Sunday, May 29, 2011

The New Mrs. Heet

Last week so fun for me! We finally received our marriage license after a little misplacement. So I got to go to the Social Security Office to change my name. I have been thinking long and hard about what my "new" name should be. I don't know many people who have kept there madian name, but I was having a hard time getting rid of it completely. My parents had 2 girls and my uncle had 3 girls, so there are no men to carry on the "Flora" name. Ryan, my sister, and I have talked about using it as a middle name for a child, but its not the same as your last name. After several days of going back and forth, I decided to make my "new" name "Whitney Flora Heet!" Once you have had a name for 26 years, its hard to just let go. This way I get both names.

After a couple days, I went to the DMV and got my new license as well. I always hate getting a new license because normally the pictures are terrible. But that day I guess God was on my side and it actually turned out to be a really good picture. Unfortanely we will be moving soon and I have will have to get a new one again, but at least it will be good for a while!

Saturday, Steve and I had made plans for a lunch date and a movie. For some reason, we were earlier getting ready (which never happens), so I asked Steve if we could go to the bank to switch my name over again. To most people this probably sounds like a HUGE hassel, but I am loving every minute of it! It means that Steve and I are finally husband and wife and I am so proud of that. After the bank, Steve and I went to see our first movie, officially as Mr and Mrs Heet. LOL I know this probably gets old at some point, but I am having a blast enjoying it right now. We saw Hangover 2, which by the way is hilirous. I still can't decide if it is better than the first one. (I mean it doesn't get much better than Vegas weddings, baby Carlos, crazy chinese man, and sunburnt bodies.) But it was still good for lots of laughs!

We went and ate lunch at Saul Good after the movie. I LOVE that restuarant! Steve always gets his staple meal: Chicken and Waffles. I, however, like to try new things everytime. I had the veggie pizza this time. It was pretty good. My favorite meal though so far is still the Strawberry Salad!! I think its the dressing that gets me everytime. If you haven't been you should defeinitely give it a try!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Honeymoon of Paradise

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic by far exceeded all of our expectations!
We left Sunday morning at 5:40am from our hotel to head to the airport to begin our honeymoon! We were so excited to be on the beach, either one of us cared that it was soo early. We arrived to Punta Cana around 3pm in the pouring down rain. (In case you don't know, the airport in Punta Cana is all outdoors!) That meant we had to walk about 200 yards in the pouring down rain. The airport staff brought us umbrellas, however this rain was not going to be defeated. We were soaking wet! However, our luggage was there and we were in a taxi headed to the resort in no time. When we arrived at the Excellence Resort, they greeted us with champagne and an itinerary for the rest of the day. Once we got to our room, the resort had a "Honeymooners" banner on our door with Champagne and fruit basket in the room. All I wanted to do was eat!! After finding our room and dried off, we decided to try the Mexican restaurant. The resort had 8 restaurants and 10 bars, so it was a tough decision.

Champagne Greeting
Our Room

Every night at the resort, they had a show after dinner. We got to see several talents people. There was a Burlesque show, Michael Jackson Tribute, Circus and Acrobats, Game shows, and a Jazz/Blues singer. There were also activities all during the day at the beach, by the pool, and in the sports complex. We stayed on the beach most days. Steve played Beach Volleyball with some people we meet and I took dance lessons (while enjoying the sun bathing of course). The people there were all soo nice. They remembered our names and did a great job of customer service. We ended up finding a few favorites. We ate breakfast at The Lobster House every morning around 10:30. (Steve would sleep in, while I read on the baloney). It was an outdoor restaurant that was like a huge tiki hut. The beach was only a few yards away from our table. Our favorite dinner spot was The Grill. They had some of the best steak I have eaten. Not to mention their red skin mashed potatoes. =) For being on own honeymoon the resort step up a special dinner for us. We had rose petals on the table, a personalized menu with our names, and special food selections to choose from. We felt like royalty for a night.
Lovin the Sun
Breakfast Spot

