June 12, 2011

The new blog

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chantelle @ 8:14 pm

The new blog address is:

I hope to see you there!


June 9, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — Chantelle @ 3:00 pm

I am moving over to Blogger.

Quite frankly, I wrote a craft blog on there before, and I miss using Blogger a lot, even after a year of using WordPress. I told myself when I started this blog on WordPress that it would grow on me and I would love it, but quite frankly WordPress isn’t as robust as I would like.

I especially miss the Google Analytics feature that Blogger allows – I can see when people view my blog, but many of you don’t comment and that leaves me feeling like I am talking only to cyberspace (even though I know I’m not). Google Analytics doesn’t tell me a ton more, but it tells me when people are linking to my site and what country my readers are from, at least.

I will post the new link here as soon as I have it set up – I want to move all of my old posts over before I give out the link as well, so that your blog readers do not become inundated by outdated posts.


Stay tuned….

June 8, 2011

What’s in a Name?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chantelle @ 2:05 pm

As the wedding approaches, I am being asked the same question on an increasingly steadily basis. Will you be taking his name or keeping your own?

The trend on my dad’s side of the family seems to be hyphenating your name. Parent-Legge, Parent-Wallace, Parent-Tasik… if looking at that side of the family it would seem obvious that I would hyphenate my name as well… but, I really don’t want to have to write all that out all the time. (Yes, I am willing to make such a big decision based on something as selfish as laziness).

Then there are those that tell me that, as a feminist, I should at the very least be keeping my own name, if not demanding that he take my name. In my mind, the taking of your partner’s name is symbolic of the relationship you have committed to each other.

You have sworn to spend the rest of your lives together, for better or for worse. In a perfect world, we might be able to take the last names of each partner, and combine them to create a new last name – perhaps in my case Parent and Brodeur would make Brodent. But of course, that is not realistic as you would not be able to trace lineage or connect families to one another in any shape or form.

This then begs the question of why the man wouldn’t take the woman’s last name. I have no problem with this… for other people. But I have never even considered asking Gilles if he would like to take my last name. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I am also a traditionalist?

There has really never been a question about the fact that I will be taking Gilles’ last name when we get married. In fact, I already have my new business cards. But, I don’t expect everyone to agree with my decision either.

June 1, 2011

Why hello again

Filed under: The Wedding Files — Chantelle @ 11:24 am

It looks like May was an even bigger failure than April, doesn’t it?

There are about thirty blog posts written up in my head, and tons of (weird, according to Gilles) pictures stacked up on the camera, ready to make the jump from mental and physical, to the virtual world.

Of course, in order to access those pictures I must be at home and ready to upload them onto the computer, and that doesn’t seem to be happening.

SO instead, I give you a couple old pictures, and a run-down of how wedding planning is going.

Oh, hey! Who is this cutie??

This is a picture of Gilles from roughly grade 2 (I didn’t write the grade down).


When I was at the farm a couple of weeks agao, my mom and I sat down together and put together a list. Because – quite frankly? I was starting to freak out. A little bit of OhmygodsomuchtodosolittletimewhatamIgonnado going on.

I came up with the following (crossed off items are now complete):

1. Wedding favors –

buy mints

put mints in tins

buy labels

cut/stick labels

2. Gift table

paint wagon

3. Advice board

find/buy board

buy cute sticky notes/pins

decorate boards (2/3 complete)

4. Church

get baptism certificates

set up mtg with saskatoon priest

meet with priest (do & send paperwork)

meet with Fr. Jos

 – decide on:

  • alter servers
  • readings (who? what?)
  • music (what? how?)
  • decorations / reserved signs (not allowed)
  • unity candle holders
  • unity candles
  • pictures (allowed? where?) > contact photographers
  • choose ushers
  • ask ushers
  • make programs
  • print programs
  • buy / sharpen pencils
  • talk to Caleb (guitar)
  • talk to Levi (video0

5. Caterer (confirm numbers)

6. Wedding transportation “just married” sign

7. Put ribbon on shoes

8. Dance classes (3/4)

9. Confirm flowers

10. Rent cloth napkins

11. Phone seamstress

12. Get dress > Waiting on phone call! (EEK)

13. Get liquor license

14. Get marriage license

15. Get wedding ring (will be in soon)

16. Find out how much wedding cake will cost (phone back Lucie [provide Lucie with topper])

17. Buy gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, donation for alter servers, Ed, priest

18. Discuss/write speaches

19. List of photos want taken

20. Buy Gilles pants/shoes

21. Arrange/throw Gilles’ stag

22. Finalize numbers for wedding

23. Food #s and plans *By June 15*

24. Buy bridal jewellery (waiting on dress)

25. Buy lingerie

26. Finish wedding slideshow

27. Vases: finalize numbers, sizes, beads.


Need to take a breath?

Okay… here’s another picture.

This is me in Grade 4.


Anyway, you would think that this would be my entire life right now right?

Well, believe me, it is seeming like it. Except, I’m still going to movies with friends, I’m still going to the gym 3x/week, I’m still working full time, and I’m still working on my garden and relaxing a bit.

This week will be crazy. Tomorrow morning is my convocation ceremony, my parents and Memere are over tonight and all day tomorrow, and there is a BBQ in the evening. (The celebration for friends will have to come later. Like, in August.) Then Friday I work all day, and then that evening is my (2nd) bridal shower. (Oh yeah, I’ve already sent out the thank-you cards for the first one… but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten… the gifts are still sitting in the guest room). THEN, Saturday is my stagette. I’m told it starts in the afternoon sometime. That’s about all I’m told.

On Sunday I’d really like to get the wagon spraypainted and figure out what readings we will be doing etc. for the mass, so that I can make the programs.

But honestly?

I think I’ll likely spend most of the day asleep. (And/or hungover by what small hints I’ve been getting from my MOH).

Whew. Is it any wonder I haven’t been posting much? I haven’t even gotten into the priest being an ass, or my dress still not being here, or finding out last minute that I need new copies of our baptismal certificates, or realizing that there may be almost 100 fewer people at the wedding than I anticipated.

Have a headache? Me too. Here’s anothe picture. This one is of Gilles and I when we were first dating in high school – Michael decided to take it when we came home from Moose Jaw later than we were supposed (about 1am)











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