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Afterthoughts

I’m sure that by now you’ve heard the fantastic news – we’ve made it to the third and final phase of the wedding threesome contest!

In order to learn about our what our phase III quest will entail, we’ve been charged by our contest-masters, Jay from Captivate Bridal, Rick from Rick Denham Photography and Mary from with one final post – the afterthoughts.

Our final task is to let you all know just what it’s been like to keep up this blog for the past few weeks.

We’re not going to lie – the task was not an easy one. For most university students (as many of you will know), April happens to be the busiest time of year. With Jackson’s final exams and projects and Loretta’s piles and piles of final exams and projects to mark, keeping up a regular blog, that was actually interesting was a very tall order indeed.

Luckily, we had a little help from some of our friends. On some days when those piles of paperwork were just too much for us, these really amazing people were there to help shoulder some of the weight. They were able to add some spice to our blog with their take on our relationship and on us as individuals – even if, at times, it was a tad embarrassing.

While it’s true that we are very busy people and this blog was time consuming, it gave us an opportunity to spend time together and grow as a couple. This blog was done by equal contributions from both of us. That’s right, for the most part, we wrote every post together – it wasn’t just Jackson or Loretta taking on the role of ‘author.’ Lots of couples do many things together, but how many couples do you know that can say that they’ve actually written together? Keeping this blog together has given us the opportunity to reflect on many great moments we’ve shared together and it’s provided even more validation for our love for one another.

We love lists, and so we thought it would be an appropriate way to cap off our phase II blog with a top ten list of our favourite bloggy-style threesome contest moments.

Top Ten Bloggy Style Threesome Moments

  1. Awkward first date moments
  2. Jackson’s uncanny ability to capture Loretta on camera while she’s being silly
  3. Our ability to bring bad luck to the home team of every sporting event
  4. An amazing road-trip rendition of Kim Mitchell’s Patio Lanterns
  5. Introducing you all to our cute pup, Wernicke (and how we came up with his name!)
  6. Our secret key to long-distance love (the post-it note!)
  7. Telling you all about how Jackson popped ‘the question’
  8. Giving you a sneak peek into our wedding planning
  9. How many (gullible) people actually believed Brian’s interpretation of the story of how we first met. Apparently we were a little too subtle on how truthful that ‘interpretation’ was.
  10. Sharing with the world just how oh-so-good-looking our wedding party is. We really capitalized on photos that were easily found on Facebook!

A couple of grad students bumming around campus...

 

Yahoo! Friday night = date night!

TGIF!!!! Friday nights happen to be date night at our house. No matter how busy we are or what has gone on in the week, Friday night is night just for the 2 of us. It also happens to be take-out night or ‘cheat’ night’. As we are trying to save for our upcoming wedding we don’t go out as much as we did last year and as Jackson puts it he needs to get into ‘tuxedo shape’ so we are cutting back the junk food … but Friday is our night off to enjoy! We may go out for dinner at a nice resturant, order a pizza, get fastfood, or just get a bottle of wine and some popcorn to watch a movie.

Last Friday when it was still 25 degrees out we decided to skip over to the best burger joint in London for some burgers and beers on the patio (yes on the patio in March in Canada)!!!!

On the patio in March! Beer and burgers = awesome date night 🙂

“Hoo-hah-Gate 2008”

So we’ve asked the bridal party and some close family to write a post about why they think we deserve to win… here is Tawn’s blog (our amazing maid of honour). Rick at Rick Denham Photography, Jay at Captivate Bridal Cinema, and Mary at WeddingGirl.ca give this one a read – its a long one but worth it! Thx so much T

I would first like to “say hello to my little frieeeeeend!!” Loretta (or Retz, as we call her).

Being a 5’10 blonde and having a best friend that’s a 5’1 brunette we may look odd together, but there’s not really anybody in the whole world that compliments me as much as she does (minus my favourite boyfriend Todd “the bod” —there’s your shout out TB—). While Loretta is small in stature, I have never met anybody who has a larger sense of ambition or personality in my 28 years on the planet.

One of my first memories of Loretta is when we were at tryouts for her first year (my second) of Brock Cheerleading. She was on the top of a 3 person high pyramid and was thrown quite violently to the hard wood floor on her head when nobody caught her (I promise I was on the other side of the room at the time!!!).

