We are just seven short days away from exchanging our vows in front of a small group of friends and family. SEVEN DAYS! In one week I get to take Si’s last name, become his wife, and start this whole new adventure together. It’s not so much the wedding I’m looking forward to as the marriage itself. Don’t get me wrong, the wedding is going to be all kinds of awesome, but us being married is what I’m really rather jazzed about.

I can hardly believe how quickly time is flying by especially when it feels as if just yesterday it was May and we had just received word that my Fiance Visa had been approved. May. And now it’s August, soon to be September and sooner to be our wedding day. Holy buckets!

In just two days I’ll be able to hug my mom… oh my word I cannot wait to hug my mom. I’ll also be able to hug my bestie, an aunt, an uncle, some more friends… Wow I’m more excited than I thought and I was really excited! This next week is going to be one for the books, one of the most memorable, and one I’ll cherish for a lifetime. Absolutely!

Last weekend we met with our celebrant, Kate Gee ( who is just amazing. She’ll be marrying us in our afternoon ceremony at Si’s parents’ place. Meeting her was like putting the final puzzle piece in place for our day together, she just fits perfectly and we’re both very excited for her to be there to celebrate our day with us. This week we also met with our photographers, Christian & Erica ( who are really quite lovely and incredibly talented; we’re definitely very lucky to have them be a part of our day and they too, complete our little wedding puzzle. Have I mentioned how awesome our day is going to be? Yes, the American says AWESOME!

Also, last weekend we had Si’s family over for a BBQ which was a good time. Our first actual hosting event since living together, yay for being social! It went well, we had fun, and the weather cooperated which was what we were all hoping for. From what everyone here has told me, I’ve been spoiled by this summer’s weather because it hasn’t been typical at all. Well, hooray for being spoiled! (says the only child)

On Sunday Si and myself traveled to Bolsover Castle which isn’t more than 15 minutes away for the Medieval Jousting event. If you’re familiar with the stateside Renaissance Festival, this was basically that except the accents were real and everything was a bit more authentic. Including the castle in the background. 😉

Some photos from our day of exploration and travel back in time at Bolsover Castle.

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What have you explored today? Did you share it with others? Remember, life is an adventure, both big and small. Whether you live in the same place you grew up or live halfway around the world, there’s plenty to explore right outside your door if you just take the time to look. Hello, cheerio!

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