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The Best Medicine

3 Mar

Of course we’ve all heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine”. Studies have shown that laughter does indeed reduce the level of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and dopamine as well as increasing the levels of good hormones such as endorphins as well as antibody-producing cells and makes your T-cells more effective. It’s also a pretty nice physical workout. When you laugh it causes you to excercise your diaphram and contract your abdominal muscles. It’s good for the heart in both the physical sense and the spiritual sense.

As nice as that is, in my case I don’t agree that it’s the best medicine. For me, there is no better medicine than a new pair of shoes.

A gift from my fantastic husband

My dosage this time has 4-inch heels and leopard print. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Wedding – Part 2

22 Sep

Let all thy joys be as the month of May,
And all thy days be as a marriage day.
~Francis Quarles

The night before the wedding was a sleepless one. Beckie and I shared a room in our suite at the villa and neither of us could sleep until we received the text from Adam stating, “Landing in St. John’s. Now you can go to sleep.” So we did.

The next morning Lola started Beckie’s day out right. The little princess was laying in mama’s lap and when Beckie rolled over and said “Good morning Lola,” Lola laughed for the first time. It was like her little wedding gift to her godmother and Beckie was thrilled.

It’s a good thing that Lola decided to give Beckie a little sunshine because the sky overhead promised no such gift. It was pouring rain. So much for an outdoor wedding. We didn’t worry about that right away though and instead got breakfast and headed to the lodge to decorate for the reception. We opened big boxes that contained the wine glasses that Beckie had shipped to Newfoundland the week before the wedding and painstakingly wound ribbons and filled them with candy.

Brutally hot in that lodge until we begged them to turn on the AC!

After we were pretty much finished the decorating, the time had come to face the facts. The weather wasn’t clearing up to grant us the outdoor wedding we’d planned. Alternate arrangements had to be made, so Beckie chose her second favorite location – next to the fireplace in the lodge. We did two quick runthroughs of the ceremony – one without Beckie and one without Jason since the groom refused to see the bride before the wedding! – and practically ran back to the villa to start getting ready. Our spirits had begun to lift, however, because Linda had returned and Adam had arrived! Of course, we nearly drowned on the run to the villa, it was raining so hard.

So much rain and water!

The frantic preparations began. There was hair to be done…

Michelle fixing Tiffany's hair

Bling to be added to updo’s…

Yes, the bride's momma did her hair!

Pretty purple shoes to be buckled…

Bride's aunt (me!) did her pedicure the night before!

And of course…THE dress…

Beckie, being the amazing godmother she is – as well as one of the most down-to-earth people I know – promptly sat down and comforted a wailing Lola while the rest of us got ready…wedding dress and all.

On the bright side, Lola was pleasant for the rest of the day

In due time and only 30 minutes late – a miracle when you consider that the mother of the bride had only made it back to the villa an hour before! – we got into Keith’s rental car and drove the 20 seconds to the lodge so that we wouldn’t get soaked. Then we took a deep breath and prepared ourselves. The moment had come!

Stay tuned for part 3…ceremony time!

(Pictures in this post courtesy of Amy Martin and Adam Colbourne)