Wednesday, September 10, 2014

(Half of) A treat (that isn't really for you)

Boy, oh boy, do I have a treat for you. No, it's not edible. Or a fancy prize.  Actually, it's not even tangible. Hm. Ok, I guess it's only a treat for me. It's more of a...well.. it's really just pictures and a mediocre attempt at clever captions about my honeymoon. Gosh, I'm sorry. I made this seem a lot more exciting than it probably is. 

Yeah...I'm just gonna start over.


Getting married is great. Weddings are fun (albeit super stressful). But in all honesty, I think the absolute best part about getting married is having an excuse to go on a honeymoon. Sure, you could just go somewhere tropical without an excuse- but for some reason, honeymooners tend to get special treatment. And we did. And loved it. In Cancun. 

Why did we decide on Cancun? Besides the fact that it's fun to say "Cancun Honeymoon" (I'll bet you just tried it. Haha), we had some good reasons: All-inclusive. Tropical. Cheap-ish. 

We couldn't wait to spend 8 days in paradise and leave the worries of work and normal life behind us.

See how giddy and ready we were for this? I don't think these smiles left our faces for an entire week.

We stayed at a gorgeous all-inclusive COUPLES ONLY resort called The Sun Palace.
I would give it 10 stars out of 5. Everything was perfect. Starting with our arrival. As soon as we walked in, they presented us with a flower and 2 glasses of champagne. Cheers!

The concierge was very pleasant, and talked us into upgrading our room to an ocean view balcony suite (of course he did).  It was DEFINITELY worth it. (Hi, husband!)

Since we arrived at the hotel rather late, we were famished. So we ate dinner at the yummy oriental restaurant, where we ordered a little of everything on the menu, because we could, and then made our way to the lounge to play an exciting game of Jenga. We hung out with another hooneymooning couple who happened to be on our same flight that morning (and they even had the same wedding date! Fellow July 19-ers!).

After we had our fill of Jenga, we decided to walk along the beach for a midnight stroll. Since, you know. Romance.
While walking down to the beach, we heard someone say "SHHH!!" and point to the ground about 20 feet in front of us. We turned and saw a big, round, dark mound, moving on the sand. Sea turtle!!

Sorry it's so dark. You aren't supposed to use your flash around them, so we didn't get any good pictures. But we have some GREAT mental pictures. Here. I'll draw my mental picture for you.
Nailed it.

There were probably about 5 big sea turtles out, that night. We learned from a guy who was working out there that it's turtle nesting season (May - December), and that these big mama turtles come out every night and dig holes for laying eggs. They dig a few holes until they find the "perfect spot" (perfect sand consistency, temperature, etc.) for them to lay their eggs. If they don't find it up to their standard (or "sand-ard" hahahaha), they go back into the ocean and return the next night to try again.

Amazing, huh? We vowed to go back at least a few more times to see them on our trip.

Ok- are you ready for a funny story? I'll bet you are. It's funny.
So if I didn't mention it already, we loved having the balcony overlooking the ocean. I mean, who wouldn't? And just look at those nice reclining lounge chairs. Super comfy, right?

Well, Casey had a wonderful idea. A sweet, adventurous, romantic, wonderful idea.

Casey: "Hey babe! How about we sleep out on the balcony tonight! We can hear the ocean, see the stars, and wake up and watch the sunrise!"
Awwwww. How romantic. And such a wonderful idea.

Now, our row of balconies sits out about 8 feet farther than the row above us, so if there were people in the room above, they could actually look down and see us, but we didn't really care. I mean, come on- we aren't exhibitionists, or anything- and we were just going to sleep.

So we excitedly pulled some of our bedding off the nice, comfortable, cushiony king-sized bed and spread it out on the semi-stiff lounge chairs. Ok, it's no king-sized bed, but this adventure was going to be worth a little discomfort.

The serene sound of the ocean waves and the warm, salty breeze quickly lulled us to sleep...
But then the aching pain in my butt woke me up pretty quickly. Ok, reposition. Then it was my sweat that woke me up. Holy Moses, it was hot out there! But I tried to persevere. Because, you know... sacrificing for a romantic sunrise and all that.  So I kicked the covers off (Casey had already kicked his portion of the covers off), and tried to sleep a little more.

By 4:00 in the morning, after some very uncomfortable and very little sleep, I was drenched in sweat, and I was done. I was ready to go back in the room and actually sleep. I turned over, told Casey that I was ready to go inside.

