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!



Oh my Sweet Summer Child…

… Winter is coming.

People who have only ever complained about the never ending winters have finally begun to wish for snow. Well, it seems winter has finally arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On November 18th, late in the afternoon it began to snow covering the roads in a melty, icy sheen. This autumn has been an unusually mild on for the prairie province and the snow could be looked on as a welcome change covering the discoloured grass and leafless trees. However with the return of winter comes the struggle of driving. Winnipegers are notorious for forgetting how to drive in winter conditions, even with much of their year being winter conditions.

This evening there was a seventeen car pileup on Bishop Grandin Boulevard that is being blamed on the slippery conditions. Thankfully only one person suffered minor injuries with the others uninjured however this should serve as a reminder, we have to drive differently in winter!

Please be safe as you’re driving over the next few days! Winter is likely here to stay for a bit, we best knuckle down and get used to it.


Today was popcorn making day. Like seriously, hardcore popcorn making day. We arrived at the building at 1pm and we were there making popcorn by 10pm. Nine hours, nine hours of popcorn making…

It was fun though, it was us interns and one other young adult who is coming on our trip with us- have I mentioned the trip yet? As part of the internship I’m in we go on a mission trip and we’re going to Romania! We’ll be gone for the month of March and we’ll be working with a missionary couple from our church who live out there working in churches and preaching and helping family – supplying firewood, food, prayer, etc… We also are hopefully taking two weekend outreaches to Moldova to work in an orphanage/rescue program there, and to Turkey. Sooooo we’re kicking off our fundraising this week with a popcorn fundraiser, making popcorn (original, cheddar, salt and vinegar, cinnamon sugar, and sweet), and selling it in premade bags. We made the original in a popcron machine which was nice and easy (still time consuming though) but the other flavour we made in pots and hand tossed with flavours. Then we had to let the cool and bag and label them. Nine hours…

Writing out labels for the popcorns

Writing out labels for the popcorns















It was really fun though, and we were all very sick of popcorn by the end of it! We made 200 medium-large bags to sell tomorrow. Praying it goes well!!

Girl Bonding Sesh

Today Amy and I had a movie night. Lots of junk food. Girl bonding. Yeah. We’re gonna be the ideal sisters yet…

Oh, and I tasted beer again. Yup, still gross.

This is literally the face I made after tasting it, Amy will vouch for me…

(And YESSSSS we’re both over 18 so it’s fine, and we were home and not driving anywhere, and we were being wise and stuff…)

Talk to you tomorrow!