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September, 2014

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Helping with the Chores!

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Mini and Lily love to tag along no matter what the chore! They especially love rides in the jeep!

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Firewood… Done!

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We got our wood so fast this year it was crazy! We got huge trees that took a couple trucks to get home so we only dropped 5 trees and it filled the shed! Yahoo! Very nice trees too! The last couple of years I did a few boxes of kindling a head of time but it never lasted much past Christmas so this year Barry is on a mission to have enough kindling to last until spring or better… It can be chilly out there in the mornings chopping kindling to start a fire! He has been splitting kindling for over a week and he has gathered absolutely every wooden box we have on the property. He has brought them all here and they are all full! He is doing the last few pieces of cedar we had at the studio in the photo then he’s done… Unless he finds another container! I would bet we have enough for an entire year!

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Share Shed Zucchini Bread!

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We always check out the share shed when we go to the dump and over the years we have picked up some useful items like light fixtures, table, chairs, etc. Some just for fun things like our buddy Winnie the Pooh and many dishes and TVs to shoot for target practice. We have also left a lot of stuff over the years. Friday we found a box of veggies so we took a huge zucchini and I made bread… Hahahaha… We can now officially say we have eaten dump food. The bread is absolutely delicious! Going to freeze a bunch.

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Winter is on it’s way!

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It was -2 this morning when we woke up! Bbrrrrrr. Even Lily put on a sweater!

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Warning! Wasp nest!

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I was in my office a couple of weeks ago and I heard a big crash coming from the cold storage. I go to look and Barry is limping away from a pile of boxes all scattered around. We had started to set up for the wedding and there was a pile of large totes full of paperwork I was going to burn. He was in the cold storage and heard a buzzing so went around the building and found this! They were super aggressive and started chasing him! He ran right into the pile of boxes, lost his glasses and scraped his leg all up… Got 1 sting! They were huge nasty buggers! Today I noticed something has ripped the nest apart, probably to eat the dead wasps but we poisoned these guys and I think it figured it out because the carcasses are a till there… Very creepy!

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Mr Frog

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This guy decided to pay us a visit the other night… He was very cool!

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Terry Isaac – Rock Star!

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While I was away (I have a lot of catching up to do on the blog as you can see… Things are going to be out of order!) Terry Isaac was in Wells for a song writing course. Barry had just met him at a workshop so they hung out while Terry was up here… Nice! Here is a shot of Terry at the final concert… Apparently he is a good singer, hopefully I’ll get to hear him one day.

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Karen and the Crows…

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Sounds like a band! Barry went back to visit Karen while I was away and got a couple of photos. She has done a lot to the old building, it’s looking great! I wonder if she moves away what will happen to her bird buddies?

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Fun with Pooh!

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We adopted this pooh bear stuffie from the share shed and have been having all sorts of fun with him!

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Wedding vows

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For those who missed it and for us to reflect…

Family and friends – we are gathered here today to witness the formal joining in the legal state of matrimony of this man and this woman.

Marriage is not just a legal document. A marriage is the promises made and kept between two individuals. Today, Barry Fraser Curtis and Paula Richele Cooke stand before us in a desire to publicly declare their love for each other and to share with us their marriage promises.

Barry, please repeat after me:

I solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, Barry Fraser Curtis, may not be joined in matrimony to Paula Richele Cooke.

Paula, please repeat after me:

I solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, Paula Richele Cooke, may not be joined in matrimony to Barry Fraser Curtis.

There having been no impediment declared or admitted, I charge you to give answer to these questions:

Please join your right hands.

Barry Fraser Curtis, will you take this woman, whose hand you hold, choosing her alone from all others, to be your partner in life? Will you live with her in a state of truth and love? Will you support and comfort her at all times, without reservation?
Will you honour and respect her, give her strength, provide for her needs as best you can, grow with her in mind and spirit, always be open and honest with her and cherish her from this day on?

Barry: I will

Paula Richele Cooke, will you take this man, whose hand you hold, choosing him alone from all others, to be your partner in life? Will you live with him in a state of truth and love? Will you support and comfort him at all times, without reservation? Will you honour and respect him, give him strength, provide for his needs as best you can, grow with him in mind and spirit, always be open and honest with him and
cherish him from this day on?

Paula: I will

Barry: I call on those present to witness that I, Barry Fraser Curtis, take , Paula Richele Cooke, to be my lawful wedded wife. I promise to share with you all my love and my life, in good times and in bad, and to respect and cherish you, as my wife, from this day forward. Nothing shall become more important than our love for each other.

