Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What. A. Month.

This has probably been one of the      longest       months of my life.  As I talked to Haig tonight on the phone, I told him it felt like we went to Ontario ages ago, when really it was just this month that we went.

I have done quite a bit this month.  I worked a lot.  Thirteen days out of this month I worked.  It would have been more if I didn't go to Ontario.  Oh yes, I went to Ontario this month as well.  I flew by myself for the first time, I kissed in an airport, I went to Niagara Falls and I loved spending time with my boyfriend and his amazing family.  This month I fell more and more in Love with Haig Aaron Pinsent.  He was ordained to an Elder on May 16th.  I had a dance party with the people who are here for the security systems company.  I went grocery shopping for 40+ people with Amanda.  We had such a fun time and I love that girl so much!  Charlottetown threw a Mexican Fiesta and it was awesome.  I made 60+ felt moustaches.  I planned a photo scavenger hunt.  The day before my birthday, I went out and bought a new dress, just because I wanted to.  I turned 19.  On my 19th birthday, I celebrated by 'Heart' Attacking someone's house and I also enjoyed quality time with my best friend Megan.  I got taught amazing lessons by Bishop Pilling.  I was happy when Jess got her job at Reebok :).  Mom and I got in a fight one night, I took a long walk.  I debated with Haig whether or not he should come for a couple of days.  He came, and we celebrated my past birthday and his soon coming up.  We again, fell more and more in love.  We ate cheesecake, tiedyed shirts, took a walk on the beach and went to District Conference.  I finished the first Harry Potter book, and have started the second (Haig wanted me to read them really badly and has agreed to come watch the final movie with me if I finish the books by the time it comes out). 

And then today.  The Last day of May.  I got the call today, I didn't want to hear, but I knew that it would come.  This morning, my Grandfather lost his battle to cancer.  We all knew it was coming, which I think is why I am taking it so well right now.  The services will be this weekend, so I will be heading to Moncton within the next day or so.  I think I am going to be okay.  I am just going to keep telling myself that and hopefully it will work.  I am so proud of my momma right now, I just gotta say that.  She is staying strong, which is what I need, because if she falls apart, I will be right there with her. Tonight I decided that I am going to run in the Prostate Cancer run next month.  I would Love Love Love if you made a donation to my profile !  It would be greatly appreciated!

I love you all, and thank you for your sympathies.
Here is to a great Month, and for many great Months ahead
XO, Lyssa

Monday, May 30, 2011

Lovely Weekend

Haig has a new scent.  He bought it at Boathouse when they were on sale.  When he was here for the weekend he borrowed one of my pillows.  My window is open, with a nice summer breeze blowing in.  His scent is filling the room.  It is lovely.

Lovely.

That is how I would describe this past weekend, Lovely.  It was simple, and relaxing and most enjoyable.  Earlier last week, Haig and I tried to decide if it was really worth the trip for him to come this weekend.  To spend Saturday evening, Sunday and Monday morning with me.  It got into a bit of a messy situation, but I am so happy that he decided to come.  We didn`t do anything majorly fun, but it was nice to just be together.  That is cheesy thing I like.  Our relationship is at a mature stage where we don`t always need to go out and do fun things to make us happy.  I guess that also comes from being in a long distance relationship, where being together and doing nothing just makes one another so happy.  It was not so hard to say goodbye this time either.  We know how we both feel, and we both know that every time we are separated, it is only for some amount of time.  This time, we have three weeks until I go to the Temple.  Next, we will have about another three weeks until we are Youth Conference Counsellors.  We will have a couple more summer adventures and hopefully Haig will be off on a mission by the fall.  Then the separation will be two years, but it will all be worth it once he gets home.

Our lovely weekend;
-Haig coming to visit me at work
-Relaxing once I got home from work
-Going to Sears.  Tried to pick out future furniture.
-Going to Pets Unlimited.  We fell in love with a Hedgehog.
-Ate cheesecake at Victoria Park
-Tie dyed shirts :)
-Took the Ferry to Conference in New Glasgow
-Hung out with friends


-Took the ferry home
-Fell asleep on the car ride home
-Drove to the beach after we got home, took a long walk.
-Talked, and gave kisses.
-Watched I am Number Four in the Car
-Went to Cora`s for Breakfast
-Are Happy that our shirts came out awesome!

