October 17, 2012
Many of you have seen these already on Richard's Facebook page, but for those who haven't, here are our wedding ceremony photos and an account - more for my memory than anything - of our big day.
After we spent all of 15 minutes obtaining our marriage license Sunday morning (the web applicants' express lane), we did some shopping, came back to the hotel, and I changed into the teal blue sundress I bought for our Mexico trip in February. By 1:00 we were outside awaiting our "limousine". Larry and Richard had been making jokes all morning about Elvis-themed chapels and blue suits... but Richard did say "think like me", and I should have known, especially when he said the limousine we were waiting for was red. But no, I was surprised yet again as I saw two red Jeeps drive by and turning to Richard with a punch on the shoulder said, "those are for us, aren't they!" Of course.
Getting in and out in a short dress and heels was a bit challenging, but the drive to Logandale was quick and the off-road trail was more road than rock. The pastors, Bill and Anita (!) had never been off-road before, and we were a bit worried as they joined our guides, Tim and Quinann from Las Vegas Rockcrawlers, in the smaller lead Jeep, but they loved it. I saw a real live roadrunner as we hit the trail, and some very large cacti, but most of the route was dusty and brown until we came around a corner into the Valley of Fire. Suddenly it was all red rock, just like Moab, but a lot easier to get to for a wedding.
Debbie handed me a beautiful bouquet, another detail Richard arranged from afar with Quinann. Richard and Larry found the right (flat) spot - what a view - and Larry set up a video camera while Richard backed up our Jeep so he could use the CD player to start us off with a song.
After the ceremony, we danced to Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do, I Do It For You", which was so perfectly appropriate, and wonderful. And then a toast, again arranged by Quinann, complete with strawberries instead of a cake, and sparkling apple juice instead of champagne. We fed each other strawberries, posed for photos (by Larry and Tim), and then the sun began to set and it was time to go - we had one more Cirque du Soleil show to catch, and early to bed for a morning flight home.
Posted by anita at 12:52 PM
October 14, 2012
Picking up the long weekend wedding story where I left off yesterday, we jumped in the car at 8:30 Saturday morning - a half hour behind schedule - and headed down to the border.
I tried to snooze but I was far too excited, and going crazy because Richard was texting the whole way. I got peeved at him so Richard fed me a story about texting because it was his co-worker Andrew on work stuff, and he didn't want to talk to him. As we reached the end of the Coquihalla, Andrew phoned twice (or so it seemed) and Richard was very abrupt and angry with him. On Monday night, he confessed that it wasn't Andrew who was texting, it was everybody coming to the surprise birthday party, and he didn't want them to know we were en route somewhere, or me to know they were calling. So poor Andrew got lambasted and Richard finally had to text him, ask him to call to support the ruse, and apologize in advance for being rude. It worked, I was completely oblivious to the fact that the first caller was Chris asking party prep questions, and not Andrew about work. Richard is FAR too good at pulling the wool over my eyes!
Posted by anita at 11:10 AM
October 10, 2012
Happy 40th to Me
Now that I've mostly recovered from the shock - LOL - of Richard's series of surprises for my birthday weekend, I thought I would share with you how our trip to Las Vegas started: with flashcards.
After spending Friday evening with my girlfriends Cynthia and Saskia in Kamloops to celebrate my birthday, to end a very busy and nearly sleepless week, I was really looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday morning. When Richard turned on the lights I knew it was still dark out, and I was NOT happy. Apparently he's never seen me pull a pillow over my head quite so forcefully.
He ignored "go away!" and said he needed to show me something. I saw the time on the card in front of my face and told him it was probably -4 and my gardening tasks for the day weren't going to start until it warmed up, a lot. Coherent, good sign. Then he showed me the next few cards and I started to wake up - and freak out. He was so calm, and enjoying his surprise far, far too much. Evil man. When he showed me the plane, I finally realized something special was happening. What a way to start a birthday long weekend.
Posted by anita at 12:49 PM
October 9, 2012
October 7, 2012, in the Valley of Fire near Las Vegas, Nevada. I love you, Richard Sheridan!
Posted by anita at 9:33 AM
August 1, 2012
5th UNniversary Party Prep
It feels like we’ve been working up to this since May. In a way we have, since our sole motivation to get anything done outside these days is the knowledge we’ll have people to show our efforts off to come August. That and some things couldn’t wait – the railings on the deck were literally rotting away, and the stairs shifted sideways as we walked down them. And my garden is always a work in progress.
I started several massive garden projects last year that I couldn’t finish, leaving parts of the yard looking hideous and colourless, so I was determined to finish this spring… only it rained, and rained, and rained. I found boulder after boulder in my way. It slowed me down a lot, and Richard had to be very patient about the 6 cubic yards of soil in a mountain in front of his shop. Seems like I’ve worked on it every night and every weekend for the past few weeks, though I know I took time off for inside things. August came fast, but I finished the main two out of three, as of this morning.
Richard did a lot of work both inside (ensuite bathroom) and outside (deck), but sacrificed a lot of time on his Jeep, and with all the travel for work and events, he couldn’t seem to finish any one project. He announced to me that this party is just too much work and we should take next year off, and I argued that we really have so much of our yard done, the major projects list is getting shorter each year. I was confident we’d get done with time to spare.
And then weekend before last, he took the Bobcat and a jackhammer to the concrete pad next to the house. You know, the only hard flat surface we have in the best possible spot for setting up the outdoor kitchen for the party. Great! Forget all those other projects, triple the pace, and up the stress factor – we’re getting a new patio. Crazy man. NOT my fault, don’t let him tell you it was my idea. The timing was right cost-wise, it looks fine (issues with the hot weather concrete pour mean it’s going to get revisited come September to achieve better than fine), and it’s done, but what a panic.
Luckily this year we’ve had extra help. Our neighbour Jonathan’s grandson Devon, 12 years old and a bit bored on his summer holidays with grampa, was a huge help with my garden projects, especially since he came with a golf cart equipped with a box and a trailer for hauling all the rocks around. He taught me how to back up when towing my trailer, woo hoo! Then on Monday, Ben and Adrie arrived en route to their vacation for the week, to stay the night and help out. Ben and Richard finished the stair railings and got the kitchen equipment onto the new patio, along with the fridges and soft serve machine. That felt like a head start of sorts – the beverage fridge is already stocked. And they finished the new outdoor shower (aka the cabana). Tomorrow night our friend Al the blacksmith arrives, to help out with preparations and enjoy Friday night before taking off around lunchtime on Saturday to continue his holiday. We’re very grateful, Al!
Richard finished his menu for the weekend last night, and is about to leave for town to get groceries, while I head back out in the heat to keep going with yard cleanup, spelled off with house-cleaning. It’s getting HOT out there. The forecast for the weekend is 35 degrees. Lots to do still (not least of which for Richard is all the cooking he does in advance), and though I spontaneously took an extra day off work today, it’s more to allow me time to rest, than to get any additional stuff done. I was too tired last year to really enjoy things, but hopefully this year I can kick back, relax, and enjoy the results of all this hard work. And recoup for next year, because we’re NOT canceling if I have anything to say about it. This place is just getting to the point where entertaining is fun!
Posted by anita at 10:40 AM