Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas in Cole Harbour

On Christmas Eve, I departed on the shuttle for Nova Scotia!  I arrived at the Pinsents around 4.  Haig was still at work so I hung out with his Family until he got home.  Funny thing, I tried to plan out what I should do when he arrived, but never ended coming up with anything.  He walked in the door while I was upstairs and I heard his mother say, "Yes Alyssa is here".  I was sad that I missed his facial expression at that moment.  I am sure it was priceless.  Christmas Eve was spent by going to the Live Nativity Pageant and then Haig and I watched It's a Wonderful Life.  Haig did not enjoy it too much, but he watched it.

Christmas Day I woke up around 8:30 because I knew we would not be opening gifts until Katherine and Eric were home.  All the kids has slept downstairs so once I woke up, I went down there with them.  I walked in the room and saw all the Pinsent Kiddies on the floor with items from their stockings all over the place.  I was unaware that I had a stocking until Granny found me downstairs without one.  Haig came out of his room and we opened our stockings together on account the Kids opened theirs around 4:30am.  After our stockings, Haig let me open my first gift.  I was very nervous because I knew this was the gift I could wear.  After much scarce, I opened it and it was love at First sight.
We then went to the Airport to pick up Katherine and Eric.  We had a lovely afternoon opening presents and relaxing after Christmas dinner.  I got some nice gifts from Haig's parents and Haig's gifts to me were the necklace, a bulid a Dog and.......






An Ipod touch.  I was a very happy girly.

Boxing day Sunday we all went to church.  Cole Harbour ward had their Christmas Musical Program and it was great.  Sunday night was Hannah's Baptism.  It was so nice to be around people that I love to celebrate this big step in Hannah's Life.  It reminded me of my own Baptismal Covenants and how I felt when I was baptized.  It was such a great feeling!





Monday, Haig worked most of the morning and afternoon.  But when he was off, I went and met him and we did some Boxing Day shopping.  Mic Mac Mall on Boxing Day=never again.  It wasnt even the fact that there were so many people there.  It was more of the fact that because there were so many people there, I was not in a shopping mood at all.  But I did end up with a new Winter Jacket, a pencil skirt, Soaps from Bath and Body works and My stuffed Build a Dog!  I named him Ralphie and Haig bought him a Collar and Leesh.

Tuesday Haig worked most of the Day again and I watched movies most of the Day.  When he got home we just relaxed and cuddled.  So cute we are.

Today, I came home.  I got on the shuttle around ten to seven.  My Family was on their way home from Moncton and we realized that I was not far behind them on the trip home.   So, instead of being on the shuttle from the bridge to Charlottetown, My family waited about 10 minutes for me at a gas station right after the bridge and I drove home with them.  Gotta love timing sometimes.  Today I spent the day running some errands with my sister and mother.  It has been a good day.

Tomorrow=Work all day
Friday=Work all day, then Haig.
I can do this.

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday as much as I am!
XO,Lyssa

Friday, December 24, 2010

Those Christmas lights, keep shining on.





So, I am in love with this time of year.  We went to the Biggleys last night for a Christmas get together with some other friends from church and it was just lovely.  There was lots of food and good company.  I came home and made final preparations for my trip over to Haig's.  So here is the thing everyone, I am kind of tired of everyone saying how I wont be spending Christmas with my family this year and how sad that is..  Yeah it sucks, but that is how it worked out and I am very happy to be spending Christmas with Haig and his family. 
Dad will be picking me up soon to go get on the shuttle.  Malcolm will not be going with me, so blog readers... I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and I will talk to you when I get home!
XO, Lyssa

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Warm

Have you ever just sat in a Laundry Basket full of clean clothes?

Well.... I am right now.

For the Girls


Today, Two of my best friends and I had our annual gift exchange.  This is us last year when we exchanged our gifts (oddly, I wore the same jeans today..).  Now these girls are just my favorite and I would like to thank them again for the cute thoughtful gifts that they got for me.  I simply adore them and I wish them are very Merry Christmas and best of luck in the new year :)
XO, Lyssa

ps: hope you like the new blog redesign!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

This past week has brought lots of fun adventures and lots of ups and downs.  But, with Christmas being so close, I have not been letting the downs get me too down.  So, good things of the week are as followed;

Tuesday was my day off.  I relaxed for the most part and it was great!  Tuesday night was also the Relief Society Christmas party.  I attended with my mother and I was asked to read Luke 2:1-20.  Read it up if you are feeling a lack of Christmas this year.  He is the reason for the season people.

