Catching Up #013

The last time I blogged was before Halloween, which is crazy to me because that's nearly a month ago, and I've been so busy since then! This was the first Halloween in our house together, and it was a lot of fun. We carved pumpkins, watched scary movies, and handed candy out to the kids from our neighbourhood. It was the epitome of "Fall" and loved every second of it. 

Over the last few weeks, we went on lots of drives and saw the last of the autumn leaves. I love the fall season because of the colours, and now that nearly all of the trees are bare, I miss the red, yellow, and orange leaves. (And it means that winter is really, really close) We even woke up to a little bit of snow this morning. Yikes? 

Since I've lived in Canada, I've been able to meet a lot of amazing people through Jay's family, church, and work. And it's made the transition to this new country so much easier. A few weeks ago, we went to a birthday party for one of Jay's family friends, and it was a great night. They live on a farm, so we went riding around on their tractor, watched the moon rise up into the sky, and shared lots of laughs. I've been slowly but surely meeting some new people and making some friends, which makes me happy. It's just harder than it was when I was younger. I know I'm not the only one, but it seems so sometimes — seems as though it takes a lot more effort to make connections, and establish lasting relationships. Whether it's because I'm older, or shyer, or conflicted about wanting to put the effort in. But at the end of the day, I love Canada and I want to stay here forever (as long as this is where Jay wants to be), so working on making more friends is really important to me. It's a work in progress, but it's happening.

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I was texting Jay during my lunch break, and he asked if I wanted to do anything after I got off of work. Usually, we get home at the end of the day, we cook, clean, and sleep, and that's our night. We've established a little routine for ourselves, which is nice and everything we wanted. But sometimes routines are overwhelming, they get cumbersome because they're so repetitive. This is what we were feeling. We were both on edge, and we decided to break our routine for a night and Jay drove me to the waterfront. We walked along the beach and down the pier, and I touched sand for the first time since I left Hawaii nearly two years ago. I got emotional, I cried, because it was so beautiful and I was so happy. It's good to break out of routines sometimes. (Plus, I just really like taking photos of him when he isn't looking, because he's so cute).

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A huge, huge moment! We adopted a kitten from the shelter almost two weeks ago. We only went to take a look, because we were planning on adopting closer to Christmas time, but we saw her and fell in love. We named her Jude, after The Beatles song, and she's the most precious thing. She's the sweetest little cat, and loves to be held and cuddled, and her curiosity makes my heart melt. She's made the mundane and lonely moments great, and the happy and joyful moments even greater. I'm so happy Jay and I were able to bring her into our little family and give her a good home and a happy life. I can't wait to watch her grow with us. 

This morning I woke up because I couldn't sleep anymore and I noticed that our bedroom was tainted purple and pink. I got out of bed and saw this out of the window. Canada has the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises I've ever seen, and I've lived in some incredible places. Nothing compares to this big Canadian sky. Waking up and seeing this grounds me, and makes me feel grateful to see another day. Starting the day with those feelings has helped me to put everything into perspective and go about my day with a positive attitude. I'm thankful for the skies in the mornings. It's something so simple, but for me it makes a big difference in my days.