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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!


A Two Month Vacation

A two month vacation!!! Sounds nice, right!?? Well, that is pretty much what it has felt like ever since the wedding! (I know, I have a very rough life)

After Jeff and I got back from our honeymoon, and spent a couple of days in Houston, we flew back to our temporary home in Michigan for the rest of summer.

I say temporary home because with only 2 months left of the summer, we decided it would be the most logical thing to live at his parent’s house in the basement until we moved up to Canada. It was pretty much impossible to find something to rent for that amount of time, and just kind of stupid if you ask me. Some people might have thought, “What? You are newlyweds, and you are moving back into his parent’s house right after the wedding!?”

You got it! And it has been great! I am very blessed that I married a man who’s family I adore and get along with so well. They have done nothing but try to make it as comfortable for me us possible! No complaints from me 🙂

For Jeff, we were coming back to his home…no real change for him. Just continuing the routine of his summer training like how it was prior to the wedding, except a now it’s a little more intense and he has a wife to come home to that makes him eggs and toast everyday!

For me, it was more like the start of an extended vacation!!!

Here are a few highlights of my 2 month “vacation”:

  • Making trips up to East Lansing to visit our friends and coaching field hockey camp
  • Cheering on the Detroit Tigers
  • Going out to the west side of the mitten for the Coast Guard festivities
  • The”I do BBQ” Jeff’s parents threw for us!

  • The Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney concert at Ford Field!!

Of course this extended vacation has been filled with lots of average things too… like writing a bazillion thank you notes, cooking delicious dinners, changing all of my government documents to my new name, playing a little tennis and golf here and there, and trying to maintain some sort of workout routine (even though the motivation has gone way down since the wedding and I don’t have my #1 workout buddy with me, my mama!).

It’s hard to believe this “trip” is almost over. In just over a week, I will be returning back to Texas to get ready for the trek up to Edmonton! Yep, Dougie Fresh and I will be driving my car all the way up to the frozen tundra…should be quite the journey!

Until then I’ll be packing up all my stuff (again), and trying to enjoy as much of this beautiful Michigan summer as possible! And for the grand finale, Jeff and I plan on going back to MSU on Friday to cheer on our Spartans in both field hockey and football…a double header for us! Then hopefully lots of boat time for the rest of the holiday weekend!

I leave y’all with a Michigan sunrise and sunset!