Tuesday, November 15, 2011

the big easy

Lets go back to summer of 2002. I had just turned 21 and my mom insisted we take a girls trip to New Orleans, because I'm legal and all. Um, okay Mom! Off we went... we danced, drank, ate and socialized our way through the French Quarter -- This was the beginning of my love affair with New Orleans.

*This is not from New Orleans... We went well before digital cameras therefore I don't have those pictures on a computer. This picture, however, depicts us nicely. Nance drinking wine. Me drinking whiskey. Singing karake in our pj's to a juke box in my aunts basement... Yep, Christmas in PA rocks!

3 years later, I'm 24 and on the road with Renee. Well I'll be damned if we didn't find ourselves in New Orleans for Easter that year. Yep. We did! We got all gussied up, went to mass at St. Louis Cathedral, admired everyone's Easter bonnets, watched the parade of southern belles on the back of convertibles and had Easter brunch at Brennan's. Easter is my favorite holiday and this is my favorite Easter to date!

I haven't been to New Orleans since I moved east, since Katrina hit OR since I met Bryan!

Fast forward to last week:

As we were working our way to our next event location we received word that our events for the first part of the week had been canceled. Canceled? Really?? You mean we're stuck in New Orleans with 3 days in a row off? Darn.

Okay, so this is one of those moments that I thank my lucky stars for the many blessings our jobs have brought our way... because yes, it's true -- We got paid to go to The Big Easy!

Night 1

We ate dinner at the Gumbo Shop, walked up Bourban St. and had dessert at Cafe Du Monde. No alcohol for us - we were driving that night!

Day 2

We enjoyed the morning at our hotel on Lake Ponchartrain and then packed up our suitcases, unhitched our trailer and headed to the Hilton French Quarter.

Pat O'Brien's hurricane

St. Louis Cathedral

Gumbo Pot - This is the best gumbo in the world!

Hand Grenade's

Bourban St. fun

Night 2

While I was getting my tarot card reading - true story - two random Mardi Gras floats made their way past us. Bryan and I kind of freaked out in excitement and ran to catch beads from them!

*Check out the jazz muscians

After the float passed, we got our beads and finished my tarot card reading, we headed to the one and only K Paul's. We ate the best meal of our lives, to date, at K Paul's restaurant in the French Quarter this night. My parents have hand written menu's (written by K Paul's wife) from this restaurant framed in their kitchen that they took while in New Orleans in the 90's. When my mom took me to New Orleans for the first time, she took me to K Paul's. As this was Bryan's first time in New Orleans, we, of course, had to make reservations. To carry on the tradition, we took our menu's home with us to frame in our kitchen.

Morning 3

We woke up early and walked over to Cafe Du Monde once more... I needed Beignets and a cafe du leche for breakfast. Needed. This was going to be my last meal in New Orleans and it was pure magic!

Walking back to our hotel we stumbled upon this boat. It saved 400 people in the aftermath of Katrina.

Here it is in the water rescuing people from their homes

It was fascinating talking to the locals about their Katrina experiences

Then we came across this impromptu jazz band. Bryan said that this moment made his entire time in New Orleans complete. I agree.

The very last thing I laid my eyes on before we drove out of the city was this beautiful sight - Christmas decor and palm trees - sure made me feel, for a split second, that I was back home in Orange County... in that short moment, my heart was so very happy!

And there we have it - an overload of pictures, a lot of fun and some amazing memories to keep with us forever. Whoever believes that life stops after marriage is WRONG! I thank God for this life I've been given and for giving me an amazing man to live it with.


  1. You and Bry are so stinking adorable together. I love your makeup from the second night - you look gorgeous!

    And I really hope you can think of a way to explain how you curl the front of your hair... I always like the way it looks!!

  2. Love all the photos- really reminds me it's time to get back to NOLA and spend a good weekend there :)

    Looks like you too had a blast!

  3. wow, sounds awesome!! lucky that you got to spend some QT with your hubby .. New Orleans seems like a cool place :)

  4. You know I love this post being that I grew up in S. Louisiana. We're headed down there for Thanksgiving and I can't wait to get some of that yummy food!

  5. I have nnnever been to New Orleans but it looks like such a fun place! And as always, you and the hubbster are sooo cute! How did I not know y'all worked together?!!!

  6. 1. how did i not know you were in Nola?

    2. i just got back from there with Lindsey and had THE BEST time.

    3. i think hand grenades might be overrated. they weren't that great tasting, but after i had one the night got kind of fuzzy...so maybe they did work afterall.

    4. you and your mom sound a lot like my mom and me. we went to savannah for a girls' trip a few years ago and she was the one i had to pull away from the bars.

    5. you and your hubs are still as cute as ever.

  7. O, I love Nawlins!!! So glad Bryan got to experience it for the first time. And the framing of the menus, that is my favorite!! I have the menu framed from where my husband and I went on our first date :)

    I will definitely have to check out K Paul's next time I'm down there.

  8. You are gorgeous!!!!!!!!
    Awesome that you finally got to be in New Orleans with Bryan. Looks like you two definitely enjoy yourselves. :)

  9. NOLA looks like such an amazing city! I really want to go

  10. love this post!!! you guys are SO cute! k pauls and cafe du monde are two of must-stop places every time i'm in nola (and so is pat obriens!)

  11. Oh my goodness!! Seriously sounds like the best little impromptu trip!

  12. Hurricanes, Hand Grenades, and Big Ass Beers are the three staple drinks in Nola! Such a fun place!

    Loved your pictures and love your blog! Newest follower, right here! :D

  13. Gosh girlfriend- you are so gorgeous :-). I am obsessed with the pic of you and the jazz band. Your smile is priceless in it. You and bryan are precious and i am so in love with the fact you all travel the country together. Btw you look so good in green. Mwah!

  14. New Orleans looks like so much fun! Great pictures! And girl...you're WAY too gorgeous!!

  15. This could be a somewhat creepy comment but hey it's me. Your ta tas look amazing in that green shirt...I guess I didn't realize how big they were before. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH I'm dying. but seriouslyyyy....I'm jealous. I need some.

  16. i love New Orleans!! Cafe du Monde is magical and like beth said, the hand grenades are overrated. Too sweet for me.

  17. Y'all are so stinking cute! LOVE y'all!! Come back to TX soon!! That's all. Bye ;)


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