Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pops Little Helper

Pops is still working away. He and Reagan worked in the cold for hours putting up all of the outdoor decorations. Well, maybe it was more like Pops worked for hours and Reagan would go out every once in a while to help! She snuggled up on the couch with him later that night to help him defrost while they were reading all of her books.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


This was the first year since I have moved to Canada that I was able to spend American Thanksgiving with my parents. It was so much easier preparing the feast with them here...Pops was in charge of the turkey, and Momsey was in charge of Reagan! Dinner was delicious, and we all went to bed that night a few pounds heavier.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ryan's Surgery

Sorry that it has been awhile since I have made a posting, but we have been more than busy around here. As you may remember from a previous post, Ryan has been waiting for back surgery on his L5/S1 since early this summer. HIS DAY HAS FINALLY COME! On Wednesday, November 19, Ryan underwent a successful back surgery to relieve the horrible pain. He is still in quite a bit of different pain now as he recovers, but we are so grateful that the previous pain is gone completely. He should heal from surgery in the next 6-8 weeks and his life can finally return to normal. We are also grateful to Pops and Momsey for flying up to help us out during this time. They arrived the day before Ryan's surgery, and have been absolute life savers for us. I was able to spend surgery day at the hospital with Ryan without having to worry about Reagan for a single second. I honestly don't think that Reagan even noticed that we were gone! And I have been able to tend to Ryan every day since the surgery with no problems at all due to Pops & Momsey entertaining Reagan 24/7!
So, here are a few pictures of how we have spent the last couple of weeks. Ryan was told by the surgeons that he would not be allowed to enjoy our new hot tub until his incision completely healed, so the morning of his surgery he and Reagan got in for a last minute dip.Reagan has been watching Ryan lay around and relax from his surgery for the past week, and she is starting to imitate him! Smart girl as he is being waited on hand and foot these days!
And of course she has to imitate Mommy too. Luckily she doesn't have an internet connection on her computer or we would have to create her a Facebook account as well!
Since she hasn't been able to "rough house" and play with her Daddy like she normally does, she has decided to torment Dixie every day lately. Thankfully, Dixie is such a good girl and puts up with it!
I've been working Pops like crazy since he has been here. One of the first things I had him do was put our Christmas lights on the house a few days after Ryan's surgery. Ryan had done a few of them before his surgery but just couldn't finish with the pain he was in. Reagan loves to watch them twinkle. She calls them the lights on her princess castle. Pops of course was ready to eat her up while trying to keep her warm to see the pretty lights!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Uncle Reece & Auntie Marla

Uncle Reece and Auntie Marla came down from Vernon for a short visit, and they brought Reagan an adorable set of "puppy tale" books. Little did they know that with giving the gift, they would be stuck reading those books to Reagan over and over and over again the whole time they were here. She loved it!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing - Photo Books

Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing - Photo Books

Today marks the middle of the semester for Reagan at gymnastics, so I made sure to remember to take my camera to class. Reagan is such a superstar! She loves walking on the beam, and flipping around the bar. Her best friend in class is a little girl named Sammi, and the two of them are as cute as can be the way they run around the gym holding hands. I am so pround of my little gymnast.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Whirlwind Wedding Weekend

Whew! Am I ever relieved that this past weekend is OVER! For the past few months, I have been busy planning, organizing & creating the Fall Wedding Show for Newlands Golf & Country Club. This show became my second child. The anticipation leading up to the big event might have been lessened slightly had I not had so much other stuff going on as well. Let me explain. Thursday night I had a wedding rehearsal. (For those of you who do not know about my bridal business, you can go to "" to better understand what I do.) Friday was Halloween, and as you can tell from my previous posts, I was busy with my princess all day and evening. Saturday morning I was up bright and early and out of the house by 10:00 to start work with the Bride. After a full day of wedding preparations, ceremony, pictures, reception, etc..., I made it back home just before midnight to still stay up for a few hours more working on the Wedding Show. Thank goodness I was able to gain an hour of sleep with the time change, although I don't think I was ever able to shut my brain down enough to really go to sleep! I was out of the bed by 5:00am the next morning and was walking through the doors at Newlands shortly after 6:00. The security guard got quite a shock when he saw me climb out of my car with an armload of stuff and a head full of hot-rollers! By 7:00am, both ballrooms were set and ready for the vendors to arrive. Thankfully, the salon that provided the hair & make up service for the models in the fashion show also did my hair for me that morning. The show started at 10:00 and was a absolute success. All the compliments and congratulations that I received made the past couple of months very well worth it! By 4:00 pm, all of the 150+ guests and 30+ vendors had left, so I invited Ryan & Reagan to come join me for a quick dinner before I had to make a presentation to over 100 DIFFERENT brides at 5:30. I finally walked back through the doors at home just after 7:00 pm Sunday night to a cheering husband and precious daughter that greeted me at the door with a bouquet of flowers for all my hard work! How lucky can a girl get?
The cutest part of the entire weekend was when Ryan & Reagan came to bring me a highly caffeinated coffee from Starbucks Sunday morning a couple of hours before the show was scheduled to start. Ryan gave me some sexy whistles regarding my appearance (remember that I had a team of stylists working on my hair & makeup that morning) while Reagan quickly exclaimed that my hair looked like a "booby trap!!" Oh my, the things that little girl comes up with! So at the end of my exhausting but rewarding weekend, I let Reagan take down what seemed like a thousand bobby pins from the "booby trap" before I literally crashed into the bed. WHEW!
The next show scheduled is the Spring Wedding Show at Newlands on February 22, 2009. I've already pre-sold several booths, and by the end of this week, I will have started the entire crazy process all over again!