Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bayou Babies

Oh Illinois. I’d like to say I’ve missed you while I’ve been away, but somehow I just can’t quite make myself say the words. I mean who would miss negative wind chills and subzero temps? Not me. Not even a little bit.

I had the joy of spending a week in Monroe, LA with my Sister and my nieces and nephew while enjoying much warmer temps. I made the trek for my Sister’s twins first birthday party…and to help unpack 4,238,345 boxes after their move into their new home. Okay, maybe I exaggerated a little bit on the boxes, but after box 10 it all becomes cardboard oblivion anyway. I fully intended to blog while I was there but it was kind of impossible so I decided to save all the photos and info for this one post.

The drive took 12 hours, but it was all worth it when I saw these little faces..


Now I must bombard you with a plethora of cuteness..


They have an older sister..

and she’s 2..

I think that should probably explain it all but just in case, these are the best pictures I could manage when she wasn’t running around like 2 year olds do..


This might be my favorite though..


Ya know, just chillin in a duck, playing the ipad. All the cool kids do it.


My boys also went with me on this trip and begged and pleaded until we took the drive to Duck Commander..


So we did. …and I bought them duck calls…which I promptly regretted.

We also took a carousel ride at the mall…


The birthday party was a typical 1st birthday party..The babies wrecked a cake and had no idea why all these weirdoes were singing to them…



The Best Cake Destroyer Award goes to Hattie …


You can tell she’s my niece because we eat cake the same way.

My Mother made their beautiful cakes..she amazes me…



The trip wasn’t all about birthdays though.

As I drove through my Sister’s neighborhood a few times, I noticed that people in Louisiana go all out with the Mardi Gras décor. Then I noticed that my Sis had no Mardi Gras décor. This was a direct challenge to my creative nature so soon I was off to Hobby Lobby to correct this horrendous error. I made a wreath for her door so these new Yankee neighbors would fit in a little better..


On the last day we were there, we took a boat ride down the bayou and the boys got the thrill of riding a jet ski..




I was thrilled with the fact that we didn’t see any alligators.

They were thrilled despite the fact that we didn’t see any alligators.

It was a win-win.

Yesterday, I made the 12 hour journey home. It started out 50 degrees at 6 am in Louisiana and by the time I pulled in my drive way, the outdoor temp in my car said 4 degrees. I contemplated sitting my car and not getting out, but the need for my own bed won out and I ran screaming “Why?!?! Why?!?!” from the car to the house. I’m sure my neighbors all think I am in need of medication now. 

So that was the quick run down of my first trip to Louisiana. I’m going through baby withdrawal today, but I am actually happy to be home despite this ridiculous weather.

Happy Tuesday.




  1. I love everything about this post, from the happy babies to the handsome boys to that amazing wreath :) Glad you had a good trip. Sorry you came home to 4 degrees. That's about what it's been here lately and all I can think about is spring and feet that aren't freezing.

  2. The cakes! I forgot the cakes. Beautiful!

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    2. Thanks Anne! Those babies take the cake. ;) (pun totally intended)