Hello, hello! I feel like I owe you an apology. From the moment I dropped the news last September (2015) that Aaron and I were getting hitched to now, this blog has been a low priority. With so much to do for the big day, rare leisure time has been spent enjoying life outside and offline.
That big day was last Friday, the 4th of November, and it was just perfect. We were so blessed not only by beautiful weather and an incredible venue, but with the love and generosity of our family and friends. It was nothing short of magical having everyone we hold dear in the one place. Of course, the best part was by far the fact that I got to marry my best friend and soul mate!! I’m now officially a wife, and not just any wife – but my darling Aaron’s wife. Hoorah for that! It sounds so cliche but I’m the happiest girl in the world.
The day was full of excited energy but everything came together just as I had hoped. Everyone warns you beforehand that it’s over in the blink of an eye, fortunately this didn’t feel like the case to me. I tried to be present as much as I could and I managed to stop countless times just to look around and take in the day. Thankfully, I now have many beautiful moments etched in my mind (hopefully forever).
After so much madness, not only from a wedding planning POV, but also a big year perspective, we’re now in the first week of our three week honeymoon to the US. As I write this I’m cuddled up warmly in our lake cabin on the north west shore of the stunning Lake Tahoe. Our cabin has an open fire, big comfy lounge chairs and a beautiful sun drenched deck that over looks the lake.
Prior to this moment of bliss, we spent three days exploring the Napa Valley. While our first stop was special (Fall really is a beautiful time of year to come to America), Lake Tahoe is really something else. A ski area for the winter months, our visit has fallen just outside the peak season. There is a little snow on the ground but it melts as the day sets in.
The daytime is a crisp 14 degrees (celsius), and night time gets down to freezing point. Beanies, gloves, boots, scarfs and jackets are all highly appropriate. The hotel we’re staying at is littered with fire pits serving hot chocolate and smores (amazing!!), and our cabin is next to countless canoes and a pinecone laced forest. A quick google of the native wildlife tells me bears, mountain lions, beavers, squirrels, and even coyotes are in the catchment. It sounds like something out of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, doesn’t it? I’m happy to share it looks like something you’d picture from the book too. This place is simply magical.
I even caught a glimpse of some chipmunks and squirrels yesterday! Was totally on the lookout for a bear, but no luck yet… stay tuned.
The only downside? While I love, love, love everything about this place, the food is horrible!! Not horrible, as it actually tastes delicious, but everything is cream/butter based, then deep-fried in processed gluten, and flavoured with some strange colouring. OK, I’m exaggerating slightly, but I’m struggling BIG time to find meals that tick all my health boxes.
What’s also becoming increasingly obvious is the lack of focus on breakfast – aka, the greatest meal of the day. In Downtown Napa, outside our hotel there were only two cafes we could find that served breaky and avo toast was nowhere to be seen. Gluten and sugar free options were also far and few between.
I did manage to find a Whole Foods on my way through Napa which was EPIC, but I didn’t stock up on too much while we were there as I didn’t quite anticipate what laid in front of us. Next time we find one on our horizon, I think we’ll load the car countless goodies to keep our tummies happy for the next few weeks.
Without much to choose from, I’ve been eating a couple things outside my normal diet over the last few days and I’m already feeling sluggish and unwell. I know it’s all going to hit me in a matter of days, so I’m trying my best in the land of fast food to be health conscious; but geez they make a mean pizza – I actually found one place in Napa that did organic margarita on gluten free without any hidden nasties. It was incredible. That one is excluded from all things that are bad for you, right? 😉
Aside from pizza, slowing down and just resting has been heavenly for both Aaron and I. We’re both taking moments to just enjoy the day and life’s pleasures, like discovering the world, making new friends and most importantly, being in each other’s company.
I really hope that now the wedding has come and go, I can give this blog more of my time and energy. I’m so excited for this next chapter of life.
The above pic was taken at Sand Harbour in Lake Tahoe, about 10 minutes from where we are staying. No filter, just pure bliss.