn’t look good. We eventually made our way downtown to check on our place and soon discovered that our home was untouched, albeit without power, but no worse for the wear.

How grateful and fortunate we are.

As we walked around the neighborhood we did see that there were some people who weren’t so lucky…

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4th Street SW in front of Vin Room

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4th Street SW looking south

 It was eerie to be in our neighborhood without the hustle and bustle that you would normally find on a Saturday night. There was no traffic, no music coming from local pubs, just a stillness and state of quiet shock from what had occurred the night before.

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Bridge in Lindsay Park

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Lindsay Park, Elbow River

Thankfully there are so many great volunteers, police, fire and medical crews as well as city workers here in Calgary that are using the resources they have and working around the clock to help ease the pain and devastation that many of us here are feeling. 

Many helping hands from local businesses and food trucks we have all been managing to survive. And when I say survive, I mean all we had to do was clean out our fridge and find a place to stay.

There are many people in surrounding communities and areas who have truly lost everything.

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Special thanks to Bambino Gelato for feeding volunteers in our neighborhood http://www.yycfoodtrucks.com/meet-the-trucks/

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HUGE thank-you to National, Model Milk, Una Pizza and other local 17th ave pubs and restaurants for feeding us yesterday. It’s great to live in such an amazing and supportive community
http://www.fiascogelato.ca/
http://unapizzeria.com/
http://www.modelmilk.ca/
http://ntnl.ca/

 

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Relief BBQ @National on 17th yesterday

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So many helping hands just one block North of our place

Tyler and I are still without power today but are hoping to be back home by the end of the week. We are just  so grateful and thankful that we have a home to go to. Thanks to everyone for the texts, phone calls, Facebook messages and tweets. We appreciate your concern for us. If you are able to volunteer or donate in any way, shape or form I have included some websites below where you can do that. We have a long way to go to repair this city and surrounding areas and your helping hands are needed…

http://volunteercalgary.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/calgary-flood-donation-drop-off-points-and-wish-lists/

http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/how-calgarians-and-southern-albertans-can-help-1.1338465

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/22/alberta-flood-relief-help-volunteer_n_3483721.html

Stay Strong Calgary and friends, we will get through this together…one day at a time

~tl

5 years ago…

I often refer to the phrase,

“In five years …will this day really matter”

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Isn’t she lovely?

Monday again?? How did that happen? Chalk it up to another busy weekend celebrating the marriage of our wonderful friends Danielle and Chad!

This wedding was outdoors at the Dennis’ family cabin northeast of Edmonton, AB and I must say that all the hard work and planning that Danielle and co. put into this event really paid off. This was an amazing wedding with all the details and decor to go along with it. It fit Danielle’s personality to a tee!

I met Danielle when I was 15 years old. We played on the same  softball team for a few years and were instant friends. We lost touch for a few years and it wasn’t until I took a trip around the world and ended up back in Edmonton that we were reunited again through playing ball. Danielle and I have always had a lot of fun together and she is one of the most energetic, outgoing wonderful gals that I know. She is the kind of friend that I don’t have to talk to everyday and no matter how long its been we always seem to pick up right where we left off.

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I am so lucky to have this girl in my corner and am so happy that we could spend the day celebrating with her and her hubs!!

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Congrats my wonderful friend!

All the best to you both for a wonderful marriage!

~tl

Blogger Break

I can honestly say that the past week has flown by…it seems as the year goes on that I continue to get busier and busier! What have I been up to?? Well, last weekend we were in Cochrane on Friday night visiting some friends of ours. They have just moved into a brand new house and invited us out for the night. Tyler ended up staying out there for the weekend to hang out with the boys and on Saturday I was off to Edmonton for my wonderful friends bachelorette party. Sunday was of course Mother’s day and I had a nice visit with Tyler’s parents and also stopped in to see some good friends and their kids. I left Edmonton feeling exhausted and yearning to be teleported back to Calgary (of course that didn’t happen and I was forced to drive).

I suppose that keeping busy is really sort of healing mechanism for me this time of year. It’s hard to deal with mom being gone on a normal day much less on Mother’s day but to top it all off, I received some more heart-breaking news. My Paternal Grandfather (not by blood) had passed away. Grandpa Walter was 89 and had lived the most wonderful life a man could live; married to my Grandma Betty for 63 years, they raised three beautiful daughters (and my dad), watched all of us grand kids grow up and start families of our own and even did a bit of travelling before his final resting days. Grandpa, we will always carry your warm smile, loving heart and gracious spirit with us wherever we go.

My apologies for the lack of posts lately but I just needed a break. I needed to clear my thoughts and take the time to celebrate my mom in her own right and also celebrate Grandpa Walter.

This week has been one of catching up, cleaning up and carrying on.

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Heaven holds the pieces of my Heart, taken on the day Grandpa Walter passed.

The long weekend is here (already??… how did that happen?) I’m looking forward to relaxing and spending time with family and friends and getting a fresh start for next week. I hope that you also find some time to enjoy yourselves, rain, shine or dare I say SNOW!? We do live in Alberta after all…

~tl

Keeping up with 2013~!

I am in utter shock that it is April 11th today! I can’t even say where the past two months have gone because they have been an absolute rollercoaster, merry-go-round whirlwind! Just to give you an update from some of my previous posts…I went back and re-read somethings (the joys of having a blog) and realized that I may have left you hanging a bit.

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Call me old fashioned

It’s hard to believe that we have been in our home for a month already! After countless trips up and down the elevator, packing and unpacking boxes galore and organizing and reorganizing and reorganizing again….I think we are finally settled! Last weekend we moved in our dining room table and china cabinet and my Thursday night project was to get it all unwrapped and into the cabinet.

This set of china is very special and dear to my heart as it was my mothers. It’s the Old Country Rose Pattern from Royal Albert and she started collecting it shortly after her and my father were married in 1978. The dining room set was also my parents and is antique elegance at its finest!

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