ENGAGED!!

Well the title sorta gave it away huh? Guess I coulda come up with a more vague one… Nah, big news can be abrupt!

Ryan and I are engaaaaaaged!

I thought maybe it might be fun to put up some blog posts now and then through the wedding planning process that has now arisen! But before that I should prooooooobably share the engagement story! (*Spoiler alert, it’s super cute)

So Ryan and I had a hike planned in the Whiteshell Provincial Park for Saturday March 11. The park is about an hour and a half away but we like to go out there when we can to do some hikes and had been trying to get a winter hike in since like January, but I don’t get many Saturdays off work. We’d also just gone two weeks ago to hike around a different area, so heading out there didn’t seem suspicious to me at the time!

We’d planned ahead where we wanted to go hike because it’s a large park and I later discovered that last Sunday Ryan had secretly gone out with his dad (never hike alone kids!) to scope the area out and pick his spot! So on Saturday we’re driving through the park and we pass a sign for one of the lakes and Ryan says, “Oh I think McGillivray Falls is just after this lake, can you keep an eye out for the sign?” (sneaky sneaky sir, you were there less then a week ago…) so we spot the area and go to turn in. Well the parking lot isn’t plowed and in a Manitoba winter if the parking lot isn’t plowed you’re not parking in the parking lot so Ryan’s going, do you think it’s fine to park on the shoulder here? Should we drive down and see if there’s somewhere to park? and I’m like, nah, shoulder is fine, we’re out of the way, it’s not busy, we goooood (He’d parked in the exact same place less than a week ago, sneaky sneaaaaky…)

So we kind of casually make our way through the hike, up alongside the frozen waterfall and Ryan is somehow subliminally directing me to his spot (I had no idea he was guiding me there haha I thought I was choosing our turns!!). So we arrive at this very pretty vantage point where you have a view out over the lake and can see the frozen falls down to the side and the trees lining the banks and it’s all pretty and snowy and everything and Ryan (who was standing behind me) says, “Look, someone’s initials are carved in this tree!”

I turned and looked and sure enough RW and BW are carved very clearly into the side of the tree we’re beside. So I was like, aww cute! (And in my head am thinking those could be ouuurrrr initials one day!  What a funny coincidence! Yes, I can take a while for things to click) But I didn’t say aloud that they would be our initials because I didn’t want to seem presumptuous, I mean, I’m a lady! Ryan says, “Like Ryan Watson and Becca Watson…” and something in his face or his voice checked me and it suddenly clicked what was happening and then he started getting down on one knee and then he propooosedddd to meeeeeeee!

And, of course, I said yes!

So there we are, our planned adventure for the day became an adventure for a lifetime!

 

Use Your Words

I went to a friends birthday party today, we went to Skyzone which is a giant trampoline place and there are all sorts of things, individual trampolines, dodgeball games, volleyball, a foam pit to jump in and get lost in, it was a blast =D

 After Skyzone we went out to a place called TeaStory and had REALLY TASTY WAFFLES and it was wonderful… We chatted and had fun and it was a great birthday party. Super fun, good friends, great food (notice that apparently food trumps all in my life…) so yeah that was fun =D

I had a Biblical motto for this year that I had to put into practice for the first time today and I would like to note it here without any context:

Matthew 5:37 “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”

I also have a John Green motto for the year:

This gif often descibes my reaction when needing to “use my words” but then John Green comes to me speaking words of wisdom…

-B

PS – Not by text, never by text. Yes, Facebook messages count as texts. Write me a freaking letter, seal it with wax, and deliver it by carrier pigeon before you text me. As of 2015 I am done with being okay with text.

Childhood Dream Fulfilled

Today we had church in the morning and a musical group, The Browns played some songs. They were pretty cool three of them play violin and those three and their mum (I think she’s their mum…) all sing too. They have a folky/country-ish sound, they’re good!

After church we went out for “breakfast” (lunch) with our grandparents and cousin T, her friend C and two couples grandma and grandpa are friends with. We went out to a pub (I know, I know! ;D) and I quite liked the food. They “adults” didn’t seem quite as impressed but my french toast was taaaaaasteyyyy!

Once we finished breakfasting we went to a nearby used bookstore that my family usually visits when we’re out here vacationing, and I found five or six books that I’d been looking for to complete/add to some series I have parts of.
I love used bookstores. I mean, I love bookstores in general used used bookstores, used bookstores have the smell, the must, the character. They’re pre-loved books in need of a good home. I was thinking while we were there, used bookstores always feel very safe and cosy: there’s nowhere as safe as a used bookstore =)

Eventually I was dragged away from the bookstore we went over to my cousins and hung out there for a while while they did some more packing and deciding who was bringing what to which home. Then T, C, Amy and I went and did something I’ve wanted to do as long as I remember vacationing to BC: we went to Castle Fun Park. In a nearby town there’s this castle-looking building called Castle Fun Park and I was always intrigued by it. What was it? It’s Grand Prix meets Ruckers. For those who have no idea what that last sentence meant, it’s an arcade plus mini golf and bumper cars and Go Karts. It’s preeeeetty fun! I won mini golf tied with T so that was pretty exciting…

Then we went back to T’s and ended up going to Grandma and Grandpa’s for pizza. Grandma’s a scrapbooker and for as long as I remember she’s been working on scrapbooks for each of us grandkids. THis evening we looked through our most recent ones which covered the high school years. They’re great! Grandma’s spent so much time on them. It was fun looking at each others book too and laughing at pictures or events that happened.

And now, to bed. Busy day tomorrow!
-B

Picnic

Today my friend Mandy and I had a picnic. It was a very nice picnic. We bought some food at the Safeway deli and then walked over to the park (literally a park, like a playground, not just a picturesque-walk-in-the-woods park) and they had a picnic table so we had our dinner and then partied on the play structure because we had the whole place to ourselves!

Come to think of it, we might have scared the children away…

Play structures are just fun waiting to happen! We stayed there for almost two hours!

Anywho, that was the frist picnic of the year! Possibly the first in over a year! I’m not usually much of an eat-outside person, but the weather was perfect this evening! Nice and warm, not too humid, a bit of a breeze, and we were out before the bugs came out so we didn’t get eaten alive either! party!!

See ya’ll tomorrow!
-B