Monday, July 17, 2017

Fourth of July

We spent the afternoon of the 4th at Nola and Nopsi’s house for their annual party. We were in the pool most of the time, so I didn’t take many pictures. But I managed to capture the four cousins in their red, white, and blue, as well as some of our family and one of Dana and me twinning out, completely unexpectedly. It was a good day!

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We stayed pretty late, and the kids ended up having an impromptu dance party in the living room before we finally called it a night.

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Although I did make them all stand on the front porch before we left to get a few patriotic group pics. They’re pretty used to my picture requests by now.

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Rory had been asking to see fireworks for a couple of days, so we went home, bathed the boys super fast, got them into their PJs, loaded them into the wagon, and walked up to the levee to watch the Treasure Chest fireworks show before bed.

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‘Merica, y’all.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Weekend Before the Fourth

Kenny’s boss Lee had an early 4th of July party at the new house he’s building on the Westbank. The house is plantation-style, raised, and overlooks the river. We stopped by late on the afternoon on July 1 and spent a few hours there. The boys were so excited to see the huge waterslide set up in the front yard, and Kenny and I got to climb all the way up to the widow’s walk on the very top of the house to check out the amazing views.

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The next day we hung at home and set up the bouncy house, kiddie pool, and old-school sprinkler in the backyard. Riley and Rory had an absolute blast playing all morning long. Oh, and I even found a doodlebug crawling around on our back porch! I haven’t seen those guys in years, but I remember finding them all the time when I was little.

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The boys ended up creating quite the mud puddle near the kiddie pool and got covered from head to toe.

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I told Nola and Nopsi that we would just come throw them in the pool before Sunday dinner to clean them off, but they said no. So a boring bath it was before we joined everyone at their house for another great dinner.

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Fourth of July recap up next. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Clash of the Cooks

We recently learned that one of our friends from college, Jeremy, was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He is married to a wonderful woman, Johanna, and together they have three daughters. He’s also a high school principal in Baton Rouge.

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And he’s our age.

A group of Jeremy’s close friends rallied around him and, in just 4 months, organized an inaugural fundraiser event benefiting him and his family. They plan to make it an annual thing, choosing a different local family to support each year. They called it Clash of the Cooks, and it took place in a parking lot on LSU’s campus on June 24.

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This year the food battle was jambalaya. Kenny and I took the boys with us and spent the day in BR. It was so nice to hang with some friends we hadn’t seen in a long time. We know many of these people from tailgating at LSU but don’t see them often. So it was wonderful for all of us to be in the same place again, and for a great cause.

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The boys were total troopers all day long. It was hot out, they didn’t know anyone else, and they were tired. But they powered through, and Riley even tried a number of the jambalaya offerings from the 20+ teams.

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Our friend Pat’s team ended up winning judge’s choice, and a 9-year-old chef named William won people’s choice. “Make Pastalaya Great Again” won best team name. It was an awesome event, and we were so glad we could be there to show our support for Jeremy.

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The weather turned menacing right as the event ended, but Kenny and I decided we had to make one quick stop before heading home. We had to show the boys Tiger Stadium!

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Much love and support and prayers to Jeremy and his family.

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