Friday, October 28, 2011

This Moment


We spent last weekend in the French Quarter and stumbled upon this sign....probably not what Steve Jobs had in mind but I think they get an "A" for ingenuity! 

 Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Inspired by - Amanda Soule 
If you have a moment to share, please leave a comment with a link! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Homecoming.....


October is always a busy month and leaves little time for blogging....so now I am playing catch-up!  We just finished a double "Homecoming"! Sara's high school homecoming and Elizabeth's fall break homecoming !  Luckily, Elizabeth's fall break (a nice long week break) co-incided with lots of festivities that allowed her to come home and see lots of folks and enjoy an action  packed week!  
Sara dressed up as the "Hitchhiker of the Galaxy" for costume day.....





One of her best friends, Rachel, was a maid on the Homecoming court ~ here she is getting ready for the Homecoming parade.  The very cool car she rode in was a Thunderbird owned by her grandfather....you don't see those around town very often! 


Our homecoming parade consists of some (ahem) highly decorated floats - here is the Junior float - with Sara and her friends ready to ride.   The theme this year was "Out of this world" so everything has to do with Space and such.....

Is that not the cutest thing ever?  Love the car, love the girls in their suits, hats and mums!  


We could not stay for the parade as we had to get to our second homecoming.....Elizabeth!  She flew in right after the parade started so we had to leave and get right to the airport to pick her up....I snapped this photo as she was walking up to our car.  It became an invaluable tool to us later in "the case of the missing portfolio".  About four days into her stay, Elizabeth decided it was time to get down to accomplishing some school work, some of which was a painting for her art class that she had lugged with her in an art portfolio.  After searching the house, the portfolio was nowhere to be found.  I told her that I did not remember her getting into the car with it, but she was certain that she did.  Finally, after a massive search of the car and house AGAIN....I went through the photos...and there it was - right here ~ Elizabeth getting into our car with no portfolio in hand.  Now, the panic started to set in.  
Back tracking, we determined that she may have set it down to pick up her luggage in the baggage claim, and left the portfolio.  Phone calls were made, messages left and finally, phone calls returned with GOOD NEWS - the portfolio was safe and sound in Lost and Found!  We were so relieved as her project was about half completed and all of her completed semesters work was in there as well.  It would have been a disaster to lose....thanks to my super sleuthing efforts the case was solved! 

This is Elizabeth's first time home since she left for college and she was very excited.  She had forgotten how much she missed our great state! 

She chattered ninety to nothing with Ellen catching up on everything and was very appreciative of 
our Louisiana beauty as we drove home. 

Our swamps of cypress trees that she had always taken for granted, all of a sudden became a 
huge item of attraction.  How had she never noticed how pretty they were?


The sunsets did not disappoint. You can see how breathtaking it was; even from  
photos from a moving car through the our car window. 


What a welcome back to Louisiana she received!!!!!




We were anxious to see how Maisy ~ her golden retriever ~ reacted when she walked through the door.  Remember when Maisy went into deep depression ( "missing our gal" ) after Elizabeth left...it took about a month to get her out of the doldrums and perked back up.  
As you can see, she was quite excited to see her 
beloved master!  (and vice-verse)









Once these two were reacquainted, we had to quickly run to the Homecoming football game where Sara and gang awaited our arrival and were cheering the team to victory! 

It was a perfect week for Elizabeth to come home as she got to visit with practically 
everyone in town as well as all her old friends. 

There is the mascot who is also Sara's homecoming date!  


Not having seen each other since Elizabeth left for college, 
 Sara and Elizabeth were very excited to see each other.  


Reunions and Homecomings sure are fun!  



 Rachael was able to come a say hello for a minute  before....


she did her thing at  half-time as a Homecoming maid.


The next morning brought a cross country race - with the beautiful weather we were so lucky to have...


We decided to bring the dogs....this is Maisy's puppy Cajun.  She is all grown up now and gorgeous.
For a trip down memory lane ~ click on this!  "Lazy Dog Days" 





Elizabeth and Maisy


Cajun and Maisy ( Maisy is Cajun's Mother) Cajun will be a year old in January and is turning out to be quite a nice little puppy.  








