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Lately: Part II

Well, here I go again. This time I have let a year and a half go by without contributing to what I thought was going to take off and be my “career”.

Since September 2013, A LOT has happened in the Petry household. I’ll recap the year and a half, with the hopes of catching my “readers” up (ha!) and then try to keep posting regularly to keep this thing going.

September 2013-April 2014: Another hockey season in Edmonton. Did not go so hot. Were out of playoffs by Christmas, I think. Rough go.

May 2014: Jeff went to Belarus to play for Team USA again in the World Championships. I stayed back to start the process of renovations to our house in Michigan. We only have 4 short months in the Mitten, so we had to maximize our time as best we could. That meant me forgoing cheerleader role in Belarus.


June 2014: Renovations STILL going. My thoughts were “when are these people going to get out of my house and when is this mess going to be cleaned up!?” (It was all worth it.) Nellie turned 1…terrible I still haven’t dedicated a single post to just her. What a bad puppy mama I am! 😉

Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl

Most importantly, Jeffrey Nicholas Petry officially graduated from Michigan State University! #proudwifey


My college GRAD!

July 2014: Our home renos were completed in the nick of time for our first big Fourth of July bash at the Petry Casa!!!! My family came up from Texas, and we had ourselves a good ole time. I have to say July 4th is top 3 on my favorite holiday list! And, July 6th Jefferson and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary!

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Cruisers for our anniversary            

August 2014:  Jeff’s Cali family came to visit. We hosted our first annual wine tasting party (quite the success I must say)! Enjoyed every last bit of summer!


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September 2014: Made a quick trip down to Texas for one of my best friends’ wedding! Jeff jetted off back to Edmonton for training camp. And, I along with my mommy dearest, and Nellie were left to complete the dreaded 30 whatever hour drive to the great white north. All is good though because shortly after we arrived in Edmonton, Mom and I treated ourselves to a weekend at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in the Canadian Rockies. Wow! What an amazing place.

Mr. and Mrs. Dinerstein

Mr. and Mrs. Dinerstein


The bride and her maids                


Lake Louise

October 2014: Hockey season began! High hopes and much anticipation were the vibes we started another Oiler season with….


November 2014: Traveled to Boston and NYC to see friends and also catch a couple of Oiler’s games. I had been to Boston before, but my 24 hours there solidified how much I love that city! And NYC, that was just a blast going with a bunch of my highschool friends and college roommate to Madison Square Garden to cheer on Jeff and the Oilers.


Mrs. Krug and Me



And somehow we ended up on the ice at MSG

December 2014: Covert trip to Cali to pick up a Christmas gift for Jeff. (That was my excuse to escape to my favorite place.) Two days before Christmas found out the best surprise EVER…more on that later!


Covert calls for disguises while shopping 😉


The special gift for Mr. P

January 2015: Last minute decision to go to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl! My alma mater vs. the rest of my family’s alma mater….I couldn’t miss it! Sparty on! Right, Blake!?


Michigan State vs. Baylor


All Star break came around, and Jeff and I decided to go to Vegas for the break! I was a little hesitant on the decision, but Vegas can be for everyone….you make it what you want! Regardless, it was a much needed break.



February 2015: Pretty uneventful month…just enjoyed Edmonton because I kind of had anticipated it being our last month there with the trade deadline looming March 2nd.

March 2015: Jeff was traded to the Montreal Canadiens at 6:45am the morning of March 2nd. And from that moment on, my life as been a little bit nuts! All good, just lots going on with him being on a flight 3 hours later, me packing up our house in Edmonton, figuring out the logistics of everything, and getting settled/ learning how to city live with our 78lbs four legged child. Birthday month (yes, I generally like to let all my loved ones know we celebrate my birthday all March long) has been quite eventful so far!



So, here we are living in a lovely apartment in Old Montreal for the next couple of months. I would say an experience to remember! Things happen so fast and change can take time to get used to, but I think I can speak for Jeff and I that we are both excited about this experience and being part of the Montreal Canadiens organization! And playoff hockey….I don’t even know what to expect, but I can sure say I am excited for it!

Go Habs Go!



Not sure there is anyone out there who still cares about what is going on in the Petry household for the past 5 months….but thought I would share what has been happening lately in our world.  By the way, worst blogger ever award goes to…ME! Not sure I can even call myself a blogger…oh well.

Anywho, a LOT has happened since March. Let’s begin!



