Saturday, May 29, 2010

Fun in Kenner, La.

A couple of weeks ago, My friend Missy and I went to Kenner, La. to tour an old plantation home. We always tour plantations in Natchez, Ms. so this time she decided that we should go to Louisiana for a change. This home is called Destrehan. It was built in 1787. To me it wasn't as grand or as pretty as some of the homes that we have toured but it was interesting. I love looking back into the past and seeing how people lived back then. This home has been changed some from when it was originally built. In 1840, the new owner's remodeled it in the Greek Revival style. In 1864, the Union Army took it over and established the Rost Home Colony where newly freed slaves learned trades.

These tall towers on each side of the home were used to keep pigeons. They raised them for food.

This is one of the servants houses.

Destrahan Plantation initially known for making indigo ink. They sold the ink and it was used to decorate china. One popular pattern of china was "Willow Blue"...we call it "Blue Willow". Later, Destrehan was known for making sugar. This in one of the huge bowls that they used in the sugar making process.

The old oak trees are so beautiful. I love the moss hanging from the limbs.

A movie was filmed here a while back called "Interview with a Vampire". Never seen it but now I guess I might.

Of course, back in the day this road wasn't there. All you could see then was the river. Can you just imagine looking out from the front porch at the beautiful Mississippi River?

A picture from inside of the gift shop.

Front of the gift shop. I loved it.

After we toured the home, we went down by the river and I took a few pictures looking back to the street. These little shops are so pretty and colorful.

Looking up at the river banks...our beautiful flags.

The street across from the river.

We had a very peaceful day. Of course after we relaxed for a while, we had to go do a little retail therapy. We went shopping! We went to a huge thrift store called "The Red White and Blue". We had a blast and found so many great things!

This is Missy with some of our finds.

And me holding a sweet sign that says "Count Your Blessings". I had to have that and the mirror I bought for only $10.00. It is solid wood and very heavy. You know I will be painting it white!
I'm trying to start blogging more like I use too. I have just had so much going on that it kind of got pushed aside. I miss it and I miss sharing things with my blogging friends and seeing all that you do. I love all of you. You mean so much to me.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Mother's Day 2010

Hello everyone! Gosh it's been a long time since I posted. April I've just had so much going on in my life...about to get settled down though. I've been working so much not much time for too much else. Tomorrow I start my much needed vacation! I'm so excited. I hope all of you ladies had a wonderful Mother's Day. I'm posting a few pictures of my Mother's Day with my kids. I had to work the whole week-end. I was able to spend some time with them before and after work. My son Cole came down to see me for a couple of days and we stayed the night with my daughter the night before. My youngest son Garrett had his 9th birthday the day before Mother's Day. I don't have pictures of his party yet. He had a bowling party and had a blast. I went to church with two of my children before I had to go into work and it was wonderful sitting there with them and hearing God's word. Garrett was with his daddy but after work they took me out to eat for my Mother's Day. We really had a good time. Me and Cole. He had bought me a gift and was so proud that he couldn't wait to give it to me.

He bought me a beautiful purse that he picked out himself. lol I love it.

They gave me my gifts before we went to church.

That is little Jason in the picture. He is a doll and has grown so much!

Jason giving me a gift...a book and helping me open it.

So glad that Cole got to come down and spend time with me.

Christy and Phillip bought me the sweetest little set of wind chimes. I'm gonna hang them outside my bedroom window. I love waking up and hearing chimes and birds singing.

Me, Cole and Christy and Jason. She had just gotten her tonsils taken out 2 days before. She was still in a lot of pain. Even with the pain, she got up extra early and cooked everyone a huge breakfast.

She gave me this pretty picture with the sweetest verse on it.

I bought her some pretty green crystal earrings. This is her 2nd Mother's Day. She is a wonderful mother and I am so proud of her.

I gave her a candle and some sea-side potpourri.

I love giving my kids little 'happies'. I found her the sweetest frame and it has a poem on it about daughters.

She loved it. I love my daughter so much.

Two of my blessings. Cole and Christy.

Cole came by work later that day to tell me good bye before he went back to his home. I don't think he wanted me to kiss him on the face. He didn't want lipstick on him. Crazy boy!

I got him anyway!

I'm gonna miss him!

Me and Garrett at the restaurant. He had made me some sweet cards at school. I will keep them forever. He always make the silliest faces when we try to take his picture. He is so silly!

I love my little man. He brings so much joy to my life. I had a wonderful Mother's day. I cherish these special times with my children. I thank God everyday for them.