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..

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

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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..

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This might be my favorite though..

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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..

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

We also took a carousel ride at the mall…

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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…

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The Best Cake Destroyer Award goes to Hattie …

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

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

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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..

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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..

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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.

Love,

Val

4 comments:

  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.

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

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

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