After the season ended, Jeff was home for all of 3 days, and then flew over to Finland for the World Championships where his team won the bronze medal!

All during this time, I stayed back in Michigan to unpack and start furniture shopping for our new home! I also snuck in a quick trip to Texas for my good friend, Jordan’s, wedding! IMG_4856

June came along rather quickly…we spent most of it doing house things. Let me tell you (well, most of y’all are probably my mom’s friends and already know this), but when you buy a house….the work NEVER stops. As kids and young adults we take for granted how a lot of things are taken care of at the house, and never realize how much ACTUALLY goes into it. I mean it is non-stop! But, I guess that’s how life goes as we get older and older….life gets busier and busier, we start to get more responsibility, and somehow, someway it all gets done! Props to those people who are super organized and get everything done on their to-do list right away, because I still have things sitting on that list since June. Oh well, it will get done eventually. And by eventually, I mean next summer because we are already back in Canada.

However, we did find time to do things like this…




And this…


My super freak!

We also managed to sneak in a little getaway to Chicago at the end of June, where we met our friends, Jamie and Ryan, for a fun and food filled weekend! Food being the emphasis. We took the train to Chi-Town which was really cool, and so convenient to take from Michigan. I already can’t wait to go back!





All the sudden it was July 6th. July 6th marked our ONE year anniversary! Where the heck did that year go? (Another growing up lesson….time goes by faster and faster). It was hard to believe a year ago at that time we had all our friends and family down in Texas to celebrate our big day! I wish every year we could relive that party to celebrate our marriage! How fun would that be!? (Minus paying for it all again!) For our one year, we celebrated simply by having friends over, BBQ-ing, and relaxing by the lake! It was perfect.


End of July, my parents came up for a former teammate of mine’s wedding. We road tripped “up north” (for all my southerners out there, “up north” is a term these Michiganders use when they go up to their cottage or lake house in the northern part of Michigan), anyways we headed up to Bay Harbor, MI to celebrate Becky and Eric tie the knot! It was an AMAZING weekend catching up with older teammates and seeing my “big sissy” get married!  I definitely want to go “up north” to vacation more often. Google things like “sleepy bear dunes, Bay Harbor or Harbor Springs Michigan, or Traverse City”. You will see some amazing sites that the mitten has to offer. It is truly breathtaking.


BBQ and Bonfire to kick off the weekend


Family bike ride to get cookies…


The beautiful bride!

After coming home from that fun filled weekend, Mama Bear stayed an extra week to help me do more furniture shopping. What a huge help that was!!! She even did our laundry. I told her she could stay as long as she wanted!!!


late nights with Mama

August rolled around the corner, which meant two things..ok three, a quick weekend trip to Texas to celebrate Shell-Bell’s 50th, getting our puppy, and a Keith Urban concert. Simply the BEST.


Little did my mom know (well kind of), we were planning her a surprise party to ring in her 50th! It went well, and she had the best time…I think! IMG_5733



Birthday Gal

Also got to sneak in a lil’ girl time!


Miss these chicas!

The day we got back from Texas was the day our life changed forever. We landed in Detroit, got Jeff’s car, and drove 2 hours northwest to pick up our little brown bundle of joy! She is so precious, and makes us laugh SO much. Granted, there have been some not so pretty moments with her, but overall her cuteness (mainly when she sleeps) outweighs those times immensely! More on Nellie later!


Miss Penelope Petry, aka Nellie!

Besides all the packing and tying up all the loose ends at our house in Michigan before we left, we spent one of our last nights at the Tiger’s game with family and friends. Nothing like a beautiful summer night at the ballpark!

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All three of us survived the 32 hour drive to Edmonton, and Nellie was a CHAMP! Jeff got MVP of the trip, Nellie got Most Improved Player, and I…well I got the spirit award or whatever one goes to the best co-pilot. (Seriously, I drove maybe an hour of the whole trip…I know, pathetic.) Whatever, we made it to E-town and got all settled into our cozy lil’ house that we will call home for the next 9 months!

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How we roll…

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Most Improved.

Now it’s time for hockey season! Go Oilers!

My Next Adventure

Alright, so it might not be my next adventure, but it’s one I have in the works and plan to begin in the Fall of 2013.

