Category: Vacation - Planning for our big day
Planning for our big day
I'm a lucky girl...not only is my fiance handsome, loving, funny, trustworthy, smart, etc... but he also has an awesome job.  He is off to London next month for 11 days and asked me to join for a long weekend!!  I'll be there thursday through tuesday and we'll be taking a day trip to Paris via the Eurostar.  This is both our second time in London, but first together and my second time to Paris (Kals first).  I'm really, really excited to go b/c I didn't think with all the wedding planning and house saving that we would be able to make a trip to Europe before the wedding.  Hotel and expenses are paid for through his job...all I have to pay for is airfare (which I got a great deal!)  Below is a picture of the hotel we are staying in...Right near the houses of Parliament and the London Eye!

Just wanted to share a little of my trip to Jamaica with those of you who

As many of you know, I purchased a six day trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica as sort of an engagement gift for Kal.  Since day one, he has never let me take out my wallet when we go out, has treated me with love and respect, and really blew me away with my engagement ring.  So I just wanted to do something special for him before the house hunting and wedding planning is in full swing...

So I booked with Iberostar Suites...It was moderately priced ( I didn't want to go too crazy with the wedding planning and all) and looked really nice.  So we show up to the hotel to check in and were told that they were upgraded (for free) to their new hotel Iberostar Grand next door...We both looked at them like "yeah right, whats the catch?"...Apparently the Grand opened a few months ago and wasn't in full capacity, so they were upgrading couples from the Suites I get to pass along how much they loved the Grand...

And when we walked into the Grand, we were welcomed with cool towels and cold rum drinks...I can get used to that!!

So the Grand is an adults only (amen!) all inclusive.  It has three infiniti pools (looks like it goes right into the ocean when you are eye level), four restaurants (plus buffet), top shelf liquor & beer, and has free water activities (snorkle, wind surfing, etc...)  Our room was oceanfront with a balcony (room enough for swing and couch), had a jacuzzi, his & her vanity areas, stand up marble shower, flat screen tv, the most comfortable beds ever, fully stocked bar and a private butler!!!

The hotel also had a piano bar, theater for shows, game room, free internet, a spa and a few shops.  The beaches were very clean, but they looked like they were man made...The ocean water was crystal clear and very calm.  There were plenty of beds and chairs under tiki huts on the beach to chill out on.

The food was excellent!!  I honestly at lobster every day...Breakfast was either room service (which was 24 hours a day) or the buffet.  Lunch was an open area by the pools with views of the beach.  It was also buffet style and had many options (grilled lobster...yum).  Dinner was your choice of Japanese, Italian, Gourmet, and Surf & Turf.  All were amazing.   Next door at the Suites also had four restaurants to choose from, which we ate at the Meditteranean one night (we can go there, but they can't come to the Grand...)

We spent our mornings at the beach, afternoons by the pools (with swim up bar!) and nights just hanging by the piano bar or watching a show.  We also made us of our one rainy afternoon by getting a couples exfoliation, mud wrap, and massage...heaven!!  We also met up with a bunch of young honeymooners and everyone had such a great time!!!  I always envisioned honeymooning in Hawaii b/c I wanted "the perfect honeymoon", but I realized its not where you are, but who you are with....So now we are thinking of honeymooning at the Iberstar Grand in was that good!! (And probably 1/3 of the price of Hawaii...stay tuned!!)


I finally booked my "engagement present" to Kal yesturday.  I booked the Iberostar in Montego Bay for 6 days, 5 nights.  It cost me a little more than what I wanted to spend, but he really went all out with my proposal and ring.  Plus, we are planning on starting a family next year and want to get all the traveling in beforehand as possible!!