Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Doing Grown Up Things...

This past week was a wonderful week and I got to work from home and plan out the remainder of my year (including when to take the remaining vacation days I have!)!  I also had some time to finally take Roxie to the dog park which she loves to go too! It was great being home because Joe and I are quickly realizing we still have a lot to do for the wedding and we are just over 5 months away!  We hadn't done anything for it in quite some time, so we decided our next big task was going to be the honeymoon.  We had talked about it a lot, and I had requested a long time ago to go to Bora Bora, but we hadn't looked at how much it would cost, how traveling there worked, etc.  So, with that, we decided we might need some help planning!

Piedmont Park taking Rox to the Dog Park!
We contacted a travel agent in Buckhead that plans a lot of luxury vacations, so we thought that would be the best way to start the planning!  We had decided that if we took a trip halfway across the world then we might as well spend some time there, so we decided on extending the honeymoon beyond 1 week.  That enabled us to do a combination of my dream of staying in an over water bungalow as well as explore the islands.  So, with that, Joe and I decided that the best way to see that area was to do a cruise.  Paul Gauguin is a luxury cruise line that offers an all inclusive cruise that leaves from Tahiti and travels to Bora Bora and Moorea for seven nights.  That seemed perfect for us since we wanted to explore the neighboring islands! I mean who wouldn't, just look at the picture below!  Although we have not picked what excursions we want to do, we have decided that we will do everything in our power to get SCUBA certified before the trip so that we can enjoy the beauty that the ocean has to offer (we heard it is some of the best diving in the world!).  Our travel agent is amazing and her boss has actually been on the cruise so we are looking forward to hammering out the details on the excursions as the trip gets closer.  For now, the major things are booked and we are incredibly excited to spend some time in an over water bungalow as well as 7 nights exploring the islands and having some fun in the sun and the water!  Can it please get here now :)
Our Over Water Hut! 
So, with the main things booked for the honeymoon, we took a break from wedding planning (for a week or so)!  The weekend was here before we knew it and we were excited to celebrate one of Joe's best friend's birthdays! Reza and Kellie Ann came over Friday evening for dinner so that we could celebrate his birthday.  We grilled steaks and made mashed potatoes and mac and cheese which all turned out great!  Then it was time for some of Joe's coworkers and Reza's friends to come over for an evening of fun.  After entertaining at our house, and enjoying Reza's birthday cake, it was time to go to Ivy to dance the night away.  After Ivy we headed to 5 Paces to visit Jessie so that we could support her first real night of bartending!  She did an amazing job and made me super amazing drinks!  She will be a pro in no time :)

After an evening of fun, it was bed time and Saturday morning arrived way to quick.  It was parent's weekend at GT for the swim team so I headed to the pool to watch the meet and catch up with the alumni that came to watch.  After the meet I headed home to help Joe with setting up for our first house party (we are so grown up!), but ended up taking a two hour nap and was no help :)  Before we knew it, it was time for the party to begin.  This was an end of year party being held for Joe's tennis team.  We were grilling out on the roof top and everyone brought drinks and appetizers so there was plenty of food!  We all ate WAY too much, watched some football, and enjoyed some great company.  People headed out slowly, and after a day of entertaining, Joe and I decided we were heading to sleep early!
So much food!
Sunday was such a fun relaxing day and we laid around in bed for a couple hours before even getting up!  It had been quite some time since we had done that, and we enjoyed every minute of it.  After watching the beginning of the falcons game, we decided it was a safe bet to take a beautiful walk and enjoy the wonderful fall weather that Atlanta has been having.  After a good workout, we headed to the outlets to do some shopping since we had not gone in quite some time, and wanted to hit the stores before they got picked through during the holidays!  I would say we were quite successful and came back with quite a few bags and some great deals!  Before we knew it, the weekend was over and we were ready for another week!  This week I hit the road again and headed to Mobile, AL for some fun!  Let's hope for some good meetings!!!

Can you believe this is right in Buckhead!

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