Friday Catch Up

Friday, November 21, 2014

I got home from New Orleans last Tuesday and it has been one non-stop snotty, coughing, hacking, gagging, retching, fiasco of a time.  Tis the season.  For the most part, we've all been sick.  Alli takes it worse than all of us, naturally.  BUT, on the bright side, she seems to be tolerating this round without steroids or oxygen.  There's a first time for everything, right?!  Anna Claire and Ava both have lingering coughs, but AC is a chronic fall/winter cougher (is that a word?) Anyway, it's hard to tell if hers is truly still lingering.   

Before I left for NOLA, I promised the girls I would put up 1 tree.  Our first tree up is always our Jesus Tree.  You can read more here about this little family tradition of ours.  

I went to New Orleans with my Mama to help her at The Helen Brett Jewelery and Gift Show.  She's been doing this show for close to 20 years.  I use to help her in college and I was excited to get the chance to go again.  Plus, this Mama needed a little mini working vacation.  On Monday, after the weekend show, we shopped and played tourist.  We both have been a hundred times, but have never done one of the cemetery tours.  We kept saying, "next time we come," until finally we just said, "we're here now, let's go!"  

We toured St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the oldest and no doubt most famous cemetery in New Orleans.  I've always been intrigued by this burial process.  You can't help but notice some of the beautiful architecture has your driving through NOLA and it's surrounding cities.   St. Louis Cemetery is famous because it's the final resting place for many wealthy and famous New Orleanians, both past and present.  

The Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is believed to be buried here.  Also, Nicholas Cage purchased a pyramid shaped tomb has his final resting place.  

The future home of Nicholas Cage's body.  Can't believe all the lipstick marks.  Seriously. 

Those poor Protestants.  They didn't have large tombs like the Catholics and are buried at the back of the cemetery. 

Marie Laveau's tomb.  Ummmm, anyone else notice the red orb?

The girls received their Dance Branson Stars team goodies!  I'm that crazy Dance Mom now.  No worries.  I'm nothing like those you see on television.  I took pictures so we can look back when they are 16 and still dancing (if they want).  


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