Now one thing I have learned about Casey is that he is a very active sleeper. He is constantly moving in his sleep. This night was no exception.

I sat myself up to get ready to go inside....

   I noticed that he had not only kicked his covers off...

      I looked down and saw that he had his boxer briefs...

      ...wrapped all the way down around his ankles (he must have been really hot).

         His man-pride was just...hanging out.

            For the world to see. And potentially the people in the balcony above us.

Lucky for Casey, they weren't outside at 4 in the morning. Whew! Although- I actually don't know how long his manhood was displayed like that. They may have gotten a few pictures while I was sleeping. Ha!

Anyway. After laughing at him like a good wife, I woke him up and he shot straight up and quickly pulled up his briefs to cover his junk. We grabbed the bedding, brought it inside, threw it on the bed, and we just flopped ourselves down on top of our king-sized comfortable bed, in the oh-so-heavenly air-conditioned room, and immediately passed out. (Where it didn't matter whether or not our clothes were on. Bow chicka bow wow!)

So. We woke up the next morning (long after the sunrise), and had our delicious breakfast delivered to our room. Believe it or not, even after the 4 in the morning experience, we still liked our balcony. We ate our breakfast out there while looking at this amazing view. Wow.

Unbelievably beautiful.
So unbelievable that we had to get a closer look. Just to make sure it was real.

Isn't it great how NOT crowded the beach is? (And how there are no children running and screaming and kicking sand in your face....?)

Oh it was real.
I made sure of that when I swam in the ocean and made a sunglasses sacrifice to the ocean gods.

You're welcome, ocean. Thank you for letting me enjoy you.

While chilling at this gorgeous beach, we met ANOTHER fun honeymooning couple sitting next to Casey! They were July 19-ers, too!! Pretty cool. (Please note that Casey is appropriately dressed.)

After a long, exhausting day at the beach (hey- we played beach volleyball, so we were tired), we decided to get a romantic couples' massage. (No pictures of that. You're welcome.) It was extremely relaxing.

Included with our room upgrade was a complimentary dinner on the beach. Awwww. It was....perfect. We were serenaded by a lady playing the accordion. Probably the most romantic dinner of my life. (And the food was incredible!)

When we arrived back to our room, we found this lovely surprise. Happy Honeymoon to us! (They also gave us some "honeymooners" t-shirts!) - (Honeymoon bonus- free stuff.)

Ok. Although I have quite a bit more to say about our incredible honeymoon, I think that's enough amazingness for one post.  I don't want to overwhelm you with goodness all in one sitting. 
It's bad for your health.

Tune in next time for more awesomeness. And the other half of your my treat.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

July 19, 2014. Mawwage.

When Casey and I first started planning for our wedding, we kept thinking about how much easier (and cheaper!) it would be to elope. Neither of us cared about a big wedding, fancy decorations, big cake, expensive dress, etc., so why waste all of that time, stress, and money when you can just run away to Vegas and get 'er done that way? However, the more people we talked to, the more we realized that, while we may not have cared so much about a big, fancy wedding, we really wanted to celebrate and share our special day with all of our closest family and friends, and that they also wanted to celebrate with us. (Who wouldn't? Amiright?)

So we went ahead and planned a big wedding. The only thing we really cared about was that everyone was there and that they were having a great time. All of the other little details just fell into place. (Or Casey figured them out- because he's good at planning...and I didn't really care. Haha.)

As far as pictures, I don't yet have the professional ones back from our amazing photographer, so I will just post the ones that I have- from friends and family. I will do a separate blog post of the beautiful wedding pictures when I get them. In the meantime, here you go! 

I present to you: our wedding day!!

This is us the morning of our wedding!!

Casey's beautiful sister Emily (I LOVE HER!!) is just so sweet (and talented) and she did all of our flowers for us. WOW. They were incredible!!


Here is a picture of Alex & Emily, just because they are so amazing.

As everyone else prepared the food and flowers at the house, we drove up to the wedding site to get ready.

We got married at a place called Camp Taylor, located just outside of Pocatello. It is traditionally a youth camp, but can be rented for family reunions, scout camps, weddings, etc.  They even had cabins for everyone to sleep in! We were surrounded by gorgeous pine trees, a stream, and tall mountains. The weather was incredible. We couldn't have asked for a better day or location. It was PERFECT.

While the dudes were setting everything up outside, I was being a prissy bride and getting ready inside one of the cabins. My Glam Squad (i.e. Sara and Sandy, a/k/a my honorary bridesmaids) worked their magic and got me all beautified.