Let me give you a little background info…

Last week I was in Dallas visiting my mom’s family…Jeff conveniently had a game there as well. 🙂

Anywho, on Thursday my aunt, my mom, and I went to try this new restaurant for lunch called Le Jus. I was anxious to try it after my aunt said it would be right up my alley.

This place was like no other place I have been to. It was like a cafe along with a clothing store, Number One, in it too. Very different concept. But I loved it!


Not only did I love the whole feel to the place, but the food was phenomenal. And get this, everything in there was good for you.

The second we sat down, we were greeted by the most knowledgeable, passionate waitress I have ever had. She informed us that everything they served was all organic and followed the Paleo diet. You did not have to worry about anything in the cafe containing grain, cheese, wheat….whatever other kind of  processed crap you can think of (which yes, I do agree tastes good, but is full of chemicals and wreaks havoc on our bodies). I was fired up by this! I have been to healthier/”green” restaurants, but not one where absolutely everything was “safe” to eat. They also served fresh juices…double bonus!

After getting the run down on the whole foundation of Le Jus, the next big thing running through my mind was “let’s see if this actually tastes good!” Because you know everyone thinks that healthy food tastes like bird food. (I am secretly on a quest to show people that healthy can be yummy!)

Let me tell you, this place was UNREAL! We were not let down.

We started with the fresh made guacamole, served with almond flour crackers (not pictured) and apple slices that were soaked in jalapeño juice. Sounds crazy, but it was off the charts delicious.

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Apple slices and guac, weird right? No, delicious!

Mom and my aunt both got the egg salad salad (not pictured) , and I went with the chicken salad. All three of our plates were licked clean.

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To top it off, they let us sample 3 of their yummy juices. All of them were SO yummy!

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Pear Ginger on the left was da

During all of our “oohing and ah-ing” over our delicious and fresh lunch this trendy woman walked by and asked us how everything was, and I basically couldn’t shut up. She then proceeded to tell us she was the chef/creator of all the food at Le Jus.

That was it, I wanted to know all of her secrets and kept rambling of how amazing this place was. The word vomit just kept flowing. (At this point I probably should have shut up, but I didn’t.)

I had never heard of this type of restaurant, and it excited me so much that there are people out there that truly care about the ingredients people put into their bodies enough to create a restaurant that is free of all the crap, and is yet still delicious. All I kept saying was that there needs to be more of these places!!!

After a series of compliments exchanged (she was way too sweet to me!), she asked what I had studied in college…at this point in the convo I had convinced myself I had made a huge mistake in not going with my initial major, Nutrition/Dietetics. I told her the whole schpeel on how I started in Dietetics/ Nutrition, but then graduated with a Communications degree and a minor in Health Promotion.

Thinking her response was going to be something along the lines of, “Ohh, yeah….should have stuck with that.” She said, “Good! I’m glad you didn’t waste your time with that!” My thoughts…”WHAT!? Waste my time?” Now I was confused.

She began to explain how colleges teach the modern American diet, and how it really is so bad for our health. The whole food pyramid crud on 6 or whatever the recommended amount of servings of grains you should have a day is BOGUS. That’s right, bogus. I won’t go into it all now, but the whole processed food infused world we live in is truly a major cause in the health issues people suffer from today. It’s actually scary, but I won’t get too into it now. Bottom line is, there is SO much false information out there, it is time for truth to come out, and for people to start eating real food.

Back to the master food creator of Le Jus, Dana Card. She ended up telling me all about the Nutrition program she went to and got certified in, and told me this is where it’s at. This is the real deal. She said, and I quote, “It’s hard as hell, like as hard as med school! But, it will change your life!” That was it, at that moment I made up my mind and I already had myself mentally signed up to do it.

The program is called Nutritional Therapy Association, and you can read all about it here. It is basically a holistic nutrition program that promotes healing and reverse the effects of our modern American diet.  I left Le Jus with the most invigorating feeling, like I could change the world. (Okay, maybe that was the green drink speaking.) But, I seriously felt so connected to this lady’s passion and left there feeling inspired.

My thoughts are that if I can even just affect the tiniest group of people (maybe just my family and closest friends) with what I learn through this program, I will feel like I have conquered the world! Any little success against this world that is filled with the  excess sugar, grains, etc. is a HUGE success in my book. So, I’m going to do it.

The best part about the whole thing is that it is a distance program! That’s right, a distance program! That means my dilemma is over about not being able to do anything while in Canada in terms of achieving some of my own goals and dreams. This program is a 9 month program all done long distance via conference calls/ online learning along with a few weekends of workshops in a designated city. So doable, especially for our special living situation at this time in our lives.

