Scotties/Tankard Provincial Playdowns

For those of you who don’t know, I have been highly involved in curling for the majority of my life.  Unfortunately, this year, I was unable to play competitively because I was waitlisted for a Masters program and couldn’t commit to a team.  Long story short, I did not get into the program, and now I’m still on the Island with no team to curl with :'(.

This weekend is the provincial playdowns for both the men and the women, with the winners advancing to The Brier or The Scotties Tournament of Hearts, respectively.  Although it sucks not playing, I am very happy to say the organizers allowed me to go out on the ice and take pictures of the competitors.

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I’ve been getting out to as many draws as possible, and taking about 700 pictures each time!  I’ll be uploading all pictures on my Facebook page, so make sure you check them out here.

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Christmas Lights & Presents

WOOHOO, exams are officially over!  I finished my last exam on Tuesday night (pray for my marks, please..), and to celebrate, Shaugn and I went out to North Rustico to look at all the Christmas lights.  If you are from the Island, you should definitely check out the lights in North Rustico.  It all started (I believe) with a family who lost their son over 20 years ago, who decorate their yard bright enough for him to see from heaven.  From there, multiple homes within the community have also gone to insane levels of decorating, and it is definitely a sure way to get you into the Christmas spirit.  You’ll even be greeted by a boat covered in lights as you enter the community.

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Also this week, Shaugn and I had our early Christmas.  We did this last year and, keeping with tradition, did it again this year!   Shaugn and I don’t really get to see each other over the holidays because he spends his in Montreal and I spend mine on lil ol’ PEI.  So, our options are have Christmas before he leaves for the holidays, drag all the presents to Montreal and have Christmas on the 28th when I get there, or wait until after we get back on January.  So, we have elected to do an early Christmas!  I do have to admit, it feel weird opening presents early, and we even cheated and opened them a day earlier than we said we would this year, but it is so great to watch each other open the presents, and guess what each gift it, and just spend our little holiday together 🙂

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Christmas Lights & Presents

Zip the North Atlantic

The North Atlantic Zip Lines is the longest zip course in Canada, and was absolutely amazing!  The course is located in the cliffs above Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and vary in both length and speed.  The zip line is something I’ve always wanted to do here, and was so thrilled to be able to go.

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PS.  We did bring a GoPro, and a video will be posted soon!

Zip the North Atlantic

Another Year Gone

Wow!  It’s New Year’s Eve already!  It’s crazy how fast the year goes by.  2014 has been a great year for me, and I am so excited for what 2015 has to come.  I think the biggest thing that happened to me in 2014 happened last night.  This past weekend I have been competing in my last Junior Provincial Championships, and although my team did not win the championship, it was my last event as a Junior curler.  Next year I will be moving on to the ‘big leagues’ and playing in women’s events, which is exciting and scary, and I’m looking forward to what this next chapter has in store.

So many other great things happened in 2014 as well, but it would take me forever to list them all of!  I am so grateful for all my friends and family who made this year yet another amazing one.  I know this quote is a popular one this time of year, but it is true: tomorrow is the start of a 365 page book, so make it a good one!  I hope you have had a great year, and I wish you nothing but the best in 2015!

Happy New Year’s Everyone!

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Another Year Gone

Gray Family Reunion

This past Monday I attended the largest family reunion I have ever been to, and it was pretty cool!  Usually every summer my family gets together for a family picnic, but it is only the family from my great-grandparents down.  This family reunion was much, much larger than this!  My great-great-aunt Helen, the only “first generation” left, would have been my great-grandfather’s sister, and it was from their generation down that attended the reunion.  Let’s just say that when there is family over four generations coming from originally 9 brothers and sisters, things get big!  I was meeting lots of new people, seeing family I haven’t seen in years, and getting to spend time with family I see all the time.  It was actually kind of cool introducing myself as Cecil-Leslie-Randy-Emily (Great Grandfather-Grandfather-Father-Me).  Attending this reunion also made me want to get a tattoo even more of the family anchor, because it means so much to us!  “The strongest storms prove the strength of our anchor”.

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2014 Potato Blossom Pageant

Once again this year I was able to take pictures at the Potato Blossom Pageant.  The amazing thing about this year’s pageant was that there was 14 girls participating, which is more than I can ever remember participating!  I did miss the first half unfortunately, but I was able to get the girls in their evening wear, as well as the crowning of Miss Potato Blossom!  As a former pageant contestant, I know that it takes a huge amount of courage to get on that stage, and I would like to congratulate all the girls for doing this!

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