Wednesday I worked from 1-6.  I love work, it is always a good time.  I also finished up some Christmas shopping Wednesday night with my mom.  Wednesday night Emily got home from UNB.  Casey, Dan, Scott and I all went over to catch up and hang out together.  It was nice to have just the five of us for old times sake but things are changing and things are not the way they use to be, but I am okay with that.  We made a McDicks Esso run and it reminded me of old times. 

Thursday I worked from 12-5.  When I got home from work I was a mess but my sister greeted me at the door with a big bouquet of flowers.  Thank heaven for sisters.  Kayla and I have our bad days, but recently we have been having a lot of good days.  Mom asked me the other day if I really knew who my best friend is.  I replied my Future Husband, but corrected myself by saying my sister.  For right now, she is the best friend I could have.  I stayed in for the night and helped my family decorate our Christmas tree.  I have come to conclusion that our Christmas tree is a little tacky most years, but that is what makes it ours.  Yes I sort of just called my family tacky, but I guess that is just us sometimes!


Friday I worked from 12-5.  After work, I came home and got changed and then went to dinner with mom at Subway.  Chicken Bacon Ranch on Italian Herbs and Cheese, I love you.  After dinner and a trip to Sobeys and Canadian Tire, I went over to Emily's.  She had a little get together with some people and it was a fun night to say the least...

Saturday I worked from 10-5 on Reebok Cash.  Surprisingly it was not a busy day at all.  You would figure that the Saturday before Christmas would be quite busy, but people kind of forget about us because we are not right in town.  Which was fine with me!  For the last hour of work our boss told us some good stories so that had us all laughing and it ended off a good shift.  Right after work I headed over the the branch Christmas potluck.  I sat with Megan who is sweeter than the cheesecake that I ate for dessert.  She gave me a Christmas gift of  Hot Chocolate, Marshmallows and a candy cane.  So cute and thoughtful.  My potluck dinner was so yummy and I was so full by the end of the night.  It was a lovely feeling.

Sundays are my favorite.  Today at church we had our Christmas Musical Program.  I sang 5 times and I was so nervous to do the trio with Megan and Kayla but we did a pretty good job in my opinion (luckily no one could see my legs shaking behind the stand).  Tonight the YSA will be coming over for Family Home Evening and then we will be going caroling.


I am totally loving this time of year.  All the love, all the food, candy, music, lights and gifts.  I am also very grateful that with all of the stuff that has been going on, my focus for Christmas has still remained a lot on Christ and all that he has done for us.  This week I will be working and making final preparations for Christmas.  I am very excited to be spending Christmas with Haig and his Family.  As sad as I am to leave mine, I will have a blast. 

Hope you are all having a great Christmas Season
XO, Lyssa

Monday, December 13, 2010

To end a good day..

Today I worked all day (10-6).  It was actually pretty decent though and I got to be on cash on reebok which I like!  After mom picked me up, I made a stop at Old Navy to return something that I had bought on friday.  Don't you just hate when you get something that you think is going to be super cute and then you get it home and try it on with some of your other clothes and it just isnt right?  Yeah well that is what happened.  While mom did some grocery shopping, I headed over to the mall to look for a new jacket.  I am looking for a long peacoat with a hood.  There is a nice one at Suzy but I will wait until after Christmas for a better deal.  I did splurge at LaSensa though.  Merry Christmas to me :).  Now I am at home just munching, doing some laundry and watching the cartoon, How the Grinch stole Christmas.  I am loving life, it is great.



Booked my shuttle tickets today.  Going to Cole Harbour on the 24th, coming back on the 29th :)
Yay for monday being good!
XO, Lyssa

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tree

Yes, I finally decorated the little tree that I cut down by myself.  I took some of Busy Bee Lauren's advice on my tree and make it creative.  So yes, my christmas tree does have a necklace on it and hair bows.  I am very happy with my little tree!  My weekend is going great and this just makes it so much better!




