7/4/2005

Our House: Pre-Foundation

On the way to my Aunt Susie’s house for some great barbecue and a fireworks show we decided to stop by our future home to record the progress. It is completely trenched and the builders should be pouring the foundation any day now. It really is starting to feel like we are getting a house now that I can walk on the lot and see actual progress.

7/9/2005

Circus Time

Aliciana, my brother Nick, his girlfriend Jessie, and I went to the circus today. I don’t know about it being “The Greatest Show On Earth” but it was definitely entertaining. I would have to say the highlight of the show for me were the elephants who would stand on each other’s backs. It is amazing to see such large animals in action.

7/16/2005

Our House: Foundation

The foundation to our dream house has been laid! The frame is next, which the workers have started to piece together. We are going to try to chronical the whole building process and make an album about the birth of our house.

7/21/2005

Pre-Wedding: Sea World

My “bachelor party” started in the morning with a trip to Sea World. We all had a good time and we all managed to not get sun burnt right before the wedding. The party continued on that evening with a trip to Dave and Buster’s which is an arcade down in San Diego (and elsewhere). I didn’t have a traditional “bachelor’s party”, my future wife was there, along with various other female friends. There was no strippers or debauchery. In other words, everyone had a great time, which is exactly what I wanted.

7/24/2005

Post-Wedding: We Survived

We lived through the wedding and everything seemed to turn out great. There was a few chaotic moments but what wedding with 150 guests doesn’t have those? Lots of people we talked to said the ceremony was beautiful and that they had tons of fun at the reception. And, at the end of the day, I had the most beautiful bride in the whole world. What more could I ask for?

We had all of Sunday to lay around and recover before leaving on our honeymoon. Once we got going we spent much of the day opening wedding presents at my new in-laws’ house.

7/25/2005

Honeymoon: Boarding The Boat

After assuring the Department of Homeland Security we weren’t terrorists several times they finally let us on the boat. Waiting for us in our room was the first of several towel animals. Aliciana ends up hiding them everyday in the closet so she can study their construction before the steward has a chance to take them.

7/26/2005

Honeymoon: Catalina

Catalina is absolutely beautiful! After boarding a small boat that ferries us to the island, we set off to explore the waterfront. Next, we decide to take a tour bus around the entire town of Avalon. This tour was about 1 hour long and gave us some great views of the island.

After a tour we had lunch at a fish house on the bay and then played a round of miniature golf. After all our excitement, we had to get back to the boat because it set off for Ensenada at 4:30pm. I would have loved to stay during the night so I could have taken Aliciana to see the flying fish… they are such weird animals. I guess that will give us something to do next time we go to the island.

7/27/2005

Honeymoon: Ensenada

We left the boat in the late morning to explore this little part of Mexico. The downtown area was filled with the type of junk shops you would expect for a tourist trap. The only two memorable things about Ensenada was the huge Mexican flag flying at the local park and the amazing amount of pollution in it’s bay. The water was a dark brown color and reeked horribly. We spent the rest of the day on the boat relaxing and trying to ignore the smell of the bay. The difference between the beauty of Catalina and the squaller of Ensenada was pretty amazing and sad.

7/28/2005

Honeymoon: Day At Sea

Nothing to do out at sea but relax, read, and enjoy the company of each other and our towel animals. The sunset was stunning, as you can see from the photos below.

7/30/2005

Our House: Framed