Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Couches, crock pots and cookies!

We've been busy. We work full time, we've been trying to get our apartment in order, we have family events and we also have to sleep sometimes! Haha but we've been doing good! 
I've decided not to put a lot of wedding photos on the blog since they're all on Facebook anyway, but this is the one I posted on Instagram for our one month anniversary!

Hey Keaton, I love you a lot

As for our apartment, we recently got a new/used couch and ottoman. For anyone who doesn't know, when I moved into the apartment, we got a free couch, thinking "hey, a free couch that's kind of functional." Then a couple weeks ago, we were like "....Yeah, let's look for a new couch" because it wasn't as cushiony and it looked dirty even after we cleaned it! 
Keaton looked on Kijiji and LetGo and he found a leather one from a guy in Lamont. Uncle Tyler was nice enough to take Keaton in his truck to pick it up, and Jackie and Eldon brought it to us over the weekend in their van! (Thanks guys!) We also got an ottoman from a guy in Windermere, which is actually in great condition, despite being 10 years old and in a house with cats! We're quite happy with it! We also got some nice curtains for our living room that are very sweet. 

We also try to cook together. One night, Keaton made cookie dough then we made the cookies after he picked me up from work, so that was a good team effort for our delicious cookies! I've been trying to use my Crock Pot. So far, I made chilli and root beet pulled pork. Both turned out so good!! I can't wait to try more things. Feel free to send me recipe ideas!
(The night I made pulled pork, we had poutine with it! SO GOOD)

Sunday was Father's Day as well! We went home to Sherwood Park and we talked to my parents on Skype for a while. We also made our thank you cards so those will be around soon!! We had family dinner and we also had the sister missionaries over for that! We gave Eldon a shirt with Darth Vader on it that says "I Am Your Father". After dinner, we chatted for a bit and played the game Psych on our phones. We came back into the city and stopped by the house Keaton used to live in to visit his former roomates and play a couple rounds of Super Smash Bros.
And driving home, we saw an amazing sunset!! Good thing we live on the west end is what Keaton said. I just love pink clouds!

We have some more busy times coming up! Next week, we have my 22nd birthday and Canada Day is next Saturday which will be great! #Canada150 I'm really excited for it!
I have a red PEI shirt to wear, to remember home and to wear red for the day! :)

I'll try to write again soon! <3

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

#married

Keaton and Kayla Gibb
May 12, 2017
Halifax Nova Scotia Temple
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BEST DAY EVER

(Photo: Bryan Fraser)

(Photo: Samantha Moses)

(Amanda took this one, and I like it!)

On our wedding day, I went to the Pinsents' house to get ready with my bridesmaids. The very talented Victoria did my make up and Nichla helped with my hair! Jackie and Kenzie came to meet me and take me to the temple for our photographer (Samantha Moses) to get our first look pictures. 
Keaton and I had to go into the temple an hour early to make sure everything was set and in order for us to get married. 
The ceremony was amazing, as most sealings are. We had our family and good friends who came from quite far to see us get married in the temple that I grew up around and the one in the area Keaton served his mission in. How great is that?!
We got changed and came out to see everyone. It was cloudy for a bit but the sun decided to come out for us! We got pictures for a while then went to meet with everyone at Wharf Wraps, which is a great seafood restaurant in Eastern Passage. They were so great!

The next day, Keaton and I drove back to Charlottetown to get ready for the reception. We started with a receiving line, then we had a short ring ceremony and our first dance and father/daughter and mother/son dance. Then we cut the cake and everyone had some refreshments. We had a program where we played the shoe game and we had speeches from Austen and Megan and our parents. 

We thank and love everyone who took time to participate and/or help with our wedding and reception. Weddings take time and effort, and everyone went above and beyond to help make those days very special for us. <3 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Washington!

Our trip began on Thursday at 4:00 am when Keaton, Jackie and I left Sherwood Park and picked up her parents and drove to the airport. We got our boarding passes and dropped off luggage and headed through security then got some breakfast at Tim Horton's. We first flew to Calgary (to meet up with Eldon's parents) then we flew to Abbotsford BC (I can now say I've been to 9 out of 10 Canadian provinces!) Jackie and her dad left the airport and went to pick up a rental car. We drove to the border and got through. We went to meet up with Eldon around Mount Vernon and he took us to a tulip festival called RoozenGaarde and there were SO MANY TULIPS!



