Friday, September 7, 2018

a 2nd birthday for Lilah.

Hi friends! This is going to be a post made by not just Renee ... but AUNT Nae. Because that's my favorite title.

First and foremost: I can't get over these pictures from Lilah's FIRST birthday. (my heart...)

Inevitably though, time passes and there is nothing we can do. Which is why a few weekends ago the family got together to celebrate Ms. Lilah's second birthday. TWO guys, TWO!

Well, let's get to it. I present to you... THE BEAUTIFUL BIRTHDAY GIRL!

It's not a birthday party without some water balloons! 

She L-O-V-E-D her little car but refused to drive it! I wish I could get away with having someone gladly drive me everywhere... Taking after her aunt for sure! 

And of course, I can't forget about the patient little brother who had no problem letting the princess have her day! I can't believe how chill this guy is. He's content and happy ALL. THE. TIME. Plus, I mean, just look at those big blue eyes. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

the good life in louisiana.

I recently went to Louisiana for a few reasons: 

  • Family
  • Food
  • Easy living (aka - vacation)

There is no such thing as too much family or too much easy living BUT, this trip might have proved that there is such a thing has too much food. Regardless, I'd do it again tomorrow! Cajun food is non-regrettable.

Because I am essentially doing a photo dump here, I'll refrain from using too many words... Enjoy the mass amount photos. 

We flew into New Orleans on a Friday afternoon with Spirit Airlines. Cade and I have flown Spirit once before but I am officially a fan now. The staff is overly friendly (and hilarious!) and the service is unmatched, in my opinion.

I arranged for Cade and I to stay at The Saint hotel (Autograph Collection)  and for Kris, Sam and Bradley to stay at Royal St. Charles. Both hotels were in a good area of town and in proximity to some great places! Not only that, but our hotel was dead silent all night long. Since it is New Orleans and all, I was a little worried that we wouldn't have a good nights' sleep. I was SO wrong!

They also had larger than life mirrors that begged to be photographed! 

Our first stop was at The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel. I had the Gin Fiz (pictured immediately below) and Cade had the... Sazerac, of course! Someone had to.

It took us way longer than I want to admit to remember that we can legally carry alcohol on the streets. But we did our best to make up for lost time by grabbing a drink whilst being tourists! Pictured here is my handsome as heck husband drinking a beer, in a lively city, while enjoying the start of our vacation. Does it get any better?

...and naturally I had to try the famous daiquiris! 

If you've been to New Orleans then I'll assume you've been to Cafe Du Monde. If you haven't been to the city, but want to go then add this place to your list! If you have been to New Orleans... and you haven't been to Cafe Du Monde then go back up to that Spirit link - buy the first ticket that you can, and get yourself here! The five of us each had a frozen cafe au lait and split three orders of Beignets! Best breakfast you'll have in the south!

I know this doesn't look very appetizing, but hear me out. They are canned figs and they are incredible! For dinner one night we had figs over hot cornbread covered in milk. It's so good! This is definitely one of those things that you can't knock until you've tried it... and even then I don't think you'd knock it! 

A trip back home wouldn't be complete with a meal at Little Big Cup. They have a brunch buffet that would win best brunch in the galaxy if there were such an award! 

My dad and mawmaw!

My dad and I!

I don't think anyone lives in this house, but it looked eerie and neat... so I snapped a quick photo! 

A birthday celebration for the mawmaw!

Naturally I got her a very (non) serious card! It's a children's card that I "edited" into an adult version! It went better than I ever thought it would - we laughed, we cried, and we ran out of breath. If you're ever stuck in a rut when buying cards; remember that you can always make your own! 

Oh, I bought her duck tape for her gift in an effort to keep my dad from acting up around here when I'm not around! Hopefully she'll put it to good use (LOL!)

One of the better meals we had while in Louisiana was enjoyed at Bon Temps.

Frog Legs! 


SAMANTRA! (my baby sister and the sweetest, kindest soul.)

Kris!! Talk about a motivated individual. She is essentially managing a growing business ALL.BY.HERSELF. Should I repeat that? All by herself. You can read up on what she's doing here.

The trip was fun, the family time wasn't enough (obviously) and the food was amazing... but coming home to our little dude was good for our hearts. We missed Frankie and if his excitement told us anything then it shouted that he missed us too. Traveling is always fun, but we love coming home to him!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

camping in mohican.

A few insane things happened this particular weekend... One is that I camped in that ^^ orange and gray tent with NO power, NO cell phone reception and most importantly NO white noise machine to put me into a sound and peaceful sleep each night. Also, by the time I got home after a couple days of being here, I think I was running on less than 8 hours of sleep for the entire weekend. Everything smelled bad (including myself) and it was an honest struggle to figure out what was going to come first - a nap or shower. 

I say all of that to tell you that it was the best weekend of my summer so far and I would go back and do it all over again in a heart beat! 

Here's another crazy thing - I camped with 9 of my very best friends. There were a lot of laughs, embarrassing stories, teamwork during breakfast AND campfire shenanigans. It was a pretty gray and rainy weekend so I couldn't have my camera out as much as I would've liked to so please accept the combination of Canon DSLR pictures as well as some iPhone ones. It's not so much the quality of the photos as much as it's the quality of the great time we had!

First thing first, coffee. (and maybe even coffee with a little something else!)

We miraculously left the fire going for the entirety of our weekend! Even rain couldn't put out our flame.

WARNING: Breakfast photos may cause you to be very hungry for a big, greasy and overly fulfilling breakfast.

During the day we tubed ... five miles, I think? Anyway, probably not the best day for tubing considering the mass thunderstorms (lots of lightning!!) but we made the best of it! At one point the storm was so bad that we had no choice other than to hide out under a tree... in the water... while it was lightning! I'm pleased to tell you that it was one of the better parts of my trip though. So much fun!

Then the day time campfire hangs lead to the nighttime campfire hangs...

My view in the tent each morning...

My views outside of the tent each morning...

I know I joked up there about what I didn't think I could live without while camping but truly, camping is a great memory from my childhood. Getting to be apart of this weekend was nostalgia on so many levels and to do it with great friends was amazing! Next year can't come soon enough but it won't stop me from asking if we can do it again every weekend until then.

The whole gang!