I love Kayla, she is the best :)
XO, Lyssa

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snow+Baking=Christmas feeling

This week has been going wonderful.  Work has been good and I love this time of year to be able to catch up with people.  Tuesday I was off work all day then I went out to dinner at Swiss Chalet with my friends Jessica Ford and Casey Ford.  They are gems these girls.  I always enjoy hanging out with them.  Jess is hilarious and she always knows how to crack me up.. like her stories of wanting to steal a trippy Christmas tree from someones yard.  Last night I hung out with my Julie Boulie.  Julie was my Young Womens President before I went into Relief Society.  She is the greatest and I love her to death!  As for today, I am off to hang out with my lovely Miss Amanda Grinton, another person who I always have a good time with.  Currently I am watching an episode of One Tree Hill and making Peanut Butter Cookies for people at work (Hi Brodie).  I am so happy it is snowing right now too, makes it seem more and more like Christmas.   Have I mentioned how excited I am for December 25th?  Well I am! I hope you all have had a good week and a wonderful weekend ahead.  15 DAYS :)
XO, Lyssa

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Smile, it's christmas time

It is not everyday that you go and chop down a mini Christmas tree for your room.


But today, I did.

I was in a weird mood this afternoon and so this is what I did.  We had the Elders over for dinner and then my momma and I went to the church to watch the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional, which was as good as ever.  How happy I am to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and to have Christ in my life <3
Agenda this week; work as usual and hopefully finish all my Christmas preparations... well except for Christmas baking.  That I will be doing right up until Christmas hopefully.  Anyone got some good recipes for me?
Also this weekend, I dyed my hair... very exciting for me.  I just wanted to go darker, so I did and I am happy with it!



Have a wonderful week and be cheery!  It is Christmastime!
XO, Lyssa
ps; currently listening to David Archuleta's Christmas album :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

busy time of the year...

With Christmas nearing, things have gotten pretty busy in my life.  Mostly I have been working, but other than that I have been attending church activities and hanging out with friends.  Work has been good this week and I got to speak french at work two times this week!  Guess a lot of french people maybe travel in the winter?  Wednesday night I went to an awesome night at the church.  I had Institute and then just chilled with the Young Women for a bit.  You know what else says Christmas?  Lots of food!  Wednesday was our last Institute class for this year so our lovely teacher brought us Pizza, Cookies and Chocolate.  In Young Womens they had chocolate cheesecake for Megan's birthday this past Sunday.  To say the least, I was so stuffed by the end of the night.  It was great though!  Last night I went to the church again because the YSA were baking cookies for the Pageant next weekend.  We had a really good time and we also rehearsed a song we want to sing for the musical program before Christmas.  After I went to watch Greys with Nora and Casey.  Today I am off work, so right now I am just relaxing and when mom gets home we will go out and run some errands. 
I have been thinking about how busy this time of year gets.  The thought came to mind last night when I had just gotten in my bed and thought of all the stuff I did yesterday.  Then I realized something... I had not seen my dad all day.  He was already asleep so I did not go wake him, but I said a little prayer to comfort the both of us.  I also realized then that sometimes in life, we do need to slow down, take things one step at a time and focus on what matters most.  Especially this time of year, we need to focus on love.  We need to let people know how much they are really loved.  Christmas is about Christ, and he loves all of us.  So fellow blog readers, show some love this Christmas season.  If it is telling your parents that you love them, putting some money in a donation spot at the mall or simply smiling at someone...it can make all the difference.

The other night I scanned some old Photos on to the computer... they are the goodies







Have a great weekend guys, and don't forget to show some love!
XO, Lyssa

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weekend.

Life is going alright.  This weekend has been not too shabby... Friday night, one of my favorite girls came over to my house.  Her name is Megan and she is totally awesome and I love her a lot!  We practised what we will be singing in church for the Christmas Program and we also watched Toy Story 3.  I love hanging out with Megan because her laugh is just the greatest.  She fell in love with Spanish Buzz from Toy Story 3 and she was rolling around on my floor laughing at it.  It was great.  We took some pictures on Kayla's new favorite facebook app, LolCam.  It was a good night!



Saturday was not a fun day.  I worked from 10-5, my usual Saturday shift.. but this time it was worse because this weekend was actually busy.  There were various sport tournaments this weekend which made us busy and also people from the hockey tournament had 40% off coupons.  And of course... I got stuck in Rockport.  It was not as busy as Reebok, but I find with Rockport there is usually more messy situations.  Like for instance, I had one couple with a large purchase of stuff from Reebok (both cashes were occupied so they came over to me).  The purchase got a little crazy when I was unsure about the total.  After everything was sorted out (it took about 10 minutes for everything), the couple thanked me and walked away.  As they were walking away, two older ladies were leaving as well.  One looked at me and exclaimed they did not find what they were looking for but it would have been better if they had some help, stuck her nose up and walked out the door.  I stood there in shock for a moment at her statement.   I turned around, still with my jaw dropped in shock.  A customer who had over heard the remark looked back at me in shock as well and told me not to worry about them and that it was not my fault that I was busy.  Later on when the customer and his wife came up to the cash and they told me I was doing a great job and not to let anyone else get me down.  Sometimes I hate customers, sometimes they are great.
When mom picked me up from work, she had some sad news to tell me.  Our friends Joan and John Laurent (they are sort of my fake grandparents), well their lovely dog Buffy has gone off to heaven.  I loved that dog, but I know it was her time to go and I know (cheesy yes...) but all Dogs do go to heaven.