It was so pretty though! We then stopped outside downtown Seattle for Chick-Fil-A which was great as always. When we got downtown, we dropped Eldon's parents off at his sister Yvonne's apartment. We took Jackie's parents with us to Pike Place Market and the Gum Wall. Keaton and I got dropped off at the Space Needle for a few minutes to walk around and see it up close and it was so cool! Got to live out all my Greys Anatomy feelings! ;) 





Keaton and I went with Eldon in his rental car to drive to Puyallup. There was quite a bit of traffic! We got settled at the hotel along with Theo and Kenzie and Courtney and Tom, and Austen arrived to spend the night with all of us. We also met up with Jackie's sister Kim and her husband Tom and three of their daughters Kassie, Brittin and Belle. We all went to get food at Sonic then took it back to the hotel to chat. We also spent some time at the pool while Jackie and Eldon went to Walmart. When they came back, we all chilled in their room and ate some snacks and talked, which was nice. 

Friday was the big day! I got up early to shower because I had to do my hair. I ate some breakfast with Keaton before he had to leave with Austen and his parents. I went with the rest of the siblings and Jackie's parents. When we arrived at the Seattle temple, we sat in the waiting room while Caitlin went to do her dress reveal to Austen. They both came in after to get ready for the sealing. Her dad came in around 11:30 to tell us we could get ready to head in. We switched our shoes for socks and waited a few more minutes. So the temple is really big and we went up to the third floor for the sealing! It was so beautiful though. It was my first time attending a sealing so now I know what to expect when my time comes! After it was over, there was lots of hugs going around. We went back down and outside to wait for them. It started to rain a little bit but there was a shelter over the door anyway! Then after some time, Austen and Caitlin made their way out as a married couple! And we took lots of pictures! (Also their photographer was great and so fun, she loved hanging out with our family!) the wedding party went to get more pictures so we went to a nearby location for the family lunch and it was very delicious. 




We drove back to Puyallup to stop at our hotel for a bit then drove to Buckley (Caitlin's hometown) for the reception. There was some food served, some Italian sodas, and a candy bar. They started with a small receiving line, the moved to cutting their cake and having their first dance. Caitlin also tossed her bouquet. We danced a bit with them and ate some cake. We then sent them off and spent some more time talking to people. It was a short reception but it's all they needed. We stopped for gas before going back to the hotel to hang out at the pool again. Keaton checked the score of the Oilers game the whole time, which they won!! 
After a long day, we were finally able to sleep!! 

Saturday, I got up early again, along with Keaton and Jackie's parents. We left the hotel at 8 a.m. to drive to Yvonne's in Seattle to pick up Eldon's parents. We got held up a bit at the border but we were able to clear some things up! Keaton and Papa went to drop off the rental car and get some food while we waited for them at the Abbotsford airport. Keaton's phone was at 1% when we got there, so I took his to charge and he took mine to use for maps and calling. When they got back, we ate some food and sat for a bit. We went through security and got on our flight to Calgary. We said bye to Eldon's parents. (Well not really good bye, more like see you in two weeks). The rest of us waited at our next gate for our flight to Edmonton. When we arrived, Keaton went ahead of us to get the van. We drove back to Sherwood Park to drop off Jackie's parents, took the van home and took our own cars back into the city since we left at the house. I went to my apartment to unpack then went to Keaton's to relax and talk about some of our own wedding plans.

All in all, it was a lovely time in Washington and I'm so happy I was able to go and celebrate Austen and Caitlin's marriage in the Seattle Temple! 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

April updates!

