Tropical Tuesday :: Paddleboarding Adventure

A Good Friday

D Blowing in the Wind Danica at the Park Enjoying the Hammock  Hanging at the Park Nell Enjoying a Beach Da Nell in from Boogie Boarding Obnoxious Danica Rainbow around the sun Steve at the Park Trey Acting Stupid Trey Coming in From Surfing Trey fighting the Wind Trey in the Ocean Trey Up in a TreeHammock Time
It was a good Friday.  Happy Good Friday to each of you.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Tropical Tuesday :: Family Fun

Nature Bridge WalkTrey Chasing the Birds Girl Hug Family Beach Talk Crazy Nell Chaser Crazy Kids Beacjy D Beach Selfie Beach Chasing
1 :: Nature/beach walk
2 :: Chasing the birds. Was told he’d get $50 if he caught one. Yea, that didn’t happen.
3 :: Mom/daughter beach hugs
4 :: Family bonding time at the beach
5 :: This crazy mom chasing her kids
6 :: My son is not having any of it
7 :: Beach beauty
8 :: Obligatory beach selfie
9 :: A game of beach chase

Road Trip :: Mississippi

Nell on a Tree Stump Steve on the Back Step at Grannys Driveway to Grannys Feet in the Sidewalk at Grannys 800 Flowers at Grannys Gramps Shed House I Grew Up in Kids at Grannys Outside Nell and GrannySteve Running in Circles Danica on a Tree Stump Laughing Goodbyes are hard
Traveling to Mississippi is truly going home for me. We live in such a transient world today so not many people get the privilege of going back “home” to the house they grew up in.

I was blessed enough to live in the same place for the first 18 years of my life surrounded by tons of family. My grandparents bought a bunch of land shortly after I was born and distributed it amongst their kids. When they poured the foundation of their house, they stamped my tiny one and a half year old footprints in it.

Even though things are different now (especially after Katrina), when I close my eyes, I can envision the year 1984 when my grandfather was alive and working in his shed making crab traps. I can see myself running to my grandparents house to get candy and eat my granny’s good Cajun cooking. All of my childhood memories are wrapped up in this one place.

My grandfather has long passed, my parents, brother and I have moved away, my uncle sold his house, but my grandmother remains. She’s still spunky in spirit but not in body. She’s 80 now and her body is failing her more and more everyday. She misses us terribly and we miss her too. The family compound will never be active like it once was and she is the last piece holding it together.

I’m so glad I chose to spend part of our family vacation with her. I just don’t know how many more visits we’ll get to have. Family is precious and time waits for no one. Enjoy the family you have around you now because before you know it, time will have slipped right by and you’ll be walking around an empty family compound. The one life lesson I remember my grandmother teaching me as a child was that time flies by and the older you get, the faster it goes. I didn’t understand it at the time but it stuck with me. Now I truly get it. I’m trying my best to hang on every moment, enjoy everyday to the fullest and love those around me like crazy.

Road Trip :: New Orleans

Bourbon Street Boys in Bath Robs Central Grocery Muffalata Central Grocery Sign French Market Kids at St. Louis Cathedral Nell in NO St. Louis Cathedral Swamp Bridge Swamp House Swamp PiIMG_7002
New Orleans is truly a city like no other. The culture and heritage runs deep as does the alcohol. Much of my family is from an area just south of New Orleans so this city is near and dear to my heart. I grew up an hour from New Orleans and for me being in the city is just second nature. My kids had never really spent any time there so our goal was to show them what New Orleans was like and, of course, to eat a ton of amazing food. We did just that. We toured the city, ate at all our favorite hot spots (and a few new ones), did a ghost tour and a swamp tour. The French style hotel (as most are) was beautiful and unique with a rooftop pool overlooking the city and a late night PB&J snack hour.

The kids had a blast and so did we even though my husband fractured his knee attempting to be 14 instead of 40.

Road Trip :: Destin, FL

Trey walking on Destin BeacTrey Picking up D Handleys on Destin Beach Foggy Harbor Danica walking on Destin Beach Danica Crazy Face
After driving for nearly 10 hours, you simply just want to take a break. We decided to stop in Destin, FL and do just that. I chose Destin because it has a very special place in my heart. I spent every family vacation as a child there and even some after I got married as well. There are so many memories wrapped up in this place and I’m glad that my kids got to experience it too.

 

 

The Joy of Cooking

Joy of Cooking

Let’s face it, meal time is the heart of every family. The kitchen is the heart of every home. You’re never more relaxed or at peace as when you’re sitting down to a delicious meal with family or friends. Your guard is down and you can freely discuss the happenings of your day, details of your life, or simply laugh about that crazy thing you did on vacation last month. I come from a family that does not eat to live. They live to eat! So naturally, meal time is important to me and therefore is an important part of my home life.

The Joy of Cooking cookbook is the pioneer of all cookbooks and is the go-to reference guide when cooking most any meal. I have wanted to buy this cookbook for years but always forget what version to order. There are many amazing cooks in my family; most are Cajun French by heritage. Once again, the Joy of Cooking cookbook resurfaced during our meal preparation discussions when recently visiting my uncle who has worked in the restaurant industry for over 30 years. As soon as I had the version in front of me, I ordered it. Not only can I not wait to see what tasty meals come from this treasure, I cannot wait to see what great conversations happen while cooking and eating them.

Tropical Tuesday :: Kinfolk

Kinfolk Saturdays: Swimming in Wild Waters from Kinfolk (kinfolk.com) on Vimeo.

I LOVE the Kinfolk Saturdays video series. They are incredibly peaceful…sigh. I could watch them over and over again. This one is particularly spectacular. It makes me want to swim in the ocean; weightless and carefree. Enjoy!

March

A photo of my children every month :: March

Dee March

Trey March

Dee {17 years old}:
Vacation is a time for happiness and silliness. She loved running through the soft sand on the Destin, FL beach.

Trey {13 years and 10 months}:
This kid will do anything to avoid me taking pictures of him. Luckily, him trying to avoid a picture turned out to be the best picture taken of him on the entire trip.