Bamboo Butterfly

a journey.

admin On November - 21 - 2013

So it’s been a little over two weeks now since I tied the knot and I have to say, it was quite a whirlwind. I’m happy to be married, although the future is so uncertain right now. My work plans are up in the air and I’m trying to find another writing position as I left my job at the newspaper behind to begin this new chapter.  It was time for another change as I gained a new husband and new town. I wanted a fresh start.

But the wedding was beautiful. I was extremely nervous the day of – not because of the fact that I was marrying, something I thought I’d never do – but because I hate being the center of attention and kept imagining all sorts of disasters. Such as me passing out at the altar, having a heart attack, etc. Though I was a bit shaky, we made it through. My bustle broke right before we got to the reception and I spent quite some time in the bathroom that night trying to fix it, but thanks to some great girls and one giant diaper pin, things eventually got under control.

The lake-themed reception was very nice, but it also went by in a blur. Steve (my husband) and I both were exhausted but we had a nice time mingling with our guests and getting our groove on (or at least attempting to) on the dance floor. I think everyone else had a good time.

Here are a few photos from the wedding:

Me, my maid of honor, and the flower girl.

Me, my maid of honor, and the flower girl.

Dad walking me down the aisle

Dad walking me down the aisle

At the altar

At the altar

the kiss

the kiss

Mom, me, Steve and dad

Mom, me, Steve and dad

Me and my bridesmaids

Me and my bridesmaids

Just married

Just married

Steve and I with our flower girl and our dog Moose, the ring bearer.

Steve and I with our flower girl and our dog Moose, the ring bearer.

Two days after the wedding, we set off for our honeymoon in Cozumel, Mexico. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort right on the ocean. Though it rained practically almost every day, we also had quite a bit of sun and enjoyed going snorkeling, taking part in a pirate dinner cruise, and renting a jeep to drive around the island.

cozumel

cozumel 2

Negative things about Cozumel: Everything is crazy expensive around the touristy part of town. Store owners harass to the extreme,  taunting you, trying to get you to come in the store and spend your moola. Never in all my travels have I seen shop keepers more annoying than in Cozumel. I understand people are trying to make money but the way they harass and hover over potential customers, I’m surprised any of them keep their businesses open. Steve and I also were desperate for authentic Mexican food since our resort only served mostly Americanized fare. The day before we left, we found this awesome restaurant/bar called Coconuts. This place is on a cliff overlooking the sea and it’s fantastic. The boss came out and talked to us, and when we mentioned we were in need of something muy caliente (very hot) he went into the kitchen and whipped up this magnificent salsa and habanero sauce to go with our fish tacos. All I can say is WOW. The sauce and tacos were excellent and Steve and I said we’d visit Cozumel again, just to go back to Coconuts (and participate in the pirate dinner cruise again, because that was a lot of fun too).

fish tacos

Positive things about Cozumel: It’s extremely beautiful and the water is crystal clear, perfect for snorkeling and diving. Steve and I were lucky enough to see a sea turtle on our snorkeling trip.

cozumel 3

under water

Other positives: At certain times of the year, visitors can head on out to a certain area of the island and watch newly-hatched sea turtles head out to sea for the first time. We happened to be in Cozumel at the right time of year and watching the little turtles scamper off into the great blue unknown was a highlight of our trip!

baby sea turtle

Exploring the island also was a lot of fun and we had a great time.

And I loved all the lizards running around (probably much more than Steve did). I was excited each time we saw one.

Arnold the lizard

lizard sunning

rhonda and iguana

Despite some minor disappointments, Cozumel was great. Steve and I were grateful to go on a honeymoon and have time to relax after the stress and chaos of planning for the wedding. And it was our first adventure outside the country together!  I can’t wait to bring him to Asia.

So there it is. This is what’s been happening in my life over the last few weeks and it’s definitely a big change. But I welcome the new experience with open arms. I’m trying to enjoy being a newlywed though I’m a little nervous about what the future has in store for me career-wise. But I know God has a plan. Right now I just need to take one stepping stone at a time, pressing on toward the goal.

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2 Responses

  1. Victor Wang says:

    Your dog Moose looks adorable with that tie on, which reminds me of this Husky dog Harry that used to accompany my girlfriend and me and has left us this March.

  2. Rhonda says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your dog. :(

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