Saturday, August 30, 2014

Trip to LA & Rehearsal Dinner

And we are on the road again! Andrew and I have two weddings this week so we spent the day traveling to LA. Unfortunately the car started overheating after only a couple hours, so we spent the rest of the drive (in the desert no less) with no ac! We did arrive safe and sound, and hurried to get changed for the rehearsal dinner for RJ & Sarah's wedding. 


The rehearsal dinner was held in Pasadena on an outside patio. Luckily for us the sunset was beyond beautiful. 


I just love how the sunset bounced off this building next to us. 


I mean...come on. Just beautiful. 


Andrew and I enjoying the dinner (and thank goodness it's not ours)! 


The beautiful bride and groom. Just a stunning couple inside and out and we can't wait to help them celebrate their big day tomorrow. 



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Honeymoon - Part 1

Andrew and I spent our honeymoon in St. Lucia. Neither of us had been to the Caribbean before and since we're both scuba divers we wanted to go somewhere with great dive sights. So we landed on St. Lucia and off we went.

Excuse the no-makeup, airport selfie!
 Our flight from Phoenix to Miami was overnight and once we arrived in Miami we had a 5 hour lay over! Once we got to our terminal we grabbed a bite to eat and rested our legs.

There was a lot of waiting around

Once we arrived in St. Lucia we breezed through customs, picked up our bags and headed out of the airport to greet our driver. Unfortunately he never showed up...but it was a blessing in disguise because instead we met the best taxi man on the island. Dave was quick with his facts and knew a great deal about his homeland. It was refreshing to have a driver who was not only proud of where they lived, but knew a lot about the history of the island. 

Panorama of the view
Dave stopped at one of the viewpoints and brought us both a Piton beer - the beer of St. Lucia. It quickly became a fan favorite of mine and A's. A likes to dub it the Caribbean Corona. 


We took our time looking out over the view.


Andrew was just happy we could move around again.


Us with our new favorite beer!

After a few pictures at the view point Dave dropped us off at our first hotel located in Marigot Bay. We stayed at the Marigot Bay Beach Club which happens to be across the bay, so after a short ferry ride we arrived at the hotel.

Our bedroom. Pretty basic but the best part is...

The view from our balcony



View looking into the bay

View looking out towards the ocean.
We were both pretty exhausted, so we had an early dinner at Doolittle's. This restaurant is named after the original Doolittle movie being filmed at this locale. Apparently it's a must eat restaurant in St. Lucia, according to all the guide books.


We decided to choose a table next to the water so we could see the sun set!


Doolittle's does a great happy hour special: buy one get one free (on select cocktails). The cocktail of the night was Bahama Mama and it was the most delicious thing we had ever tasted.



Once we got our cocktails we looked to the menu to order something delicious.



The sunset was beautiful. The perfect ending to our long trip!






Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Triathlon Training - September Schedule

So...obviously August has gotten away from me in more ways than one. But focusing on my triathlon training, I had been really disciplined with my training up until about mid July. So now that I've blown almost an entire month and gotten myself slightly out of shape, I need to work harder than ever if I don't want to die during my triathlon in November.

So here it is, my September training schedule. It's a doozy and will be challenging to stay on top of all of this, but it will be well worth it. 


You may have noticed that I've changed up my means of training. I've decided to include a more detailed training schedule than my previous months. I think that by focusing on my heart rate during workouts, rather than the length of time they take me, I will train more efficiently for this race.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bachelorette Party

No pre-wedding celebrations would be complete without a bachelorette party, and I was one lucky girl to have so many girlfriends fly out early to help me celebrate my last "single" days! Lacey, my sister and MOH, planned an amazing wine tasting tour around Sedona. 

The day started out early, with all of us girls meeting at Starbucks before getting chauffeured by my family to Sedona. After a couple hours and a few wrong turns we found our way to the meeting point. We all piled out of the cars and into a limo party bus.

Starting the morning off right...that may or may not be champagne in my glitter cup!
The first part of the trip I was able to sit next to some kiwi friends (who are now transplants in CA and Australia, respectively)! It was great fun catching up with girls I never get to see!

Hope is not at all impressed by my jokes!

Okay I finally managed to make her smile!
A quick toast to my final days and off we went to our first winery.  

Cheers!

First stop - Page Springs Vineyards. 


Our server thought I was a total weirdo drinking out of my glittery chalice, but I swear it made the wine taste better!


After sampling some of the wines we took a stroll around the beautiful grounds. 

A beautiful canopied staircase between the vines

On a stroll around the garden

Annie and I (she's a soon-to-be bride too!)

Christa and I

Group shot
Some girls were far more adventurous than others...hiking down to the river below. 

3 Kiwis - none of which live in NZ at the moment!
I was not one of those adventurers and decided to hang back and practice my picture pose!

Christa, Michelle, and I with our driver Calvin

We snuck Lacey into the shot too!
Finally we all made it back to the bus, and Calvin gave us an explanation of the next winery.  


An odd grouping but I love them all!
Somehow as the course of the day continued everyone stopped taking pictures! After the second winery we stopped for an incredible boxed lunch and of course drank some of the bottles previously bought! After our short pause we all boarded the bus again and Calvin whisked us off to our third and final winery. 

There we learned about the wine making process and how the grapes are chosen at just the right time. It was a really interesting lesson on the complexities of wine. 

Oh...and the wife of the owner tricked me and stamped my back with this classy stamp! Too bad sitting on the bus rubbed it off!

Classy and sassy all rolled up into one stamp!
Finally we all boarded the bus for the last time and there we played around with some fun props and made our way home!




Monday, August 18, 2014

Pre-Wedding & Awesome Friends

Whoever started this whole trend of organizing a wedding is absolutely crazy. Now that it's over I'm looking back and almost wished we had eloped like Andrew wanted. The only thing that made this whole thing worthwhile was to hang out with friends and family I hardly get to see!

The biggest highlights were getting to spend time with all my kiwis that I haven't seen in years. However, the most special shining star was my friend Liz, who flew over 2 weeks prior to the wedding and helped us with absolutely everything. 

Liz - She's going to kill me for posting this pic!

She was literally one of the only reasons half the stuff on my to do list actually got done in time! And...she brought over some of my favorite NZ foods!!

V and Vogels...you can't go wrong!

She forced me to workout...

First time doing CrossFit and crushed it!

And scheduled a time for us to get our nails done...

Oh so sexy

Showing off her new tallons

And she helped clean our house - not an easy task! She couldn't have been a more perfect house guest, so thank you, Liz, for being an awesome friend and helping us get through one of the most stressful times of our lives!