Paula: I call on those present to witness that I, Paula Richele Cooke, take Barry Fraser Curtis to be
my lawful wedded husband. I promise to share with you all my love and my life,
in good times and in bad, and to respect and cherish you, as my husband, from this day forward. Nothing shall become more important than our love for each other.

May I have the rings please.

Inasmuch as you have made this declaration of your vows concerning one another
and have set these rings before me, I ask that now these rings be used and regarded
as a seal, a confirmation and an acceptance of the vows you have made today.

Barry, please place the ring on the third finger of Paula’s left hand and repeat
after me:

With this ring I wed you for today and always. Please wear it as a sign of my love for you.

Paula, please place the ring on the third finger of Barry’s left hand and repeat
after me;

With this ring I wed you for today and always. Please wear it as a sign of my love for you.

These two lives are now joined in one unbroken circle. Wherever they go, may they always return to one another. May they grow in understanding and in compassion and may these rings symbolize the spirit of undying love in the hearts of them both.

Barry and Paula, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
Barry, you may kiss your bride.

Signing of the register.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you, for the very first time, Mr and Mrs Curtis.

WE GOT MARRIED!!!

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August 31, 2014 we got married! It was an amazing weekend with our closest friends and family. We regretfully were missing a few key people but that was the risk we took. We gave our guests a short 3 weeks notice and 17 out of 26 invited made it… Not bad! We were more then excited about how many accepted the invitation! Ok so from the top…

I got home from Cam and Carolas wedding and 3 weeks working away from my family. I had decided I wanted to be married to the man I love. We talked about it when I got home. We had been engaged for over 3 years, it was time, we were both ready. I wanted to make sure someone from my family was going to be here and my parents were scheduled to arrive in 3 weeks for the labour day weekend… This would be a perfect time to do it. We picked up the phone and called the Marriage Commissioner in Quesnel and booked our ceremony for 2 pm on Sunday of the long weekend… We were doing it! We were getting married in 3 weeks! Holy! Luckily I was on a weeks holiday so we had lots of time to talk, plan and get the wheels in motion. First we went to town and got our licence and met with Roseann who would marry us. We felt very at ease with her, she was perfect for us. We called everyone we wanted to invite and started putting it together. The most time consuming part was the party favours we chose to give to our guests. We made little sketch books and did a sketch on the front of each one so we got going on these right away. We had it all organized before I went back to work the following week and with just 2 weeks until our guests started to arrive, we were in pretty good shape which was a good thing since those 2 weeks passed very quickly…

Friday August 29th… Guests started to arrive in the afternoon. It was so much fun waiting for them all and visiting once they got here. We had the fire going and hung out with each group for a while until they carried on to their rooms in Wells. It was drizzly so the tents we had set up were coming in handy. The Granby Cooke men were staying at the studio which made it way more fun for us to have guests right here! We made it an early night, The adventure had begun, it was starting to sink in… We are getting married!!!

Saturday August 30th, 2014… After getting a few things prepped for the big day we headed into Wells to meet up with everyone at the Taco stand for lunch then we all went into Barkerville for the afternoon. We scattered in different directions, did some shopping and saw some shows and then we all met up for a rehearsal dinner at the Chinese restaurant. Always yummy!

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Afterwards we headed home to wait for the last 2 parties to arrive, they were both staying at the ski hill so we needed to get them settled. They arrived safely and within an hour of each other, great timing! It was past midnight before we were headed back home and to bed… We are getting married tomorrow!

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August 31st, 2014… The big day!!! This day is a bit of a blur. They guys were at the studio in the morning doing stained glass. People started arriving around 10. We had a weenie roast at noon. The weather was nice, it rained a bit in the morning but we were prepared for what ever might happen. We spent a few hours setting things up and then at about 12:30 I went to get ready, next thing I knew I was walking towards everyone on my dad’s arm. Barry looked so handsome and happy. The ceremony was underway, every time I looked at Barry his lip was quivering, I had a hard time holding back the tears. It was all so surreal… I was getting married and I couldn’t be happier! We were told to hold hands… Barry was so nervous he was squeezing my hand very hard! The ceremony was really short, it was over so fast! Time to sign the registry then get the party started! The sun shone brightly for the ceremony, a great sign since it rained almost the entire weekend.

We ate, drank and had fun until about 10 pm when I couldn’t stand up anymore, time to crash! Most guests had made their way home, only a few people left when I said goodnight. Barry came to bed a few hours later and we sat up for hours talking… We were so happy and excited. The next day it felt like I had run a marathon! It took almost a week to not feel tired anymore… Not sure how you would leave for your honeymoon right after!

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Thank you so much to our 17 guests for making the trip, it’s far for all of you and we really appreciate your making the effort. If we had it to do all over again, we would not have changed a thing… It was perfect in our eyes!