Friday, December 30, 2011

peaks, pits, and prayers 2012

I've never really been the type to have a new years resolution, mainly because I know I will never follow through with them and I am not good at failure... so why set yourself up for it has always been my outlook.

BUT... this year is different. Marriage is a very new thing for the mister and I and making it last is our top priority.

SO... Thanks to Pinterest I've come up with a couple things that we can do daily to strengthen our relationship.
We will be keeping a  journal of our peaks, pits, and prayers of the day. It is a small something that I think will truly make us realize how much good we have in our life and how the pits of the day are just small meaningless speed bumps in our long road of happiness.
We both find ourselves praying individually more than as a couple and with the new year that is something we want to change. With the busy life we lead it is so easy to get sidetracked and not make time for daily prayer as a couple and it is something I personally think brings couples together and strengthens the bond between husband and wife, so this year this is a major resolution of ours.

Twenty twelve is sure to bring many changes in the Gautreaux household and we are strapped in and ready for the ride of a little thing called LIFE.

Happy New Year!!!

P.S.   I wouldn't mind loosing ten pounds and having a six pack by summer too ;)


Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Craziness

We hope everyone had an amazing Christmas filled with tons of love and laughter and enjoying family and friends. Christmas is our favorite time of the year and beings as this year is our first year being married it was extra special to us! As Christmas approached I found myself stressing out way too much over the silly things... presents!!! I have a big problem with being creative with my gift giving; I would so much rather a gift card and let them get what they want! So I spent a lot of time worrying about presents and if they were creative enough, until one day James looked at me and said "Baby, this time of year is not about the presents it's about spending time with family and friends. Just calm down and enjoy it!!" and I am so glad he said that because at that point I stopped stressing and really started enjoying the holiday season! 

We had an amazing Christmas this year! We celebrated with James' family a couple of weeks ago and we spent the last couple of days visiting all of my family (four different houses)!!! It can be quite chaotic and very overwhelming but to me that's Christmas and I wouldn't have it any other way!! Since we had to be at my moms on Christmas morning at 9, James woke me up and we did our own family Christmas at 6:30am!!! We didn't give each other much but it was so nice to just have such a special moment together!!! After we opened presents we took our first Christmas morning family picture and decided it will be a new family tradition!!! 

Overall Christmas this year was a success!!! 

now bring on 2012!!!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

fall festivities

Sorry for the blogging delay but we have finally purchased our new computer and now I am ready to blog my little heart out!!! We have been extremely busy the past few months. But recently we have really been able to take time to spend with family and friends and most of all we got to enjoy each other and being married! 

Here is  little of life lately for the Gautreaux's

Ever since I can remember James' dad has been talking about the fact that I had never been to an aquarium and that I had never been to the state capitol! I know seems silly, but it has been an ongoing joke the whole time we have been together. So we decided to take a weekend trip to New Orleans. We had a lot of things on our list, so we woke up early Saturday morning and headed to the big easy! We spent the weekend going to the WWII museum, the Aquarium, Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, and just being a real New Orleans tourist! While we were there we even witnessed a protest, a wedding march, and a funeral procession down the French quarter (which were all firsts for me!) Overall we had an amazing weekend with the in-laws. It is so nice to have them to enjoy these fun trips with us! Next mini-trip we will be heading to Baton Rouge to visit the State Capitol!!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the trip!

This year we decided we would go as a family (James, Teddy, Daisy, and I) to get our pumpkins for Halloween! I know it sounds silly, but we had a really good time walking around with the puppies looking at pumpkins trying to find the perfect ones! We probably walked around them three times before I finally picked the ones I wanted! The puppies had so much fun being the center of attention while all of the little kids played with them. We eventually picked out a few of our favorites and headed to check out! As we were leaving I realized we hadn't taken a picture so I hurried and went back to take a quick family picture!

Here is the one picture I have from our family trip to the pumpkin patch!

James' grandparents invited us to spend the weekend with them about a month ago and it was an absolute blast! They live about an hour and a half away and we never really get to see them, so we were thrilled when we got the invite. We were really looking forward to spending some QT time with them and getting to know them better! During our trip we were able to go to Saint Francisville and see historical houses, eat at a few amazing restaurants, watch LSU kick some Alabama booty, and spend some time with James' sister Jenny and her husband Joel.

Here are a few pictures of us with Papa and Nana at Rosedawn Plantation 

After months of putting it off James finally got his wisdom teeth taken out in November. It was an interesting situation... to say the least! I barely remember getting mine taken out so I really wasn't sure what to expect from him. Especially since we all know men whine WAY more than women, so I had mentally prepared myself to spend my weekend with him being a total baby. Well much to my surprise he was a trooper. Surgery always makes me super nervous, so the whole time he was in surgery I was a mess! I have this bad habit of always thinking about all of the bad things that can happen, which then makes me freak out and think something is the matter the whole time I am waiting!!!! But of course everything was fine and after they brought him to recovery I was able to go see his goofy drugged up self! It was a sight to see! He was acting so silly and flirting with all of the nurses!!! He spent the next few days being very sore, but by Monday all was fine and he returned back to work!!! All in all, it was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be and I am so glad we have that behind us!!!!

Here is a Before and after pic of the silly goose!
Can you tell he only got two on one side out?!?!

Most of all this season we have focused on our relationship as a married couple! On October 1st we celebrated our 6th date-anniversary and on November 28th we celebrated 6 months of being married. We live such a busy life and sometimes it is easy to forget about spending one on one time together focusing on each other. Most of the time we have weeknights off together but after dinner we always seem to be distracted by homework or night class and we rarely just get to sit and relax together. Lately we have really tried to just enjoy each other. We have been renting a lot of movies and cuddling up on the couch together to watch them. We both love movies so much and it is a way for us to just relax. Another thing we have recently started doing is having coffee together every morning. James has to be at work at 7am, so he wakes up at 5:30 and showers and gets dressed then at 6:00 he wakes me up with a cup of coffee. At first I wasn't really a fan of the idea because I am not really a morning person! I love to sleep and hate waking up early, but honestly now it is my favorite part of the day. It is the one time in our day there are no distractions we just sit in bed and drink our coffee and talk for thirty minutes. I have come to truly cherish our mornings together and look forward to it everyday. 

So this is a little of what we have been up to lately. It has been so much fun and we are really looking forward to Christmas and the New Year!


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