The day after the wedding I was still flying high. The ladies went off to Vegas for the night so we had Sunday to ourselves. We hung out with my family at hotel for a little bit then checked out at 1pm and went to breakfast. We came home to a pile of gifts on the kitchen counter. It's funny, but I kinda forgot about this part. I didn't think we'd have so many presents. Yes, you spend a lot to have a wedding but you do get something back in the way of gifts. We jumped right in and opened them and organized receipts and wrote down who bought what right then. No time like the present-excuse the pun! I was tired and other then watch a movie we didn't do much else.
I knew I wanted to post about my wedding but there was just so much that happened and so much to say that I didn't know where to start. All of a sudden I got inspired and found myself tapping away at my lap top for hours. Seriously-my intention was not to do a 4 part saga about my wedding day but once I got started I was on a roll and it kept going and going and that's what it turned into. I couldn't seem to stop until I got it all out. I wanted it all written down so I will always have it to look back on. With my bad memory I am certain that some of the details will start to fade. but I have every detail and thought and feeling of that special day preserved forever now.
I took Monday off and we used that day to take our cash and gift cards to Bed Bath & Beyond and pick up a few things we wanted off our registry AND get curtains. I really didn't think that we would be out getting curtains 2 days after our wedding but hubby was motivated to finally get this done so I went with it. We got 10% off of everything we bought that day-not just registry items which was nice. We got the other half of our dinnerware set and some towels I really wanted for the downstairs 1/2 bath. On our way home we stopped at Hooters since hubby had a craving for their wings. It was my first time there. We totally disagreed over which Hooter Girl had the best bod. Then we went home unpacked our bags, put away our wedding gifts and installed curtains. Hubby pitched right in with helping me re organize some things in the kitchen. There are only a few items we will need to return. At some point I planned to lay down and take a nap but that never happened.
His aunts and mom came home around 7:00 pm and I stayed up pretty late with them chatting about their trip and the wedding. Mj wasn't going back to work until Wednesday and they all tried to convince me to take one more day but as much as I wanted to I couldn't bring myself to do it. Mj spent hours trying to get the pics out of his aunts camera but with 3 laptops, 2 memory disks and a power cord nothing seemed to work. We just couldn't get the computers to read the camera. I was so disappointed because I got hardly got any pics with my camera. I was wishing I had assigned someone to take pics with it. My mom got some but it could be weeks before I get them from her and I was anxious to have them NOW. When hubby came to say goodnight I stuck out my lip and whined a little that I wanted those pictures really bad. He said, "Baby, I tried-it wouldn't work."
"But I really, really want them. I have no pictures. She took some great shots and I'll be really, really sad if I don't have them."
"Do you want me to try one more time?"
"Yes...please." And so he did. He was up until 2 am working on it and still doesn't know how he got them out but he did. Bless his heart.
Saying good bye to the ladies Tuesday morning as I went off to work was so sad. They were all part of this amazing wedding experience and I really enjoyed having them there with us and getting to know them. Going back to work sucked of course but I was still on cloud 9 so I got through it OK. The atmosphere at work seemed oddly festive that day for some reason. Everyone was really chatty and wanted to hear about the wedding. My co workers got us an awesome gift of a picnic backpack complete with tiny wine glasses, plates, and a cheese cutting board. They also got us a blanket in a bag and two bottles of wine to go with it. We had something similar on our registry.
Part of the week was spent catching up on TV shows and blogs and just hangin' out-no frantic running around included. We have left over wedding cake that we took home and we are trying to eat a little bit every day so it doesn't go bad. Now, it's Saturday and I am looking forward to the weekend to get some rest in and clean house. The weather has turned HOT. It looks like we are finally catching up with the rest of the country and getting our summer over here. It's about time.
I still can't stop thinking about the wedding. I thought I would just be relieved that it was over but I have this sense of loss instead. I am actually sad that it's over and when I read about other bloggers still in the planning process I am jealous!! I want to do it again!! I never ever thought I would feel that way.
I am actually glad that our honeymoon isn't until October. It gives us a chance to re group and settle in. Mj got back in November 09. In December we started hunting for wedding locations and in January we started house hunting. The wedding planning was ongoing. We closed on a house, moved in May and had our wedding two months later. Needless to say it's been a super busy year for us and finally we have completed everything we set out to do. There is this sort of "now what" feeling but it's nice to still have our 7 days in Oahu, Hawaii to look forward to. I can get back into house decorating and having a life that revolves around things other then home buying, moving and wedding plans.
I don't feel that much different. We already live together so now that it is official not too much changes-except my last name. Married life begins and just like the words in our ceremony it's important to keep doing the same things that got us here in the first place.