-Said Goodbye
-..... but we know its not for long :)

XO, Lyssa

Friday, May 27, 2011

Frazzled Friday

Today has not been a great day.

Yesterday was pretty good.  I got off work very early because they over staffed.  After they let me off early, I realized that I had no drive home.  Uh oh.  So, I texted someone that I used to be really close with to come and get me.  Him and I have not talked for a long time, but we have been texting lately.  He picked me up and we went out to lunch.  It was really nice.  With people that I have had drama with, I really just wanna put the past behind us and move forward.  We talked about what is going on in our lives, our current situations with family, friends, work and school.  It was really nice to catch up and be civil.  Which brings me to my next story of something that happened today.

I have this friend.  Well actually, I don't even know what we are anymore, but I am going to call her a friend.


 Just because we are not best friends anymore doesn't mean that I don't care about YOU.  I think that YOU should accept that I am very sorry for the loss of your Grandfather.  I feel terrible for the things that are going on with our friendship, but that doesn't mean that I am not careless and that I don't want to be there for YOU to mourn your loss.  I am going to do the things that I would hope YOU would do for me if this had have been my Grandfather.  Last week, yours, mine and another one of our close friend's Grandfathers were all very sick.  Do you not think that if could be some sort of sign, that Life is short?  Well, I think it is.  I am here for YOU whether YOU want me to be or not.  I am just doing what I know to be right, and that is to care.

I am just so excited for Haig to get here tomorrow.  Oh yeah, Haig is coming tomorrow! I am just a little beyond excited.  We are using this weekend to celebrate our birthdays together (mine being last sunday and his being June 13th).  I will not see him next until June 18th, and that will only be for a day.  He managed to get this weekend off, and its perfect timing considering things have just been messy for both of our lives lately.  We have some fun things planned for the weekend, but for the most part I am just happy to get to spend time with him.
I hope you all have a magical weekend :)
XO, Lyssa

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fiesta Weekend


We Made it!
(ps, Amanda is so awesome)
(pps, I made all of those moustaches, job well done to me) 

Through the weekend that is.  All of our planning, shopping and hard work payed off.  I have now planned an activity for about 40 people!  It was a really good weekend.  The dance on Friday night was great!  I was really nervous about making the playlist and pretty much being the DJ! but I didn't hear any complaints, so that is good!  I also went to Coldstone during the dance with my good friend David!  He took me there when I was in Halifax, so it is kind of our little thing to do.  Saturday, we sent the YSA out on a Photo Service Scavenger Hunt that I organized.  Here are some of my favorite pics...





 Three different types of flowers
(David and Taylor)






Team in a Group Hug
(Janelle, Cory, David & Taylor)





Team with Sir John A. MacDonald
(Daniel, Mark, Elizabeth)





Different types of Flowers.  I love Selene!




Team members in a shopping cart
(Jessica, Samantha, Shannon & Jared)








With an item that costs $5.49. Shannon is so cute!








Picture with your team upside down
(Samantha, Randi, Amanda & Josh)











Team member sitting on a cow. Randi is adorable!










Everything went well with that! Other than the weather being dumb and rainy.  After a lunch of Tacos, we had an Institute workshop by Bishop Pilling.  I was so glad that we had a good turn out for the weekend.  It wasnt a lot, but I was really happy to see the people who did come.  I love the YSA around here, they are such nice people and it was so good to spend time with them all.

Oh yes, my 19th birthday was spent at church in the morning (hanging out with Judeface in Nursery for the first hour, got to go to Relief Society for the second hour).  I then spent the afternoon wishing Haig was around... after I had a downfest, I went and got my bestest friend Megan.  We drove out to the Steens House (members of our branch) and we 'Heart' Attacked their house!  We were caught in the act (we thought they wernt home), but it was so much fun regardless!  Megan stayed over for dinner and then we went to a fireside by Bishop Pilling.  After the fireside, Megan came back over and we watched Tangled.  I think, regardless of my birthday crying curse, it was a pretty good day.

The rest of my week- Work, Work Work & Work.
I love you all, just thought you should know.
XO, Lyssa

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Nineteen


Things I've learned, and things I need to keep doing...