Romantic Dinner with
Mr. and Mrs. Heet menus
Steve and I were lucky enough to enjoy two different excursions while in Punta Cana. First we went Zip Lining through the jungle. The bus picked us up at the hotel and drove us about 45 minutes into the jungle. The drive there was definitely an adventure. We were in an open bus and drove on roads that were more like dirt paths barely big enough. Several people had to duck from the trees above. We had no idea that when they told us to "Buckle Up" it meant Hold on for Dear Life!! However, once we got there it was so worth the ride! There were 15 different lines that we got to zip through. The mountains were so beautiful from away up there. We were is awe of God's work! We also got to swim with the dolphins!! This was the only excursion I knew I wanted to do better we left for our honeymoon. I was so looking forward to interacting with these wonderful creatures. The dolphin we swam with was named Dali. He was such a pretty animal. Steve and I learned the signs for the dolphin to kiss us, dance, jump over our heads, swim holding on to their dorsal fin, and swim holding on to their pectoral fins. If you have never swam with dolphins before, I highly recommend it! Knowing you are communicating with wild animals is amazing. The dolphins were kept in blocked off area in the natural ocean. This allows them to have the natural habitat they desire.

Amazing Ride
Steve is cruising

Ready to go Zip Lining!

Dorsal Swimming

Pectoral Swimming

Steve and I definitely did not want to come home after our amazing honeymoon! We decided we could definitely live at the beach forever. We finished the week with breakfast in bed. It was so nice to be waited on for a whole week. Resort life is the way to go. The best part about the whole thing was that the resort was all inclusive so we didn't have worry about spending all week. I am trying to convince Steve to join the Excellence Club. Our resort has several Caribbean locations, plus they have a private area for Excellence members where there are beds 20 yards from ocean with private canopies. Maybe next time....a girl can dream right?!?! =) I am so happy to be Mrs. Heet!

This is the wreath that was on our front door when we got home. Homemade by Grandma!

May the Bliss Continue....!!

Wedding Bliss =)

The wedding day was such a success!! I can't believe that there wasn't a major disaster or something that just didn't go our way, but by the grace of God (who knows I don't handle stress well), our wedding day was perfect!! The weather could not have been more beautiful! The sunny was shinning down with beams of light from heaven.
That morning all the girls started off at the Insignia Salon, where Chris Johns did our hair (Thanks Kelly for the recommendations!) . As most of you know I changed my min about my hair several times, but the wedding day I decided to go classic. All the bridesmaids had purple feathers to go in their hair. Even with all different hair styles, the feathers looked fantastic! After hair we went to the church to quickly get ready.

Steve and I had saw each other before the wedding so we could get all the pictures done. The "first look" is the best idea.....Steve and I were able to have a private time to just be with each other before all the business started. The bridal party then went out to take pictures, we visited Victorian Square, the Courthouse, and Thoroughbred Park. We had such a fun time laughing, telling stories, and just enjoying each other!! Steve's dad, Joe was definitely our comedian of the group. He got a little distracted during the photo shoot. =)
Back at the church we took some family pictures and had some relaxing down time before the ceremony, (which at this point was much needed). I got to spend time with the ladies, while Steve got to hang out with the guys. One of the classic moments came at this time, when Nash decides to take a poop in his diaper right before he is suppose to walk down the aisle. I do believe this is the only reason he actually walked down and didn't run. I knew I was going to have to lighten the mood somehow when my dad and I were walking down the aisle, so with perfect timing I told him Nash just pooped in his diaper! It made for a little laughter among my dad's tears.

Seeing Steve standing at the end of the aisle, is a moment I will never forget. He is the man that God sent to complete my life. Steve knows just how to spoil me and keep me in line all at the same time. He is a great protector, provider, and best friend! There was a line in our vows that said, "I will not settle for anything other than God’s best for us" and I know he will do exactly that! We exited the church with a rose petal toss and a rode away in a shiny white Bentley! (Thanks Mom)

The reception was a blast!! I told Steve, I can't believe all these people are here to celebrate us! Its a pretty overwhelming and amazing experience. The food was wonderful, and I was starving. I have to be a HUGE thank you to the Embassy Suites and Amy Stamper, because they did everything just right! Also a HUGE thank you to John Wilson, with Complete Music!! By far the best DJ and crowd entertainer I know and I have been to my fair share of weddings.
P.S. Honeymoon to come next!