While we were on the honeymoon (more on that in a moment) it took me a while to accept that it really was over. All the planning, and gluing, paper cutting, trinket buying, list making, sewing, shopping, and packing was over. All that time, all that work, and in a heartbeat it was done. I know everything looked beautiful, and all that work came to fruition, but there was a sort of shock that came once the storm was over. I can't explain the feeling...I was happy, but in shock. Then last week I found out that our wedding might be featured in The Knot So Cal edition for Fall/Winter 08!!! It was like God looked down on me, and wanted to let me know that He saw all the work I did, and He thought is was lovely. I know this is silly, because I don't need a magazine to say they liked my wedding in order for me to know that, but it was a sort of wonderful surprise, and affirmation. So look for it next year, I know I will!
Now to the honeymoon. I won't go into the intimate details, but there a few things I can share. We started our honeymoon by going to Disneyland. It was so much fun! We wore our complementary "Just Married" pins from Disneyland, and I had on the Bride ears, and Jonathan had on the top hat. All the cast members who noticed our pins congratulated us as we walked around the park. It was so much fun!
Then we left for Portland on Monday. It was a holiday so the airport was packed, and we missed our flight :( so we got a ride from my mom to LAX and caught a plane leaving that afternoon. When we got into Oregon it was raining, and that pretty much set the tone for the entire trip.
Most of our stay was at a resort in Depoe Bay, Oregon. It was beautiful, rainy, but beautiful. The first two days were actually the sunniest, but those were also the days that I slept the most. I think my body was trying to make up for the months and months of deprived sleep the wedding caused. It was so nice to just close my eyes and not get up until I felt well rested, which often meant 11am. Jonathan said he was surprised by how much I slept. I am usually an early riser, and quite the morning person.
Our goal was to do 2 things: 1. golf, and 2. hike, things that we could not do in the rain, and since it rained the rest of our stay, well we did neither. But we did drive up the coast, to visit Tillamook and the cheese factory there (Tillamook, which will forever be called F-ing Tillamook, ask me why later). We drove to Astoria, where Kindergarten Cop, and The Goonies were filmed. I actually saw the three rocks that are used as the map in the Goonies!!! So cool. We also visited an art gallery in Astoria that was really cool! Astoria is a cute, hip kinda place. I would love to visit it in the summer.
On our last day in Depoe Bay we decided to visit the local spa. It was AMAZING!! So classy and fancy, I have never done anything like that before. We both got a one hour body massage, another thing I had never done before. They massaged my butt! Ha! That was awkward, but surprisingly relaxing. Not sure if I would do that again...who am I kidding, of course I would! The best part of the trip to the spa, was the relaxation room. There I sat in a hot jacuzzi in a room that could only be described as tranquil and calming. Sitting in the jacuzzi, I stared out the glass wall that faced the bay, which offered the most amazing view of nature. However, the day we were at the spa was also the day a storm visited Depoe Bay. So there I am sitting in tranquility, completely calm and relaxed, while gazing at an angry storm happening before my very eyes; trees violently jerking with the wind, and birds clinging on for dear life trying hard not to be taken away, an angry grey sky pounding on the bay. It seriously could have been a postcard. "Find comfort and peace, from the storms of life. Visit Salishan Day Spa".
From Depoe Bay we headed to Portland. The ride there was beautiful. There were so many colors. And even a red barn!
We stayed in the Alphabet District of Portland, which was very cute, and reminded me of Old Town Pasadena. It rained wile we were there, and though that threw a wrench in most of our day plans, if not for the rain we would not have had the illusion of light dusting the sidewalks and streets. Beautiful. It was truly a wonderful trip.
The farther away I get from the trip the more I miss it. Waking up late and snuggling with my husband. Taking our time to get up, making breakfast and coffee. Exploring towns with no real plan but to take it all in. Just walking hand in hand and breathing in the cool crisp air... It really was a lovely time.
I am glad to be back, and though it is taking longer than I anticipated to get used to being married, I can honestly say I love it, and I am happy. Life is good.