So here are the basics of our honeymoon:
Saturday- We checked out of our hotel room and went to my parents for a final send off before the honeymoon. As we reached my car in the parking lot I saw that my dad and Isabel had written on the windows. This included "Just Married" on the back and hearts on the back windows. After seeing everyone and having lunch we quickly opened our gifts and left around 1:40pm for the 8ish hour drive to South Lake Tahoe. We arrived in Lake Tahoe around 9:30ish and immediately checked in. After getting our bags upstairs we went to the casino. I won at three card poker, starting the trip off right with a straight flush.
Sunday- We started our first full day on vacation at the buffet brunch, which included champagne. I can't remember the last time I started drinking that early. I also can't remember the last time I ate eggs, bacon, fried rice and spicy orange chicken for breakfast. The joys of a buffet.. After brunch we headed back to our room where we decided to make a preliminary list of things we wanted to do while on our honeymoon. The list included a helicopter tour, rock climbing, kayaking, boat tour and a shooting range. The shooting range and rock climbing places were too far away and the kayaks were not being rented while we were there. Patrick decided that we should get started the right way and we went on the helicopter tour over Emerald Bay on Sunday, before I lost my courage. It was amazing! We ended the day doing what you do while staying at a casino. We gambled. Nothing too exciting happened.
Monday- We decided to spend our second full day at the spa. Not the whole day, but a solid 2 hours. Our couples massage started at 11am, which gave us from 10-11 to enjoy the spa amenities, including the steam room, sauna and hot tub. Unfortunately we were separated for the first hour and there was no one else at the spa at that time. It was still nice though. Gave us time to relax without having to fill the silence. The massage was amazing and, like any massage, it was definitely not long enough. Again, we ended the day gambling. This time I won again at three card poker with a three of a kind.
Tuesday- We did some driving to the lake. I don't know why it took us 2 days to do some sight seeing, but whatever we were having fun. We decided to buy our tickets for the paddleboat tour and take some pictures of the surrounding areas. As we drove around we did a little day dreaming of how amazing it would be to own a house in Lake Tahoe. Or at all.. At this point in the vacation we were both starting to lose in the casino. Patrick suggested we both sit down with $20 at a roulette table. His luck was not so good this trip (what can I say? Maybe he used up all his good luck on me..) but I wasn't doing so bad. I walked away with $80 and had a fun time playing. I now know my numbers to play at a roulette table.
Wednesday- We went to breakfast at the cafe in the hotel and ended up playing keno. We played 50 games for $5. I never realized how much fun it can be. Especially since it took about 5 hours for those 50 games to play. And because we got the keno channel in our room. We didn't win anything, but it was definitely fun to play and a game that I will play again when we go to Vegas in November for Thanksgiving. We left a little earlier than needed for our boat tour so we went to the lake and walked a little taking a few pictures of the scenery and each other. The boat tour was amazing and took us to Emerald Bay. It was very different seeing it that close up after seeing it from a helicopter. What amazing views and what amazing history.
Thursday- At this point we were ready to go home. We were supposed to leave Friday, but after discussing it, and after getting the "I miss you mommy" call from Isabel, we decided that it would be better to save the money and head home a day early. The original plan was to go to the Sacramento Zoo, but we quickly changed our minds and went straight home. It was an amazing trip and we definitely needed to get away just the two of us.
It's strange being back into our routine. We're married now. That's so weird to say. It's weird and fun to call Patrick my husband and it's weird and exciting to hear him call me his wife. We are both so happy that we are married, but it's a little bittersweet.
It doesn't really feel any different, to be honest. I mean, we've lived together for over a year and three months now. We've been engaged for 14 months. The only thing that's really changed is our titles, my name and the fact that it's recognized by the state of California. Other than that it just feels like it went too fast. The whole planning process, every step of it came and went in what seems like a blink of an eye. That is, until we get our pictures from our amazing photographer. Once those are sent to us, it's all over.
I looked at our contract today. It's only been 10 days since the wedding and I'm already jonesing for photos. They won't be in for 4-6 weeks..
They gave us one sneak peek at the wedding. It was during cocktail hour when Patrick and I had gone off to take pictures. The photographer took our picture, took a step back and asked our main photographer if he could show us the picture. She looked at it and said "Well you pretty much have to." He showed us. We saw one picture on the small screen of a camera. That's it. These photographers were worth every single penny we spent for that picture alone.
I text my mom today that it will be 4-6 weeks before the wedding and she was disappointed, but said "that's okay, it will give us time to save some money so we can order prints." I literally laughed out loud because it's so true. We are going to be spending a lot of money making prints and photobooks. I will be blogging about the wedding as soon as I get pictures (so there will be a wedding recap post in 4-6 weeks.) CVS, get your photo supplies ready.