That day I grew a huge admiration for her because she just picked herself up like nothing, when I would have been calling for the waaaaambulance and milkin’ that shit for the rest of practice. She did end up going to the hospital with a severe concussion, but she returned the next practice raring to go. Little did I know that this was a characteristic of Loretta that she would demonstrate frequently through her life, being the most resilient person on pretty much the entire planet. I’ve never seen someone get knocked down so many times just to bounce back with positivity and an explosive desire to fight, which she instills in everyone around her. Working with kids I hear the excuses “Oh they didn’t have the best childhood” or “Oh they’ve had a lot of obstacles” used frequently in order to rationalize under achievements and poor character. Loretta grew up in a single-parent household, with a very hard working Mom and wasn’t handed a lot of the luxuries that most of us take for granted.

I feel so privileged to tell others that my best friend despite everything worked hard enough to earn a full- paid scholarship as the student entering Brock with the highest academic average for the 2003 academic year (How many people can say THAT?!?). She has even busted her butt to maintain this scholarship through her undergrad, masters and currently while doing her PHD in Neuroscience.  She’s obtained this while working at least 2 jobs at a time (in order to keep her head above water), being an elite cheer athlete, coaching numerous cheer teams AND being a volunteer within her community.  Every “Pinky” needs their “Brain” and Retz is certainly mine …. NARF!!

She works at a very difficult job in the ICU performing tests to see if people will come out of their comas and while there are happy moments she encounters a lot of loss of life on a daily basis. This takes an extreme amount of intelligence but an even larger heart and much compassion for others.

Jackson, I’m going to level with ya man…… I was on the defense when Loretta started dating you after a couple of “not so stellar” boyfriend choices. I liked you from the start, but what really seals the deal as most people know with me is whether or not my dog Nomis (a very disheveled and free-spirited little Pomeranian) likes you. He has sealed the fate of more than one of my potential boyfriends. You passed the test with more than flying colours after I was informed that he snuck into your room and licked your bare bum ( how you were sleeping naked we will leave that to our imaginations!!) while house sitting for me. You aren’t only a super cool guy and the best boyfriend EVER to my best friend but you are one of those rare people that their shit actually doesn’t stink! (Feel free to use this on future job resumes and to use Nomis and I as references)

Loretta has always been my biggest advocate and protector, especially when I needed it the most. There’s days when you’ve had a cheating boyfriend that nothing feels better than to watch your 96lb best friend chase him up Hogan’s Alley in Port Dalhousie and throw a random slushy (that just happened to be on the sidewalk ) at his windshield as he drove away with another girl!  Every time that 6ft 3 guy saw Loretta after that night whenever we were out, he ran away like a little girl! Whenever I’ve been put down, picked on or taken advantage of by somebody she’s always stepped in front of me or done her infamous flailing “Elaine Benis dance” or “mosh pitted” in order to clear the way and protect her best friend who was standing at 6’2 in high-heels behind her J Loretta is not only a talented athlete but an even better coach, who brings out the best in anybody she steps into the gym with including myself when I stunted with her as my top and coached our “dream team” Cheer Energy Venom with her.

My favourite Loretta story happened at a sleepover when I was out of the room and came back in to a little girl just wailing at the top of her lungs. I couldn’t really make it out… but it sounded like someone had pushed her into the foam- pit. My first instinct was to yell” Well whoever did it, I will be calling their parents and they can go home right now!!” She points to (in case you haven’t guessed haha) Loretta and yells “SHEEEEEE DID IT!!!!” I laughed so hard that I was the closest I’ve even been since I was 4years old to peeing my pants!!  Loretta being the fun little firecracker she is just wanted to liven things up by yelling “Everybodyyyyyy lets jump in the pittttt!” and throwing all the little 4 footers in. A couple weeks later she made me laugh even harder when we were spotting a girl doing a back handspring and I then fell down spread eagle in short shorts exposing my “hoo-hah” COMPLETLEY to her. The noise that came out of her mouth sounded like a dinosaur eating a camel in heat then she yelled “I need to find an eyewash station”. The whole gym exploded and at the end of the year more than one kid put it as their favourite memory!! I think it’ll take a lifetime for me to shake this one down!

