October 16, 2013

Holiday Snaps

Hello ladies and gentlemen,

*this post draft has been lingering for over a month, and for that, I apologize.*

So last month I told y'all about how I wept over the apparent "loss" of my engagement ring. Again, Thank Youuuuu for sympathizing with me (smiles) and Booooooo for laughing at me (sticks tongue out, while frowning). Anyways, just thought to share the highlights of my much needed vacay with all y'all. I know I've said "y'all" twice already, but being home in Atlanta does that to me. Okay, moving on...

I got to Atlanta bright and early... too early, as the airport wasn't even open yet, and we had to wait for 30 mins before we could disembark. We eventually did, and it was off to hug my parents, sister/her hubby and the most adorable nephew in the whole entire universe!!! My family's camera-shy so no pics of them on here.

HIGHLIGHT 1 - Wedding Dress Shopping!!!!!!!!!!! The 'rents, sister and I found my dress at the first store we visited. But just to be sure, and because we had another appointment, we checked out another store. They also had a really nice dress, but at the end of the day, I could have only one and I selected the one everyone liked the most. Nope, I'm not sharing details or pictures. My friend's convinced I got a pink or black dress, because she thinks I'm very random! But then again, I could shock her and wear a white dress. All will be revealed AFTER the wedding :D

HIGHLIGHT 2 - Family Cruisin' Together!!! We went on a 6/7-day cruise to Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and The Bahamas. FUN does not begin to describe! I think I'm a cruise convert and want to go on a cruise every single year after this :). The islands are so pretty (well, the touristy parts and the beaches. *side note* You tend to forget that these are real countries with real people with real problems. There was a guy in Jamaica begging for money for food, by the ship. In the Bahamas, the taxi/tourist drivers ended up being crooks and cheating us). Anyways, the water is sooooooooooo blue! Why's water on that side of the world blue, and not here? My dad said it's the sky's reflection. Does that mean we don't have blue skies in Nigeria? Like ever? I haven't noticed, come to think of it. The ship itself was AH-MAH-ZING. See PARTY EVERY SINGLE DAY! And let's not get into the fooooooooood! I gained 5 pounds :( but I'm working hard to lose them now, so wish me luck.

The ship was a NONSTOP PARTY!!!


One of our lovely meals!



*ahem* What are the couples doing?

I see some VERY BAD pigs!

What are they hiding under there?

One of these guys suggested I leave the boat and stay with him in Jamaica :p

Comedian Jayln Smith. 

Towel animals. Sooooo adorable!

*Erm, no pics from Bahamas. I wasn't having a good-looking day. :p*

HIGHLIGHT 3 - Family Birthdays Dinner! All 3 of my siblings are born in September, so we had a birthday dinner for everyone, and ate even more food. Spending time with your family is THE BEST! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

HIGHLIGHT 4 - Surprise Bridal Showerrrrrrrrrrrrr. My cousin, sisters, mum, aunts, and church ladies surprised me with a Bridal Shower! I went out with my mum and aunts right after church for about an hour or two, that Sunday. When we got home, I walked to the door and rang the bell. My adorable 18-month old nephew came to the door and I was playing with him when I heard "SURPRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISE!" I turned to look behind me wondering who the surprise was for, but a second later, remembered that all the birthday people were already inside the house. It still didn't click until someone said, "Ermmm, hello? Bridal Shower. For you!" THEN, it hit me and I felt sooooooooo embarrassed and loved and shocked. I had seen everyone at church that morning and NOBODY said a word! They were all like, "Berry, you're visiting? Please move back to Atlanta!" but none of them uttered, "See you later." I'm generally hard to surprise, so I must say that they did a FANTASTIC job!

Tissue Wedding Dress Contest!

The winning dress!

The winning team!

Berry and Cupcakes (sister)!

Me, my mum, and grandma. 3 generations of ADA!

A word of prayer. 

After all this, was a whirlwind of wedding shopping! Needless to say, I was exhausted by the time I got back. Isn't it funny that you need a vacay AFTER a vacay? Lol.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures :)

*hugs and a big big kiss*

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  1. Soooooooooooooooooo Much LOVE
    I enjoyed the pics.....
    "Family" is priceless...

  2. Awwwww! I enjoyed this! Is that one of the photos from your pre-wedding shoot on the cake box? Nicee.


  3. Awwww darling I am jealous you had a lot of fun. Yes when I saw the sea in Jamaica I was like this is the deep blue sea they always talk about not in Naija. Sorry about losing your engagement ring. www.secretlilies.com

  4. Ok I must make this cruise happen next year!!! MUST!!!

  5. Aww..very nice. thanks for sharing. Now I want to go on a cruise!

  6. Of course I have to comment...
    1. You look like your mom and she looks like hers. Too cute. I am now realising the same holds true for me - momsie brought some old photos
    2. I want to go to the Turks and Caicos STAT!!!!
    3. The Bahamas is one of my favourite places ever. Some of my dearest friends are from there so I got to see it as a local. *love*
    4. The Bahamian waters are so blue you can identify it in space. I had to check NASA to confirm and it was true. So amazing.
    5. I was steady looking at your photos like do I know anyone in there?? LOL.
    6. Lol at the surprise. That was SUPER sweet.

    Sha, looks like you had a blast. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. LOOOOL!

      1. For the longest time, everyone said I looked like my dad (same complexion) but now they say I'm a dark version of my mum.
      2. GO GO GO!!!
      3/4, Reeally? I wish I had friends from exotic places, who would invite me to their countries.
      5. LOL
      6. Thanks!

      I really had fun!

  7. Lovely pictures, I can tell you had a fab time. Your bridal shower surprise was excellent!


  8. You know I just started reading your blog and I actually found it through your ajebutter nysc blog. Your first entry on there was something to the effect of you joking about moving back home to find your prince charming. Our words are very powerful. So happy for you that your dreams came true. Congrats!

  9. Lovely pics.. You all sure had a wonderful vacation. I'd like to take wifey on such a cruise sometime soon.. could you kindly share some info about it via mail to me (quaggar at gmail dot com) ? Thanks, I appreciate.

  10. those animal towels, i must say the staff tried,
    I would love to go on a cruise someday
    nice Toilet paper (TP) dresses
    the surprise was cute and very thoughtful

    I'm sure you were well refreshed upon your return to Nigeria
    so your whole family live in Atlanta?

  11. Awwww,sure looks like you had a great time even from the pictures on here.and you and family(sis,mum,granny) look so good!


  12. Aww bless, my friend you really had so much fun. Love the bridal shower winning dress and the naughty Jamaican figurines...LOL.

    Mum & grandma are gorgeous and you all looked like you had loads of fun.


  13. Gosh! babe this cruises look like the stuff of dreams, hubby and I been planning to do a cruise forever. Now the blue sky thingy, just a few days ago I and my fam were just talking about how the skies are so blue in pictures we take abroad compared to Nij skies and nobody could come up with a plausible reason :).

    Really lovely photos.

  14. Thanks everyone! I had an amazing time!

  15. Awww! I love your kind of surprise. *wipes tears* absolutely fab. CONFESSION- I'm jealous! Nice fotos, felt I was there myself. eniwealth

  16. So beautiful that I don't even have the right words to describe it.....

  17. Awwww...I was smiling through out the post. I guess a lot of peeps thought I was weird...lol!
    So beautiful!!!


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