The Big Easy

Saturday, May 18, 2019

I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned it here before, but my dad lived many years in Louisiana and my younger half-brother still lives there. So, we scheduled a 'Surprise Jesse' trip to New Orleans and we truly did surprise him. I haven't asked his permission to share his image here, so I am only sharing photos of me, Dylan, and my dad. I also don't have my dad's permission but he has no idea how to navigate the internet so it is unlikely he will ever find this blog. Ha! 

I shared on Instagram that we were there when the full moon was in Scorpio, which affected me emotionally, and so I felt a little overwhelmed during the trip. I felt quite overwhelmed the last time we were in New Orleans too though, come to think about it. Maybe I have some past-life business with the Crescent City?

I did eat beignets, but I did not eat them in that store.

Dylan did try some alligator and he did regret it.

Of course we visited the VooDoo shops, including Marie LaVeau's.

This is a drink everyone is supposed to try if they want to get "bourbon-faced down on Shit Street",  but it honestly was so watered down that I didn't even begin to catch a little buzzy-buzz off of it. Pretty sure it was just a Capri-Sun with maybe a cap-full of rum.

This kid.

We took all four of the streetcar lines to take in some of the nightlife around the city and it did not disappoint. You can't beat New Orleans for people-watching.

Dad showing Dylan how to do crawfish right after we were given some from a street vendor who was blasting 'Summertime' by Will Smith and dancing on the corner.

 Because of some issues surrounding our family dynamics, I am a little on edge when I am in Louisiana, but there were great moments I am glad I could share with Dylan while we were there. I'm not sure I need to go back to New Orleans because I much prefer Savannah, but you never know.

The best part of coming home... The girls really loved their souvenirs!!

African Violet

Monday, May 13, 2019

These are the most blooms I have seen on my little violet. I love her. Isn't she lovely?

She Gets It From Her Mama

Sunday, May 12, 2019

I'm afraid the crazy gene was dominant from both me and Berg. Wish us luck...

A Day In The Life

Thursday, May 09, 2019 really can't take me anywhere.


Tuesday, May 07, 2019

...the magic baboon. He's got a little hat and guitar already but I don't have the pic yet. I love him so much already. I want to know his story, but so far he ain't talkin.

Kinetic Sand

Monday, May 06, 2019

The lighting is bad but can you see the giant goose-egg on Kindred's head? I am not exaggerating when I say that a tablespoon's worth of kinetic sand has rendered 3 rooms in my house almost impassible. The stuff hits the floor and becomes like ice, it is sooo slick. I had already swept and even mopped because I kept slipping every time I came through my kitchen (which was the original site, but it soon spread to my bedroom & living room) but Kindred still slipped and hit her head on the floor. Violently. A large goose-egg popped up almost immediately. I have blacklisted kinetic sand because this isn't the first time this has happened and, frankly, I think the stuff is dangerous when playtime is over. If your child is ever gifted the stuff...heed my warning!!


Sunday, May 05, 2019

I remind him to take care of himself and maybe not do reckless stuff.
He reminds me to enjoy my life and not stay wound so tight.

We are both a work in progress.

The Virgo & the Sagittarius, with more beliefs & magic in common than either of us ever knew.

He cracks me up and tells me to be brave.

In this time of rampant toxic masculinity, he sets an excellent example for Kindred & Dylan. He is supportive of women and is a gentle soul. I never have to worry about hearing something racist or misogynistic or homophobic come from him. He believes in teaching the children well and he does that by example. His views on religion and politics are surprising for someone who drives a Harley and loves Lynyrd Skynyrd.

He will never send me a normal text message, but deciphering them is half the fun.

I'm so grateful that he's my dad.

BFFs 4-Ever

Friday, May 03, 2019

It is sooooooooooo good to have my adventuring partner back. I missed her so much last year. We are thrifting, doing nature trails, and just hanging out at home. It makes me soooooooooo happy.

And, it is such a blessing...truly a see Kindred and Naiya forge their own friendship and grow closer this year.

The Car Wash

Thursday, May 02, 2019

She loves it. I don't know why I'd ever spend the money on Disney World when the car wash down the street makes her this happy.

Mama Drama

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Do we ever stop gripping the dashboard and pumping the imaginary brakes, mamas?