***Workin' on getting past the writers block here! Also hoping to get my laptop fixed cause I have more of my story on there...which I sadly cant get to. So this is written from memory, probably a little different then what I had planned. Hope ya'll enjoy and thanks for reading!
I finish up my meeting with Stan and walk down the runway to the ice. I had glass seats to a game before, but standing right at the door way to the ice and looking up at all the seats, you never realize how big the ice and the arena is until you are down there near the middle of it all. Jon was on the ice with Jordan, Brian and Sharpie, joking around more than anything it looked like. I just stood there in a daze looking around the arena before I almost had a heart attack because Sharpie decided to shoot a puck at the glass right next to me.
“Jerk!” I yell at him as I open the door and stand at the edge of the ice
“Ha, sorry I couldn’t resist, we kept yelling at you but you weren’t paying attention” he said
“Yeah, I zoned out I guess”
“Come out here!” Jon yelled at me
“No way, I’ll fall flat on my face”
“No you won’t, I wouldn’t let you,” he says as he skates over to me and puts his hand out
“Ok, but any broken bones and I’m blaming it on you” I say as I walk out onto the ice
“I promise you, you wont fall”
“Look out!” Jordan yells at me as Sharpie comes skating towards me and picks me up over his shoulder
“Patrick Sharp! You better put me down right now!”
“No, I don’t think I can do that”
“Ok, I guess so” Sharpie says as he puts me down at center ice
The guys joked around on the ice for a while longer; they even got me to shoot a few pucks, and let me tell you, trying to shoot pucks in flip flops is not the easiest thing to do.
After the guys changed, Jon and I headed home, and he jumped in the shower. I decided to put some blankets out on the balcony and sit out there for a while
“You really like it out here, don’t you?” Jon asks as he sits next to me and puts his arm around me
“Yeah, I love balconies, they always seem to be so peaceful, and the view is amazing”
“A balcony at this place was almost a requirement to have when I bought this house”
“I remember when I was in Spain and Italy a few years ago, every hotel had a balcony, I would always spend so much time on.”
“Nice, I usually hang out here too, sometimes before games to clear my head.”
“It’s good for that too”
June came and went pretty fast, the Penguins had won the Cup for the second time in 3 years, Jon was happy for them because he was friends with Crosby and a few guys on the team. Laura had made her move out here and found a little apartment off Michigan Ave and had a few meetings with Stan and the equipment team to get her internship situated. She had went on a few dates with Kaner, but she didn’t say much to me so I didn’t know anything as to what was going on. After countless shopping trips, I was able to find a cute summer dress to wear to Duncan and Kelly’s wedding, it’s a strapless dress that went to my knees and was pink with a black ribbon across the middle, perfect for me to say the least.
“So, I guess I should mention this now, but since the wedding is in Manitoba, my parents are going to be there” Jon says as we’re in our room packing
“Oh yeah?” I say, looking at him kind of nervously
“Don’t worry, they will love you,” he says as he walks over to where I am
“Ok, I think I can handle it, I’m just nervous”
“Babe, you have nothing to worry about,” he says with a kiss
“Ok then, I’ll take your word for it,”
The next morning we got a cab with Brent and Dayna and headed to the airport. After checking in and going through security, we hang out and wait for the plane; Dayna and I decide to walk around and get junk food or whatever, and let the fans talk with the guys for a while. We get back to see the boys relaxing and Jon on the phone, as I sit down next to him, all I hear is “yeah here she is,” then he hands me the phone saying it’s his mom
“Hello?” I say
“Hi Jamie! Its Andree,” she says happily
“Hi! How are you?”
“Good, thanks and yourself?”
“Great, just getting ready to head out to Canada!”
“Well great! I’m really looking forward to meeting you! Jonathan has had nothing but nice things to say about you!”
“Oh really? Well I would hope its all good things”
“Oh yes, it is! He talked about meeting you a few months ago and now with your move out to Chicago, and your living with him correct?”
“Yeah, I got a job offer with the PR department for the Hawks so I took it! Jon has been so sweet too, and yes I am, I didn’t know if he told you, but I was a little nervous about that part”
“Oh honey don’t you worry, he has talked about you a lot, you seem like a great girl and the first thing he told me after he said you were living with him was that he didn’t want me to think you were a jersey chaser, but I could never imagine that about you and I’m honestly glad that Jonathan opened his house to you, we couldn’t have raised him any better”
“Yeah, that was the first thing that worried me was that you would be wondering who this girl is that is living with your son.”
“Well I did kind of wonder, but I know that he wouldn’t let some random stranger live with him, I think his dad was more iffy about that one. But Jon talked to us before he went to see you in your hometown, so it reassured us a little more.”
“Ok, well I’m glad to hear all this, and talking to you makes me a little less nervous to meet you”
“Yes! I cant wait to finally meet the girl my son has been talking about! Tell Jonathan that to call me when you guys land and we will go to dinner!”
“Ok, great I will! It was great talking to you!”
“You as well, see you guys soon!”
“She wants you to call her when we land so we can all go to dinner” I tell Jon as I hand him his phone
“Ok, that will work and then we will see them at the wedding too, my parents and Duncs’ parents have been good friends since forever.” Jon says as we start boarding the plane…first class, I might add…yeah no wonder Jon changed the subject when I asked him how much my plane ticket was, oh well.
So many laughs, a million pictures, a few drinks and 3 hours later, we land in Winnipeg and walk through the airport to the baggage claim. I wish I could say we got through quietly and smoothly, but of course that didn’t happen; people caught sight of Jon and Brent and about lost their minds; some were respectful but some were straight up crazy. A group of girls even pushed through me and Dayna and one of them almost punched her in the face! I was about to step in her face and say something when Jon grabbed my arm and thankfully, airport security caught wind of this and came to escort us the rest of the way. We finally made it to the hotel, which happened to be the same hotel where the other guys were staying and it was also the same hotel where the wedding reception would be held. We all got situated into our room while Jon called his mom to see what they were doing. I, of course, went straight for the balcony to check out the view; it was absolutely breathtaking.
“I knew I’d find you out here,” Jon says
“Really? Never would have guessed,” I say with a laugh
“So I talked to my mom, and her and my dad are running around town. So we’re going to go to dinner with them at like 6:30 tonight,”
“Then wedding stuff starts tomorrow, but we won’t meet up with all them until tomorrow night at Bailey’s Restaurant and bar, that’s where the rehearsal dinner is. So during the day, I figured I could show you around my old stomping grounds.”
“So, what do you say we take a little nap then get ready for dinner tonight?”
“I like that idea”
“We’re going to walk around the city and explore, you guys want to come?” Brent asks us
“Nah man, we’re going to pass and take a short nap. Going to dinner with the ‘rents tonight,” Jon says
“Uh oh, J, meetin’ momma and papa Toews?”
“Yeah, I talked to Andree on the phone when we were still in Chicago, so I’m not too worried anymore”
“Ok, good luck! We will be back in a few hours,” Brent says with a smile as they walk out the door.
5 o’clock comes around before I know it and Jon and I are getting ready for dinner tonight. Even though I had talked to Andree earlier today, my nerves came back a little bit, knowing that talking on the phone and talking in person is completely different. But Jon knew I was nervous so he kept reassuring me that I would be fine and that I am getting nervous for nothing. Jon and his parents decided on the Keg Steakhouse & Bar for dinner; I didn’t object, since steak is my favorite food, I didn’t have a problem.