So ... I have my own apartment now! It's a one bedroom basement apartment and its a about a 15 minute drive from West Edmonton Mall (where I work!), its about 5 minutes from Southgate Mall, where there is an LRT station which will be good for Keaton when he's going go school. Plus, its a few minutes away from the Edmonton Temple, so that is amazing! Over the course of a couple days, I started packing up my room and we had been accumulated furniture for a little bit too. We officially moved everything on April 1. We streamed General Conference on our phones so we were able to listen. We were able to get a queen size bed frame from some family friends, and a lot of other furniture was found on Kijiji (shout out to Keaton for taking the time to find it all!). We have a few things settled in! So far, we have curtains in the bedroom, but blankets on the other windows. 
I've just been in it by myself, There is a few small things that Keaton has in it already, but otherwise its just me until we get married! 
But after we moved everything in, we got some yummy donair pizza and watched "The R.M." since April 1st marked one year since Keaton got home from his mission! I'm so happy with the progress he has made with deciding things with his life and choosing me to his partner through all of it :)
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However on April 1st, my mom called to tell me some bad news. My grandmother (Dad's mom) had passed away. She had been in the hospital for three months with a brain infection. She kept having good days and bad days. It was growing hard for my dad and his twin sister. Eventually, she started to decline even more, and they had to let her go. I'll miss her. She was a wonderful lady. I'm very happy my last memory of her was good. I had gone to visit her in the hospital (that time, she was in for a shoulder problem) and it was before I was about to move to Alberta. When I told her I was moving and driving across the country for a guy I had been dating long distance, she was actually happy for me! While everyone else was asking me questions about my HUGE decision, Grammie told me she was happy for me and was totally accepting of it! 
Unfortunately, on April 7th, we lost another family member. My aunt Mary Lou passed away as well. She was the wife of my uncle Allan, who is my dads brother. She's had a lot of health issues in the past. I wasn't super close with her, but I know my parents and aunt will miss her. I really feel for her daughters, my cousins Tammy and Amanda and their families. 
It's been hard on all of us. Thankfully, I know there is a plan for all of us after death. So although I was worried at first, the fear is gone now. I wish I could have been with my family, but they understand. 

General conference helped a lot that weekend. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf spoke about families and family history work, which confirmed a lot to me about eternal families that weekend. And our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson encouraged members of the church to read and study the Book of Mormon - his counsel I will follow as I have started the Book of Mormon over again! And it should be a good read this time around. 
They're right here, if you would like to read them!!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

East Coast visit

From March 15-19, I had the great opportunity of going home to PEI to visit for a few days!

Day 1 - it's long, but it's interesting!!
Keaton and I woke up around 3:30 a.m. to get my things ready and drive to the airport, since it's about a 30 min drive. He dropped me off at the doors since we didn't want to pay for parking. I checked into my flight at the kiosks and dropped my suitcase off. The flight was at 6, so I had about 30 minutes to get through security. I walked through the metal detector and had to get pat down in a random search. Then I had to leave some liquids behind since they wouldn't fit in the "proper baggies".
After security, I went to the gate and they were about to board my zone. The plane had to be de-iced before taking off, so I eavesdropped the women sitting behind me... man they were pretty talkative for 6 a.m.! 
I started to watch Moana but I ended up sleeping for most of it, and saw the ending... and I tried to read some scriptures and fell asleep again! Our plane was a little late landing in Toronto because it was windy, but I had time until my next flight so I went to get Thai express for lunch. 
*now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down!* really though..
Then I sat down at my gate... the lady announced that the plane was oversold and she was taking volunteers to get on another flight. That's when I realised I should've checked in 24 hours before. My seat number said GTE which pretty much meant that I did not have a seat on this plane. I panicked as everyone else got on and the employee was seeing who else could go. So I was basically bumped off the plane without any warning... And I broke down crying at the desk as the employee tried to tell me what to do. She told me to head to customer service and have them reroute my flights. The line was huge and I was stuck in it for about an hour. All in the meantime, I was trying to call Keaton and my mom and sister about the rearrangement of my travel plans. Keaton and Alyssa and Amanda were all emailing Air Canada to tell them our inconveniences. When I got to the desk, they were able to put me on a 6:55 p.m. flight to Halifax with a flight to Charlottetown the next morning, which I accepted because I did not want to spend the night in Toronto. One perk about this was I was promised a reimbursement for the trouble. I took my ticket and Alyssa immediately texted her mother in law Nichla to get me at the airport that night. I was sitting at what I thought was the gate, but lucky for me, I added my boarding passes to my phone and it notified me that the gate number changed. I went to grab some snacks when I noticed a guy who was on my previous flight and was in the customer service line with me sitting at the older gate. I asked if he was on the Halifax flight and he said yes so I told him the gate number changed. We sat together while waiting to board and chatted about some things. I noticed my boarding pass had GTE for a seat number so I made sure to go check I was going to get a new ticket. The lady was a little busy so I felt bad, but she called out my name and gave me my assigned seat! Finally! 
I ran to the line as soon as they called zone 3! On this plane, the TV's weren't working very well so I rested my eyes a little bit. When we landed, Haig's mom Nichla was there to get me. However, my luggage was missing in action so I had to talk to someone at baggage services. After they did what they could, we went down to Air Canada service to check in to my morning flight and got the boarding pass. I made sure for certain that I had a seat number. Nichla took me home and I had a sandwich and took a quick shower, called Keaton then I went to bed!

