Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Hawaiian Highlights

Considering we've been back nearly a week, it's time for some honeymoon highlights! I'd never been to Hawaii and I've always wanted a tropical honeymoon, so I was very excited for our island adventures. You can see all our pics here. Highlights include:

Kauai
- Our resort was beyond AMAZING! It had three pools (one for adults only, one family pool and a salt water pool - all next to a beautiful beach!) The adult pool featured waitresses to make sure we were never without a fruity drink in our hands!
- A helicopter tour, as previously mentioned, with no doors! I thought the poor woman next to me was going to have a panic attack from fear of falling out! We saw the waterfalls featured at the beginning of Fantasy Island and Jurassic Park. You can see the woman's arm holding on for dear life.
Helicopter tour
- A snorkeling boat excursion, where we saw a mother humpback whale and her calf next to our boat, along with dolphins and sea turtles.
- Delicious food at Tidepools, a restaurant at our resort featuring a bunch of choi ponds. I joked that it would be neat if the choi fish jumped, and 30 seconds later one did!
- More yummy food at Roy's and The Beach House, among others.
Enjoying the chocolate soufle at Roy's
- Wonderful massages for Brent and I in open-air massage rooms. (Brent's first professional massage!)
- As previously mentioned, a Pierce Brosnan sighting.
- Lots and lots of naps! We joked that our daily schedule was: eat, sleep, eat, sleep, repeat.
- Anyone know why there are so many chickens roaming around Hawaii?
More Chickens

Maui
- Stayed at the fabulous Hyatt in Kaanapali.
- Enjoyed a really nice luau called Feast At Lele. It's an upscale luau where they serve you (instead of a buffet) and they don't drag you on stage to hula. Brent reserved early and got us tables in the front row. The dancers were so great!
Brent and I

Did I mention the luau featured an open bar?

Drink up!

Blue Hawaiian, baby!

Tongue

- Went on a whale-watching boat excursion where we were followed by a pod of probably 50+ spinner dolphins who were happy to jump out of the water and show off for us
Dolphins
- We lounged by the pool and I perfected my tan.
Lounging
- We went snorkeling at Black Rock in Kaanapali, where we saw soooo many colorful schools of fish! Brent had asked me to make sure I covered his back in sunscreen. I used our aersol sunscreen and thought I had done a good job until that night when we discovered....
Uh-oh
- Ate some of the best sushi ever!
Sushi at Sensei

And thanks to all our friends who bought gifts from our honeymoon registry! It made our adventures even more fun as we thought of those who had made those excursions, meals and relaxing possible! Mahalo!

"And the dish ran away with the spoon. But Hawaii was the only state that would recognize the marriage as legal." - Jane, Daria

Monday, April 24, 2006

If you like that, there's more where that came from

I received more pics (50+) from our photographer today, so I'm sharing some more here! You can check out even more from them in my Flickr album here, and some non-pro pics here.


If Brent were any hotter, it would be illegal!

I love, love, love my florist!

Dontcha you wish your bridal party was hot like mine? Dontcha?

The photographer said to kiss and Brent "eeeew"-ed.

Garter toss.

In all seriousness, this photo made me cry. I had my florist break my bouquet into 4 so I could toss 3 parts to the ladies and give 1 part to my mom to take to my dad's grave. That's what this photo is of, including my brother and my nephew. As sad it is, I'm very happy they captured it the way they did.

"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man." - Edward Steichen

Friday, April 21, 2006

Going back to Cali

We're back on the mainland after a relaxing and memorable 10-night Hawaiian honeymoon!

I have plenty of photos and stories to share from our island adventures, but right now I'm going to explode with excitement because we just saw some teaser pics from our photographers! I've posted a few of our favorites below. You can see the rest of the teaser pics on our photographers' blog here. (Feel free to leave comments for them on their site. They're relatively new bloggers and I'm sure they'd love your feedback!)

fountain

Kiss on the dance floor

Taking a dip

Cutting the cake

Lounging

Our photographer will post all of our photos in an online album, which I'll happily share with you on here when it's ready!

We've also received tons of really cute pics taken by our friends at the wedding, which I've started to gather in a Flickr album here. I'll be adding more as I receive them.

"A photograph is made in the mind of the photographer. He points his paintbrush and captures a moment, a temporal thief, he stops the clock for that one instant, and stores it in his camera. He captures an emotion, an event, or most poignantly, some indescribable nuance, that every person who sees the picture identifies, but can't put into words." - Older Lily, Beauty in Chaos

Friday, April 14, 2006

Aloha!

Tonight is our fifth night in fabulous Kauai! Tomorrow we leave for Maui.

We relaxed by the pool (with plenty of fruity drinks), had massages, enjoyed a helicopter tour of the island (fun but scary - no doors!), ate lots of yummy food and went snorkeling. At our resort's spa today after our massages, we spotte Pierce Brosnan! I thought he just looked like him, but Brent saw him close up and confirmed it was indeed him. (And we thought our bellman was exagerating about the resort's celeb clientele.) We also ran into one of Brent's clients at our resort - talk about a small world!

The weather has been rainy with sunshine. It was very strange to be tanning on the beach while it rained.

Tomorrow night is our luau, which should be lots of fun.

Early flight tomorrow, so I'm off to sleep!

Monday, April 10, 2006

It's Official - I'm NannersM

We're married! The day was amazingly fabulous. Brent was the most handsome groom. The weather could not have been any better! We had a wonderful time and we were so happy to share it with our friends and family! (We did have a few wedding crashers, invited by other family members, but that just makes for interesting stories.)

Of course, as soon as I get pics, you'll be the first to know!

And now we're off to Hawaii!

"I, Craig take you Christina to be my wife, my best friend and my first mate. Through sickness and health, through clear skies and squalls..." "I, Christina, take you, Craig, to be my best friend, and my captain... to be your anchor and your sail... your starboard and your port." - Wedding Crashers

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Final Countdown

Yesterday was my last day at work until April 24 as I get ready for my wedding and honeymoon. Andrea, one of my bridesmaids and oldest friends (we've known each other since we were 4), arrived from Viriginia last night, so I'm very thankful to have her company (and sanity) during these last fews days before the wedding. THREE DAYS LEFT! YIPPEE!

I thought I'd take this opportunity to open up the floor to my married readers -- not that it was ever closed, mind you. Any words of wisdom for me before I walk down the aisle? I was talking to one of my writers at work yesterday and he said that the one piece of advice he kept in mind during his first year of marriage was, "Keep scrambling for higher ground." I got quite a kick out of that and it's probably something I won't forget.

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us." - Anonymous

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Warning: Post about deceased parent ahead

I'd like to start a Hollywood initiative, requiring warnings on any movie or television program with a cancer death, a parent's death, a parent's death from cancer and the absolute worst, which I witnessed tonight - a parent about to die from cancer giving her teenage daughter advice about how to act at her wedding. That's exactly what I need 5 days before my wedding, to burst into tears while watching TV. Brent, my fabulous, loving fiance who reminds me with every one of his actions why I'm marrying him, saw my tears, despite my attempts to hide them and immediately came to comfort me. He's a keeper.

Did I mention that I've been feeling like a cold or flu is trying to attack my immune system? Bring on the meds! I napped for two hours today and yesterday and barely ate anything today - a bowl of oatmeal, a few bites of spaghetti and one Cadbury Cream Egg. Apparently even a pending illness won't keep me away from that gooey, mint goodness.

"Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions." - David Bernstein

Saturday, April 01, 2006