They also played beauty shop with some of the other princesses in the wedding.

And man oh man. I got my first glimpse into Kennedy's future as a total knock-out. WOW!! I just...really? Wow. Stop growing up. I mean it. I need to lock her up.

A picture with my beautiful Maid of Honor. Ashley been by my person for the last 18 (almost 19) years. She knows more about me than anyone in the world. I need to make sure to never really piss her off.

Selfie with 3 of my favorite girls!!

One of the duties of the maid of honor.
Get it? Duties? Hehehehe

It's me with all 5 of my new Price siblings!! I am SO dang lucky to have them in my life. I love them all. A ton. I didn't think it was possible to have this many normal people in a family. But apparently it is.
(Oh- and this is me in wedding dress #2!!)

I tried to play runaway bride- up the mountain. Then I quickly realized that I probably wouldn't get very far in that poofy dress...and flip flops.

The flower girls and ring bearers waited patiently (or not so patiently...) for their turn to walk down the aisle. (p.s. I made the dresses. Aren't they pretty? I'm so proud of myself.)

WOW my little niece is a beauty. She must get her looks from her aunt. (Me. This aunt. I'm talking about myself. Not any other aunt. Only this one.)

All of the super adorable little flower girls stole the show as they tried to throw flowers from their baskets. 

Our huge wedding line. Casey has a big family. And an even bigger group of friends.

Sometime during all of this excitement of walking down the aisle, the ring bearer (my adorable new nephew) LOST MY RING
Luckily, his mother (one of my new sisters) was smart enough to make sure I was oblivious to this. After she stressed out, had everyone around her searching for it, and nearly had a heart attack, the ring was found. Crisis averted. 
Barely. Haha.

And ohmygoshyouguys. 
Casey's vows were the best. Ever. Ever, ever, ever.
I mean, my vows were fine, and heart-felt, and they made me cry. 
But Casey. Wow. As soon as he uttered his first few words...*sigh. It was just so perfect the way he started getting choked up with emotion, started crying, and then had a hard time getting the words out kept it together like a man.
There was hardly a dry eye in the crowd.
It was sweet, funny, and sincere. And romantic. 

My favorite line was: "I promise to always be ok with the fact that you're cooler than me."

I think I found myself a keeper.
(So it's a good thing I married him.)

And then... and THEN, you guys, he did the sweetest thing in the world. This man of mine - no, this husband of mine - said some vows to my Kennedy Rae. We gave her a heart necklace, and he said the sweetest words to her. "I may not have been there when you took your first steps, but I promise to be there for every step you take for the rest of my life..." GAH! 
And then everyone cried even more. (I'll bet you're even crying, now, aren't you?)

Kennedy was beaming.
So was I.

After we dried our eyes a little, we were then pronounced "Husband and Wife". And it was official.
Mr. & Mrs. Price! 

Happy wedding day, everyone!! Time for some celebrating!

And time to hug my dad. 

Look at these beautiful big-little girls! I am so happy they were there!

This is Casey's beautiful sister, Morgan, and her fiancé, Jason! Their wedding is in 2 months. We're so excited for ANOTHER wedding! Congrats!!

These adorable girls were plotting how to steal a piece of cake without getting caught.

Such a beautiful picture of brother & sister. 

Somewhere during the evening, I went to change out of my poofy wedding dress (#2) and into wedding dress #3 (my party dress! Woo hoo!).

And party we did!

My new husband!

Some of our fun friends!

More friends!

Aw, look! It's my ghost bff!!


Brother's family!

I sure love this beautiful lady. This wedding was almost as much for her as it was for me.  I am so happy that she was able to be there and to see her daughter get married. :)

Me! And my long tongue!

(Ok, enough with all of the yelling. It's just so exciting I can't seem to help it.)

My mom got these darling parasols for the wedding. I'm sad we didn't find a time to use them more often- but they sure look adorable here, don't they?

Here are my wonderful friends from work. I can't believe they came all the way up to Idaho- for me. Awwwwww. I love them.

It was the most beautiful day I could have asked for. Everything I had imagined and more. I was completely overcome with gratitude for everyone who took time out of their lives to come up and celebrate with us and witness our marriage. Casey and I feel so grateful for all of our amazing friends and family who not only attended the wedding, but also helped out with everything!  Thank you - to all of you!!

Happy wedding day to us!!

Next up- the Cancun honeymoon! With baby sea turtles!