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I have a cold! and Did you Know Evalee fed me her $45 Wrist Bouquet?

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I never get colds.. but here I am with a cold.  I’m sure the cure is to do whatever I feel like.  Maybe I’m just supposed to relax and re-adjust to the coolish Canadian weather?  So, what I’ve been doing is adding photos, and some ‘addendums’ (in italics) to some of the travel and wedding posts.  I am adoring reflecting on this trip!  

The wedding… really so amazing.  The location had such a beautiful ‘clear’ energy, the Bride, Groom and actually all of the family also had an amazing energy about us.  We’re a good bunch.  (smile)  Especially the wee Evalee! What a joy. And when she wasn’t feeling quite so ‘joyous’ she just added some humour by having a meltdown or two that day.   (Not long after the wedding, she popped two molars!)    I’m laughing as I recall the wee Evalee with her $45 wrist bouquet of roses, in my arms during the ceremony… PICKING the petals off and trying to feed them to me.  She may have ate some herself.   I wonder if rose petals are good for teething.  Sometimes babies know best.

Courtney made good decisions in planning their wedding.. she turned down the option of a bouquet for Evalee, because she knew Evalee would just throw it aside.  I don’t think Courtney foresaw Evalee actually EATING her wrist bouquet… but she did suspect it wouldn’t last long one way or another.  Good thinking.  Worth the $45 for the story, though! 

And on that note of planning a destination wedding with a baby in tow….  Prior to the travels, we did realize that perhaps the reason to get married before having babies is that the whole thing could be much simpler.  You know, I suppose that’s not a bad idea.  But all of us know that our trip and the wedding was made just that much more beautiful with Evalee a part of it all. 

Enjoy the photos if you happen to peruse through the blog.  I’ll get to the Turkey ones right now….

OH, what an extraordinary wedding!!

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The minute Courtney walked down the staircase hanging over the Caldera of Santorini,  we all knew  this adventure was worth every second of planning.. and more.  The minute I go to an  internet place where the  keyboard works, and where I can add pictures I will add some.

The wedding was fabulous!  absolutely amazing… this plan of theirs was perfect..  maybe even especially so.. with Evalee crying in the lead! (pretty cute, and she soon walked her way down with Megan!)  They all looked so beautiful.  and  Cody handsome.   (i unfortunately looked like the haggard mother of the bride…  Evalee spilled her bottle on my dress on the way to the wedding.. i never did get my hair done nice…  fortunately i didn’t know how bad my dress was until i looked in a mirror much later.  photoshop, i guess  (smile)
it was such  an extraordinary day… a highlight was the champagne toast Cody made ,  about when opposites attrace…  we all were crying at his toast,   The dinner  was fabulous – more amazing than any restaurant I’ve ever been to, then we hung out on a roof top, under the ‘day after full moon’ moon, overlooking the caldera and sea where Atlantis may once have been…  and we laughed til after midnight.
Court and Cody are so happy.  Evalee was a hoot!

The Bride is healthy again and ate her wedding feast.  The Baby with   spots that are apparently mosquito bites, is not feeling quite so well.    More soon.    But for the moment, all I can say is this wedding on all levels was a most extraordinary event!

The Bridesmaid got home at 7 am.

And soon the rest of the family will be on their  way to other locations, I’m not sure where I”m going.. but I will then tell the story of the  WEdding Dress Trinkets!

Post trip addendum:   Really there’s so much more to say about a wedding held on the caldera of Santorini.. where some believe Atlantis once existed..and the energy definately has an ancient magical feel.  And more can be said about the Traditional Greek Musicians leading the couple to their dinner reception, and the first dance with Evalee being such a joy wrapped in her Mommy’s skirt, and the sunset, a cake that melted in our mouths, and the dinner of our choice.. pigeon, rabbit, beef,  shrimp cocktails, etc etc in the world famous Selene Restaurant…..

Ya, so much more to say.  Like the baby’s bottle spilled all over my dress on the way to the wedding!  And the speech that Cody made that is likely the best speech I’ve ever heard!   And the wedding games… oh, that was good.     hmm..   yes, much more to say!

Photos and Wedding Dress Trinkets are a few posts later.

Mikonos… and Evalee sleeps through the night!

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Pretty!

Pretty!

This is the first chance to use the internet since the island travels began. Currently am on Mikonos… it’s so funny.. if there were no houses here, (each cube shaped white, rounded corners, with blue shutters and doors) there would be nothing on the islands except sagebrush and cactus and no trees. Yet, here it is so beautiful, with all these incredible little alley ways, no cars (in the ‘city’) .. flowers everywhere. Just like the postcards! I’m terribly delighted to be on ferries. (which I keep writing as ‘faeries’) and dipping my feet and swimming in the agean…

So far, we’ve been to Syros and Mikonos. We’ve had the adventures of negotiating accommodations with people meeting the ferries. Today I explore where Apollo and Artemis were apparently born… we’ll see about this. hee hee. ONe driver made a very good point about Greece… no one knows where mythology ends and history begins. Love it.

