Monday, June 13, 2011

Welcome to the Echols' New Blog - New Chapter, New Town, New Beginning!

A big thank you to my hubby for starting this blog!  This is something I have been wanted to start and he mentioned something to me yesterday about starting one - great minds think alike, huh?

Anyway, welcome to our blog where we hope to share our adventures and memories with our family and friends!

I purposely titled this post New Chapter, New Town, New Beginnings because we are going through a lot new and exciting changes....

I'll start with our "New Chapter"...

As many of your know, Andrew and I got married on May 14, 2011.  We will celebrate our one month anniversary tomorrow! Yey!  We got married at Smith Mountain Lake, VA.  It was our picture perfect wedding!  We were so lucky to have our friends and family join us for our special day.  These are just a few pictures I wanted to share...when I get my personal computer (Andrew is bringing it to me at the end this month) I will post more pics! Here is a glimpse of our wedding day:

This one is my favorite photo!

We hope you enjoy our pictures as much as we have! I'll be sure to post some pictures of our honeymoon as well!! 

Our "New Town"...

In the midst of wedding planning earlier this year, I also accepted a job transfer to Toronto!  That's right, we were wedding planning and relocating, all at the same time.  It was crazy busy time for us, but we knew it was the right time.  I moved after our honeymoon and got us all settled.  Life, though, won't be complete until Andrew moves in December - yes 6 more months of long distance!  We can do it!  He will move after graduation.  He is so anxious to be finished with school.  While he is in school, he is also doing an internship with a building firm in Atlanta.  He loves it!  It's so exciting that he has a job he enjoys!
We love Toronto!  We thought since neither of us have really lived the "city life" we would take advantage of this great opportunity and life in a high rise in downtown Toronto.  We are a block from the subway, easy access to the sports areas and within walking distance to several restaurants - who could ask for more! :) We explored the city on our home finding trip and chose a condo that over looks Lake Ontario. Here is a view of our condo:

Believe it or not and contrary to popular belief, it actually is warm in the summer.  The weather has been great so far - of course I moved a few weeks ago and missed the winter months. 

Although Canada is 90 miles, or should I say 145 kilometers, from the US boarder, there are several things that I have had to get used to and noticed are different from the US...more on that in a future post...
Lots more to come on our adventures in Toronto...Right now I can't wait to spend July 4th weekend with Andrew and my family.  They are visitng for the holiday weekend! 

And "New Beginnings".... 

As Andrew and I begin our new beginning as a married couple, we are looking forward to new adventures and lots of more memories!  We have had so many fun times together since we met in 2008, that I can't imagine what is in store for the future!  We are so excited to begin our life together and kick off our new beginning as "The Echols Family" 

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