Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Delightful!

The visit with my son and his girlfriend went beyond our expectations. And to think Isaac almost kept them away! We crammed so much into three days that now I am completely exhausted, yet feeling immense satisfaction at all we were able to do. We enjoyed wonderful food, toured the LSU campus, visited my mother's grave, saw most of the family, had a big BBQ, drove to Magnolia, MS to see my dad and his wife, and ended with a trip to the French Quarter. Whew doggies! I was so busy trying to go and do and please my special guests, that photography wasn't high on my list of priorities. I just wanted to ENJOY them. And I am happy to report that I DID!

My loves. At Pat O'Brien's enjoying the right kind of hurricane. :)
Do they look happy or what?
St. Louis Cathedral
As debauchery played out on Bourbon St. I looked down one of the side streets and
couldn't help noticing the huge shadow of Jesus at the rear of the Cathedral.
Right after that I slyly snapped a picture of "Gay-briel the Gay-ngel" who offered $1
to pose for photos. I wonder how many drunk or confused souls look up, see the welcoming
arms of Jesus and freak out?
We ended our night dining in the courtyard of this historical and wonderful place.
We had Chicken Oscar with lump crabmeat, shrimp and grits, BBQ shrimp and a pecan pie that
was out of this world.  If you're ever in New Orleans I'd highly recommend this place.

41 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

you definitely had the right kind of whirlwind weekend and hurricane activity! :) sounds like great fun and lots of family time, too. i'm glad you kept your camera down and your eyes on who was around you. :)

Barbara Shallue said...

That sounds wonderful!! I want to go to New Orleans with you! I also want to see that photo of Gay-briel :)

beth said...

whew.....that was a jam packed weekend and i'm thrilled that it was fabulous for everyone !!!

new orleans and you are on my to-see list :)

bailey-road.com said...

Sounds like a wonderfully full weekend!

the wild magnolia said...

wonderful. wonderful. so happy the visit was a success. whew, it seems almost impossible you did all those things in so short a time.

bravo girlfriend, bravo.

ladyfi said...

So glad you're all safe and sound.

They do look very happy!

Wonderful shots.

Evelyn S. said...

I was in New Orleans once....in 1969, on the way back to Oregon from SE Ohio. I really wanted to see the Gay-ngel! (Your son and his girlfriend are cute and very photogenic!)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

They DO look extremely happy! Love your shot of the cathedral too.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit -- there's nothing like a good time with family --

Phil said...

Your middle picture and comments really made me laugh Gail. Sat here before breakfast and going birding reading your last paragraph made me sooo hungry - hope you saved a plate for me.

Stewart M said...

Sounds like you had a great time!

I have to ask - what exactly are 'grits' - and don't think they are small pieces of stone!

Cheers - Stewart M

PS: thanks for the visit to WBW

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Goodness you were kept busy, happy times though as your words and photos prove.

Linda said...

They do look like a happy couple. Good looking, too! Glad the visit went so well. No wonder you're exhausted, with all you crammed into the short time you had with them.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I got plum tuckered out just reading how busy you were. Sounds like a good time was had by all in the short time they were with you. What an awesome capture of Jesus and the shadow!!!! Perfect shot!

Danielle said...

Amen to the right kind of Hurricane ;)....love the Jesus shot. I am thankful that you had such fun and enjoyed being with family.

hootnonny said...
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hootnonny said...

Whew doggies, I'm exhausted just reading about your action-packed activities! The sweet couple does look happy, and I see a son-mother resemblance!

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Deanna said...

Oh doggies you had some weekend filled with food fun and family...the best kind!!

Rosemary Aubut said...

So glad you enjoyed your visit with your son! I can understand why you are so tired! Went to new orleans last year and really loved it! Great pictures!

Lynn said...

They look very happy and you sound happy ~ a winning combination. Very pleased you had a good time.

Barb said...

I know how exhilarating it is to have family around - I think you did a pretty good job of keeping up with the photography!

Kerry said...

Your son & girlfriend look so happy to be enjoying hurricanes in comfort. I am jealous. I love New Orleans, even tacky Bourbon Street. The music, the food...sigh.

Butterbean Row said...

I am so glad that your son and his friend got to spend a good weekend with you, and were safe from the hurricane. Looks like you really enjoyed it. And that meal sounds scrumptious!

charlotte

Amy Burzese said...

Sounds like a great weekend! The kids are some good lookin' ones. And, oh, yes, those hurricanes . . . been there done that. I've eaten at the Two Sisters. A poor kid working there barely brushed my shoulder with a chair he was carrying and people came out of the woodwork with "concern". Concern over getting sued. But, they didn't offer to take care or our bill. I figured that the kid got fired, poor thing.

Mitzi said...

This is a great post! So glad you got to spend time with your son & his girlfriend. Issac definitely brought about some blessings, we had a visit from our son too. Lovely blog...the photos are fabulous!

cat @ sea.sky.stone. said...

Really cool b+w shot of your son and his GF--so glad you guys had fun!
p.s. Thanks a lot for making me crave shrimp and grits ;)

Dianne said...

they're a beautiful couple
glad your visit was so wonderful
the Jesus shadow is amazing!!

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Linda R said...

What fabulous photos. I just love the one your son and his girlfriend. They look so happy.. And you sound like you had a blast.. Happy for you..

Hugs~

Nancy Claeys said...

I'm so happy the visit with your son went well, Gail. His girlfriend is lovely. xo

Shug said...

I do see pure happiness on their faces. What a blessing for all of you to have this time to spend together. I can just see a big grin all over your happy heart right now!
Just can't beat good food, great places, and enjoying time with the loves of your life..
Hugs gurl..
shug

Rosie Grey said...

That sounds and looks like a perfect weekend, Gail! I'm so glad Isaac didn't cause too much damage for you and Pierre! :-)

Tricia Hays said...

There's a church at the end of Bourbon St? And there's someone that goes by that walking the street & charges for pics? WoW

Deb Crecelius said...

Whew! is right...
but what memories!
It sounds like they were great ones.
Loved the Jesus photo on Bourbon St.
Relax and unwind...you deserve it.

tinajo said...

Such a sweet couple! :-)

Hilary said...

Beautiful people, those two. I'm glad you had a great time with them.

Michelle said...

Definitely a much better hurricane. :)

Glad you enjoyed their visit...it's always nice to have family home. I had to back up from my screen for the second shot. Very cool perspective!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Looks like and sounds like you had a great time with your son and girlfriend. That's what keeps them coming back is your fun and love!! One can never have - "Too Much Fun!"

Mary said...

Great photos...the kids look happy too.

Lisa Gordon said...

Gail, I am so glad that you had a wonderful time.
You sure packed a lot into a short period.
Time for some R & R!
xo.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Whoa, looks like fun. Glad you had a little time to enjoy them. We're looking forward to our NOLA trip in November. It's always an adventure.