Pete and I got back last week from our amazing honeymoon in Punta Cana! The time went so slowly for once, and we got relax and spend some much-needed quality time together, since in the real world, was are usually like two ships passing in the night! I sometimes worry that our only fertility problems will be making time to actually HAVE sex!
Um. But anyway...
We stayed at the beautiful Dreams Resort and loved it from the second we walked in and someone put a glass of champagne in our hands!! The staff there really spoiled us, and everyone there was so sweet and fun and friendly! We spent ALOT of time just relaxing, either by the huge freeform pool or more often, by the beautiful Dominican beach! The water was so warm and clear, and the waves were gentle. Dodging coral was kind of a new experience for us, but we managed somehow and really enjoyed the beach! Plus, there was always someone to bring you a frosty beverage if you needed one! My drink of choice was the Sammy Sosa, kind of a cross between a pina colada and a daiquiri. It was soooo yummy and I enjoyed many, even though I am not much of a drinker in real life!! I did manage to fulfill my dream of floating on a raft while sipping a drink! It is kind of funny how something so simple can really just feel so luxurious and make you feel so spoiled! And the pool itself was so pretty and relaxing! There were alot of families at the resort, particularly from England, so it was fun hearing all of the little kids that sounded like Harry Potter!
We did get one rainy day, which actually turned out to be a ton of fun! The resort always had some sort of activity going on! I tried my hand at towel folding, which was a lot of fun but clearly something I might need some more work on! I tried to make a baby, which was supposed to look like this:
However, my baby was clearly afflicted with low-tone and perhaps a touch of Downs Syndrome or maybe FAS:
Oh well! Thankfully, we got a fun folded towel every morning, so we didn't need to rely on my poor towel folding skills for entertainment!
We mostly laid around the resort and relaxed, but we did go on one excursion- parasailing! I had always wanted to try it and I figured what better time then when we could float over those beautiful Dominican waters! We met a fun family from NY who were on the boat with us and kept us laughing and entertained during the carsickness-inducing, bumpy ride to the site! And it was so much fun! It wasn't as fast as I thought it would be- it felt like were were floating! And you could look down over the water and see every piece of coral and floating fronds of seaweed! The sky was gorgeous and looking out over the land was amazing! Someone on the boat was nice enough to take some pictures for us, so now we can see what we looked like from the perspective of everyone on the boat!
One of my favorite moments was getting to meet Brenda the monkey! How cute is she???
Another fun moment was our romantic dinner on the beach, another thing I had always dreamed about doing! We were even serenaded by a little band! It was one of the most perfect moments of my life! The food was so yummy and even more then that, it was one of those things I got to share with Pete that I will never forget. It was kind of one of those stereotypically cheesy things that honeymooners do, but being with Pete made it really special. I know, I know. Cue the "AWWWWWW!"
It really was the honeymoon of my dreams! I got to relax a bit, to spend time with Pete and have nothing to do but be in love, and have alot of fun and try things I had never tried before. We spent alot of nights on the beach, just talking about the people we love and our hopes for the future and what we are praying for. It was time that we needed so badly and I am so thankful we got to have it!
I am a married woman! And despite the fact it took me over a month to finally sit down and journal about it, our wedding was an amazing events peppered with only the types of things an event involving Pete and I could have! That includes almost burning the place down with a flaming football. Seriously. :-P
But, even having to put out a fire while wearing a thousand-dollar wedding gown could not damper the evening for us! Getting ready was all kind of a blur- I was nervous! It was a whirl of flowers, dresses, pictures, and little girls! And, speaking of all of our kids (we had ten in all in the wedding!!) they were all REALLY good and seemed to be so excited!
Before I knew it, we were all lined up at the top of the stairs. I knew Pete was at the alter waiting, and it was honestly such a surreal moment! After all of the angst of planning this insane event, a big part of me was like, "Yeah baby!! Let's DO this thing!". Then I was walking down the stairs on the arms of my parents, praying nobody would trip (although my dress got stepped on a few times- my fault for wearing a dress the size of a circus tent). But either way, I was safely delivered to Pete and our ceremony began! And we were so lucky- our daring, multi-cultural duo of Cantor Ellie Schaffer and Pete's uncle, Deacon Vincent Latini (Pete was the ring bearer in his wedding, how cute is that???) provided such a sweet, funny, meaningful ceremony! Before we knew it, it was time for Pete to step on the glass (MAZEL TOV!!!) and we were announced as husband and wife!!
Behold, the best moment of my life (thus far):
The reception was crazy! It started off a little hectic for Pete and I (on a professional note, we were highly disappointed with the service provided by our maitre'd assigned to our wedding. After how amazing our caterer had been throughout the entire planning process, it was hard to see it all fall apart when placed in the hands of the person who was supposed to be running the show. Feh.)but, we made our way through and everyone seemed to have an amazing time! The hora was insane!!! I guess when there's a major shortage in Jewish representation, the hora can go from celebratory circle dance to mosh pit! I think I saw my life flash before my eyes when I was up in that chair, gleefully being pumped up and down by some male guests! After that, everyone has a great time dancing the night away! The kids seemed to be having a blast! They were just running everywhere and dancing up a storm, they were so cute!! It really seemed like everyone was having a good time, which made us both very happy! All we really wanted (aside from getting married and getting good pictures) was to show our guests a good time. And so, unless everyone lied to avoid any potential bridal wrath, we met our goal!
Some of the high points for me:
* hearing everyone go "AWWWWWW" when Jen walked down the isle with her 2 year old son Thomas, way too cute in a little tux and black Chuck Taylors, who was standing in for his father, Eric, who is serving our country in Iraq
* Seeing Pete waiting for me at the alter
* When Cantor Ellie made sure to note that when Pete and I first met and were first attracted to each other, we were seeing other people!! Nice.
* Of course, our first kiss as husband and wife!
* Our first dance, which was kind of surreal, with everyone standing around looking at us!
* Seeing all of the kids having such a great time!
* Going to Connie Mac's in my dress after the wedding! :-)
* Finally giving Pete something he had been asking for forever (aside from watching me make out with another girl, sorry Pete)- singing a song just for him!
So, to leave you with one last little piece of our wedding, here is our BIG Show, something fun that the fun folks over at Kenneth Stillman Video edit and set to music and show to everyone at the reception!!! I hope you can all see how completely blessed Pete and I are, both in what we have in each other and what we have in our amazing family and friends. Everyone that I love was there for us, to support our love and support us in putting together such an insane event! I am very, very lucky!