Monday, February 8, 2010

Painting the town...BLUE!!

Last weekend, Greg & I went through the newlyweds' rite of passage and worked on our first home project together. We knew we wanted to paint a few rooms but spontaneously decided to do it ourselves. We had a good time painting and being silly together. There's still a few more places we'd like to paint, but after putting in that hard work, I think we'll call a professional for the next go-round ;-)



Here's Greg working on the master bedroom.
I thought I'd surprise Greg with a little message on the dining room wall...

The finished project in the dining room!!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wedding Announcement

Just wanted to share our wedding announcement that was in the local paper...

http://www.importantoccasions.com/WEDDINGS/posting.php?&key=32065

Monday, February 1, 2010

Not quite ready for reality...

















We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Our time was spent in the Guanacaste region of the country where we stayed at the beautiful Riu resort. Of course there was lots of fun, food and fruity cocktails, but above all, we got some much needed rest!

The scenery in Costa Rica is gorgeous! It's a mixture of a beach paradice and a lush jungle. This is a view on the beach of resort where we spent some time.

The first night we were there, I managed to get ambitious and enter a dance contest! My new hubby was reluctant to enter with me so the staff set me up with Pepito, my new Bulgarian friend. And guess what...WE WON! I got a lovely Riu t-shirt that can now fit Claire after one washing :)










As you can probably tell, little sunscreen was used on day one. So the next day, I was at the gift shop buying $30 sunscreen.



One day, we took a bus trip to a national park for a "Jungle Cruise". It was the REAL version of the Disney theme park ride. We got up close and personal with alligators, birds, iguanas, and lots of white faced monkeys! This picture was taken at a sugar cane plantation we "pit stopped" on the way. It was absolutely beautiful and we got to see sugar cane processed the old-fashioned way...with a cow!



One night, we entertained ourselves by walking down the beach in the dark looking for turtles. We didn't see any turtles, but we did get some fun photos and Greg got two bloody toes when he stubbed them on something in the sand. Lesson learned...take a flashlight!

























Our final day in Costa Rica, after a lot of recommendations, we decided to zipline through the canopy. It was BY FAR our favorite excursion on the trip. If you get the opportunity to do it, you should take advantage of it. The locals who ran the company really had a great time scaring me and the other girls as we hung 5o + feet above the ground. I included a really cool video of Greg's experience. It was something we will never forget...even got to play with some monkeys at the end of the trip (a little freaky, but fun).






These little guys were a lot of fun, but quite sneaky! The guys working there told us to empty our pockets and take out my earrings before going into the cage. So, the first thing the monkey did was jump on my head and take out my ponytail holder. What a little thief! The one I am holding loved to be held just like a baby. I wanted to take him home!




Overall, we had a great time on our honeymoon! What a wonderful way to get my first stamp on my passport...with my new husband! We had such a good time and it made it hard to get back to the real world!







Going to the Chapel...

Life has finally slowed down a little bit. The wedding presents are put up (and we're having fun using them!), the honeymoon clothes are washed, and now I can catch up on my blogging. I wanted to share some of my favorite snapshots from the wedding. Thank you to my friends for getting some great shots and sharing them with me. I don't know what I would do without you!



At the rehearsal dinner, I gave my bridesmaids these towel wraps with their initials. I knew it would make a great photo op and my bridal party looked pretty darned cute, if I do say so myself :-)



Claire made an absolutely precious flower girl! She was so proud of her bouquet and loved her "pretty dress". Thank you, Dolores, my coworker, for making such a perfect dress for the occasion!







Greg and I are so blessed to have two wonderful Moms! These are two of the most special women I have ever known! I cannot thank them enough for the support they gave us during the wedding and continue to give us every day!


The evening was perfect! Greg & I had a blast and it all went by too fast. I cannot wait to get our video back so I can relive every moment (over and over again, I'm sure). Thanks again to everyone who supported us and celebrated with us! You all mean so much to us! I have included the link to our professional pictures for you to browse.

http://www.houston-photography.com/galleries/McSmith1910/mcsmith1910/


Simply Smith

The Mr. & Mrs.

Rhett

Miss Prissy

Vegas
 
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