Day 2
Nichla woke me up and I had a bit of breakfast and we left for the airport. She dropped me off since I had to get through security and head to the gate. I got there in time and they loaded the plane about 20 minutes later. I was on an 18 passenger plane, which was tight and small. And I was at the very back! However, the flight was a short ride. When I got off the plane, my dad and Alyssa with little Haig and Amanda with little Kinsley were waiting for me! Alysa held a sign that said "Welcome home Auntie Kayla! I've been waiting my whole life to meet you!" Which was the sweetest thing! And my luggage I had thought I lost was at the airport already! Thank goodness! Dad got my stuff in the car and took me home to see Winnie, which was a lovely reuniting. He then had some errands to run, so he took me to Alyssa's apartment and we went to run some errands on our own and caught up on things. She dropped me off at moms work where I got the car and went to visit my old manager at Rockport. Then I went home and relaxed for a bit. Dad started making waffles for dinner while I went to pick up mom. We came back and ate then mom and I went to Alyssa's since she was putting on a mini bridal shower for me. We had some desserts and some presents and good chatting. Mom and I stayed a bit longer because she wanted to see if she could help little Haig since he was getting fussy. But Alyssa told us to head home so we did. I relaxed a little more before going to bed. 




Me and my beautiful bridesmaids to be!

Day 3
We got up early and got ready to drive to Halifax. While on the way, we stopped at Masstown Market just outside of Truro so Alyssa could feed little Haig and we could grab a snack. When we arrived in Halifax, we tried to go to the place to get a marriage licence, but I only had a home photocopied version of Keaton's passport and she told us it had to be the real thing or a "certified copy" which had to be signed by a doctor or lawyer (which they don't specify that on their website so I wasn't too impressed).
We went to the Pinsent's, then mom and dad and I went to Eastern Passage to check out a restaurant for the family dinner after my wedding. When we went back to the house, I took a quick nap. I got up in time to get dressed and mom and dad and I went to the temple. I had to be there about and hour and a half before the endowment session. I was pretty nervous and cried a bit while waiting. It was really great when Bob and Pat Steen arrived just to see me go through the temple. I won't talk too much about what happened, but it was pretty wonderful. We went back to the Pinsent's after and had some late dinner and mostly relaxed for a bit. 

Isn't he just the cutest?!?!

Day 4
We decided to go do another session at the temple. It was French, but they accommodated for the English people there. It was still interesting since I know a bit of my French still. There was also a lot of Elder missionaries there and one who knows Keaton came to talk to me when we were leaving the temple. We then went to get Alyssa and baby Haig and got back on the road, with another stop at Masstown Market to feed and change baby. When we got back home, mom ordered pizza and we went to pick it up. I also checked into my flight super early to make sure I got seats! When we came back, Haig was off work and we had family dinner. The Pinsent's left after a bit to take baby to bed, so mom and I went through photos for the wedding slideshow. (Trust me, there's some good ones). We also chatted a bit and then went to bed.


"Here Haig, hold my snacks! You;re not doing anything anyway!"

Day 5
We went to church all together. After Sacrament meeting, mom and I handed out wedding announcements to people and I got to talk to them. Mom and I attended Sunday school because dad was teaching. And I still talked to people after that! And mom was teaching right after in relief society! We went back home after church and I had some soup for lunch and got my stuff packed up. The Pinsent's came back over and so did Amanda and Kinsley. We had a nice time chatting together and laughing. We video called Keaton as well so he could see the babies! It was around 4 when we had to leave for the airport so I had to say my goodbyes. I almost cried when hugging mom and dad but they told me not to. 