Buffy and I...

Today, I stayed home from church.  I was tired and not feeling the greatest mood wise.  I have been down lately and felt like no one was really around to help me up..  but I ended up getting myself up because I was the one that brought myself down.  Life is full of setbacks, success is determined by how you handle setbacks.  
This week : Work and Hello to December.  December=Christmas, Christmas=all I want right now.
Hope you all had a good weekend!
XO, Lyssa

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Puppy Love

Downer of this week-  Haig did not end up coming to work in PEI
Making my week-Today is my day off and Haig got a job!

I am currently relaxing at home on my day off writing this little blog post.  My week is going well.  Haig did not end up coming over to PEI for work which kinda sucks but he did get a job today and I am very happy for him!  I am watching One Tree Hill at the moment.  Season 3 is going well.  After this episode I will be starting to make some cookies.  I am also enjoying being at home by myself with my lovely Doggy Nala.  She turns 12 next month!  I love her so much.





XO, Lyssa

Monday, November 22, 2010

This week...

Work, Work, Work is on the agenda!  Oh along with my amazing boyfriend coming back to work here on PEI for a week or so.  He arrives tomorrow and I am very happy he will be around!  We found out yesterday afternoon but it was not certain until late last night.  Speaking of last night, I had the opportunity to hold Young Single Adult Family Home Evening in my home.  I think I am really going to enjoy this new calling and I am hoping to get some inactive YSA out to the activities to the December activities.  We have planned that we are going to have Family Home Evening every two weeks and on the weeks that we do not have that we will have an activity.  First activity, baking cookies for the nativity Pageant!  Christmas is coming fast people!  I am so happy that there is some snow on the ground.  I think it is beautiful.

new shirt bought on the weekend
 So back to my week... this week is mostly all about work, Haig and One Tree Hill.  Shifts this week: Today 1-6, Tuesday 1-6, Wednesday OFF, Thursday 11-4, Friday 1-5, Saturday 10-5.  During the times that I am not working, I will be trying my best to spend time with my man (if he is not working...), watching One Tree Hill, going to Institute on Wednesday night and hopefully going out visiting teaching with my momma. 
Weekend Flashback :  Harry Potter was amazing.  I have not read the books (yeah yeah yeah, tell me I am a big loser, I just do not have a lot of interest in reading the books now that the movies are almost done... I will eventually read them someday when I feel like it), but I did think the movie was quite good.  I loved the beginning, but the ending was quite sad.  I look forward to the final finale!  I adore those movies...


 I think that is all for now to begin my week...Hope you all enjoy yours as much as I will enjoy mine working!
XO, Lyssa

Friday, November 19, 2010

HARRY POTTER

My Day so far;
  • Woke up around 8:20
  • Ate some breakfast
  • Watched two episodes of One Tree Hill
  • Mom picked me up for work
  • Worked from 12:15 to 5 in Rockport (not too eventful, except for the only lady who called to ask if we have walking shoes.... )
  • Mom picked me up from work with exciting news of her new Job.  So proud of my momma and her success.  She is so happy to be moving on to bigger and better things!
  • Brought up the sugesstion of going to see Harry Potter tonight with the Famjam (we always go to see it together as a family) 
My day at present;
  • watching Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Eating Chili Cheese Nachos
  • Blogging/Facebook
The future of my day;
  • GOING TO SEE HARRY POTTER AT 9:30pm with the Family.  I am a little stoked if you cant tell...

