Bun in the Oven

August 5th… the day our lives will change completely.

We found out that Mariam was pregnant in late November. It took a couple different home pregnancy tests to really confirm that it was indeed positive. We’re very excited to have an addition to our family!

February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday

March 14, 2012

Pi Day

March 17, 2012 (20.5 weeks)

April 18th, 2012 (w/ Sara Lozano)

May 28, 2012

In the new house!

June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012

July 4, 2012

4th of July

We’re now about a month to go before Baby Albers arrives. We have a name picked out, a nursery prepped, and about a million questions/nervous thoughts. I’m sure we’ll be posting a ton as we enter the “parental” phase… so stay tuned!

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Hawai’i bound!

Honeymoon in paradise

Where else to better relax after months of prep and days of partying? Yep, Hawaii.

Seemingly, everyone who has visited Hawaii has their favorite location and/or island. We reasoned that since it was both of our first times there, and probably a long time until our second visit, we chose Oahu only. North Shore and Pearl Harbor were two locations that heavily influenced our decision.

Waikiki Beach after Steve’s first surf lesson/experience.

The first two nights in paradise were spent in Honolulu. Thanks to Steve’s business travel, were able to stay across from Waikiki Beach at the Hyatt for about $50. Honolulu was not everything we expected. It reminded us a lot of LA… lots of designer shopping, tourists and tourist traps.

Waikiki (live webcam of the beach) was amazing though, even with the constant throngs of tourists lining the beaches. Steve being the surfing virgin, took a lesson the morning of our last day in Honolulu. Surprisingly, he stood up a few times on the small waves… but a victory nonetheless. We followed up the lesson with an in-room massage. Tip- when planning a stay in a different town, search Groupon, LivingSocial, etc for deals before you leave. Yelp is also a great resource on the road. Besides the massage, we also picked up a great snorkeling package too.

As we left the city, Pearl Harbor was next on the itinerary. So much has already been said about this place, and words don’t always do justice. If you come to Oahu, you need to come here… the history, the serenity, and the power of this location makes it a mandatory stop.

The drive to North Shore was great… Steve enjoys driving and we were able to see some of the countryside. Our stay for the remainder of the trip was at Turtle Bay Resort. You may also know it as the resort in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” too.

Turtle Bay Resort – Where’s Mila? A coffee bar and not the reception desk? Oh well, I can get past it…

Sunset of our first night on the North Shore. Can’t beat cocktails and scenery like this!

A shot from our hotel balcony.

Eating, drinking, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing is the short and easy way to describe our stay.

Picturesque waterfall in a nearby park… don’t worry, we didn’t chase it.

The Banyan tree from the show “Lost”, we found it on a hike near our hotel. We also came across a WWII look out too.

 

For further excitement, we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Included in the event was a luau, educational presentations and a very awesome show (Ha – Breath of Life) to cap the evening. It was one of our last nights on the island and the performance is something that we’ll definitely remember!

At the luau, they called all the newlyweds onto the stage for a dance.

Checking out… while we’re smiling, we’re a bit sad to leave this place of natural beauty.

That about covers the long and short of it… we ate well, drank well and slept well. We thoroughly enjoyed the time together after the wedding, and it marked a great start to our lives together.

Wedding Reception

Part II of the exciting Wedding post… the Reception!

The reception was located at The Reef, which is on Long Beach’s harbor. Located near the Queen Mary, it is also steps away from the hotel!

Cake toppers a joint effort… Steve’s idea, Mariam’s painting.

Beautiful flowers/centerpieces from Madison’s Garden.

We had the tables named after venues that Mariam and I have attended concerts or sporting events at. The name tags were in the fashion of a ticket, with a QR code that would take you to our wedding (The Knot) website.

Wedding Party Entrance (Check out the wedding video… video > photograph)

A photo booth was available on the patio overlooking the Long Beach harbor.

Such a great night. Having all of our friends and family there to celebrate with us, meant so much to us. Thanks to all that came and made our special day that much more special.

Love-

Mariam & Steve

Engagement Party!

The Albers and Enwias getting ready to party

A tradition that is well-known within the Enwia family (and a good portion of Californians, I believe), but not with the Albers clan from Iowa, was the idea of a lavish Engagement party. That being said, it didn’t take long for the groom’s side to warm up to the idea!

We held our Engagement Party at Recreation Park, here in Long Beach, on December 11, 2010 (12-11-10). Our close family and friends attended our little soiree, which entailed a cocktail hour, dinner, followed by some dancing. Steve was very lucky in that his parents, brother and his wife, and sister were all able to make it out for the event.

The event was held at the Long Beach Recreation Park Clubhouse. About 100 people were in attendance and kept the party going long into the night. I don’t think it took long to realize that both sides of the family and friends would have no issue getting along. We heard a few comments about how awesome the wedding would be, considering how fun the engagement party was… nothing like a little extra pressure!

Since we were in early December, we decided to take advantage of the holiday season and did a little Christmas light tour on a double-decker bus. It was the perfect capper for a great weekend!