Man, am I far behind on my posts. There has already been another trip to New Orleans since this one – so I need to get on my shit. Prepare for a lot of NOLA this upcoming week. Maybe. Who knows if I’ll keep my word and actually post.
It was brought to my attention that a lot of my “online” life was under some scrutiny – what I was posting on Instagram about my workouts (which I addressed) and in general. I’m worried my blogging will come under the same fire, but decided it’s too important for me to not link up my life on my blog. The circle of people that I completely trust keeps getting smaller and smaller. And in a world where I’m already pretty guarded, people keep giving me reasons to keep it that way.
On this day – we started out with Cafe du Monde in City Park. As always, their beignets were delicious, and we got to enjoy a frozen cafe au lait as well. After that, we walked a few minutes and decided to do the sculpture garden. It was really neat, and Sheffield really enjoyed it. We unfortunately got caught in the rain, so we were all soaked by the time we got back to the car. We drove over to Parkway for fried shrimp po’boys and a hot dog that Sheff inhaled. Later that afternoon, we decided to just roam the Quarter for a bit, and Sheffield picked out a fun New Orleans Pete the Cat print and book.
That night, my dad and step-mom graciously kept Sheffield overnight in their hotel, so we could go out and celebrate our 12th year anniversary. We hooked up with Robert and Lindsey to get bikes, and we rode our bikes all around New Orleans. We started at Auction House, where we got some dinner. B got sushi, and I of course, got Mexican food. After that, we headed to the Higgins hotel for some rooftop cocktails and beautiful views of NOLA. Then we headed over to the Carousel bar for French 75s. Lindsey and Robert had to get back, so we just rode our bikes around for a bit. Our last stop was Bar Tonique, and then we headed back to the hotel. It was definitely a fun way to spend our anniversary, and was really glad that Lindsey and Robert could join us for the celebration.
The next morning, we went to pick up Sheff and the parents and headed into Jean Lafitte for an airboat ride. Our guide was amazing, and knew exactly where to find the gators. There was one who stayed by the boat pretty much the whole time. And Sheff even got to throw a marshmallow to him. It was honestly a really fun trip, and I definitely recommend doing it. Later that afternoon (since the pool in our hotel was closed), we took Sheff over to Dave & Busters for some game playing. We all had a really good time. Later that night, we had our trusty NOLA babysitter come over, so we could enjoy an adult dinner at Vessel. We ordered an amazing cheese plate and food, and then went to some hole in the wall bar and had seltzers and brews until about 11. It was a good way to send them off – since they were leaving the next day.
We had a pretty couple of next days. One was spent doing some remote work, but then at night, we went and let Sheff play around in the pool. We had “moved in” to my dad’s hotel since they had it the whole week, and they had a really nice little courtyard area. Sheff had a blast swimming around, and we enjoyed their free wine tasting. The next day, we had planned for the zoo and splashpad, but as you can tell from the pictures above, we got totally washed out. It actually wasn’t horrible walking around the zoo in the rain, and at least we got a good story out of it! We stopped at Dong Phuong on the way home for banh mi’s, and they were honestly the best we’ve ever had.
It was such a nice little short getaway, and was glad to get to have that family time – especially showing my Dad and step-mom around, and showing them everything we love about NOLA.