Well, we move pretty quickly and it didn't take too long for Sara to go from this...


to this......


That falcon mascot cleaned up as nicely as Sara!  


Nice Elizabeth!


Sara is praying that she won't impale her date right now! 


Success!!


It was  a beautiful night for the Homecoming dance and it began with dinner at a deluxe golf course for many of the Seniors...


I snapped a few photos before dinner and then they were on their own!




Now that is a cute couple. 




Whew - the week held many more adventures, but at least I have gotten this part documented!  


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A special visit


My mother, myself and Ellen recently visited Elizabeth for "Family weekend".  It was great to see her and doubly great to have my mother join us from TN. 

All of Elizabeth's friends were amazed at how much she and Ellen looked alike! 

After a hard day of traveling - my connecting flight was canceled - we finally made it...Liz picked us up, and we headed to see her campus. 



My mother made it with no problems so that was a blessing!  


Yep, she is pretty much ageless!  Oh ~ and that scarf I was knitting to give to a special birthday girl....there it is!


There was a bit of a nip in the air, so it really felt like fall as we walked about campus
that evening.  Ellen and Grams had not seen the campus yet, so we took an evening stroll and gave them a walking tour. 





The evening was topped off with dinner at the "Prime Steak House" on Campus



Welcome to Elizabeth's dorm room! 


Out and about - family weekend was great as we spent the majority of the time on campus.  There were more activities then we could possibly take part in but we did our best to see and do as much as possible!

One of the activities we really enjoyed was dining in all the various eating establishments about the campus!  They have patterned them after various types of restaurants and the food is delicious, fresh and a lot of it is prepared right in front of you.  Here we are trying out Elizabeth's favorite...

They serve many things here but she likes the fried rice station!  You choose your rice and all your toppings and they mix it up and prepare it fresh and hot.  This was not on the menu when we were in college!  They also do this with pasta and even have a wood burning oven where you can choose your toppings for pizza!  The food quickly won us all over!  


Next stop was "Grand Parents High Tea"....


Here we are on the balcony of the "Learning Center Library" 






Cute treats to eat!



This is my favorite place on campus...it is not only pretty to look at but classical music is piped in, the benches are lined with statues of classical thinkers and the sidewalks have famous quotes laid into them.    You can't help but be inspired as you walk through it.  










Laundry Time!



Back out for the evening festivities!



I took this to remember this planter ~ the flowers are magnificent everywhere you look.


This is cute - watch Ellen


When do you lose that cute little sense of adventure?  Why do we grow up?  When does it happen that you walk down stairs and you quit noticing banisters to slide down.....
and you don't get off the well traveled sidewalks and walk down the "fun" places ........
That evening was topped off with a production of "Crimes of the Heart"....from the college's drama department....it was excellent. 



Here we are on Sunday - waiting at the trolley on campus to take us to yet another eating venue.
Is it possible to gain the freshman fifteen in one weekend?





              
             Elizabeth had a tutoring appointment at the library so we accompanied her there.


This rose garden was particularly interesting as every rose bush was labeled.  We wrote down the ones that we liked and that smelled delicious.....



For Grams,  who frets year round over her over roses, this was a garden to drool over!
The President of the University's wife is responsible for the amazing gardens on campus and they have received many awards for their botanical beauty. 






Before her appointment, Liz gave us a tour of her favorite room to study in at the library - maybe because it has hot chocolate in it?




Sorry - but I can't stop photographing flowers!





Another fun thing they have on campus is their arcade and interactive game room


                                                 We played a bit to try it out

I have to say that I was the ball throwing champion!  But it was so beautiful outside that we couldn't stay indoors very long!






Our weekend went by quickly and we really got a great glimpse of what campus life was like...it is great to see Elizabeth so happy and satisfied with her choice.  All her hard work last year paid off and how wonderful it is to see her in a place where she is happy, comfortable and completely at home with a world of opportunity around her.