I live in such a cool place. It seems the people around here are always finding reasons to party. Luckily, the swamp man and I both had an afternoon off.. Which never happens. So we celebrated with sushi and a carnival. We didn't ride any of the rides, carnival rides are sketchy don't you think? But we did have fun playing the games and walking around enjoying the absolute perfect weather. We finished the night off with Jurassic park and a geaux-sickle. (pronounced go, not jewx like I thought btw). Perfect date night to me!
Feel free to insert short joke here.
Oh ya. And husband surprised me with my first pair of TOMS. Couldn't be more obsessed. Laugh all you want but my feet look good. Isn't he the sweetest?
We were able to go to Utah a couple weeks ago to visit family and be apart of swamp mans sisters wedding. Her wedding was beautiful and it was amazing being able to see everyone!
My older sis Kiara was visiting from AZ and threw baby Kai's birthday party two weeks earlier so i could be there! I'm so glad i was able to be there for that! Kai is the worlds cutest baby and a monkey themed party fit him perfectly.
kai's best present was from his mommy and daddy.. a new little brother or sister coming this october!! i CANNOT wait to be an auntie again.
Before we headed back to louisiana we spent the day at cafe rio (one thing i really miss. there i go talking about food again psh) and bowling with my family. The funniest part of the day was when my mom, with a huge cast on her broken leg, went to throw the bowling ball and slid over the line and FLEW into the air and onto her back. now this may sound terrible but believe me when i say it was the funniest thing i think i have ever seen. and luckily no damage was done. I loved spending time with my family!
few moments not captured but worthy of mention
-envelope game. i could not even begin to explain how funny this night was.
-meeting jers new girl. and making great first impressions. hahahah
-cold stone. mmmm
-idiot game. over and over again
-visit with simone and carson
-justin bieber 3d with swamp man and my fav little sister. worth a post of its own
-late night talks
-spending time with seths family
and of course, no trip would be completed without a jet blue experience. sleeping over night in airport. flight to long beach. 6 hour layover. flight to austin. drive to dallas pick up car. drive to diana pick up other car. drive to shreveport. 25 hr travel time.
are you tired now? cause i sure am.
so i was going through all my pictures today and i saw a very common trend.....
we are always eating.
me and swamp man were looking at looziana facts the other day on msn. you might find it interesting to know that looziana is the #1 happiest state in the whole country. its true, it is. and i am here to tell you i now know why. from fried pickles, fried wings, fried twinkies, fried hot dogs and even fried french fries...and of course youve gotta wash it down with a giant dr pepper. who aint happy when they are eatin all the time. now im not complainin, they sure know how to do it right around here. but this little belly of mine sure aint happy with me.
jillian michaels, youre callin my name.
oh how i was wrong, so wrong.
ya sure back home we had parades.. the ones where there were lots of high school bands and all those old men that were somehow really important to our city but i had never even heard of them before. and by the time the parade actually got to my families camp out spot we were more interested in the doughnuts my dad just brought over than the actual parade going on.
ill tell you one thing about mardi gras. nobody was anywhere close to thinking about doughnuts. they had something much more important on their minds. BEADS. millions and millions of beads.
let me try and paint you a picture in your minds... the very first float of the night was a big white truck. but wait as the truck got closer i realized it was pulling a trailer, oh not a trailer.. there was actually a half man half horse dancing on the back of it. and BAM.
what a perfect introduction to completely sell me on this whole idea. the Krew of Centaur was here to party. Centaur himself even showed up, how nice of him. As i looked to my right and to my left i saw the crowd start to go wild, they were breaking it down like our high school drill team used to at half time... times ten. But the most interesting part was that i started seeing these weird contraptions. There was laundry baskets strapped to the end of a broom stick, umbrellas popped inside out, kids with buckets tied to hats on their tiny little heads.. youd think money was about to fall straight from heaven.
and thats when the floats started coming, hands down the most elaborate things ive ever seen. purples and greens and golds.. not only one, but two threee stories high. The people in the floats were even more decorated, their costumes were unlike anything i could imagine. i knew i had to get in on this. ill never forget my first set of beads. it played in slow motion... i was dancing, well trying, and we made eye contact, i saw him pick up a whole stack of beads and point straight to me. i knew he needed one final reason why i deserved those precious things in his hands. so i did what i had to do.. i copied what the two year old next to me kept saying, please mister throw me some beeds. they flew into the air and perfectly into my little hands. around my neck it went with all the pride ive ever felt.
I have to admit, the best part of this whole adventure was that i saw grown men and woman fighting tooth and nail for what wasnt really gold from heaven... but plastic worth maybe half a penny.but they were sparkly, and they were important.
thank you louisiana, for continually showing me how happy the little things should make me.
its been awhile, again. Im so bad at this blogging thing. ive got so much to share, but first i thought it would be important to finally post about the day this hottie boyfriend finally became my husband. And boy am i sure glad he did. I thought i loved this boy then, crazy to think i love him more and more every day. so picture overload here we go...
ps i dont know how to change the order.. so just keep pretending its right. ha
Its been months since I've updated. And I'm only doing this for my mom sisters and you Simone. After a 3 day 26 hour journey.. We made it to Shreveport, Louisiana. And man is this place awesome! But seriously, I love it. I love that the girl in front of me at church Sunday could get away with wearing an LSU snuggie allll of church with noone saying anything . I love that the man that bore his testimony said the last time he heard singing that good was behind prison bars! But don't you worry ... Cause he's glad he ain't there anymore! Oh and Jesus amen. I love that I am one hundred percent the minority here." I am a Mormon. ya know? Lds? Uhhh we love Jesus too." I love that I attend baptist bible study every Tuesday from 2-3 with the girls I work with. And we hold hands in a circle to pray. I love that when people ask, I have to say no I don't drink wine, or beer, or even sweet tea.. Only dr pepper. I loveeeee blue bell ice cream. I love that my momma misses me. I love my new husband. I love being a part of the place and people and food that raised him. But most of all, I love how I see more clearly the hand of my heavenly father in my every day life. Pushing me, helping me, and molding me into the person I need to become. God is good. Oh so good. Ps. Momma I miss you too.