Thursday, March 26, 2009

Vacation: New Orleans

Hello all! We're back from vacation and what a fabulous time we had! For an entire week, I completely escaped the daily trials of work, college and infertility. Let me tell you, it was nice to fully live again.

Here's a photo blast of our family in New Orleans for my niece's wedding. (Dear family, if you want any of these photos, click on photo to enlarge and then right-click, save as)

Day 1:
We arrived in New Orleans on St. Patrick's day. It's celebrated similarly to Mardi Gras. Our family walked around Bourbon St., watched the parade and dodged beaded necklaces flinging through the streets.

Me and tall dude

My sister-in-law Sheree and niece Rachel (the bride)

My niece Lyndsay. We share the same birthday and are exactly 10 years apart. She's the older one! Just kidding, I'm older...

My mother-in-law (sweetest person alive)

Sporting our Paddy-Bling

Kerry and his pub

Day 2:
The day before Rachel's wedding.

Getting a pedicure with my 2 favorite nieces. This was wonderful!!! Well except for when they sanded the bottom of my feet, OMG, ticklish! I think the entire building could hear me laughing.

Heading to the rehearsal. This is a rare moment as I'm totally NOT a dress type of girl. Kerry had taken me shopping, played dress-up with me and I agreed on this one.

The wedding location. You may recognize this if you've seen the move "Ray" as many of the scenes were filmed here.

I'm going to be fruitful! New Orleans has a traditional cake called King cake. There's a plastic baby Jesus hidden in the cake and whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby in it, supposedly will have a fruitful year. My niece made sure I got that piece (thanks Lyndsay!). God knows I need a fruitful year before I go insane, and apparently from this photo, a new hair do, yikes!

Baby Jesus surfing

Day 3:
Rachel's wedding.

The bride

The matron of honor

Kerry and his 16 yr old son Austin (my stepson)

My very funny dh

He managed to get me in another dress, but I snuck some pants on underneath. Hey, maybe he won't notice.

Kerry and Austin

Me and the boys. Yes, I'm really that butt white, I glow in the dark.

My sweet grandmother (well she's really Kerry's grandmother, but I claim her as my own, love her to pieces!)

The newlyweds... Congratulations Rachel and Joe Cool

The rest of the evening was spent dancing the night away. A good time indeed.

The vacation doesn't end here as we spent the next 4 nights in California, but I will save that for the next post.

12 comments:

  1. You guys looks like you had SO much fun....you needed it!!!

    WOW...what a beautiful bride!!!

    I'm proud of you for the dresses!!!

    love ya!

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  2. We had a great time too, and I really enjoyed the time we got to spend together. I'm glad you and Kerry had a great time in CA too. I was wandering how baby Jesus was doing.... Hey, where's the video of us dancing the jig during the st. patty's parade? :) Love you! and I thought your hair looked great!

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  3. Looks like you guys had a great time! You have a beautiful family!

    How sweet that your niece made sure you got Baby Jesus in your piece of cake! You do deserve a "fruitful year"!

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  4. You guys always look so great together and you looked like you were having fun...even if you were all dressed up in a, well, a dress!!

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  5. You guys are just too cute!

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  6. What a beautiful family! It looks like you guys had a great time. And, I really liked the dress choices, you look pretty! Also - you made me laugh because you complained about your hair in the pics...I do that. Lately hate to have pictures taken b/c I need a haircut and color and have no idea how to make it better!!! I pretend that it is fine until I see evidence in the form of a picture.

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  7. Looks like you guys had a great time! It actually made me feel like I could/should enjoy my life a little more.
    You family is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  8. Cute pics! It looks like you had tons of fun. I always complain about my hair in pictures too. I have naturally curly dark brown hair and either I have way too much volume or it is super flat to my head- no in-between! Cam't wait to see CA pics!!

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  9. You 2 are so darn cute and I especially love the shot where you are standing on something to be taller than Kerry. (-;

    The baby Jesus idea is great and I love that your niece made sure you got that piece.

    So glad you had fun and look forward to seeing what you did in CA. I thought of you on Monday when the weather was a bit better and hoped you were able to enjoy the outdoors a bit!

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  10. It looks like you had an awesome vaction, and I'm glad that you had a break from IF.
    Thanks for all of your advice regarding the OHSS,ER,FET etc. I appreciate your support. Caroline

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  11. Great pictures. I really enjoyed everyone being together, and I do believe we all had a GREAT time.
    Congrats on your anniversary. You are a special couple and you are loved very much.
    Be fruitful.
    Love you,
    Jean and Crew

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  12. Wow-looks like you guys had so much fun!!!! Loved the pics! Isn't New Orleans great??!!

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Thank you for your comment! Hugs, Kerry and Jill