 I will be so tired for my 10-5 shift at work tomorrow but it will be so worth it!
XO, Lyssa

Thursday, November 18, 2010

For Casey

Casey was not too happy to read my blog this morning and find out that our Greys night tonight was not mentioned on my exciting things of this week.  I am sorry Casey, so this one is for you (and Nora of course too).  Since I have been home from Dal, most weeks I have watched Greys Anatomy with Nora and Casey.  I have been a Greys fan pretty much from the start.  I missed most of the first season but I have watched every episode since (except for last season's CRAZY finale when I was in Montreal;  Emily Mallett and my sister were texting me like crazy freaking out over what was going on).  But I seriously do love this show!  Casey only started watching it last year.  So she would come to school and be like freaking out about Izzy and Denny.. and Em and I were like wow Casey, you are so far behind.  But I am happy she is all caught up and a Greys addict like the rest of is now :).  Today has been fairly good.  Woke up around 9, took a shower and did some laundry.  My two sweet visiting teachers also came to see me this morning.  They gave me a lesson on President Uchtdorf's talk in the last General Conference.  I held one of the cutest babies today, my visiting teacher's son Isaac.  He is so freaking adorable and I have such baby craze!  This afternoon I watched one of my new favorite shows, OTH.  I am loving it!  I also made some peanut butter cookies and listened to some old music.  I made dinner tonight which makes me happy and productive!


Watch out Glee and Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill might be taking your spot as my new favorite show..
I will be off watching Greys with my ladies tonight.  Sweet dreams!
XO, Lyssa

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Life is only what you make it

This week has been going good.  Monday, work 1-6.  Tuesday, work 10-6.  Today, One Tree Hill and work 1-6.  I am loving work though.  My job is great and I am getting a lovely paycheck tomorrow that will be going to tithing, my savings and my visa.  I am trying to be wiser with my spending habits because I have things I need to save up for.  School being the biggest one.  By next September I want to at least be able to pay my first semester.  So my week has not been too exciting.  Just working, chilling at home and watching the second season of One Tree Hill (which I am loving...I blame Laura for making me fall in love with it!)  Some exciting things this week though...
-I am a happy girl!
-Christmas is getting closer and closer!
-Institute was great tonight!
-Harry Potter comes out this weekend! Not sure when I am going, but as soon as possible hopefully!
-Tomorrow is my day off.  My visiting teachers are coming to see me and I going to make peanut butter cookies!
So, that is about it for now.. not in a big mood to write but there yah have it!
XO, Lyssa

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday.

childhood ambition ........... to get married and have babies!
fondest memory ............... a special moment with Haig after testimony meeting at EFY this past summer
indulgence ................... Chocolate, Kisses, One Tree Hill (my latest tv craze), shopping sprees, shoes shoes shoes.
soundtrack ................... anything that starts with a T and ends with a Swift!
wildest dream ................ just go to a different continent spontaneously. Right now.
retreat ...................... my room.  See growing up my sister and I shared the smallest room ever.  When we added the addition on two years ago our room became so much bigger and better and I love everything about it!
 looks a little different now, but this is the jist of it.
proudest moment .............. getting 89% on my grade 12 math final
biggest challenge ............ coming home after DAL.
first job .................... paper carrier hollla
last purchase ...............christmas presents! shhh :)
inspiration .................my best friends

My writing ............................. is kind of stupid and boring but I guess some people read it..

My life ................................has been going pretty darn great!

Today consisted of a great sacrament meeting, my first calling as a Young Single Adult Rep in the Charlottetown Branch, an afternoon watching One Tree Hill Season One, A YSA Dinner at the Smiths house with fun games and now home chatting with my loves Brittany and Haig :)
Talk to you all tomorrow!
XO, Lyssa
ps, and blue eyeliner!



Friday, November 12, 2010

Reasons why Today is good


1.  I finally thought of the best gift for Christmas for Haig.
2.  The taxi driver was very nice on my ride to work this morning.
3.  Customers were still messy today but nicer than Wednesday.
4.  My friend Tyler (who is living far away from me right now) came to visit me at work because he is home for the long weekend.
5.  Tyler bought awesome shoes from Rockport today.  They are silver!
6.  I got a hug from Return Missionary Cory Grinton!
7.  Two nice ladies at work told me that I was doing a great job.
8.  I spent the last two hours of my crazy busy day at Reebok, down at the quiet Greg Norman.  (I have a love/hate relationship with working at Greg Norman.  Some days it is busy, and some days it is completely dead.)
9.  I am going to watch Toy Story 3 with Tyler tonight!
10.  I work all day tomorrow but I am so happy to be working.  I love my Job... most days. 
11.  I work with Amanda all day tomorrow, then we may go get chicken bowls from KFC.  Best darn things ever!
12.  It's friday, and I am in love :)