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Thursday, September 10, 2009

And we didn't even get our money back...

I sure do remember our second night as a married couple in Long Beach. I will never forget it.

Catalina Island. Beautiful place. Getting there is the problem. Why does it have to be an island? That means you have to catch the ferry. Well, we didn't. We got to see it leave though. No problem though, we are in love now, nothing can stand in our way.

I wanted to just head home for the night but Morgan wanted to stay and catch the earliest ferry. We are newlyweds in love so nothing can break our spirits right now, let's stay. We drive around a bit and try to find a place to stay for the night. Circle after circle and driving through the Port of Long Beach at night (very cool at night by the way), we decide to just stay close to the Catalina Express dock. About $100 a night for a motel. I know what that means. Morgan doesn't. And if you don't know, it means, you get a bed, sort of. Fine with me. Morgan is a bit uneasy.

So we get some dinner right across from our motel. Nice little Mexican place. Alright, time to get some sleep. Back in the motel room, we pull back the blanket on our bed. Nasty. Not that bad, but it's bad. So I go down and ask for some new sheets. The guy looks at me like I am crazy. I look at him like I will go crazy if you don't give me some new sheets. I win. We put on the new sheets and sleep in our clothes. Not starting off good. It's just tonight, tomorrow will be better. Well, tomorrow isn't coming soon enough. Can't go to sleep. Morgan somehow falls asleep. I gotta sleep. Finally. Catchin' some Z's.

WHAT WAS THAT!?!? I heard someone. I yell, "Who's there???" I see someone walking in front of our door. A shadow is now cast all across our floor. Hell no. Not in my house. Someone is about to meet their maker. I fly out of bed and head for our bedroom door. I am on a war path and someone is about to die for breaking into our house. Morgan screams! I wake up...again. This isn't our place. Where am I? Motel. That's right. That shadow and voice was just someone walking and talking down the hall to their room. I was asleep and woke up to voices in the hallway. I thought we were at home. I was in full on protect my wife mode. Had no idea where I was til Morgan screamed and really woke me up.

Let's go home. We pack up our stuff in the middle of the night, well, morning now, and head back to Bakersfield. I don't think either one of us said anything the way back home. What a night. And we didn't even get our money back.

Forever Begins Today...

November 3rd is now today and I am about to get married. But first, we need ice. Of all things to forget. Ice. Luckily, a had a few friends run to every gas station downtown and buy all the ice they could. I think we are ready. Well, gotta be ready. People are showing up now.

So at first it's just family and friends setting up the place then I blink, and now I am standing with Pastor Dennie watching my future father-in-law walk my wife-to-be down the aisle. She is immaculate. I cannot believe I get to see that face every time I wake, every time I get home from work, every time and for all of time. Then she gets closer and closer. Her father hands her off to me. She is now in my hands...take great care. It's just her and I alone, in this 300 plus packed hall. Her presence is overwhelming. Let's start forever.

"I do." "I do." I know it may sound strange, but that's what I remember. We both said 'I do.' I was so nervous. I wanted everything to be done and over with, so I can't recall much more than Morgan. She just floated on down the aisle and we were joined together in holy matrimony. Forever begins today.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Seriously...It's November 3rd

"Will you marry me?" Yeah, that's what I should have said. But my brain had other plans and it told my mouth to say, "Your ice cream is dripping." I recover and finally ask, "Will you marry me?" And she says yes! So she turns around and sees the family. Everyone is there. She is so surprised. I am so happy. Best day ever. Now what?

You plan a wedding, that's what. At first we were going to wait for a year or so, but then we decided that it would be best if we had it sooner. You never realize all that goes into planning a wedding, until you bump up the date. We had our date now, November 3rd, 2007. Luckily, we had the wedding planners 'Forever Begins Today' by The Sisters taking care of our wedding. The Morgs mom and aunts took care of just about all the planning. Simply amazing. Then everyone else took another part of the wedding and before we knew it, we had everything covered. Family friends took care of the cost to rent The Women's Hall, Uncle and Aunt took care of buying the alcohol (That gift kept on giving, we had tons of alcohol left over!), Uncle and Aunt took care of the Rehearsal Dinner and people just kept on helping out. We were blessed. So many people were involved in this wedding. It was amazing.

So the wedding is on track. A few bumps along the way but it's getting closer and closer to The Day. Time seemed to fly by. I really don't remember much that went on. It seemed like forever until the wedding and then all of a sudden, it's showtime. Where did time go? What happened? I remember trying to find a place, what to wear and all of that, but seriously, it flew by. I really should have taken more time to realize what a great time it was.

July, August, September, October, November (a little cool fact, those months also spell my name, J-A-S-O-N). Our engagement lasted through my name. Time flies. What day is it actually now? It's November 3rd. Seriously?