SEPARATE WAYS

We all kind of went our separate ways this past week.  

Denise:

Tessa was in the New Orleans area on her first college mission trip.  Kelly taught art classes at a local church camp and then finished up the week with the big end-of-season swim meet with the kiddos.  My husband and I were at the Little Cabin on the Trail doing some cleaning, painting, and carpentry in preparation for a shindig that Tessa is throwing there next weekend.

THE CAMPER GOT HER BI-ANNUAL SCRUBBING

The weather was perfect, and we both were able to relax a bit.  We are never really alone at the cabin, because even when we don't bring the grandkids with us, we still seem to end up with our buddy, Elijah.  Elijah lives with his grandmother across the trail from us and is the self-appointed Creeper Trail police.  He's a hoot.  Of course, he showed up just in time for lunch--which is pretty normal--and then decided to go on a walk with us.

I like when he comes with us because I taught him how to treasure hunt, and I get such a kick out of his enthusiasm for it.  He spends most days by himself, so anytime we can include him in what we are doing, we do. It definitely was a great day for finding creek glass and pottery pieces and just wading in the water.



Tessa:

I spent the last week in Thibodaux, Louisiana on my first COLLEGE mission trip.  I had a grand time seeing one of my favorite families again, going on numerous Walmart runs, and laughing too much over silly things.  Before heading home, we spent the day in the one and only New Orleans. I love almost (note: epic humidity) everything about that place (hello, good food) and culture. 

Nathan & Holly

Nathan & Holly

In front of the cathedral.

In front of the cathedral.

After lunch we came across these guys jamming in front of the cathedral.  I've never had so much fun with street musicians. 

This kid wasn't more than 12, but he was absolutely killing it.  

This kid wasn't more than 12, but he was absolutely killing it.  

I was having so much fun I couldn't resist jumping out there and tapping along!  Talk about making a memory!  Watch the video on my Instagram

Rocking those Tevas

Rocking those Tevas

collecting tips

collecting tips

artwork is everywhere in New Orleans

artwork is everywhere in New Orleans

After exploring the open-air market, we went to Cafe Du Monde.  It is literally one of my favorite places ever.  I mean, how can it not be with that much powdered sugar involved?

Olivia teaching Joe how to properly "eat" beignets 

Olivia teaching Joe how to properly "eat" beignets 

1, 2, 3----

1, 2, 3----

GO!

GO!

Olivia

Olivia

These ladies joined us in singing Happy Birthday to Emily, adding a bit of soul to our otherwise southern sounding tune. 

I think we enjoyed their singing, don't you?

I think we enjoyed their singing, don't you?

So, if you ever get the chance to explore New Orleans with your friends, DO IT.  Also, go to the French Quarter and shop in the the market and talk to people. You can thank me later!