Wednesday, February 22, 2012

52 Weeks of Love: Nini & Chris

I am over the moon that Janine agreed to help celebrate 52 Weeks of Love with us today.  
As Team Pancakes' anniversary draws near, II continue to learn from all of you ladies and it warms my heart to be able to share this time in my life and marriage with you all.
So thank you Janine for celebrating your first 52 weeks of love with us!


Hi my name is Janine and I blog over at Life As Mrs. H.
I was immensely thrilled when Mrs. Pancakes asked me to be a part of her 52 weeks of love series.
(thank you Mrs. Pancakes I look forward to connecting 
with other happily married newlyweds and thank you for this wonderful series).

Ahem, so let's get to my post shall we.
My wonderful hubby Chris and I have been happily married and in love since Nov. 13th 2010. 
Hmmm, what can I say about our first year of marriage, our 52 weeks in love?
It all went by so fast, it was quite a whirlwind. 
But I definitely mean that in a good way.
I've heard alot of couples say their first year was difficult but for us it was a breeze. 
Actually we laughed and acted a fool through so much of it, it seems like it was too easy.

My husband's practice grew tremendously (thank God), so he was always away on trips. 
That was a bit trying at times but thank goodness for skype!
As a couple we really kept alot of the laughter around in our relationship, 
we've realized (or at least I have) that because of our hectic schedules 
its best to treasure the moments we spend together rather 
than nit picking about something that didn't get done.
We takes turns pretty much finding the lighter side of most situations 
we're placed in...and when all else fails we just pure act a fool and goofy!
That's sure to make the other laugh.
Don't get me wrong it hasn't all been peonies and roses.
We've had some rough patches in there: like the days I miss him so badly 
and I can't stand him being gone, or he walks into one of 
my self inflicted war paths of beating myself down over school work.
But we get through it. The beauty of our relationship that I've always like is that 
he is the complete balance to every piece of me.
He knows how to manage my tantrums, how to comfort me and how to be silly and play with me.
It's the reason I knew he was meant for me. 

We've always been an adventurous couple but we really didn't do anything 
crazy and daring this year as we would normally engage in 
(one of our first dates was skydiving together and on our honeymoon we dived with sharks!).
That doesn't mean life didn't throw an adventure our way though.

During our first year of marriage we were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. 
We are both immensely strong in our faith, and our commitment to one day have a family, 
so we have seen this not so much as an obstacle but more as a tool to make use stronger.
I've found a great community of IFer's through blogging and my readers have kept me sane, 
allowed me to vent or be emotional and been a great guidance and support.
And of course there is my husband. He is like my earthly rock. He has been there every step of the way reinforcing his love and support and promising to never give up until we have the family we desire. 

There are a few things that I have gotten used to after a year of being married. 
Things that bring me tons of comfort and put a smile on my face, 
a few lessons that I've learned and things I know:
1. Every morning without fail he kisses me before he leaves the house for work and whispers 
how much I mean to him, and even though I'm asleep cause it's 5am 
I look forward to feeling those kisses and hearing the mumbling, 
even though I can't wake up to answer. 
2. No matter how many times I try to cut back the amount of chocolate 
he eats I'll always find stashes in the freezer.
3. It never fails that 15 minutes after laying down, while I'm still talking about the day he is fast asleep.
4. We've cooked Sunday lunch together every Sunday
 since we've been dating and I hope that never changes (except when we're travelling). 
5. I've learned that forgiving each other and moving on is key. 
We rarely argue but when we do we make sure to talk it through 
till both people are happy to put it to rest.
6. If we're going somewhere its best to let me drive, 
my husband like most men has no sense of direction, 
and it saves me from being in the passenger seat handing out instructions. 
"Turn here, slow down, move over to that lane". 
I admit I'm horrible at being a passenger. His dad said its like having Tom Tom and Jan Jan! lol!
7. I can't fall asleep unless my husband is right beside me....
it's true I have to back my butt up on to him every night 
and no matter how many times he moves my butt follows.
8. I still get weak in the knees when he takes off his shirt 
and I find him just as irresistible today as when we were dating. 
We are still hot for each other and I certainly hope that never changes. 
9. Don't try to tell him how to run his business. 
I can sometimes butt my little nose in where 
it doesn't belong and I've learned when it comes to his business 
and his employees its best to listen until my advice is asked for. 
Sometimes he just needs to vent and for me to listen. 
He isn't always looking for me to fix things. 
10. We will never agree on the thermostat cause Chris really grew up on a set of Happy Feet 
and I undoubtedly must have lived on the Sun. 
So we compromise by keeping it cold and I get to put on his favorite sweatshirt and socks. 
11. He talks in his sleep and I walk in mine.
12. We both have great taste but are horrible at decorating ourselves. 
13. We are truly each other's best friend and this past year has solidified that fact. 

So that's us in a nutshell. Not really! But it's as much as I can share. 
I'm looking forward to my life with Chris and many many more weeks in love with him. 
Thanks for letting me share with you today and I look forward to hearing from others on their life in love!


Janine, thank you for your candor and honesty! 
You and Chris are such a fun and loving couple 
and i cannot wait to see how your beautiful love story enfolds.

Question of the Day:
Janine and her husband are definitely an adventurous couple, 
What's your most adventurous date?


Mrs. H said...

Thank you so much for allowing me share our story. It was such a great experience. I always love reading other couples sotires and so it was great to have my day!! Thanks Mrs. Pancakes!!

LV said...

Beautiful Couple! Love reading these wonderful love stories.

THE mom said...

I love my Nini!!! She brings a smile to my face all the time!
These posts are just so fun and GREAT!

❤AdamAlexMommy❤ said...

they're a beautiful couple!


Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic said...

How sweet! I really enjoyed reading this!!


How wonderful! I love reading about these love stories.

toi said...

LOVE, LOVE reading Janine's love story. i could the laughter she writes about it. beautiful couple :)

This Cookn' Mom said...

What a sweet couple. Love this post!

Faith said...

Nini I loved reading this! I had the biggest smile on my face! I can't wait til I see you again and this time with that awesome husband of yours! Amazing things are in store for you both and I'm so honored to see it all happen! Love you girl!

Legally Chocolat said...

yall are so awesome!

Bravoe Runway said...

They seem like a really nice and happy couple :) I honestly can't recall of an adventurous date

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I wish you luck on your baby journey, and stop hiding your chocolate in the freezer. He's onto you! lol

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

I feel so inspired and encouraged by these stories. And their wedding photos are just breathtaking <3

Bijee @ PinkLilliesandBG said...

Thanks Mrs.pancakes and Mrs. H so much for sharing. Your transparency is such a blessing and inspirational to some of us. As I read your post I couldn't help but laugh about you needing chris there to go to sleep and your butt following him across the bed. As I read it, I yelled out to my hubby "see I'm not alone, and neither are you" glad you let us share in the celebration of your love! That one year mark goes by fast! Ours sure did, and loved every moment of it.

HiLLjO said...

Gorgeous, just GORGEOUS photos! Wow!

Our most adventurous date was a flight lesson I bought for hubs. Us in a 4-seater with a teacher who let him do mostly everything. That was... adventurous I think. LOL

The next day I woke up and was like "I did WHAT?!"

Anonymous said...

Beautiful couple! Wishing you more and more happiness each year, and sending baby dust. ;)

Anonymous said...

Very cute story!

I love the fact that you still have him irresistible with his shirt off. Amazing!