Coronado Mini-moon!

by Jenn

So fun today was!  We met up with Jessie, Rick, Zach and Michah for lunch before heading into Coronado to stay where else? Marriott!  After spending some time lounging at the pool, I shot a wedding and then came back to have what I think was the most amazing bath ever!  Yay for hot tub in the room!  Just lounging around watching TV now.  Tomorrow is more relaxing by the pool.

Here are some pix of our gorgeous room:

Yay for lower radiation levels in Japan!

by Jeff McNeil
RADIATION!

RADIATION!

I just heard that the radiation levels in Japan are falling for the first time since the catastrophe!  So I won’t need by Gieger counter after all.  If anyone has one though, please let me know.  I would love to check my radiation levels when i get home.

The food may be a slight problem for me since it will be brought in from the outside areas and I am a little leary of the sushi since the radiation has been found in the water outside of the nuclear plants.  But all in all I think having a 3rd eye would be a great leap forward in the McNeil evolution don’t you think?

It’s official, I am Jeffrey McNeil

by Jeff McNeil
The McNeil Family Coat of Arms

The McNeil Family Coat of Arms

It’s official, I am Jeffrey A. McNeil.  I have received my new social security card, drivers license, passport and my name at work has changed all to Jeffrey A. McNeil.  Every now and then when I pick up the phone I need to make a conscious effort to say McNeil.  I even have to think about it when i write my signature for all my credit card charges and what not.  I sometimes slip up and write the old name, but they are becoming more infrequent.  It is interesting to hear Mr. McNeil at work or over the phone.  I relish the times I can say “Mr and Mrs. McNeil,”  that is always makes me giggle a little inside.

I am so excited to begin my new life with my lovely wife Jenn.  I am happy to be taking her family name and the lineage that comes with it.  I will be proud to have McNeil as my future son’s or daughter’s name (no plans for one in the immediate future).  In the past few weeks Jenn and I have been tracing our family trees back to the 1600’s using ancestry.com  It is truly a fun endeavour to see where your families arrived in the United States and how they got to be where you know them today.  I think it would be interesting to take a trip to Scotland and visit Jenn’s McNeil roots.  It would be fun to find old McNeil owned lands and maybe a castle.

My old family name didn’t have a coat of arms.  I always wanted to have one, so here is my new family coat of arms.  There are many coats of arms in daily use today.  The Seal of the Office of the President of the United State of America is one such example.  Even the pope has a seal as well.  Coats of arms identified armies in battle in the medieval times.  When a sovereign married he combined his family coat of arms with hers creating a whole new look that would unify both sides of the family.  The lion mimics the Royal Standard for the King of Scotland, the castle and water represent Kisimul Castle which has been in the McNeil family since the 16th century.  The ship stands for the seafaring nature of the McNeil clan, I guess that is where Jenn gets her love of travel. Finally the red hand symbolizes Naill of the Nine Hostages.  Naill was a Scottish lord and was denied the throne by his stepmother’s son.  Naill left the clan and began to form a band of men who took over 9 other clans before returning to claim the head of the McNeil clan.  From each clan Naill took one royal hostage to keep as tribute, hence the nine hostages

Disneyworld Booked!

by Jeff McNeil
Epcot at Disneyworld

Epcot at Disneyworld

WOOHOO!  Disneyworld has been booked!  Jenn and I will be there for a lovely 8 day seven night stay at the economical Disney All-star Music resort.  We have a 7 day pass to all the parks and will be spending tons of time on the rides and pin trading.  This will be the 5th and final Disneyland park we will have traveled to in 12 months.  The first was Disneyland Paris on December 30th 2010.  Second was Disneyland in Anaheim on April 10th 2011.  Our Hong Kong & Tokyo Disneyland dates are set during our asian country trip in late June 2011.  Disneyworld will be the last park to go to and then we will have been to all 5 in one year.  Call us crazy but it is just a good time in a great place.  I would like to say thank you all for giving to our Marriott Honeymoon registry.  That has really paid for 1/2 of the costs of going to all these fun places.  All Jenn and I have to pay for is the airfare and the hotels are free.  I will be posting more photos of our Disneyland updates as they come in.