Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wedding slideshow!

If you haven't already, check it out!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Shinglers

So, now it is back to real life. While not St Lucia, it is still exciting. We have been busy getting settled and putting everything in its proper place. Our house is already too small. : )
We added a king bed and large tv this past weekend. We will order a dining room table and server tomorrow.
I think this is some sort of hibiscus. It is growing right out our front door. Beautiful!!

This is the mess we made opening gifts on Saturday when we returned to Augusta. Geez...

If you were at the wedding, you remember these bottles that guests signed instead of a guestbook. We opened and drank this Dom on Saturday. We will open and drink 'Big Red One' on our 1st anniversary.
We went to dinner with Megan this past Saturday at Pizza Joint. Here Brad is showing her his grill. He has some fake front teeth from a soccer mishap (I think) and she was checking out Dr. Allgood's latest spruce-up. Dr. Shingler approved!!
I am thinking of changing the blog title to 'Shingler's List.' What do you think???

More honeymoon

I left out the most important part - FOOD!!!
It was stupendous. Although, since it was included, I ate way too much. And then couldn't ever finish dinner. Yummy....

Risotto at Cap Maison.

Oh and one more shot of our room at Ladera. This does not do it justice!
Dinner at Ladera. I had some sort of steak and Brad had mahi.

Honeymoon - Cap Maison

After three nights up in the mountains (see below, Ladera), we went across the island to Cap Maison. This place was amazing as well. It was different in that it had A/C (upstairs) and a beach. We were spoiled with the view and our own pool at Ladera for sure though.

The entrance to our abode.
The beach was cool. Small and private. We staked out some chairs under an umbrella and chilled. We did go snorkeling and that was really cool. We went out maybe 20 feet on one side before we started seeing fish. We saw some cuddlefish, a blowfish, tangs, parrotfish and lots of sea urchins. I was impressed it was that abundant right there at the beach.

A shot from kitchen into the living room. We had great views over the ocean on both balconies. Upstairs was the master suite.
Kitchen. Downstairs was not air-conditioned so we weren't down there much. Except to enjoy breakfast on the veranda.
Rain coming in from Martinique.

Beach shot from our lofty perch under the umbrella!
A private dining area that you can rent. Your food and drink goes down on a zip line. Pretty cool!


A hammock they had hanging over the reef. We never did go try it out. : (
A view from our lunch spot.

Our shower upstairs. Very Spanish.

Our bedroom. With A/C!!

A view of the pool from lunch. Very refreshing!!

Piton on the beach.

We had a jacuzzi on the upstairs balcony. Not quite a pool but it was nice nonetheless.

Beach from our balcony.

View from the restaurant out towards reception. This place is only 1.5 years old. It is a Preferred property, as was Kiawah, so I knew it would be nice.

View from the beach of the bar and our room.

Another balcony view.

Honeymoon - Ladera

Ah, this makes me miss St. Lucia. Good ol' Augusta, GA just doesn't compare. : )
Ok, so we left the wedding and went to Atlanta for Saturday evening. We stayed at the Westin at the airport (thanks Alex) and got up early to catch the shuttle Sunday morning. That flight was definitely a honeymoon flight. All the guys were fiddling with their new wedding rings - including Brad!

This is the view that greeted us in our room. We had an open-air room with views of the Piton Mountains. Simply amazing!
Our evening entertainment was watching these lizards eat their dinner.

This is a view from our lunch table.

Brad's margarita.

A panoramic view from lunch.

Piton is the local beer. Yum.

Our own personal plunge pool. We want one in our backyard now. Ha!

A view from our living room out to the Pitons.

Rainy lunch. It was their rainy season but the showers lasted 5-10 minutes max. We were in the rainforest so what do you expect?

Rubber tree that was right out our window.

Upstairs shower. We were upgraded to a villa that was 2 1/2 floors with two bed and bathrooms. This one was completely open. The water pressure was run by gravity from the rainforest though so it wasn't so great!

The ONLY picture of us while on the honeymoon. Silly. This one was taken by our pool boy. Or the guy that restocked our fridge with Pitons. I can't remember.

View with a room.

They gave us waterguns to keep the birds away. Here's Brad doing his best James Bond impression.

This is a door from the main pool and bar/restaurant that led right to our room. Loved it! We had an old skeleton key to use with it.

This little guy came by to visit a few times. Brad finally tortured him enough with his photoshoot that he stayed away.

Our dining area on the 1 1/2 floor.

The conch faucet in the downstairs bathroom. So cool!

Brad and his cigar. He had a few on this trip...

Cheeseburger in paradise.

This guy loves blue drinks. Something about Clark Griswald always drinking them in the 'Vacation' movies. He likes them better if they are on fire but that was a no go...
The upstairs bedroom. Although the view was better downstairs, this net was better and we could get air flowing more upstairs. There was no A/C but it wasn't too bad!
Upstairs bath.
We did venture out to the mineral baths one day. It was warm though so we weren't there long.

Entrance to baths. The spring is actually around the corner so they truck this water in every day. Or, so they say...

Downstairs shower.