It is no secret that I have been feeling overworked and stressed out. I would link to posts on the topic, but all you need to do is read my archives for the past, oh, FOUR YEARS OR SO.

Now that I am done working in an office (for the time being) and back to doing contract work from home I was able to resume my weekly play date with Amanda and Tamara. Our kids are finally to the point where they can play for extended periods of time without maiming each other, which means that us Moms actually have a chance to talk. Amanda informed us that the winery across the road from her was having a “do” on Saturday afternoon. Her husband Steve’s brother’s girlfriend (Take a moment to let that sink in) would be performing there. For a small fee we could sit on a patio while sipping fine wine and eating tasty appetizers. An added bonus would be some stellar live music.


Even though the kids have been ill, I was not ready to bail on this afternoon. I had spent many a late night working so that I could be caught up and be able to sit on the winery’s patio with no guilt whatsoever. The kids had halted the spewing and were happy to stay at home. We were off!

Upon arriving at Amanda and Steve’s we found out that two other couples whom we adore were joining us. We all walked up to the winery, grabbed a glass of vino, and found a table. I had originally been bummed that the sun was not shining in full force but the amount of rays peeking out of the clouds made the temperature absolutely perfect.

Of course, we took photos.

Andrew and Laurell.

Andrew and Laurell

Laurell is Steve’s brother’s girlfriend (as I mentioned above) and is AMAZING. Andrew is pretty fantastic as well. This is the one duet that they did; it was a cover of Jason Mraz’s “Lucky.” ‘Twas awesome.

Here’s Amanda rocking her Canon.


She caught a bunch of candids of me and I’m a little frightened to see them. She was giggling to herself so I can only imagine how fantastic I look in them.

Speaking of those Browns, here are a few:

Amanda and Steve.

Amanda and Steve

Baby Jolie and her Daddy:

Jolie and Steve

Our friends Brad and Steph:

Steph and Brad

Pretend that there is a photo of Jason and Erin…


I was too busy talking/drinking wine/eating appies to actually capture a photo. They are adorable; trust me on this.

I coerced my husband into having his photo taken with me and had Steph do the dirty deed:


Um, since when did I become a redhead? I mean, I like it, I just didn’t realize it was so RED.

Amanda and I thought we’d do a “saucy”pose.

Saucy (Ish)

She rocked it (per usual); I look constipated (per usual).

We opted for a nice one.

Me and Amanda


Towards the end Laurell called up her boyfriend to play percussion for her.

Laurell and Trevor

Aren’t they cute?

Then, before we knew it, THIS happened.

Will you marry me?

I have never witnessed marriage proposal before.


I got all weepy and such. I am such a sap.

I have to say that it was an absolutely perfect afternoon and exactly what I needed in light of this past week. It’s amazing how a couple of hours sitting on a patio with good friends and great music can suck the stress right out of your soul. Sunday morning consisted of more vomiting from Miss Emily, along with a downright pissy attitude, but I am still refreshed and recharged from Saturday and have taken it all in stride. Throw in the fact that we spent the bulk of the afternoon outside soaking up the sun and I’m feeling fan-freaking-tastic. Take that, Universe.

* Laurell. She’s on iTunes as well, and just recorded a new album. Check her out.

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  1. Jen May 17, 2009 5:29 pm edit

    Yah! So nice to have a great afternoon with friends :) I like the sassy one of you and Amanda – and you do NOT look constipated. The rest of the photos are pretty fabulous too.

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  2. Sizzle May 17, 2009 5:32 pm edit

    That’s so awesome! I love witnessing those moments. I saw two proposals in the span of a week once. I’m a sap too. :-)

    She’s got a great voice.

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  3. Janssen May 17, 2009 6:22 pm edit

    Aw! A proposal!!! I so want to see someone get proposed to.

    Janssen’s last blog post..Wings by Aprilynne Pike

  4. Amanda May 17, 2009 7:28 pm edit

    Thanks for sharing the music…I just downloaded it from iTunes! GREAT voice.
    Hope everyone is feeling better soon.

    Amanda’s last blog post..The Hills Are Alive?

  5. Coast Rat May 17, 2009 7:54 pm edit

    WOW!!! What an eventful afternoon! You couldn’t have really scripted that any better!

