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Jess and Mark - Caribbean Cruise!

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Realizing that in 2007, we took a whopping 2 holiday vacations - one to Disneyland and a short trip to Indianapolis, 2008 is going to be much, much more eventful.

Our first Caribbean Cruise! 7 days leaving from San Juan Puerto Rico! Our cruise ship is full of stuff for us to do. I'm sure I won't have any problems laying around the pool, or playing scrabble in the upper sky deck, as they call it.

We'll be landing in these amazing ports:

Oranjestad, Aruba
Willemstad, Netherland Antilles
St. Maartin
St. Thomas

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Practicing my photo composition, point and shoot vs SLRs

Today was a fun day! Other than the fact I had to fly from Ottawa to Minneapolis on a Sunday so I could be there for work bright and early on Monday, it was a good day. As a part of a photography seminar, today I went with some friends from work on a photo expedition of a Quebec farm in Fall. It was beautiful and very relaxing! In addition to practicing my eye for composition, it provided me with a unique opportunity. I was able to pit my 2007 Canon PowerShot SD800IS point and shoot against my circa 1996 Canon Elan IIe 35mm SLR. Nearly every time I took a photo with the SLR, I took the same shot (or as close as I could to it) with the point and shoot. How do the two cameras compare? We shall find out in a few days!

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It really is the happiest place on Earth!

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As Jessica said in her blog, I want to go back to Disneyland! We both had such a great time there. I'm not sure what makes it so special for me... I do know that one thing that holds true for me now that I'm a part of the rat race is when you are there, you don't have any other care in the world. The outside world no longer matters. The only thing that matters while you are there is figuring out what ride you should go on next, or where the best place to sit and people watch is. Ahhh.

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I want to go back to Disneyland!

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Disneyland was so much fun! We were there for three days, and I don't think that was enough. Mark and I toured California Adventure park on Day 1, then Disneyland for two full days.

My favorite part was that everyone there is so happy. The rides were amazing - even the kid ones for Pinochio, Pirates of the Carribean, Peter Pan and others. The look on Mark's face when I was experiencing these rides for the first time was really funny. He was just so happy to be there!

It's a Small World was funny because they even had a Canadian Mountie in it! It was so elaborate to see all of the dancing dolls. We also went on Dumbo, the huge pirate ship, the Haunted Mansion, Alice in Wonderland, and Big Thunder Mountain.

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We went to Disneyland!

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Mark and Jessica at the Tiki Room at Disneyland

Jessica and I went to Disneyland last week!!! We had such an amazing time. It is too bad that our jobs don't just pay us to hang out in the park :-) We'll give you all a more detailed update soon!

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This year is going so fast!

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I can't believe it's almost June! Mark and I are still enjoying the fact that we are newlyweds in a "new" home! We're having a blast and are still busy as ever. For some reason, work never slows down!

Each weekend, we're starting to resemble ordinary people by going to places other than Home Depot. This weekend, we went to see the Electric Vehicle Show in Ottawa (very very cool) and worked on the house by cleaning up the backyard to get ready for some landscaping. We're planning to build our own deck for the back and really spend a lot of time enjoying our new view.

Next weekend, we're off to Seattle for Maria's graduation.

80 Frank Canada Day Open House

Visit 80 Frank for the latest in...80 Frank! We're at 97% complete. A huge accomplishment. If you haven't visited lately, you'll notice new features such as: exterior materials, additional bathrooms, doors and best of all, kitchen countertops!

We'll be hanging out all day, so stop by on your way downtown towards the fireworks that night!

Time: 11AM - 8PM

Location: 80 Frank Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0X2

Phone: 613.240.5147 (Mark) 613.852.0815 (Jessica)

80 Frank Housewarming Party

Come to our Groundhog's Day Housewarming Party! It has been over two years since we started work on the house, and we're nearly done. Come celebrate with us. No gifts please unless you know how to install tile. We'll supply the snacks, if you bring your beverage of choice.

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Jessica Ann Owens and Mark Christopher Manca were married on October 7, 2006 in Lake Louise, Alberta.

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