So for the LOVE OF GOD please reward Loretta with an awesome wedding for not just being her amazing self….but for being a survivor of “Hoo-hah-Gate 2008”!!!!

XOXOXOX Tawn

Tawn and Loretta coaching Venom at a cheer camp in Ohio! Yes we thought it was a good idea to take 30 teenagers to Ohio for a week lol.

A Campfire Tale… a post from Loretta’s cousin Brian

How Loretta & Jackson Met by Brian Scriver…[since you have all been dying to know how we met we have given Brian artistic licence to interpret our first meeting ;P]

Many people ask how Loretta and Jackson met… Many do not know how they actually met.  However, Loretta and I have known each other all our lives.  So, I have it on good authority to know the saga of how Loretta and Jackson met.

It all started on an early crisp day in March 2009.  Loretta was going through the Tim Horton’s drive through on her way to school.  There was a Honda Civic in line ahead of her.  Little did she know, a couple of years later, she would be engaged to the driver of this car.  Jackson of course was the driver of that car.  He saw in his rear-view mirror, while waiting for his morning java someone who peaked his interest.  Jackson did not go unnoticed to Loretta either.

Not knowing what to do, the quick-thinking Jackson decided to give the girl at the window a nice tip, and a note, written on a receipt.  It simply read: “You’re beautiful, and I’d like to buy you a coffee sometime, and actually be able to get to know you. – Jackson”.  Of course his number was also included.  He “paid it backwards”, and bought Loretta her hot apple cider, and asked for the doughnut dealer to pass along the note, with her cider.

The Tim Bit teller complied with Jackson’s wishes.  When Loretta arrived at the window, she gave Loretta the note, along with her gratis beverage.  Intrigued by who this mystery man was, she pondered for quite some time.  Questions ran through her head.  Who was this man?  Why would he do such a thing?  How desperate could he be?  What’s wrong with him?  And most importantly – how could I not call him?

Jackson waited anxiously.  He went back to the same Tim Hortons, every day until he received that call from Loretta – nearly two weeks later.

They chatted that first evening on the telephone for nearly an hour.  Jackson made Loretta laugh.  Loretta made Jackson laugh.  There was instant chemistry.  A coffee (or cider) date was arranged shortly thereafter…

A match made in a Tim Horton’s Drive Thru – now that’s a double-double!

Now isn’t that just the most perfect fairytale meeting one could possibly tell their mom? 😛

 

Our first campfire! Arrowhead Provincial Park 2009. Photography courtesy of Brian Scriver

 

This message was brought to you by  Rick Denham Photography, Captivate Bridal Cinema, and WeddingGirl.ca

A ‘Couple’ of Nuts – In a Nutshell

If you couldn’t tell from the punny headline (Jackson loves puns – he’s a pretty punny guy), this post is designed to kind of graze the surface of who we are as a couple.

Our first date was March 19, 2009 (as for how that date came to happen… well, we’ll leave that story for a another day).

Loretta: I remember Jackson did his hilarious Mike Tyson impression which to this day still makes me laugh. I remember thinking this guy is nice, he’s polite, funny, and good-looking. That’s it! I decided I like him – actually, I super liked him. I decided right then I was keeping him! I remember him leaving that night and a funny awkward moment at the door…

Jackson: I remember thinking ‘dayyyyyom, this girl has got it goin’ on!’ But not only is she smokin’ – she’s very intelligent and articulate and has a great sense of humour. This girl is definitely here to stay. I knew that it wasn’t just a coincidence that Mr. Deeds was on the TV that night, as we had already talked about our love for Adam Sandler movies prior to our first date. As for the awkward door moment… I’m from a small town, we never lock the door behind us when we come in. Apparently after a date in the ghetto, you have to unlock the door before you try to open it and walk out. So much for a smooth exit.

