A Little Birdy Life Update – Busy Summer

September 14, 2016

As it always does, summer flew by this year! I can’t believe fall is just around the corner. Although the chillier weather and dark mornings hints that it’s true. I haven’t posted nearly as much as I would have liked to during the past few months and I thought I would share why. I never want to make excuses, but sometimes life gets busy!

Let’s start with love and marriage. No…I did not elope, but Dev and I did attend three weddings.

One in June…

I was honoured to be a bridesmaid for my cousin’s wedding
(it was my first time being part of a bridal party)

One in July…

Who doesn’t love a good photo booth?

And one in August…

Dev and I tested our skills as emcee for his sister’s wedding.
It was fun!

We had a great time at each one, despite Dev’s interesting accessory…a large grey boot for his broken foot. You may remember I mentioned his injury in my Chicago Adventures post a few months ago, which ended up being a really awesome trip and the highlight of my summer. I never actually explained how he broke his foot, however, which kind of leads up to my next item…

This summer, friends of ours decided to start a co-ed recreational baseball team and join a league. Unfortunately for Dev, who rolled his ankle and heard a loud ‘POP’ during practice one night…he was out for the series. I must say he made a pretty wicked coach though!

Now, it was my first time playing, and I wasn’t the best at swinging a bat or catching the ball, but I did have fun playing alongside some pretty awesome ladies…and gents!

I suppose you can say I had a pretty active summer. In addition to softball on Tuesdays or Thursdays, I also played beach volleyball (my favourite sport) every Wednesday night. Both of these leagues are over now, which makes me sad and unsure what to do with all of my free time. I suppose I could blog some more… 😉

Some of you may remember that Dev and I purchased kayaks last summer. They were one of the best investments we’ve made, but unfortunately did not get used nearly as much as we would have liked to during the warmer months. Now that my beau has a foot again, we plan to make up for lost time and get out as much as possible before snow arrives. We recently brought them up to a friend’s cottage in Muskoka for the long weekend and had one of the most epic morning paddles, with smoke on the water (cue musical lyrics). It felt good to be back!

A few weeks ago I wrote probably the most intense exam of my life! It was online and open book, but took place over a 48-hour period. For those of you who may be new to my blog, I’ve been working towards a CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation for the past couple of years, and this was the home stretch.

The task was to write three different reports, each valued at a different marking scale. The questions were made available at noon on a Friday and each one had to be submitted by noon on Sunday. It was a definite test of perseverance!

My fingers were sore from typing so much. My eyes were tired from staring at a computer screen so long. My body was jittery from endless cups of caffeine. My mind was fuzzy from few hours of sleep. But I am VERY happy to say that I PASSED! The hard work paid off and I now have the right to use the CAE designation after my name! WOOOOOHOOOOOO!

Beauty by Birdy’s second birthday is very near! How has it been two years already?! And now that the summertime craziness has settled, I am looking forward to utilizing some spare time during the fall and winter to push out more fun content. Stay tuned!


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