Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Gotta love a place that fries a vegetable...

Sorry guys, but it looks like we're in for another big catch up post...

First off, the critters and I just got back from lovely, warm, humid Alabama where we were visiting my sister in Mobile. I gotta say, I just love the South. How can one not love a place where every third person says something like, "Bless your heart, honey," have deep fried foods as a staple in their diet, and have a Lynyrd Skynyrd song written about them? If Spencer found a job in the deeper South, I'd move there in a second (yes, it's even worth the summer heat). At least I still have a little bit of the culture here in Oklahoma with our fried okra (gotta love a place that fries a vegetable), hand over heart exclamations, and biscuits and gravy.

My cute sister Liberty and Scarlett

Little Miss Ella, all ready for bed

Gunnison checking out Scarlett (she loved all the attention she got from Lib's beasties)

Georgia showing off her big girl panties
(no, she's not completely potty trained, but she's on her way and verrry excited about it)

MiMi and Josiah showing off his composition he wrote for Grandparent's Day
Jos even got to recite it in front of the entire school!

This would be the one and only picture I got of Gavin the entire trip
(he's a hard one to catch)

Our King Cake

My brother in law, Kit, was a doll and bought us a King Cake when our Mardi Gras parade got rained out. It really was more appetizing than it looks. I promise.

Georgia enjoying her own little slice
(I've got to take a moment to brag-don't ya just love what the humidity does to her naturally curly hair)

New Orleans

The Saint Louis Cathedral, oldest continuously operating cathedral in the United States

MiMi, Georgia, and Jos waitin' out the rain

All of us in front of a 'gator statue in New Orleans
I love how a woman (my mom) so obviously took this photo. If it was a guy the entire alligator would be in the picture but we'd all look like ants. Since it's a woman taking it, you can see all the people clearly, but the focal point-the statue-has it's head cut off.

Ezra, Auntie Libby, Gunner, and Georgia digging into their beignets

Overall, we had an absolutely fabulous time with Liberty and her brood (and of course her hubby too!). I wish we could get out there more often, but I'll take what I can get and be oh-so-grateful for it!

Georgia's new favorite food is yogurt. To most moms, that'd be no big deal, but to me, that's huge. Ginormous. Paramount. Georgia passed both her soy and dairy challenges and she can now officially eat basically anything (well, except for nuts. We're still waiting on those). I can't even begin to tell you how exciting that is. I've never known what it's like to give my child ice cream at a party, a spoonful of my cream-based soup, or any random piece of candy the nice old lady next door gives her. It's seriously one of the biggest milestones in her short little life.

I snapped this picture the other day and I believe there's only one word for it...


If you still have the time, here's a quick video of us eating beignets and dancing to the music at the famous Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. Have a fabulous day!


Triana said...

Can I just say how incredibly jealous I am that you got to go to Cafe du Monde!?!??!?!?!!?!?!??!?!

Seriously. I've had this thing for beignets for the LONGEST time and my in-laws went about a year ago and ordered me a bunch of mix.... I LOVE them for it!!! But still, to be able to eat the real thing at the real place!?!?! Oh man!!

P.S. Your kids are Gorgeous!!!! Looks like you had oodles of fun!!!

Jason and Melanie Morales Family said...

What a fun trip! Your family is so beautiful- and I love the array of baby carriers between you and the other moms- do you have a particular kind you recommend? I'm guessing I'm going to need all the free hands I can get once baby no. 2 gets here!

Kika+Trevor said...

Your babies are so super cute! And you are travelling up and down! Is it difficult with a young baby? We have a family reunion in June and I am freaking out already... hopefully it will be ok :)

we miss you here, woman, but at least I love to be in touch with you through your blog and love to see what you're up to :)

The Jones Family said...

I want a vacation!!! It looks like you guys had a wonderful time and I'm so jealous!

And what hot mamma's you all are!!! So trendy and sassy - I love it :)

And the kids - too cute!!!

Alabama Apples said...

I love it! I love how you portray things...I do love it here, too! I must say i don't love the photos of me, but I also must add I really don't know when I ever do. Hmmm...little diva is darling as ever and I miss you all like crazy. I'm just holding out until April when I can give everyone loves in person again. Give my little nephew special hugs from Auntie Lib-I miss my little tag-a-long son. :)I love you!!!

coty said...

How fun! I love reading all about your visits to the south...it's sounds so enchanting! i picture hot summers, giant sunhats and lots of countrytime lemonade...mmm-mm.
And all of you look so cute in that pic...sooo cute!

Steph said...

Ahhh, your post was like a breath of fresh air. It ALWAYS makes me laugh-out-loud. I love it.
You made our trip sound...well, just as fun as it was. It is so much fun to get together. I wish that we could do it more often. Sigh.
Yep, you do have a major diva on your hands and I couldn't love her any more than I already do. She's priceless.

sharon said...

HOORAY FOR GEORGIA FOR WEARING BIG GIRL PANTIES!!!!! That's a big step in a little girls life. good luck in the potty training whit. Girls are so much easier than boys. I loved Alabama when we lived there in the early 70's. We would go to panama city beach all of the time. fun times, good memories.

The DeVito's said...

I always love your posts! I love the South too! I had a great time, the short time I lived there. New Orleans is a one of a kind place!

Chrissy said...

ooh if you move to the South you can see Fireflies!

Cute family! I hope it was a warm trip. Probably heaps warmer than Utah.

T-Mac said...

Very cute pics, Whitney and little Scarlett is so big. When you guys coming out next?

The Wright's said...

How fun! Congrats on the yogurt. I bet that feel liberating!

Those kids are so dang cute.