Very impressed with travelling with the family. Nobody has yelled at anybody yet. hee hee. We’re not really yellers anyway… except Evalee who has had some good yelling moments…. but generally she’s been astounding!

Okay… family awaits as we first explore the very amazing artworks throughout the alley way, and find a pair of shoes for Megan for the wedding!

And besides, Megan wants the computer. hmm. I’m a mom again.

Evalee and Nana, Mikonos. Life is grand!

Evalee and Nana, Mikonos. Life is grand!

Athena’s home..

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Sometimes on days like these one must take a moment and say consciously to one’s self:  “I am flying across the Agean in a little tiny plane”   and “I am curled up with Evalee in a hotel in Athens, Greece”   “I am walking the dregs of Athens with my family.  … Cody, watch out for Evalee’s head!”  (She rides in a back pack, and sometimes peeks out the side… buildings so close she could bop her head!)    and “Wow, we are standing on the acropolis in a windstorm … how cool is this?”

The girls at Acropolis

The girls at Acropolis

I am so happy we have this opportunity together! 

And now, I hear it’s my turn to figure out what’s next… so have to find out how to get to an island tomorrow!

The latest adventure soon begins…Turkey and Greece and ?

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Just over a week and I’m on my flight to Turkey!  A nearly 7 week adventure that includes:

Backpacking through Turkey with my daughter Megan.  Megan is a world traveller extrordinaire currently on her 27th month of travelling.  I do hope she will write a book, because it will reveal to the world that it is possible, financially and otherwise, to do this kind of adventure to the most unusual places, as a young beautiful blonde travelling on her own… with very little money.  (If her goal was to kick her momma’s butt on travelling worldwide on her own… she’s gone far far beyond!)

Then we meet up in Greece with my other beautiful daughter, Courtney, wonderful fiance Cody, and 15 month old precious pumpkin grandbaby Evalee.. to explore and then to celebrate their wedding in Santorini!!!    Courtney is a momma extraordinaire… a very young women, with a masters and a baby, and a husband to be…  taking on an extended backpacking trip with baby and a full on white dress wedding in the middle!  Ha!  What an adventure!  So, I hope she will also write a book, because this could inspire parents who feel somewhat confined in life.. to consider living their adventures, baby and all!

I suspect her’s will be a book with attitude; watch for lines like:  “what the hell was I thinking????”  or “If you are Canadian, don’t try getting married in Greece.  Unless you love paperwork, and dealing with the Canadian Government systems.”  (Getting one “stamp’ on a document took 7 weeks.)

Cody, son-in-law-to-be, is a guy.. you know, a real ‘guy’ guy.. I think he is incredibly brave to take  this trip with us woman.. each of us unique, independant, and well, . .. ya, unique.  Cody you are amazing.  And will be the ‘protector’ of all of us, even though we firmly deny that we need any protecting!  (smile)  I know you will be relieved when we meet up with your Dad in Santorini.  Phew, another guy.  But we girls get to add another woman then, too!  Cody’s mom!

Evalee, the littlie, is going to be the centre of attention ….  not just because she’s precious, and funny, and has such a happy disposition and is a joy to be around… but also because she’s taken up climbing anything and everything, but doesn’t necessarily know how to get down.. and as happy as she is .. she is a shitty sleeper.  What can I say?  NOT so happy when it comes to sleeping.  So thank  goodness for such a crowd of relatives…. we will all be taking our turns keeping an eye on that little one!   Also a good thing she is such a curious being.. .travelling and seeing and learning will suit her well!   Her momma is SUPPOSED to be center of attention, being the bride and all…..  hmmmmm.

I’m not sure my travelling ‘buddies’ are entirely aware that a goal of mine is to ‘connect’ with the magical sites, explore the ancient gods, goddesses, muses and faerie history,  and gather resources and brilliant ideas that fit with all that I am doing in life coaching, and creativity.  (Being a Muse group leader, this is fitting!)  Come to think of it, this won’t surprise them all.  

After the wedding, we all go our various ways… and although I’m leaving it open, I suspect I’m going to find a cheap hostel on a beach and draw and paint and write… or not.  I’m going with the flow!

If you are reading this and are connected to my business/creative adventures, you might be thinking, “what the …?  I wanted to email her about….”  then please email away!  I do have a live-in  business/house/dog sitter who will forward emails to me, and I will try to check in once in a while.  If I’m caught up in the magic of some ancient oracle site, I may not make a big effort to get to a computer. … but will check in when a cafe has the technology!

Okay, back to lists, packing, organizing…..

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