Wednesday, September 23, 2009

18 days and counting

It has been 18 days since I gained a husband and became a wife and a Soelberg … sounds like a lot – right? But I must admit it feels really normal. Sure there are things to get used to – like sharing my bed and my bathroom with a boy, but generally it feels super natural for me. I am not sure Nate would agree … but maybe he would … I honestly don’t know.

I know you are all interested in seeing more pictures of the wedding … so am I … so hopefully we will get more photos from friends and family while waiting for the professional ones. I have sent out a plea to my family to share any pictures they may have snapped of the big day.

I also wanted to let you all know what we have been up to during our first few weeks of wedded bliss. Over 18 days we have been to the following cities:

- Newport Beach, CA
- Laguna Beach, CA
- Irvine, CA
- Bakersfield, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Miami, FL
- Cococay, Bahamas
- Nassau, Bahamas
- Eugene, OR
- Silverdale, WA
- Port Ludlow, WA
- Des Moines, WA
- Seattle, WA

NEWPORT BEACH, LAGUNA BEACH, IRVINE
Your tired just reading the list aren’t you? Yeah. So am I. How and why did we cover so much ground? Well, we were married in Newport Beach, then we stayed in Laguna Beach at a cute little hotel on Pacific Coast Highway and went to the beach and ate breakfast at the Cottage each morning! It was very relaxing to hang out at the beach after the excitement of the wedding. We then spent Labor Day with my entire family at my parent’s community pool and topped it off with a BBQ. My nieces and nephews LOVE to play with Uncle Nate – oh, and my two older brothers also enjoyed playing with Nate, including him in a little game of catch while in the pool.

BAKERSFIELD, MIAMI, BAHAMAS
It was off to Bakersfield for a few days with the Soelberg’s and our second reception – we had so much fun and received a warm welcome from family and friends. I loved wearing my wedding dress again and enjoyed the beautiful flowers and decorations arranged by my MIL (mother in law) Gennie. We then headed down to Los Angeles where we caught a plane to Miami, spending the night there before heading out on a three day cruise to the Bahamas, visiting Cococay and Nassau. The islands were beautiful and the people-watching on the boat was even better. While we don’t quite think we “cruise people,” we did enjoy ourselves since we didn’t have to worry much about anything while on the boat.

SILVERDALE, PORT LUDLOW
Flying back out of Miami and into LAX, we spent one more night back in Irvine and then one last night in Bakersfield – we expressed are sincere thanks and appreciation and said “so long until December” to our families and headed out on the 12 hour drive to Eugene. After only two nights in Eugene we got back in Ruby (our trusty Scion) and headed farther north to the Seattle area to visit Grandma Craig in Silverdale (Nate’s maternal grandmother) and Jim & Denise in Port Ludlow (Nate’s Aunt and Uncle.) Due to health and other constraints, many family members were unable to attend our wedding and so we decided to go visit and spend time with them. We are sooo glad we did! We had such a great time and got to spend more time talking with them at their homes than we would have at our wedding.

DES MOINES, SEATTLE
While in the area we also stayed with some family friends of the Soelbergs from Nate’s “home ward” in Des Moines, Washington (a suburb RIGHT outside of Seattle.) The Gleasons and the Pedersens received us warmly and they are now some of my favorite people. We talked extensively with each couple about the past, present, and future, as well as the gospel and the Lord’s plan for us. It was wonderful!

Another reason for heading up North was to attend Nate’s 10-year High School Reunion at Kell’s Irish Pub in West Seattle. It was really fun to see and talk with old friends of Nate’s. There was a good turn out and he really had a good time, even though the bar was crowded and loud. Nate’s voice was gone by the time we left!

EUGENE
It has been a journey. We are currently house-sitting in Eugene at our single’s ward Bishop’s house while him and his wife are in Hawaii! We are so very grateful for their generosity in letting us live in their beautiful and spacious house out in the country! It has been really fun for us and has helped give us some more time to apartment-hunt and find the right place for us. We know that the Lord is leading and guiding us to the right place and continually blesses us as we strive to be like our Savior. We feel blessed and are filled with gratitude for the love and support we have and continue to receive from all we come in contact with. We pray that it will continue as we work to finish school and find temporary employment and make plans to live abroad.

More Updates to Come!

3 comments:

Emmy said...

Come live in my ward! We are the coolest!

heather said...

You have been busy! Glad you are enjoying newly wedded bliss!

m.m. said...

bethany! i didn't know you got married, until i saw your comment on lindsey's blog. congrats! looks like the wedding was fabulous. guess what? i live in seattle now! next time you come up, let me know!

-meka
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