Reflecting on the past 3 years that we have been together, there have been so many amazing things, wonderful milestones and memories along the way. Here’s a few we thought of today (in no particular order):

– We both graduated university once (with both of us set to graduate again once we are married)

– Became an aunt and an uncle for the first time to a niece, miss Isabella, just known as Bean (from Loretta’s brother Drew and Jho), and our nephew Jack (from Jackson’s sister Penny and Jeremy)

– Moved in together (and out of Loretta’s apartment in the Ghetto) although we still live in EOA its now a cute little house that we rent. We haven’t heard of any drive-by’s or murder suicides at our new place!
 
– Shared in sorrow, losing Loretta’s grandmother just recently
 
– Triumphed in good times
 
– Brought a new puppy home, who is no longer a pup but still thinks he is. At a whopping 85lbs, he gives us both a run for our money.
 
– Vacationed, camped, had barbecues and bonfires
 
– Watched too many ‘say yes to the dress’ wedding dress shows on TLC (Jackson says: “emphasize ‘too many,’ and it wasn’t just ‘shows’ it was marathons!) and a million hockey games (I’m sure there will be a million more). Jackson: I sincerely apologize to Loretta for this. I have been in the most inconsolable state that she’s ever seen me in during hockey games when my team is losing, and let’s just say that my team hasn’t been doing well this season… And no, I am not a Leafs fan! Go Habs Go!
 
– Enjoyed our love for art by visiting the AGO, the ballet, even comedy shows (I would have loved for Gerry Dee to be my teacher growing up)
 
– Most of all we have been 100% in love since that very first dateImage
 

Shout outs to Rick at Rick Denham Photography, Jay at Captivate Bridal Cinema, and Mary at WeddingGirl.ca

We want our friends and family to help us win a $10,000 Wedding Contest from Rick Denham Photography, Captivate Bridal Cinema, and WeddingGirl.ca

Hello everyone and welcome to our blog,

WE DID IT! We made it to phase II of the Wedding Threesome (version 2.0) Contest!

Thanks to so many of our family and friends who completed all of the Facebook tasks for phase I (PIMP), now we’re on to the PRESS phase – we are going to blog for 3 weeks and get as many of our friends and family (or whoever) to follow our blog posts about who we are, what makes us tick and most importantly, why WE deserve to move on to phase III and eventually win this contest!

Phase II is all about views. We are up against 4 other couples so we need as many people to view our blog as many times as they possibly can! This means you, our friends and family, your friends and family and even complete strangers, we don’t really care who does it, as long as we WIN! Also, make sure that you DON’T go and view the other couples’ blog posts because it will add to their total views and actually count against us. Trust us, their blogs are going to be super boring anyways, so you won’t even want to read them 😉

So what is this contest all about, you ask? It is an amazing chance to win a $10,000 Wedding Threesome package that includes full day wedding photography courtesy of Rick Denham Photography, a wedding day cinema package courtesy of Captivate Bridal Cinema, and full event design + planning + Day Of coordination courtesy of WeddingGirl.ca.

And why should we win??? Seriously, you really have to ask? Well…

1) We are really, really, ridiculously good looking – I mean, come on, Rick would barely have to use Photoshop after a shoot with us!

2) We are silly. As you will see in upcoming videos, we love to have fun together – so Jay won’t have much trouble directing us even for the most ridiculous of scenes.

3) Loretta is a teeny tiny bit of an A-type personality, so Mary’s expertise will come in handy on the day of – to make sure Loretta can enjoy the day (which will ensure that Jackson will have a chance at enjoying the day, too)

4) on a more serious note…we are two love-bird graduate students attending the University of Western Ontario who are in the midst of trying to complete a PhD and a Master’s degree while planning and trying to afford (this is where the threesome comes in) a wedding for February 2013. We have been attending and paying for university for a combined 13 years (and counting) and needless to say, we would do just about anything that will help us make the wedding of our dreams come true!

Over the next three weeks, we will be blogging our little (big) hearts out and we are going to be giving you all an in-depth glimpse into the lives of Loretta Norton and Jackson Wilson. We will be uploading some Loretta and Jackson classic memorabilia periodically along the way, so be sure to check back frequently as some of these classic clips and pictures are simply not to be missed. We solemnly promise that you will be entertained. Jackson says: “We may even have some special guest bloggers for a little bloggy-style ‘threesome’ action!” as Loretta blushes and shakes her head.

We hope to see you again real soon,

Loretta and Jackson