1. Laugh a lot
2. Stop Judging others
3. Live life to the fullest
4. Be yourself, life is too short to be anyone else
5. Be patient
6. Love one another
7. Know that everyone (including yourself) is beautiful
8. Family always comes first
9. God anwsers Prayers
10. You are so lucky to be you
11. Listen to your heart
12. Follow your dreams
13. You are Loved
14. Life is only complicated if you make it complicated
15. Take Chances and never look back
16. Cry when you need to
17.Don't remember the days, remember the moments
18. You can do this
19. This is just the beginning

Saturday, May 21, 2011

What I did when I was 18

~ Graduated Seminary










~Finished Band, went to Prom.. oh and you know, Graduated.


~ Enjoyed Summer 2010, went to my last EFY and helped out at Girls Camp




~ Moved to Halifax... and moved home from Halifax


~Hung out with Amanda, David and Haig a lot.
~Spent Thanksgiving in Cole Harbour
~Went to a YSA Blacklight dance
~Enjoyed being at home, worked a lot @ Reeeebok & hung out with friends



 ~Had a Harry Potter Marathon
 ~Spent my first Christmas in my home away from home


~Said Hello to 2011 by getting a New Year's Kiss
~Welcomed 2011 with Happiness

~Took a sign Language Course
~Worked, a lot.  Like, all the time
~Got 99 Red Balloons for Valentines Day
~Fell more and more in love with this fella






~Went to see Phantom of the Opera Ballet
~Watched General Conference in April in Nova Scotia with Haig
~Went to see Two Hours Traffic for the third time
~Went to Moncton for Easter
~Took lots of photoshoots with Kayla






~And went to Ontario!



BYE 18! :)  It's been fun, but now I am moving on to bigger and better things.  19, here I come.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fiesta Fiasco

The last couple days of my life, have been crazy!

Amanda and I spent the day together, shopping for groceries and decorations for the mexican fiesta weekend.  We decorated the chapel last night.  I finished the activity for Saturday morning (note to self- make photo copies), and I have made a playlist for the dance.  Oh, and my 19th birthday is on Sunday.  No Big Deal.  I am still pretty convinced that it won't be a great birthday, but oh well, that's life sometimes I suppose.  Today, I will be making some final preparations for tonight and tomorrow, and I will be prepping myself up.. I feel like a grunge lately.  I don't have too many things to look good for lately, so I have let my nastiness get to this point, and now I'll make myself pretty!  Hope you all have a great weekend filled with sunshine and smiles :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pre-Birthday Blues


I am pretty convinced that my birthday is not going to be a good one.  You can try and convince me otherwise, but I probably will not agree.  You know the saying 'It's my party and I'll cry if I want to' ?  Well, this is pretty much how every birthday goes for me.  Two years ago a cried on my birthday because one of my friends gave me a really unexpected gift, and I was really thankful for their kindness in giving it to me.  Last year on the day after my birthday, I didn't cry, but I was pretty darn close.  Haig had come to surprise me as I got home from a band trip to New York and Quebec.  I spent my birthday last year with my band geek friends, and it was awesome. Getting home to Haig the next day just made everything so much better.  But this year, I am feeling so sad about my birthday, but so excited about turning 19!  The Charlottetown Branch is having a YSA Super Saturday this weekend (Amanda and I are doing a lot of the planning).  The theme is Mexican Fiesta!  Seeing as it is the same weekend as my birthday, I am pretty pumped to double it as a huge party to celebrate my birthday.  So if anyone wants to bring me presents, feel free to! Just kidddding.  But my birthday on Sunday... seems like it is just going to be a down day.  Haig is missing out on this weekend which makes me really sad and Casey went to Montreal last night to see her grandparents.  I have a few more people that I would celebrate with, but I think this Sunday will just be pretty low key, Unless someone wants to get those two people over for me than I would love you a long time.  I decided that I will sit at home by myself and eat DQ Ice Cream cake.  I am really excited to be turning 19 though.  No, not just because I am legal (not that it really matters), but I feel 19 is a pretty mature age.  How did you feel when you turned 19?

