Friday, July 29, 2011

Little Loves

Just a quick little post to share some little loves that are making me happy this weekend:

- Husband and I are both off ALL weekend...and have been since Wednesday. 

- We drove and saw my family yesterday. 

- I got new shoes and new jewelry on the cheap. 

- We ate cinnamon pretzels and cookie dough shakes for snacks yesterday. #atthesametime. 

- Lunch today consists of meeting my best friends at a Cajun restaurant, followed by a trip to the alligator farm.

- I don't work again until Tuesday. : )

Life is good, y' is good. 

Have a great weekend!

Love, love!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Down Da Bayou - part III (and final)

It's the last part of my weekend trip. I'm sure y'all are ready for it to be over. (Except you, Melis!)

Nothing like taking a weekend trip to keep your blog alive for the week. : )

There is an old slave camp called Laurel Valley right next to where we stayed. After turning down a gravel road, we traveled about a mile back between sugar cane fields and eventually came to the slave quarters. 

It was heartbreaking, intriguing, and astonishing all at once. 

Did I mention that we went the night before at midnight?! Talk about your imagination coming alive. I knew that I shouldn't have watched that Criminal Minds episode the night before. 

I'm glad that God was a refuge for these people, even during such a horrible time. 

Makes me realize how much I'm blessed. Thank you, Jesus. 

Thibodaux is filled with sugar cane fields. My friend desperately wanted us to taste the sugar inside one, as she kept telling us stories about remembering how sweet and sugary the cane was when she used to do it. So we took the opportunity to stop and "taste the sugar." I hope this isn't illegal. : )

This one was broken and loose. Promise. 

The problem that we ran in to: the sugar cane wasn't ready was SO bitter. #neverdoingthatagain

To get that bitter taste out of our mouths, we decided to find some good Cajun cooking that night.

We didn't even end up eating here...I just liked the sign. : )

My meal: fried shrimp and boiled potatoes = divine. 

Shan and Melissa's meals: seafood gumbo = scrumptious! I barely caught a picture before they ate it all!

This was hanging outside the restaurant...I thought it was SO typically Cajun and perfect to share. I kinda wonder if some of y'all will even be able to read it. Haha. : ) Let me know. 

We really had the most wonderful trip and it was so nice to spend so much time together since life keeps us so busy these days. I love those girls (and their families/babies) with all of my being. 

As I was driving home, I was feeling so blessed and so grateful for the friendships that I have...and I looked up and saw this. It truly looked like Jesus was shining literally took my breath away. 

The pictures do not do it justice. 

And when I came home, husband had left a sweet surprise for me. : )

The card said: "I can't keep my paws off you." Love that husband of mine. 

Thanks for hanging in there for THREE posts about ONE weekend. Y'all are THE best!!

(part one here, part two here)

Love, love!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Down Da Bayou - part II

Dying to read more about my Cajun girls trip? I figured so. (Catch part one here!)

On Saturday, we woke up super early and after eating more tea ring headed into Baton Rouge to catch the end of the adventure race that my best friend's husband competed in. Let me just say that standing there amid hundreds of sweaty bodies, I have never been more happy that I hate to work out. Is that sad? I think it is, but that's okay...we were definitely the best smelling people there. : )

After the race, we headed to the mall and had a fabulous lunch at Izzo's Illegal Burrito, where you pick and choose the contents of your personal huge burrito. Note: Do not look up the nutrition facts. It's scary. 

It was Shan's choice...and we loved it. #shewins

The carousel in the food court of the mall. 

After some minor shopping, we felt that we had walked off our burrito calories and headed to Yogurtland for an afternoon snack. Yes, it's true...we like to eat more than shop. Yogurt is totally healthy though, so it's okay.

Our next stop was Perkins Rowe, which has TONS of fabulous shops and stores. We would have been in shopping heaven, if we had been able to afford anything. Let's just say we did a LOT of browsing. 

The whole point of this shopping stop was for one reason: to visit Anthropologie for the FIRST time and finally see what all the hype was about. I wasn't buying it. 

So of course the question everyone wants to know...did we love it?! Well, the clothes were classic and trendy, the nick nacks were unique and adorable, and the decorations were breathtaking. All in all, we hated it. Okay, I'm lying. We LOVED it. We oohed and ahhed over every single item, we breathed in the scent of every single candle, and we put our hands on every soft and fluffy fabric in the store. 