Needless to say, I am beyond excited for this next adventure! I’m actually kind of bummed that I missed the February deadline, but come September 2013 I will be raring to go! The question after I complete the program will be what to do with this certification, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it. Just gotta start somewhere! So here goes!

And, if you are ever in the Dallas area, I highly recommend Le Jus for a refreshing lunch, and a jump start for you’re inner health nut! You will leave there feeling like a new person.

Friday Favorites

In an effort to be more consistent with my posting, I am going to start posting a “Friday Favorites” post every Friday. Over zealous? Maybe. But, I’m going to give it a shot.

I like to read different blogs, and a few of my favorite blogs do a “Friday Favorites” or a “Tuesday Ten”, etc. I actually look forward to reading (or just looking at the pics) of their favorite things each week, so thought I would start doing the same.

Here goes:

Favorite look: Love everything about this outfit.


Favorite book: You are thinking I’m crazy right now. But seriously go out and read The Duck Dynasty book! The story of how they got to where they are, their close knit family, and their strong faith in God is truly inspirational!


Favorite bite: Let’s be honest, chicken can get a little boring. This Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken looks like it might make the taste buds happy.


Favorite Oiler: #2! I might be a little biased though.


Favorite baking blog: Magpies & More is my go to baking blog when I want to bake something! None of Maggie’s recipes will let you down! I promise!


Favorite DIY: I think this string heart is pretty darn cute, and only $35 to do! I’m going to do this, this summer!


Favorite Dream Vacation: The Maldives. I have no clue where that is, but it looks absolutely unreal.


Favorite Pup: Seriously, just look at him! Does he come in a non-shedding version? If so, we’ll take him!


Favorite movie couple: Doesn’t get much better than Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman! I think it’s time for another movie from these two.


Favorite funny: I want to make these.


Favorite awe: How cute! Jeff and I actually ordered these shirts for his grandparents who go down to Florida for the Tiger’s fantasy baseball camp every year. This photo is not of them, but it is where I got the idea to do it. Apparently, they were a big hit!


Favorite circuit workout: Love how handy this workout is. I have actually done this one before, and it definitely gets your heart pumpin’! The fact that it requires minimal equipment is even better, and you can do it at home!


That is it for my first “Friday Favorites.” Hope you liked! Have a great weekend! 🙂

What’s been a-happenin’…

Anyone still out there? (Hey Mom!)

Considering it just took me about 6 tries to log-in to my WordPress account due to forgetting my password, confirms I have been a very bad “blogger” and have not posted in a very long time! Unacceptable in the blog-a-sphere.

But, here are all my excuses as to why I have not posted for the past 2 months:

-We flew back to Michigan early November to get a little break from the lockout, and spent Thanksgiving there with Jeff’s fam! So clearly I was too busy stuffing my face with all the Thanksgiving yummies, or hopping on the Texans’ bandwagon at my first Thanksgiving Day football game in Detroit to update Southern Sweet and Salty.

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Excuse the caterpillar on Jeff’s face.
Forgot about Movember…

-During that stint to Michigan (so Nov 7-25), I actually booked myself a ticket to Houston to surprise my mom and dad! HUGE success! I have to thank Blake for assisting me on that one to make sure it all went over smoothly. I have to say it takes a lot to pull fast ones over detective, Shell-Mack. I had to go as far as texting her the night before from Jeff’s phone telling her that “I dropped my phone in the toilet and would have to take it to get fixed in the morning.” I know that if she called me the next morning when I was flying and it went straight to voicemail, she would begin to think something is up. Gotta cover all my bases!

Needless to say I had a short 4.5 days to spend with my family and few friends I got to see, so no time for blogging.

-Upon our return to Edmonton, we made the executive decision to pack up EVERYTHING in the next 5 days and DRIVE 30 whatever hours back to Michigan, and wait out the lockout there. (Better skating and workout opportunities for Jeff in Michigan) And when I say everything, I mean everything. We left our super cute/awesome apartment in Edmonton sparkling clean like we would never see it again (at this point our optimism was real low that the lockout would actually end…or at least mine was.) So, packing and driving across two countries didn’t lend me enough time to blog either.

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This picture is deceiving. I actually only drove about 5 of the 32 hours.

