18 May 2019

New Orleans :: Final

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I was the first to have to leave on our last day in NOLA. Penny, Amy & I walked to Café du Monde again before I had to take off. Always so sad to leave these ladies. What a special trip this was. I still don't know how I got so lucky.

Our Airbnb, right off of Bourbon Street, was absolutely perfect for the five of us. From the outside, you opened a door that lead to an amazing indoor courtyard. Which we didn't end up using at all, surprisingly. But that's only because we had such a great balcony too! Anyhow, in the courtyard was this awesome, giant mirror, so of course it called for a group photo before every outing. Only the first photo was upon a return instead, and that was on the first day after I met everyone at the restaurant.

What a fun few days. I love this kooky city and these amazing women. And, I'm so proud of Emma and all of her accomplishments. She slayed college, and I know she's going to continue to do great things. It was such an honor to get to celebrate her and her graduation for a few days.

New Orleans :: Day 3

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Unfortunately, Emma ended up getting really sick in the middle of the night and basically slept on the bathroom floor for hours Our best guess is that it may have been a rogue oyster from the first night. She woke up feeling much better, but ended up resting in the room most of the day. Such a bummer! Especially since it was the most perfect day. Penny and I decided to head out and grab beignets & coffee from Café du Monde. We hung out in the park, where Mel & Amy met up with us a little while later, then we all went to the French Market for Bloody Mary's at Organic Banana.

Lunch was a crazy little place Mel found called Red's Chinese. It was pretty amazing. We had pork buns, smashed cucumbers, ginger scallion noodles, cheeseburger fried rice and broccoli. The broccoli was ok, and one dish too many, but the rest was perfect. You guys, cheeseburger fried rice. So flipping good! What a fun find. Leave it to Melissa. We even were able to pack up some rice and bring it back to Emma.

Melissa ended up stayed with Emma for a bit while Amy, Penny and I wandered more. We visited amazing antique stores, I bought a hat. We stopped at The Chart Room for a cocktail and ended up marching in a Second Line parade! Seriously, we saw a lady with a Jaywalkers sash on, not thinking much about it. As we were leaving, the rest of the band showed up, and next thing you know, the police escort was there and we took off marching with the band. The core group was the three of us and another couple. Occasionally other strays were join in while we marched down Bourbon Street. I was even able to text Mel & Emma and they got to watch the spectacle from our balcony. So funny. We didn't know where the parade would take us, but didn't care -- and as it turns out, it walked us home! Seriously, it ended a block from our apartment. What an escort. We couldn't stop laughing about it.

That evening, Emma was able to join us. We went to Frenchman Street, which was an area Brian & I didn't make it to last time we were in NOLA. It was so fun! We spent some time at the Palace art market before going to Snug Harbor to hear Charmaine Neville perform. Let me start by saying, she was such a nice person and was chatting and hanging out with us before the show even started. She was such a great performer and so much fun. The highlight was when she brought Emma (and a couple others) up on stage to help with a song. So fun. We came back to our room and called it a night. It was quite the day.

16 May 2019

New Orleans :: Day 2

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Day two, was Sunday -- Mother's Day -- and we sure did make the most of it. Turns out, the evening before had quite the storm. We all heard it, but didn't think much about it. Until we walked around and saw sand bags outside doors, and restaurants and stores closed. Supposedly it rained 6 inches that night. The restaurant we were going to go to brunch at was flooded, so we hopped on a street car and rode up to the Garden District. We ended up at Ruby Slipper, which was delicious. And it worked out perfect because we had a reservation for a Garden District tour that afternoon. The tour started in Lafayette Cemetery and had us strolling through the neighborhood. It was really informative and interesting. Afterwards, we came back to the apartment, spruced up, then went right back out for our dinner reservation at Shaya. When Brian and I were in New Orleans a few years ago, so many people recommended we go there. And we didn't. And I have been regretting it ever since. It did not disappoint, and a great way to celebrate Mother's Day. Emma said she wanted to take us all out dancing, which, didn't necessarily appeal to any of us. Ha! What we ended up doing, however, was absolutely fantastic. We went back to our neighborhood for a drag show. You can never go wrong with that, in my opinion. After, we went back out on Bourbon Street and walked into Fritzel's European Jazz Bar. Such a great atmosphere. We only stayed for a bit before stopping into the grocery store to get Penny a toothbrush. And of course, we got a kick out of walking around with our beers. Such a fun night. A perfect day.

New Orleans :: Day 1

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Lucky, lucky me. Last week I got to travel to New Orleans to meet up with my besties to celebrate Emma's graduation from college. Mel arranged the entire thing as a surprise for Emma. They arrived the day earlier, then surprise! Amy, Penny and I (aka the Mom Squad) showed up. It was so amazing. I was the last to show up. Had an early am flight with a transfer in Atlanta. Dropped my bags off (this was the entrance to our Airbnb! You would never know it even existed from the street which was right off of Bourbom. Amazing), then met everyone at Cochon to kick the weekend off right with an incredible lunch. We walked back to the apartment, then per the recommendation of a friend of mine and part-time New Orleans resident, headed to Magazine for the Champagne Stroll. But first, Casamento's for oysters. I enjoy oysters, but tend to shy away from the giant ones. I don't know what it is about the oysters in NOLA though, because they are HUGE yet different from others and so, so good! We hit the tail end of the stroll, but completely enjoyed it. The last store of the night was Peaches, where we got to meet the store dog, Sir Winston Pepperbottoms. What a cutie. We were all pretty exhausted after our big day, so headed back and called it a night.

10 May 2019

Moments 05 19 :: Week 02

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Ali & Scott invited us to our favorite gala of the year - MIAD Creative Fusion. This is the only photo I got, unfortunately! Our table was filled with a really fun group of people, plus Brian and I ended up with a new art piece and I got a pair of earrings. Score! The only bummer was C came down with a fever that night. He ended up missing Sunday's soccer game and a day of school. He still sounds like a mess, but feels much better.

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Gretel fell asleep staring out the window. She leads quite the tough life as you can tell.

03 May 2019

Moments 05 19 :: Week 01

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One day Gretel was lounging on the driveway.  The next, this. Snow again! This is our neighbors amazing snow-coverd blossoming tree. :(

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I really wish he knew how to relax. (Full disclosure, we keep this sofa around for the dogs. The pillows and blankets get wash on a frequent basis, but if you are ever at our house, sit on it at your own risk).

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The 1600m run. C's one and only track event this year. He didn't participate last year, and was hoping it would work out for him this season, but nope. Oh well.

26 April 2019

Moments 04 19 :: Week 04

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Look at us! Out on a Friday night. Double date at Birch + Butcher with Scott & Ali, and ran into some other friends who happened to find themselves without their little kids that night.

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Evening #2 -- in a row! C'viche with Jesse & Angie, then to watch Goran play.

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Tennis season started. C and his friend played #1 doubles -- and got creamed. Needless to say, they are moved down to #2 next week. Ha!

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This one has decided she's petrified of thunderstorms. It's so weird! She ended up sleeping in our bed that night. She usually doesn't even come upstairs! She's something.

21 April 2019

Easter

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Such a full, fun Easter. It started with the boys waking up to an Easter egg hunt. Yeah, it's not the same, but it's still fun. Early in the afternoon, we swung by Scott & Ali's for a few minutes on our way to meet Grandma at Lake Park Bistro for brunch ... which was amazing. Seriously, it's so good, and such a great treat for a special day. We also scored with a table overlooking the lake on this gorgeous day. Yay! After stopping home for a few minutes, it was time to head out to Justin & Amy's. It really was a perfect day.