Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Road Trip to the Bayou State

We took a road trip to Louisiana to spend a long holiday weekend with our families. Nicholas and Rachel travelled well but the trip was long and tiring and it took a toll on us all. We had considered stopping over in Shreveport for the night but decided to keep on truckin'. So we arrived in Baton Rouge around 3:00 am on Saturday morning.

It's neat that our children have both sets of grandparents in the same area so they get to see everyone when we visit but it gets a little hectic trying to spend equal time with both sides of the family. Here are some highlights from the trip.

Visiting with Grandmama...





Meeting Uncle Steve's new puppy, Brody...



Playing on the playground's at Uncle Steve's job...



Nicholas and his cousin had a great time playing together. They only see each other for a few days twice a year but they seem just as close as best friends.





"Hurry! Hurry! I need money for the ice cream truck!" We were all frantically passing around money that we probably inadvertently ended up giving the lady a total of $10 for 2 ice cream treats. Oh well!







Hanging out at Granddad's office...



Playing with Tigger...



Nicholas giggled like crazy as he and Granddad made up a game of shoving "mail" back and forth through the mail slot at the office...



It was neat to see Rachel playing with the statue of Justice at Dad's office. I have a silly memory of playing with this statue too when I was little. She had two scales that probably aren't supposed to be removed but were (she now only has one scale and it keeps falling off!). She also has a sword that if you twist it just right and use a certain amount of force, you can remove it and play with it. Quirky I know but I liked playing with her.



Rachel had fun playing with Grandfather Chance.





Rachel even played on THE slide that Nicholas and Jessica have grown up with and still love to this day, even though they have both outgrown it.



Rachel and Uncle Steve, Stuart's brother...



Rachel was smiley and playful for most of the trip, except for a few times when she got grumpy from lack of sleep.



Of course, Rachel wasn't the only one suffering from a lack of sleep. Nicholas fell asleep in the car on the way to dinner one day.



Stuart carried Nicholas into the restaurant and he continued to sleep on Stuart's shoulder for quite a while. He finally woke up and we all had a good time at dinner. Rachel loved playing with Grandad.



Both Nicholas and Rachel spent lots of time playing with Grandmother. Nicholas especially got lots of "Grandmother time" in the mornings while Stuart and I were getting ready for the day. (Thank you, Grandmother!)







We enjoyed all the Cajun food we could stuff in our bellies - crab, hushpuppies, crawfish etoufee, fried crawfish, fried shrimp, grilled fish, boudin, and of course, boiled crawfish with potatoes and corn. Classic!

1 comment:

  1. I think boudin is one of my favorite foods on earth!!! mmmmm!

    And didn't you post a story about Nicholas playing with the statue at the office when he was a baby? How neat!

    Sounds like you guys had a great trip...and glad the kids traveled like troopers!

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