-Once we got back to Michigan, Jeff got right into skating and working out, and I…well I really don’t know what I did for the next few weeks.I felt so scatter brained during those 3 weeks, it was all a blur. But, being before Christmas I spent most of the time Christmas shopping (on a lockout budget), making a few pinterest crafts, eating my body weight in m&m/white chocolate pretzels, visiting a chiropractor, and not blogging.

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-December 22 Jeff and I hopped on another plane to head down to Dallas to spend Christmas with my mom’s whole family! I could not have been happier to get to spend our first Christmas with my family, and show Jeff how we celebrate Jesus’ bday! It even snowed in Dallas on Christmas Day, so Jeff got his white Christmas he’s always use to. It was truly a blessing we were able to spend Christmas with our families this year! (About the only thing I am thankful for during this lockout!)

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Great Grandma, Mimi B

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Honey and Grandaddy Sir with all the grandkids

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Christmas Morning 🙂

-Woah, BACK UP! I missed a MAJOR date/distraction that took me away from my little blogging hobby. December 20th, Jeff and I CLOSED on a HOUSE! Yep, during all of this madness we became homeowners! HOMEOWNERS! This was by far the biggest event that has been consuming me for the last couple of weeks.

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View from OUR backyard!

-In the meantime, the New Year came and went. Happy 2013! We spent our first night in the new house on January 1st (best way to start the new year if you ask me)! Yes, we only had a bed in the house, but it was SO fun to be in OUR home! Then the lockout ENDED at 5am one morning. I only remember this because I got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and crawled back in bed and began to scroll through twitter (everyone does that at 5am, right!?). Then I read it, “TENTATIVE DEAL MADE BETWEEN NHL AND PA!” That was enough for me to sling my arm across the bed to hit Jeff and wake him up saying we you are playing hockey this year!!!!

-The next few days I was busy helping Jeff get ready to leave for Edmonton, getting the rest of our belongings moved over to new house, having walls painted to my liking, and waiting on the arrival of all my furniture and belongings from Texas. I might be biased, but I have to say my parents get parents of the year because they loaded up a Penske truck and drove all my sheeesh up from Texas just so we could get somewhat settled and have all our stuff in one spot…finally! This all happened in such a little window of time, it’s actually incredible thinking about how much was done in less than 2 weeks! It was a whirlwind for sure, but well worth it!

*To go along with my list of excuses for not blogging, we were internet-less since we moved into the new house, so I really couldn’t blog. (That is actually my most valid excuse I have….the others were just because I was a bit preoccupied! 😉 )


Top: Before, Bottom: After.

Now, we are back in Edmonton! And, it feels GREAT (I don’t even care that I’ll be freezing for the next 4 months)! It’s finally time to relax a little bit, and just enjoy a lot of hockey! And to contribute more to Southern, Sweet, and Salty.

Go Oilers Go!

Happy Birthday Dougie-Fresh!

Happy birthday to this guy…

The man who can make me laugh harder than anyone!

The man who took us to McDonald’s for breakfast every morning before school…true story.

The man who taught me how to hunt and fish (and pretended to not get mad every time I was too loud in the blind)!

The man who did not know what to do with a little girl at first, but then realized I was just as cool as any boy 😉

The man who reminds me to enjoy the little things in life and to relax a little more!

His pride and joy (not Blake, the car)

The man who is crazy enough to do multiple 260+ mile canoe races like it’s no big deal.


The most easy going, go with the flow guy I know. (Although, Jeff is right up there with him)The man who loves when I send him random scenery pictures of wherever I am!

The man who showed me what hard work truly is, and how it pays off.

The man who will eat anything I create in the kitchen and say it was AWESOME! (No matter what!)The man who I thought I got all my athleticism from…(I guess I did get some from Shell-Bell)

The man who can sit with Blake and quote movies for hours, and mom and I will have no clue what’s going on.

The man who does a mean “Dougie”.The man who is definitely Gidget’s favorite in our family.

Best Buds

The man who makes playing field hockey in jeans look good.


The man who made me run routes with Blake in the front yard when we were kids.

The man who bought this hat specifically for when he drives the green cadi.The man who showed me what a true gentleman is.And, the man who showed me what to look for in a husband, father, and all around great guy!

Happy birthday Dad! Wish I was there to make you a yummy birthday cake, and celebrate with you! I love you more than you know, and will always be your little girl!!!