Monday, June 11, 2012

Living for the weekend

It's official. I live to hang out with my Sugar Bear. Here's our weekend wrap up.

Our weekend involve- swimming, hanging, drinking and eating sweet potatoes for the first time!! Pretty sure that she's going to love real food. (this is my first time posting from my phone, so I apologize for any errors.)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

And with that...

I am moving on.

My entire wedding adventure has been shared. We made it through the rabbit hole and came out smiling, and more in love then ever.

I wish you luck on your journey, and please continue to follow my adventures here.

Love and kisses, Sugar (aka Mrs. Peep Toe)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Love by the Bay: The End of a Journey

What to say, what to say.

I've been on this wedding blogging journey for well over a year now. My goal was to finish this adventure in a year, but alas, my heart wouldn't let me finish my recaps. So I set my goal to finish by Feb 2010.

I've been married for almost eight months and I've shared my ups, my downs and a lot of the in between with the Hive. I've loved it. Each. And. Every. Second.

But I kinda, sort of, maybe lied to you. I didn't blog about our entire wedding day.

I've left one part to the end, but here we are.

At the end.

So it's time....

The sun had finally gone down on our wedding day. The lights had begun to flicker to guide the way. So our fabulous photographer (I really can't recommend her enough), grabbed us and said it was time to leave the Hotel:
While it pained me to leave the Party just as it was getting started, these pictures alone make the whole day worth it.

So a toast to you.

For those just starting the wedding journey- may your days be full of wedding splendor.

For those of you on the verge of getting married- may your day be perfectly yours.

And for those who have already tied the knot- may your days get sweeter and your love grow deeper.

So that's it, the end of the Peep's wedding journey.

Sorry for the sappy good bye, and I promise that I'll still be poking around the hive. Feel free to follow me on twitter at @mrspeeptoe or follow my new blog about Modern Organic Living. I'm still working on finding my voice, but maybe with a little support from you, I'll keep the blog train rolling. Thank you to my fellow bees and readers, may there always be more love in the world to celebrate.

And just in case you missed anything:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Love by the Pacific: Hometown Love

Mama and Papa Peep loved that we had a small wedding in S.F., but Papa Peep loves a good party and he wanted to celebrate with everyone of his friends.

So, right after our big day, Mama Peep sent out invites for an LA reception:
(Invite from Wedding Paper Divas)

And a few weeks later, Mr. Peep and I drove down, albeit a bit hesitantly, to LA to party it up with 80 or so hometown peeps.

Once again, in different outfits, my family gathered:
Mr. Peep's family gathered:

And we were given a bit of a chance for a wedding do-over. You know- a chance to get all those pics that we missed in the chaos of the big day:

With hometown love, comes hometown friends. Mama Peep asked the Best Man from my brother's wedding to play a little music, which to him meant to pull together a profession jazz band to play all night:

Which also meant there was a lot of dancing:

Home town love also meant hometown presents!! Whoo hoo.
But as we all know, no present can compare to homemade presents. My Aunt is in the midst of breast cancer treatment, and she took the time to quilt us an amazing picture of our favorite City:
And since, Mama Peep knew that most of the folks didn't know Mr. Peep and I that well, and since Brother Peep loves embarrassing his little sister, Brother Peep and SIL Peep planned a short 'Get to know the Peeps' speech.
Never have a professional writer, who is also related to you, sum up your relationship. It was a cross between a toast and a roast. Yes, we still like to watch Gilmore Girls together.
And yes, Mr. Peep was almost arrested once for stealing his neighbors life size Santa- so he ran with a 'rough crowd' when he was 12.

I will say that it was a great way to share a bit about ourselves without having to say anything.

And talk about hometown love, everyone in this picture also attended my baby shower over three decades ago.

The party also gave Papa Peep to dress up in his snazzy sear-sucker
suit. Really, he never looked so good, or so happy:

Mama Peep did a great job planning the whole party-
I just wish there were more pictures of all her great details.
She went uber chic and had succulent centerpieces.
Unfort, this is the best pic I have:
Overall, the party was a massive hit.
We have to send a big thank you to Mama and Papa Peep:
Our hometown reception at the PV Interpretive Center was perfect.
I'd recommend the facility as a gorgeous,truly affordable LA reception
and ceremony location in a heartbeat:
If you are ever hesitant to keep the party going or to throw a
hometown party- do it.
Never turn down a chance to celebrate with your
loved ones, especially when your celebrating with the love of your life:
So as the sunset, so did our wedding festivities:
Despite our initial misgivings with all the parties-
starting in August 2008 and ending in July 2009-
all the celebrating really did make us feel truly blessed.

Are you overwhelmed with all the pre- and post-wedding festivities?
Are you going home for a hometown party or reception?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Panama Adventure: The Caribbean

After our amazing time in the hills, we jetted off to the East Coast of Panama:

To Bocas del Toro, or Bocas:

And water taxied:

To our over water bungalows at the spectacular and eco-friendly Eclypse de Mar:

As we checked out our room:

We were greeted by some new friends, Crabby the Crab:

And Ginkgo the Gecko:

Snacks arrived:

(for some reason we will never know they loved pringle chips and green olives??)

And I settled in:

Each night we headed to the 'Hotel' Restaurant for an amazing meal.

These were appetizers with coconut bread, green peppers and some sort of coconut milk sauce- gasp, I'd fly down there right now just to have these:

And of course we had to have the chocolate dessert with organic chocolate grown just a few islands away:

For the next three days we headed out by boat on various day trips around the Bocas del Toro Archipelago with our trusty guide, Salsa.

We went every where, every ounce if it was amazing!

We started off at Dolphin Bay in the South-eastern-ish corner of Isla Bastimentos:

Then headed to the marine reserve at Cayos Zapatilla for snorkeling:

And a walk through a deserted island:

We visited 'Bird Island' on the Northwest side of Isla Colon:

And Star Fish Beach on Isla Colon:

And on our last day Mr. Peep secured us a visit to the organic chocolate farm mentioned above. Run by an expat couple from Portland, OR, they do everything themselves. And at the end of the tour you can buy bars of 100% chocolate and a recipe book on how to use it. Rest assured, we pretty much bought the place out and I've since made THE best brownies for my family and friends. Here's the raw/fresh cocoa straight off the tree:

Did I mention that all the islands have poison dart frogs?

They change color depending on what island you are on. And the brighter the color the more poisonous they are. I didn't get a pic of the red ones. But the guy at the chocolate farm assured Mr. Peep that the green ones were the least poisonous.

And while it rained almost every afternoon:

It always provided the perfect opportunity for our daily naps.

And it always cleared up just in time for cocktails and sunsets:

And in general, we had the time of our lives:

Really, I can't recommend Panama or taking a honeymoon enough. I've traveled a fair amount, but traveling with my Husband for two straight weeks with barely a care or a bicker in the air was the perfect way to solidify our life long journey. And while I know a marriage is measured by how you handle the hard stuff, it sure is wonderful to reminisce in the best times together.

Even if it's just for a few days, take sometime to warm up the marriage with just the two of you.