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  6. Elizabeth May 17, 2009 8:47 pm edit

    Wicked night and I love those scenes. I have been fortunate enough to catch a few proposals – sigh…. Also, Andrew is my friend. I’m so excited. Did I invite you to our Love Life party??? He’s our guy!

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..Random Ramblings

  7. Rhi May 17, 2009 9:06 pm edit

    So. Sweet! And, I’ve just decided that there are not enough photos of my boyfriend and I together. Must remedy.

    Rhi’s last blog post..Bullets over Vegas

  8. Hannah May 17, 2009 9:10 pm edit

    What a sweet way to spend an afternoon! I am so glad you had the chance. Love the photos :-)

    Hannah’s last blog post..Scrap-busy!

  9. Jen May 17, 2009 9:16 pm edit

    Oh wow! Sounds like a fun afternoon and a surprise propsal!?! What could make it better than that!

  10. Sherry May 17, 2009 9:30 pm edit

    I need a day like that too – what fun! Also, you totally don’t look constipated AT ALL.

    I wasn’t even there (boo for living in Montreal!) but the second I saw the proposal photo I teared up too. Absolute sap over here!

    Sherry’s last blog post..A weekend of Mother’s Day

  11. Domestic Extraordinaire May 18, 2009 6:04 am edit

    Sounds like an awesome afternoon. And the proposal-how cool was that! And that you caught it. I still say ‘on film’ but since we are shooting what do you say ‘on card?’

    Hope Miss E. is feeling better and that she didn’t share her ‘goodies’ with the rest of you.

    Domestic Extraordinaire’s last blog post..Waterboarding doesn’t have anything on this

  12. Elaine May 18, 2009 7:03 am edit

    That looks like an absolutely fabulous time. So glad you were able to get out of the house and rejuvenate for a little while. And the proposal – that is SO neat!!

    Elaine’s last blog post..Life at Full Speed

  13. Amy - BiteTheRabbit May 18, 2009 7:08 am edit

    Awww – that is so awesome to witness a proposal – so cool! Laurell’s headed this way with my cousin, Rachelle Kostelyk, so we are seeing them next month in Edmonton. Can’t wait!

    Amy – BiteTheRabbit’s last blog post..My Full Plate

  14. SarahD May 18, 2009 8:22 am edit

    Glad you had a night out! Fun to go see some live music as well. Congratulations to Laurell and your friends husbands brothers cousins uncles sisters cousin twice removed. ;)

    SarahD’s last blog post..Demo deck #1 complete. check.

  15. Kami's Khlopchyk May 18, 2009 8:35 am edit

    How exciting to see them get engaged! I only saw one other, it was at a Garth Brooks concert (don’t judge me, there were 12,999 other people there too)…even if you don’t like country music, how cool would it be to get engaged when he did the asking?

    Okay, that seemed cooler in my head. Story of my life.

    Kami’s Khlopchyk’s last blog post..The Present

  16. Amanda Brown May 18, 2009 9:04 am edit

    Great shots, Ange. I was still bummed about the lack of sunshine, but the proposal made up for that. Glad you were there. :)

    Amanda Brown’s last blog post..In the Air

  17. Momo Fali May 18, 2009 9:13 am edit

    Wait. So he played the drum all cool-like and then proposed?! My percussion abilities would have been seriously lacking with the nerves, and all.

    I hope no one is spewing today. Especially YOU!

  18. Jennifer Kirk May 18, 2009 9:59 am edit

    Great pics! Guess what… small world this is… I have some photog friends in Vernon that shoot with Andrew Allen all the time, they may have even been there. I believe he and his wife did a Trash The Dress shoot with one of them a while back… and recently he was in the paper accompanied by a photo shot by said friend of mine. Crazy stuff!

  19. witchypoo May 18, 2009 12:56 pm edit

    Glad to see you unwinding. Heh. You said pissy.
    Hi! I’m eight years old.

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  20. Amber May 18, 2009 6:12 pm edit

    I love the proposal shot. Her whole body looks delighted to me.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a proposal in real life, either. How exciting!

    Amber’s last blog post..Maternity Leave in the Netherlands

  21. Danica May 19, 2009 2:01 pm edit

    Wow, what a great afternoon!
    Andrew came and played a concert in Elizabeth’s backyard, and we all went. He’s really good. I’ll have to check out (the newly engaged) lady.

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