I totally get the hype now. #justwishicouldaffordit

Needless to say, we all walked out empty handed. If I ever win the lottery, I'll be back. 

Next up on our trip, a stop by the historic slave houses in Thibodaux. 

Come on back now, ya hear?

Love, love!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Down Da Bayou - part I

This past weekend, I went on a girl's trip down to Thibodaux, LA. 

It's pretty close to as far south as you can go in Louisiana. It was my first time visiting and I was certainly not disappointed! The sugar cane fields, the accents, the spicy food, and the Southern homes were all divine. We stayed at one of my best friend's parents house and literally gained three pounds each from all that we ate. Her parents are impossible to describe without meeting them in person: they are Godly, open and giving, honest and hilarious, loud and energetic, and they love wholeheartedly. It's always a joy to spend time with them.

It felt like we were in college again...driving hours on the road, spilling deep and (not so dark) secrets, laughing until we cried, and coming up with silly inside jokes. It was perfection. 

We got there late Friday evening and toured the entire town, from the high schools to the library, the nursing homes to the fancy neighborhoods. We saw where my friend grew up, where she took dance, where she had a horrible wreck, and where she hung out with her then boyfriend, who is now her husband. It was so neat to see all the things that made her who she is today. And she's pretty amazing. : )

We had Rella (aka Cinderella) and were ready to start the trip!

We absolutely HAD to pose with the tiger that my friend's class donated.

#wewereforced #anditwasraining   Any sympathy?

Best friends. 

This was waiting for us when we arrived...pure heaven. 

Mrs. P was telling us about how she had "perfected" the icing on her dessert...she was SO excited. 

And we were SO excited for her! I promise this is literally a picture of her telling us how she prayed that God would show her how to perfect the icing. It was a riveting story. : ) This may seem weird, but if you knew her, you'd understand!


The perfectly iced tea ring and a peach crisp...which were both ALL gone by the time we left Sunday. 

We played with which Savannah says "eww yuck."

And spun umbrellas.

We sang hymns. 

And rode ponies. 

And we stuffed our bellies until they wanted to pop. 

It was good family centered fun. And like I said before, it was perfect. 

We ventured into Baton Rouge the next day...look for a post about that coming soon!

Love, love!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Friend with a Cupcake

I'm baaaaack!

And about ten pounds heavier from all the food that we ate. 

I'll recap our trip sometime this week...once I am able to get up off the couch. #notalie

Remember my friend Shannon from her guest post last Thursday?? Well, she just got engaged and will be getting married next summer....and she had QUITE the surprise for me when I got into town on Friday!

I knocked on the door and as it opened, I saw:

Sweet Shanny baby holding this cupcake and flag that said, "bridesmaid?"

Isn't that the cutest way to ask someone to be a bridesmaid?! She went all around town asking her friends to be in her wedding. Plus, the cupcakes were nutella and absolutely divine! It was my first time having nutella...shameful, I know. 

I of course said YESSSSSSSSS!!!

And then there was screaming and jumping up and down. : ) 

How was y'alls weekend?!

Love, love!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I Confess #4

I confess that...all of my posts for the last month (at least) have hashtags in them somewhere. I'm addicted.

I confess that...I have only been to the gym once since we joined. Once. That's a shame. And yet, I'm not surprised. : )

(side note: I just tried to find a picture of me working out. Or at least in workout gear. Nothing.)

This was the closest I could find. I'm dancing. That IS a workout. Bam. 

I confess that...sometimes I like when my husband is at work because I can eat as much as I want without him calling me a fatty (jokingly, of course). #iwouldbefatifheworkedallthetime

I confess that...God has really been working in my heart lately and convicting me on several things. I could be a much better Christian than I am. 

I confess that...every now and then I wonder how on Earth my husband is going to be able to put up with me for the next 60 years. He is one patient and forgiving soul. 

I confess that...sometimes I wish I was a style blogger. They always seem so cool. 

My style: sweatshirt and sweatpants. Style blogger fail. 

I confess that...I am literally counting the days until cool weather reappears. I am not made for the heat. 

I confess that...I have been saying that I am going to Wal-Mart for groceries every single day since last Friday. And I still haven't gone. Please don't make me. I hate it. 

Link up with Rissy!

Love, love!