Wash / Van Trip [part 4]

On our first morning in Canada, we leisurely made breakfast and packed our lunch before heading out to explore. Upon leaving, we took a quick detour to the top of the hill that our cabin was located on to take in the view. Not too bad. 

Our first stop was at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. We never quite knew if we were on the right trail. Some trails were super rocky, while others took us back to the road for a bit until we hit the trail again. In the end we finally found the potholes and made it just in time to watch a guy jump in as his friend watched. 

East Sooke Regional Park  was our next stop. This area is huge and we could have spent all day here if time allowed. It didn't, so we picked one trail to explore. We were kind of hoping to spot an otter or two, since they are known to be in this area, however, they must have been hiding from us this particular day.

After our hike, we headed to Victoria to visit Eric's cousin Nik. It had been roughly 25 years since they had last seen each other, so it was due time to get together again. 

Upon arriving, we were greeted by Herbie + Doogan, two playful labradoodles. I was mainly smitten by Herbie [probably because of his name]. The weather was beautiful, so we sat in the backyard catching up / getting to know each other. 

For supper, Nik's husband James made fresh pasta [which was fantastic!]. I watched as he made it look so simple.

I made myself useful by making sure all their pets were entertained. I specifically got along with Francois the cat. He enjoyed the attention / pets, while I got my cat-fix. 

I'm so glad we got to spend an evening among great company. We heard some great traveling stories, plus got some tips of places to check out before we left Vancouver Island.

the C family

I took pictures of this wonderful family last September and we had the perfect fall day for it!

It was a lot of fun taking pictures of these two girls running around. And smiling. And giggling. I love that the oldest sister, M, brought out a visor she made thinking it would be perfect for pictures. No worries, M. It was super adorable! 

kissing for the cats + dogs

I know the blog has been silent for a while, but I have a good reason. I was busy getting married! 

Now that I'm done with the crafting projects and everything else wedding related, I'm back. I'll have a bunch of posts on the different things I made for the wedding at a later time, but today I want to start out with a small project that was made specifically for collecting money. 

A while before the wedding Eric suggested that instead of people clinking their glasses to make us kiss, we should ask that they donate money to the Watertown Humane Society instead. A few years ago we adopted our cats Herbie and Maude from that particular shelter, so it only seemed fitting.  

The funny part is - no one ever started clinking their glasses during dinner. I guess no one wanted to see us kiss [fine by me]. But, at the end of dinner, my matron of honor stood up and announced the idea of collecting money for the Humane Society. Then the money started pouring in left and right. Our grand total collected was $90.05 which we dropped off at the Humane Society last Friday.

I don't have any before shots for this project - but it was quite simple. I bought a cat figurine from Amazon. I bought a jar of raspberry jam. We ate it. I cleaned the jar. I superglued the cat figurine on the top of the lid and spray painted it gold. Done! 

While we were at the shelter, we obviously said hi to the cats and I may have taken a few pictures. 

I think we woke up the cats that were hanging out in the largest room. They seemed a bit annoyed at first that we interrupted their naps. But slowly, one by one, they came over to us and wanted attention. 

And, I'm not sure how I made it this far in the post without mentioning it, but -

JUNE IS NATIONAL ADOPT A CAT MONTH.

Look at these cats! They want a home! We are at our limit of two. Shortly after we adopted ours, my parents adopted their cat, and then my aunt and uncle adopted their two. You guys, my relatives may love cats, but I don't have enough relatives to adopt ALL THE CATS at the Humane Society. So, please help out! 

This little girl was in love with Eric. He knelt down to pet a bunch of cats and she climbed on him. He then went to sit on the bench and she immediately curled up on his lap and fell asleep. This is how we picked out our Maude. When we'd visit the shelter, she'd always come and sit on Eric's lap. So, if you are looking for a super sweet lap kitty, go adopt Sybil! [I take no responsibility if she turns out nothing like Maude, but I'm guessing she is quite similar.] And if you adopt her, let me know and I'll do a free pet photo session for you and your new family member! 

Sorry - got a little carried away with that 'lil kitty. Here are some more guys and gals looking for a home!

This cat made me laugh. 

And finally, the kittens. I wish I could take all these kittens home with me and it wouldn't make me a crazy cat lady or make Eric rethink marrying me. 

Once again - it's National Adopt a Cat Month, so don't forget to celebrate the easiest way, by going to adopt a cat. 

my bridal shower

Last Sunday, my cousin [and matron of honor] Katie threw me a bridal shower.  It was great to see friends and family that I don't see on a regular basis.  

Katie did a great job hosting as well as decorating her house!  Here's a little peak at the party. 

It was a great time + I thank everyone for everything they did for me that day. 

Below I want to show off part of my grandma's present because it's wonderful.  Grandma thinks I'm so great at embroidery, but I believe the opposite - she is.  I now have a cat dish towel for every day of the week, as well as a beautiful tablecloth.  All hand embroidered by her. 

And because it would be wrong to end this post without cat pictures, here are a bunch from after the party.  I was possibly playing with cats instead of helping pick up / take things to the car.  But, just look at little kitty Huck.  You would do the same thing.