If I can make one more birthday request (other than my joke ones), can someone pleasssse get the sun to shine for my birthday weekend?  That would just be awesome!
XO, Lyssa

Monday, May 16, 2011

Ontario Playlist


Someone like you-Adele
Rolling in the Deep-Adele
Count on me-Bruno Mars
Somewhere only we know-Glee
Uncharted-Sara Bareilles
How-Maroon 5
The Riddle (You and I)-Five for Fighting
Chances-Five for Fighting
Enough to let me go-Switchfoot
The Lucky Ones-Brendan James
Paperweight-Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk
Magic- B.o.B
I do- Colbie Caillat
See you soon-Coldplay
It’s Friday, I’m in love- The cure
Dance Forever-All-Star weekend
Fireworks-Katy Perry
Romance Is…-Lights
Animal-Neon Trees
Science and Faith-The Script
Jezebel- Two hours Traffic
Maybe-Ingrid Michaelson
Singing in the rain/Umbrella-Glee

Coming home has been okay.  Friday night I am pretty positive that I slept like a brick.  I worked all day Saturday in Rockport, but it was pretty decent.  Saturday night, I hung out with Amanda and some of the people that are here selling security systems.  It was a pretty fun time.  Yesterday was a nice relaxing day.   I wasn't feeling too good in the afternoon, but regardless, I went with my mom and kayla while we needed to help out with something for a family we know.  I made stir-fry for a late dinner, relaxed, showered and chatted on the phone with Haig.  He had an exciting day yesterday.  He was ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood.  It made me sad that I couldnt be there, but I am still so happy and proud of him.  Next up- Getting everything ready for the mission.
XO, Lyssa

Friday, May 13, 2011

3 of 3


 I heart Sundays
Sunday was a really good day. We all went to Burlington ward. Sacrament meeting was great filled with talks and a couple musical performances about mothers. Haig, Rachel, Vic and myself skipped out on Sunday school and went and sat in the sun. In relief society we had a great lesson on tithes and offerings. There was a lot of great input.
Sunday afternoon was spent-
Eating. (Left over crepes for lunch and burgers for dinner. Soo soo good!)
Lazing around outside. The house that we stayed at (friends of the Pinsents- the Mifsuds), have a great hammock in their back yard that Haig and I spent some time relaxing in. They also had a tree deck that was really neat.
Sleeping- not too much to say about that, other than it being awesome!




Untitled day
Monday. We got up and got all packed up at the Mifsud's. We went to another friend's house for breakfast. After we ate, they chatted for awhile. I fell asleep in Haig's arms on their sofa. I am pretty darn cute. We left their house around noon and drove to hull Quebec.. A long afternoon of driving fun, fighting and fantasticness with the Pinsent family. We got to their friend’s house that are actually away on a conference. It was really nice of them to let us use their home. We relaxed, ate pizza and played tag on their backyard swingset.

Driving home
We are booting her home today. We left at 6:09 am from the place (the Schlzke's) we were staying. It has been all driving since then. We are still in Quebec right now and we are estimated to be home around 11. We are mostly just relaxing on the drive back. I colored a picture and took my camera out to take a picture, only to realize that my camera has a busted screen. I'm not worried at all because I wanted to get a new camera before the trip, so it’s a good thing I didn't and now I can have a new one for the summer. Hey mom and dad, my birthday is in less than two weeks..?


 The Final Days 
Estimated to arrive home at 11? Try two hours later. That's right, we didn't get home until about 1am, Wednesday may 11th. But it was so much fun and the whole trip was so worth it. Haig worked all day Wednesday, I felt bad for him while I slept in until 10:30. I hung out with Victoria most of the day. We had Kraft dinner for lunch, we watched a movie in the afternoon and then Haig and I relaxed when he got home from work around dinner time. Megan came over late and dropped some stuff off and just to say hi :). Haig and I went on a date to DQ. Again, I'm really spoiled. Thursday, Haig worked all day again. Vic, mum and I went out for a bit in the afternoon. Haig and I were hoping to go to the temple, but there was not a group going in for baptisms so unfortunately we couldn't. Instead I got spoiled some more… Haig bought me tangled and we watched it later on in the night. While Haig went to play basketball, Vic and I walked to Sobeys and bought everything to make poutine. I ate poutine with all the Pinsent kiddies at 9:30pm. I love those kids. It was a lot of fun. After tangled, we went to bed so I could catch the shuttle the next morning.
I am so happy that I took this trip. I am strong now with the fact that Haig is leaving for two years, but I know there will be times when he is gone that I will become weak. But I know that I will just remember the moments that we have had together, especially some of the great ones from this trip. I have grown closer to him and his family and it makes me want to be in it for good. 




Ontario 2011, Pinsents & Perssons and My Love, Thanks for one great time!