Thursday, April 19, 2012

Nawlins

Nawlins, NOLA, The Big Easy, New Orleans. Whatever you want to call it, that's where the hubby and I spend Saturday through Monday celebrating us! I'm going to bombard you with pictures and hopefully limit the number of words...yeah right, I'm so bad at that!

It all started bright and early Saturday morning. I convinced JP that we needed to be out the door by 6:00am and we did it! We really wanted to be in NOLA by lunch time and with a 6 hour drive ahead of us, the earlier we got on the road the better. After a quick pit stop at Starbucks, we were on our way!

We made great time and arrived at our hotel right around 11:45am. Just enough time to drop our bags and meet up with Tyler and Ashley for lunch at Acme Oyster House. Then we headed out to explore the French Quarter Festival!


1. Acme Oyster House - I didn't have any oysters because I think they taste like boogers, but Ashley did!
2. Fried Crawfish Tail Po-boy with a side of Jambalya
3. First drink in New Orleans...Screw Driver at the FQF from Pat O's
4. Enjoying Day 1 with the hubby!


1. After lunch we headed straight over to the French Quarter Festival for drinks and jazz music! So much fun!
2. We stopped by to explore the St. Louis Cathedral in the square to escape from the sun and wind for a bit. It was absolutely stunning. The first church site was build in 1718 then expanded and rebuilt in 1850!
3. Later we wandered over to Harrah's Casino to try out luck. Ashley and I tested the slot machines while the boys took on Black Jack. No one came out a winner, but we got free drinks for Ashley and I were happy!


After a while, it was time to head to our separate hotels to get ready for our fancy dinners. {Tyler and Ashley were celebrating their 3 year anniversary!} JP and I dined at the Palace Cafe, recommended to me by my boss who lived in NOLA for several years. It was amazing!


1. Ready to celebrate 2 years of marriage!
2. Appetizer: Crab Claw Bordelaise...so yummy!
3. My entree: Grilled Tuna Panzanella with spinach, eggplant and tomatoes!
4. Cheers!


We wrapped up the evening walking along Bourbon Street and hanging out at Howl at the Moon to watch the dueling pianos! Someone paid $50 to have them light the pianos on fire!


1. Day2 started off with breakfast at Cafe Du Monde. It was yummy and I'm glad I had it once, but I don't know if I'll go back. Fried foods don't sit well with me...
2. We went to the National World War II Museum! A definite MUST SEE. I am a history buff and love learning about wars, so this museum was a wonderful pit stop.
3. JP posing by a replica of a crashed WWII Glider (aka Flying Coffin)
4. Found this little guy while walking along the water to get to the museum!


1. The iconic WWII poster!
2. Lunch after the museum at Mother's. My seafood gumbo was delish and JP had the traditional must have from mothers...ham and roast beef po-boy!
3. Hanging out at the FQF again after lunch.
4. We're awesome :)


1. Tyler & Ashley at the original Pat O's!
2. Me being super cool. This was towards the end of the night and JP was embarrassed of me.
3. Drinks at Pat O's
4. Natchez Steamboat
5. Ashley & I Tebowing it on Bourbon Street...no big deal
6. 2 words...hand grenades. Did you know they make skinny one's now?! Yes please.
7. JP during dinner at Desire.
8. The hubs and I at Pat O's!

Have I overwhelmed you yet? I didn't want to leave anything out! We wrapped up our trip with a golf outing on Monday morning! We made it through 14 holes before the rain came...and completely soaked us.


After a quick wardrobe change and filling our bellies, we were on the road again headed to Houston! Such a fun trip that I didn't want to end!


I will leave you with this...it's amazing what God does to captivate us.

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

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