April 14, 2008

picnic in the park

how beautiful is this weather?!? me and joel were excited about the weather and decided to have a picnic at the park. i thought i'd share some pics. as you can see, joel is never too keen on a photo op unless it involves snipers, power grenades or whatever they do in HALO, but i'm determined to have albums and albums full of pictures to look back on when we get older. he'll thank me one day, hopefully. :)

all smiles...kinda

joel taking random pics without me realizing

he's just so adorable!

it was so fun and relaxing. no distractions and the park was nearly empty, considering there was a frat party crawfish boil going on across the park. there definitely wasn't a shortage of country music, trucks, tahoes, and visors.

after the picnic, it made me realize that the last time we went on one was when we first started dating a little over 2 years ago. it was by the levee because i was living near campus, but fun nonetheless. i managed to scrounge up some pics of that little outing:

raise your hand if you need a tan!

what a difference. probably not drastic to any of y'all reading this, but i can't help but think of how well i thought i knew him then. such a naive way of thinking. that would have made me 21 and joel 22, what a difference a few years makes.

in the course of 2 years i've learned that joel:
::drives like a grandpa...good luck if you're in a hurry...he's a man of the law and doesn't go a mile over it
::has a dead tooth that almost got knocked out in 5th grade...he's been hardcore even as a young boy :)
::and I LOVE movies but we have distinctly different tastes in genres, which makes us use that compromise muscle quite often
::hogs the bread basket at italian restaurants
::could eat breakfast for all 3 meals of the day
::usually takes longer than me getting ready...that's right folks, he doesn't just wake up with perfectly spiked hair :)
::is one of the top best HALO players in louisiana...seriously, theres a list out there that ranks players by state...joel found his name, and it was like we won the lottery
::has the BEST smelling cologne in the world and no one but me knows what he wears...he used to hide it in his truck so no one would know. i knew he really loved me the day he let me see the name, haha.
::is wise beyond his years...he constantly forces me to think outside of the box and to understand what i believe

i could go on and on but what's exciting is that i probably haven't even tapped into all the things that i will learn about him in the next 2 years. but hopefully our next picnic will be sooner than later. :)


Janee said...

I found your blog from Megan's... I love your list of things you love about Joel; it is a reminder to me to take time to "appreciate" those things that make Trent special and make our relationship special! (And I seriously think you and Joel are one of the most beautiful couples on the planet! I think that every week when I see y'all walk in church- I think it has something to do with the fact that your smile seriously conveys the joy of the Lord!)

mylovehasntgrowncold said...

Jenny Gilbert!!!!!! (I almost said Gaut :) I miss you! Oh, this is Dom, b-t-w. Your pictures are so cute. You and Joel are so cute together :) Considering the title of your blog, I see you don't like Halo. I tried to play once... I stunk :)

Oh, I saw Joel at work around spring break time and told him I was going to steal you away from him sometime this summer... do you know what he said? Well, I told him I wouldn't tell you :) Anyways, I hope we can hang out a bit this summer. I really miss seeing you. I hope you are doing well, though.

Oh, and I think that "could eat breakfast for all 3 meals of the day" is a guy thing... I know a few that do that, too. I guess maybe it's just easiest? No microwave, no oven, no grill... just a bowl, a spoon, a box of something tasty, and some milk :)

B-t-w, I still find it so weird that Andrew is your cousin!!! Not that it's a bad thing, but it was just random :) I haven't seen him in a while, but I'm sure I will soon.

Lorien said...

You inspired me to make breakfast for dinner for my boys. (BTW, I HATE breakfast for dinner. A personal rule is no breakfast after 10am. Call it a quirk.) They LOVED it, and I had one happy husband and 2 happy sons. Thanks. :)

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