Monday, June 20, 2005

Montana and normal life

Chapter 3 - Post wedding - the Honeymoon!

Before heading out for Montana, Phil and I stopped by his work to use the internet for a few minutes. On the way out, Phil crumpled at the bottom of the stairs and for the third time in 2 years, sprained his right ankle. Leave it to him to do this 5 minutes before we leave! We iced it down and then I got to hop into the drivers seat and start the long treck!

We made it to Mt. Vernon before we realized that we had forgotten to return Phil's tux. Back to Bellingham we go! Figuring that we were late getting on the road anyways at that point (It was nearly 6pm) we got Starbucks and headed out.

We took the northern route across the state and stopped in the tiny western town of Winthrop where we ate the legendary "mountain man" pizza. We pressed on to Spokane hoping to get a room. Echoes of our experience in Venice, Italy haunted us as we realized that everywhere was full. (Apparently Saturday nights in June are popular for high school grads, weddings and tournaments - go figure). We continued on to Idaho where we found the same plight. With the help of a hotel clerk, we found out about a mountain pass with logging roads not far away. At 2am, with the high beams on, we bounced along a gravel road until we found a turnout. We parked the truck, laid down the blankets and cudled up to sleep!

On Sunday we arrived at the Alta Meadow Ranch. It was BEAUTIFUL there! We stayed in the cozy homestead cabin and enjoyed a week of doing NOTHING! We went horseback riding (6 hours on a horse = OUCH the next day), 4X4ing and slept. It was so great to unwind and relax.

We learnt that in Montana, if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes. And how true that is! In one day you go from sunny, to thunderstorm, to sun, to clouds and back to rain!

And now here we are back to our new normal life. Phil is back to work and starts back to school tomorow night. I'm submitting my next batch of immigration paperwork this week and then playing the waiting game until I'm allowed to work.

Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of our special day! Thank you for all of the help, support and love!

The big day is finally here!

Chapter 2 - the Wedding!

In spite of my attempts at wine induced sleep, I only got a few hours of sleep the night before the wedding. We all woke up to a sunny day, with a few puffy white clouds in the sky and a moderate temperature. We packed into cars and picked up Tess and Isabel (Phils young cousins) from their hotel to come to the hairdresser for us. They were pretty excited about going with the "big girls". After sitting in a chair for an hour and a half, Monica's creation was complete and my hair looke beautiful. The really fun part was that she had to attach my cathedral length veil at 10am......which meant that I got to carry it around all day long!

We next proceeded to the Woods coffee shop where Carissa got me hooked on a new drink (Grande caramel americano misto - yum!). Back at the house, I got the most pampering that I've ever had! I was attacked from mulitple angles: Julia doing my finger nails, Jackie doing my toe nails and Carissa doing my makeup.....this is all of course while I'm trying to eat lunch (not that I could eat much anyways!)

I got dressed at the church and was blessed to have my 5 closest girlfriends, my mum and Phil's mum all there to share in the moment of putting on my dress. It was beautiful!

Phil and I saw each other for the first time that day in the sanctuary of our church. Alone in the sanctuary, I walked down the aisle to the man I was marrying. I will never forget those 25 yards or the feeling of love welling up inside. The moment was beautiful and perfect. OK - enough sappy stuff!

We spent the afternoon taking pictures with our bridal party and having a great time. The ceremony was beautiful! The stage looked wonderful due to all of Roxie and Nancy's hard work with the flowers. The music was perfect, the pastor was great and our vows were the happiest moment of my life! We left the strains of the Hallelujah chorus behind us and walked out of the church as Mr. & Mrs Phil & Nickie Snyder!

After family photos we went on the reception and enjoyed the wonderful food (preparred by mum, Shelley and Shannon). After several heartwarming and funny speeches (the best line of the night coming from Phil's mum "Philip - you're a pill!") we danced our first dance to "When you say nothing at all".

To all those that were able to be there and share in our day - Thank you! To those who couldn't make it, I'll post pictures soon!

Immigration and Preparation

Well, I have a lot to write so I'm going to break it up into three chunks: pre-wedding, wedding and post wedding. OK - here we go with the pre!

On Sunday June 5, I left my land of origin and immigrated to the faraway land of ..... Sumas, WA USA. Yes, thats right - I now live in a house that is a whole 250 yards away from Canada. Thankfully, my immigration went very smoothly and they didn't search through everything and make a mess.

The week before the wedding was kind of a blur! There was so much to do, but it was fun and it was defenitely nice to have the time off work. Phil's little brother Peter was up that whole week and he was a HUGE help! Thanks Peter!

On Wednesday, my dear friend Jen Gilbertson arrived home from her stint in Asia and was crazy enough to try and get rid of her jet lag while hanging out with me for the last few days before the wedding! Jen was my accountability partner and best friend in Taiwan and it meant so much to me to have here there to share all of this with. Jen - thank you for everything!!! You are great! (If you want to hear/read her version of those crazy few days go to

On Thursday, we decorated the reception hall and the church and had our rehersal. We then packed 35 people into our new house for the rehersal dinner (sorry that there wasn't enough chairs for all of you!) Then, Carissa Brey (being the AMAZING generous girl that she is) opened her home to all of my bridesmaids, jen and myself to crash for the night and get ready for the wedding! See the next post for further details!

Friday, June 03, 2005

Work is finished!

I'm finally done! No more more more office! I'm done!

The past few weeks I've been buried under a mountain of details, but there is now a very bright light at the end of the tunnell...and that light is only 1 week away! It's hard to believe that the wedding is here already, but I'm so excited.

I think that I've made about 50 lists in the past few weeks! I've gotten a lot done, but it will still be a busy week next week.

Well, I'm outa here! My next update will be after the wedding!