Thursday, November 11, 2010

AKA my cousin Sharon

I realize this blog was meant to record some of the exciting things happening with wedding planning, and a year long engagement at that, BUT as expected, thing just got so busy and out of hand before the wedding that I wasnt able to update.

So im going to be skipping back and forth through the past and present things that have been going on. Now that this is really a "newlywed" blog :)

so.. where do I re-start? :)

I think I am going to start with the present!

just 2 weeks ago today, my BFF and cousin, Sharon, was whisked away to a thrilling evening with her long time boyfriend and long distance traveling compaion, Jason. He took her to Teatro Zinzanni in San Fransico, then to an evening along at the Westin in SF Union Square. Im not going to get into more details, as this is really their story to share, but the point is, late that night, he popped the question :)

My Shar-long-ee (a nickname) is engaged!!!!!! I had no idea when he was going to do it, so it was a more than pleasant surprised to get a call at 11pm on a thursday (note: I fall asleep at 9am usually) to hear her say "sooooo.... are you ready to be a maid of honor!?"

I was soo thrilled and to this day have continued to be so excited for their wedding!! Her sister auny (Jennie) and I are her maids of honor... which made me realize, Im actuallt eh matron of honor and Auny is the maid of honor. The next morning, I get an evite to a previously planned "welcome home" party turned into a "welcome home and happy engagement" party!!

since Sharon wasnt able to celebrate with me on my pre-wedding events due to her trip to asia, I definitely didnt want to miss ANY of hers!!! So I looked all of the internet and found flights for $49 each way from Seattle to SFO! So on saturday morning, Cole and I went to the airport and flew to SF :)

First off, I love SF. Its probably my favorite city in the world so far (next to london) and to celebrate with my cousin on this occasion meant SO much to me! but to make it better.... we decided to leave that detail out when calling sharon to chat. She had no idea we were coming! Cole and I coordinated with Auny and made our way over to the party!

It took auny and I, 45 min before we found a parking spot, and when I say found... I mean it loosely. What actually happened was it was a construction spot that you couldnt park in until 5pm. We were circling for so long, it finally became 5pm and took the spot! So we grab our stuff and make our way to the house... auny goes in first and then turns to the side as we hear sharon coming up saying how shocked she was that it took her so long to park!

Then turns the corner, does a triple take at me and starts jumping up and down in place!!!!! I was sooo excited and so happy to see her! It was surreal! Then she hugged me, and sharon... let me tell you, sharon rarely cries. She can tear up, but rarely cries. She just ahs an amazing ability to hold it together!

But she didnt this time :D (haha I got her!) she was hugging me crying... which of course made me cry. It was a nice moment, that will go down in the books.. or blog. or whatever :D
As it turned out, it was Oct 30th and the day before halloween, so everyone was celebrating. Cole and I came prepared with costumes.. I was a vampire (again) and Cole was a mexican (again). haha we got ready, and everyone came over. Auny pulled out the champange and then mini speeches were in order.

I had a suprisingly hard time with this. I was shaking so hard the champange was spilling out of my glass! Everything I wanted to say wasnt coming out in complete sentances and suddenly, we were in that moment.

people say "oh every little girl has dreamed of their wedding at least once" but I never did that, when I was young. BUT when I was older, I did! I specifically remember a time, Sharon and I were in college, and we meet to hang out at a CPK between Vallejo and Santa Cruz, and we talked about how we would be each others maid of honors and how we wanted little parts of Monica and Chandlers wedding from the TV show friends....

Now back to the party... we were in that moment, and I realized, this is something we had talked about and its happening! Sharon's getting married and I am SOO excited and happy!

You're probably wondering... why havent I said this about my wedding and didnt I have this feeling at my wedding? Yes and no. Its different. When I got engaged, sharon was JUST leaving for asia and I saw her for maybe in hour in vancouver and it was more of a "Im going to miss you!!!" thing. We didnt get to do the pre-wedding celebrating or anything like that! But at my wedding, I felt very divided and I had to do a lot and see a lot of other people and divide my attention.
But this wasnt that way. It was a smaller group of us, toasting to my friend/cousin/getting grounded from each other/driving to SF on a school day/making up jazz dances/going on strike just to have a sleep over/always there for each other no matter how far/ be each othter "soulmates" cause we werent sure we'd ever find our Leonardo DiCaprio, sharon and her amazing fiance Jason.

well, needless to say, my speech wasnt very good and I trailed off with crying. But I know that Sharon knew what I was trying to say and that at the end of the day, it was their engagement bliss that mattered. Not my speech.

So now, I get to help my "soulmate" plan her wedding.... stay tuned!

oh and in that last picture.... I can't remember, So I can;t explain :)