We had to get a sister picture at church!

My favourites!

My flight was to Toronto first. When I got there, I made sure where my gate was and went to get a snack at Tim Horton's. I wasn't looking forward to my 4 hour flight to Edmonton, but there could be longer plane rides to take! I put La La Land on but eventually passed out. When the movie was done, I slept again, but it wasn't comfortable. However when we began the descent, I was a little more awake. When we landed, Keaton was almost at the airport and said he would be outside at curb side pick up. I waited for my luggage and then went to the bathroom, since I realised I wasn't feeling well. I went outside after and met up with him and it was so nice! Originally I was going to drop him off at his apartment then drive home to Sherwood Park, but it was snowing and I felt sick, so he decided to come all the way home with me to avoid me having to drive in bad weather and not feeling well. When we got there, I just wanted to lay on the floor, but I did get up and got in bed. 

The morning after... when the jet lag settled in...
Yep, so that next day was pretty bad. I was feeling okay after I showered and drove Keaton back to his apartment. But when I got to the mall, I realised that I was VERY tired, not to mention that I started to get a sore throat and cough. I tried to nap a bit before opening the store, but it didn't help. Needless to say, I texted the other third key holder and asked him to come in when he was done of school and he agreed so that was a really good help! I went to Keaton's after and slept for a good while until he came home from school. We decided to go back home so I would be ready for sleep. We also stopped for a Kijiji microwave on the way there (for $40!). He made me soup, and then I decided to take a hot bath since my muscles were pretty sore. Around 9, I started to get ready for bed. Keaton came to say good night and I passed out pretty fast. He even came in to collect my garbage and I didn't hear a thing! He's so good for taking care of me :)

SO I'm getting back to my regular routine again in Edmonton, but it was such a good trip! And I was so happy to meet my little nephew Haig Arthur, he is absolutely so perfect. I got to attend the temple with my parents and my sister by side, plus Bob and Pat Steen and Brittany Criss. And we were able to talk about more wedding plans!
I appreciate everyone who helped me and prayed for me along the way and made it so special for me! <3


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Engagement photos!!

Happy Valentine's Day! đź’“
What better way to celebrate than looking at lovely engagement photos?? 
Just kidding, you can all celebrate however you want! I just wanted to share some of my favourites from our shoot

On January 28, we joined Emma Patterson and her assistant Nicole at Whitemud Park in Edmonton so they could take our engagement photos!
It was a little cloudy, which was pretty decent so then our eyes weren't squinting from the sunlight. We stayed there a little over an hour and we got some decent shots!

Here is a link to Emma's blog. Don't be fooled by my icky face, I love Keaton a lot and Emma got beautiful pictures!
https://emmakphotography.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/whos-who/






"I love you" "I know" necklaces


Fun fact: This will be our first (and only) Valentine's Day as an engaged couple, which I think is pretty exciting. And we got three months to go until our wedding which is even better!
I love Keaton so much. I can't wait to spend my Eternity with him

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Road trip to Lethbridge!

We had a great eventful road trip weekend!
On Friday, I had to work 9-5:30, then I went home where Jackie and Eldon were having the sister missionaries over for dinner. Keaton and Austen were both there too. After dinner, we cleaned up and Jackie and Eldon and Austen went to visit some friends for a bit, while Keaton and I went skating! We only stayed about half an hour or 45 minutes, but it was still decent. I haven't skated in so long and I just happened to have found a pair of skates in my size at Value Village one day for $20! So that was a nice outdoor date for us to enjoy. We went back home and started to watch Fresh Prince when we heard someone come in. That's because Caitlin and her sister had driven up from Washington that day for Caitlin to move here and be closer to Austen. We helped her bring her stuff in and they came to watch Netflix for a bit before going to bed.

