Saturday, August 30, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Kit was able to take Saturday off, so we grabbed some breakfast then headed off to take a tour. We walked through the French Quarter and learned some cool things I wouldn't have known without a tour...how to recognize Creole cottages, slave quarters and of course the beautiful french work. We then headed for a cemetery and learned about entombing and were able to visit the tomb of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen, and Edward Degas 's grandparent's tomb. We visited one of the beautiful cathedrals and just enjoyed the 2 hour tour, or at least Kit and I did. The boys protested most efficiently. Of course, the latter part of the day was for our boys when we visited the amazing Insectorium. We got caught in a rainstorm between lunch and the Insectorium. Not much fun, but quite the experience. We were soaked even though we huddled under the eaves of the shops while Kit dashed to the car to rescue us-always the hero! We cleaned up at the hotel and headed back out. The Insectorium was so much fun! They had awesome exhibits where the kids could look at, touch and learn about all sorts of bugs. Kit and I even got to taste some. Gavin was all talk about eating some until he saw the bugs, but seriously, the crickets I ate tasted like a spicy crispy piece of bacon. Not too bad...if you don't think about what you're eating. Kit tried a number of dishes, french-fried mill-worms, Cajun crickets, mill-worm marmalade, and a crispy piece of mill-worm quesadilla. I stuck to the crickets, since they didn't look so...crickety. It really was a wonderful experience and I would suggest it to anyone traveling there to visit.
It really was a fun trip-almost a mini-vacation. I can't wait to go again, but maybe next time Kit and I can go alone...we'll have to see!
I know...and I'm sorry for this LONG post. As you can see, though, we had a lot of fun and made great memories! Anyone wanting to come visit us, we'll pop on over there for an experience!
Monday, August 11, 2008
I am so excited for him, because he is so excited. He LOVES learning. From the beginning (just as his blessing proclaimed) he has been filled with a burning curiosity about everything in life. How does this work? How do you spell that? He wants to know everything. Crazy little boy has been writing notes to me on his chalk-board all year long (some are nice such as "I luv yoo mom", or "Im sore"-translated I'm sorry-but many are "yoo r meen"). He is so friendly and loves to make others smile. He chatters and beams. Will he listen? Will he follow the rules and come out on top? I love him, will his teacher love him? I know everything will be just fine, but the questions still bombard.
I want him to keep on growing, but who knew growing pains could be so hard for the Mama? I was one thankful Mama when he clung tightly to my hand down the hall to his classroom-enjoying the fact he needs me and realizing how much I need him, but so happy when meeting his teacher he felt comfortable enough to let go and explore his desk and room. My throat is tight writing this, it could be raging hormones, but my heart feels like it could burst with love, pride and the loss of what was. However, with my eyes to the future I can put aside the pain and I enjoy the growth and development I can see him making with leaps and bounds.
I love you, Josiah. I am proud of who you are and what you will become.
His first school paper, crumpled in the bottom of his new red (his favorite color) backpack, of course
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Anyway...my dad had a conference/class in Florida and was able to drive here, stay a couple of days, then drop my mom and Mack off and head on to his class. We really had a lot of fun. I know I always say that, but it is true! I love spending time with my family and my boys absolutely adore their Uncle Mack. He is a wonderful uncle to them. He spent a lot of his time helping/playing with Josiah in Lego StarWars, wrestling with them and carrying them around. He mowed my yard, fixed up a couple honey-dos around the house and even combated a few ugly bugs for me. He was a fun addition to this visit. He's such a sweetie and I love spending time with him. I know he was a little bummed Kit got called out to New Orleans to aid in the oil spill there so I was glad they had a couple of evenings to go cast-net fishing and play a few video games before Kit had to leave. He left with Mack's new addiction-Kit's Patapon game for the PSP. Poor Mack-he had to make due with playing Lego StarWars and Facebook! Paltry in comparison, I know.
We did the usual: Tanger, my thrift store and etc., but I got a few extra perks out of this visit. My mom, Craft-Queen, vamped a wreath we bought at the thrift store for a couple of bucks and re-covered my two captain's chairs for me. It is fun to have bright reminders of their visit. You will notice both are yellow, a favorite color of mine. Aren't I lucky to have her come?! We also figured out where to hang pictures of my boys (my family will be receiving theirs shortly, I promise) and came up with a couple of decoration ideas for me for the holidays. I feel like we accomplished a lot this visit while still having time to just relax.
My dad made it back safely and was made a believer of GPS systems after borrowing mine to Florida. It was fun to be able to have my dad around just for relaxing for a couple of days. We went to the beach together and he built an awesome sandcastle for my boys. He also shared what he learned at his conference (acupuncture treatment for animals-with pretty cool results) and just relaxed. For any of you who know my dad, you'll understand why this was a fun visit for us. We even decided to be brave and attempt a shrimp boil without my hubby around. My dad and I de-headed them ourselves (I will note here my mom offered to help, too) and after a couple calls to Kit, we made it through the process. They turned out fabulous-not rubbery at all and wonderful for peeling, for those shrimp-knowers!
I am truly blessed to be able to have family come visit as often as they have and now truly spoiled since my little sis and her family are coming to visit for a few days! Seriously, I can't wipe the grin off my face.
I think I'll dance around to ABBA now...