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…was fab! Great time aboard the beautiful Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas.. a whole week of relaxation… ahh…

I can’t believe we have been back in town for almost two weeks and married for nearly a month! The honeymoon was spectacular. We flew to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 1, in the evening time and arrived almost midnight LA time. We were exhausted, but made it to the hotel without any dramas. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza, the room was great and the staff were so nice.

The next morning we went to a local joint for breakfast called Grinders. Found out that there used to be over 100 locations all over California, now, there are only 3!
The food was pretty good and super cheap.

We walked back to the hotel and finished packing up, last minute ironing, etc. We took a shuttle over the terminal, and we were treated like royalty! I could not get over how calm and kind everyone was. It is so easy to compare terminals after the number of them that I have been through… I guess being guests of the Captain is quite a thrill, it certainly was for us! We were escorted to the gangway, and allowed to board with all the Crown and Anchor members, people who have sailed more than 20 times. 🙂 That was pretty cool.

Once on board we wandered around for a bit, had an adult beverage and relaxed a little. We weren’t able to get a room until way after we sailed, so we were homeless for a little while. Everything worked out though and we were super lucky to get a balcony room! We were soooooo excited!!!

The excitement only lasted about 24 hours though, by the next afternoon, we had gotten a call that we had to move to a different room because the one we were in was needed for another reason. Booooo!

The rest of the cruise was great. The second night on board, we received an invitation to dine with Captain Per, which was neat. I had only met him once previously, very briefly, so it was nice to have a more relaxing time to chat. We also took advantage of the two fantastic specialty restaurants, Chops Grille and Portofino’s, and split the rest of the nights between the Windjammer buffet and the dining room, super nice to have someone prepare dinner AND clean up after you!

I also spent a lot of time laying by the pool, which was great.. I came home so dark… which was the plan, great! We also spent some time on the “Promenade,” shopping, drinking wine, and eating pizza. Great stuff.

I think we were passed out every night by 10pm. So sad, we should have been awake late every night! LOL, but it did not happen. We were both awake by 8:30am, and up for a delicious breakfast… WAFFLES! and just about everything else, bacon, pancakes, muffins, eggs, ugh.. so glad I didn’t gain weight!

We made stops at three different ports while on the cruise, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, all gorgeous and the west coast of Mexico is just so different from the east coast and the likes of Cozumel!

The first port Cabo San Lucas was the only port we chose to do a shore excursion in, and it was pretty cool. We opted to rent dune buggies and go zooming around in the desert and up along the shoreline, it was so pretty. We could not believe how absolutely beautiful it was. Just gorgeous. We were absolutely covered in sand and dirt, but it was super amazing.

The second port was Mazatlan, and it was just as pretty. We just went out into the port for an adult beverage and a walk around, downtown in the shopping district, just a relaxing stroll…

The third port was Puerta Vallarta, and again, we just ventured out for lunch. The weather was absolutely gorgeous once we hit the Mexican coast, and it just stayed that way. Unfortunately, it also meant that by two or three in the afternoon, I was ready for a nap. I guess that isn’t too bad considering we were on vacation! The restaurant we found was actually a recommendation from a cab driver, and we shared the cab with a mother and daughter from Canada.. nice people. The restaurant was neat.. they made the salsa right in front of us! MargaritaGrill!! (I remembered the name…) After lunch, we started to walk in the direction of the ship, which was actually a lot further from us than walking distance, but it put us into a pretty neat “flea market” area that was totally different from anything that we have in America. The flea markets there were mainly rows and rows of the same items, each varying in price, but, it was still fun to walk through.

I am sure there is more, as it was a whole week… But, definitely a good time!

And trying to catch up on everything that has happened in the last week…
Seems like the last three months have just flown by!

I can’t believe how quickly everything happened and now it all seems like a distant memory. I had 111 days from engagement to wedding day and somehow, I managed it fit in:
-finishing up Tampa season
-starting set up for Bar Harbor season
-making arrangements while out of the office for a week
-two bridal showers
-bachlorette party
-night-before-the-wedding party
-wedding
-honeymoon

holy cow. and now, I have been home four days and accomplished:
-continuing to pack up apartment
-watching ALL the TV shows I missed while away
-catching up on emails and voicemails
-getting the nails redone
-returns (of unused wedding material)
-purchases of super good on sale items (courtesy of Mom) and my laptop bag!
-opening ALL the gifts
-writing about half the Thank You cards

AND:
-I travel to Ft. Lauderdale for work this weekend
-hopefully meeting a potential new (on the side) employer
-Bar Harbor for three days (May 19-21)

I am already exhausted. This summer is going to be super busy going back and forth to Bar Harbor, but, I am thrilled that I will be able to come home… I really spent a lot of time on the couch last year… And that certainly doesn’t need to happen again. I am definitely going to take advantage of the time I do have up there, tons of visitors already!

I know that I need to blog about the wedding and the honeymoon, and post pics, hopefully I will get around to that in the next couple of days…

I am thrilled with how everything turned out. So far, tons of responses that the location was great, the weather was perfect (minus a little wind, Thank God!), and the reception was super relaxed. Hoping that is the general consensus anyway.. But, does it matter? Nope, it was OUR day… And we LOVED it!!

More blogging to follow… and a change in the blog name too… Suggestions?

Getting closer…

Posted: January 19, 2010 in Honeymoon, Wedding
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So… definitely getting closer… I have SO MANY venues and SO MANY options. But, I hope to have it narrowed down by the end of the week.

What are the thoughts? Beach or golf course or somewhere else all together? I need feedback! I really like the idea of a beach, the sunset, no shoes :-), very relaxed.. The golf course is beautiful.. the pictures are absolutely gorgeous.. but, I HATE golf! Anywhere else.. hmm.. that is more difficult because I would like the ceremony and reception to be in the same place and everything else will be provided.

I have narrowed dates to a weekend.. pretty good I think, all things considered.. Anywhere between Thursday April 29 and Sunday May 2… Unfortunately, it is just a little bit cheaper to not have it on a Saturday, but, the options are still open.

And the guest list keeps growing… I had no idea I knew so many people! UGH… Glad I only have to do this once! I will be so excited to see everyone, I really want to be able to spend as much time as possible.. I really think we are going to take a few days before going on a honeymoon, especially to spend time with the people who took the time to fly down to us.

I really hope that once I get the venue and food/beverages organized the rest of the stuff will fall into place… *fingers crossed*…