*Little background as to why we planned to go to Lethbridge: my friends Julianna Ceron and Riley Benoit are two awesome girls who I spent most of young women's with back home in PEI. Julianna and her family moved to Lethbridge in 2014 and Riley moved out there in 2016. Riley joined the church 7 years ago and the Cerons basically "adopted" her and have supported them both for so long. Anyways, they both received their mission calls before Christmas. Riley was originally called to the Canada Halifax Mission but was reassigned for Canada Toronto since she has family in Newfoundland. Julianna then got her call to Canada Halifax and leaves next week, while Riley leaves Feb. 22. They were set to give their farewell talks in church, and I was lucky enough to have the weekend off so Keaton and I could drive down to hear them. Here is how that all went:

Saturday, I got up and started to get ready for the day since Keaton and I were getting engagement photos done. Before we left though, Eldon and I took my car to get it washed and he checked on some things when we got back home. Emily Bates came over to do my makeup for photos, then Keaton and I had lunch. We met with our photographer Emma Patterson and her assistant Nicole at Whitemud Park in Edmonton. She photographed us for about an hour or so. That's all we needed though, and we trust she got some good ones! 
(Sneak peak! There will be more to come!)

We drove them home and stopped at Keaton's apartment for a few minutes before heading out for our road trip. I drove first since Keaton wanted to work on some calculus. We stopped in Red Deer to eat at Peter's Drive In, which was pretty good! I had a chocolate strawberry Oreo milkshake and a double cheeseburger! Keaton had the same burger and chocolate banana Oreo milkshake and got us fries to share. We put Keaton's phone in the holder attached to the windshield and watched Mockingjay Part 2.

I drove until Calgary and we stopped again for a bathroom break, then Keaton took a turn driving. After Mockingjay, we started Star Wars 7 on the tablet, but it started to die so we had to stop. When we arrived in Lethbridge, we went to the church where Julianna and Riley's farewell party was to be taking place, but we got there too late and everyone had already left! So I suggested we just go to the Ceron's house. The girls thought we were just coming on Sunday, so when we showed up at their door, they were surprised and came to hug us! We had gotten there at about 9:30 and left a little before midnight since we had to stop for gas. But we caught up on so much stuff! We then went to stay at Keaton's great uncle and great aunts house. We pretty much got settled and went to bed because of long hours of driving. 

After we got ready Sunday morning, we went to the church and found some seats with the Cerons. We also had one of Keaton's former roommates Kaden and his fiancĂ© Krista come meet us for church! Riley and Julianna gave kick butt talks. They didn't seem nervous but they told us they were! After the meeting, I was also able to see Mikayla Barfuss who served in the Canada Halifax Mission and she is so great! The five is us had a good chat and got some pictures. Keaton and I then left and went to Kaden's apartment to have some lunch and visit his brother Tanner. We had some leftover pizza then headed out. We drove to Taber so we could visit the graves of Keaton's great grandparents on the Gibb side. That was really great to see and support Keaton with that.



While driving back to Calgary, I asked Keaton if we could take a different way to stop in Vulcan and see the Starship Enterprise. He agreed and we got to do that! I don't watch a lot of Star Trek, but this was pretty awesome!

When we got to Calgary, our first stop was at Aunt Tiffany and Uncle Ryan's. (They are Jackie's sister and brother in law.) We chatted with them and their kids and got to meet their dog! Our next stop was Theo and Kenzie's for supper. It was really nice of them to have us over and have some funny conversations! 
Next stop was quick to see the Calgary temple. It was my first time seeing it and it's so pretty! It was dark out, but the temples are always so lit up, it was still nice. 


(I love him a lot)


Our last visit before heading home was at my cousin Amber's house where we saw her and her husband Blake, their son Thexan and her mom, my aunt Annette. My cousin Caitlin and her fiancĂ© Adam and their daughter Emma came shortly after too! We stayed about an hour, both of us getting to hold little Thexan and Emma! 

We left there around 8 and started to watch the new Annie movie on Keaton's phone on the drive. We stopped in Red Deer for gas, but then headed home. We decided to go right home where Austen and Caitlin were finishing up Les Miserables. Keaton and Austen left in their car to go to their apartment in the city so they could be ready for school in the morning. 

It was a really good weekend!! We had great experiences and lots of laughs and love. I'm also so happy for Julianna and Riley and their decisions to serve missions. I watched them grow close in young women's and now even closer before they are separated for 18 months. I'll miss them a lot, but that's why we have email and letters to send!
<3