new orleans

magazine stnola warehouse districtnolanola arts districtcrescent city connection breakfast in the french marketmarket cafejoan of arcnola riverfrontriverwalknew orleansbienville stjackson square musiccafe du mondecanalfrench marketrainbow before dinnergumbo

these pictures are from our trip to the big easy on labor day weekend for sarah’s birthday. we had three fun-filled days full of our favorite places as well as added a few new ones. we explored the shops along magazine street before checking into our hotel in the warehouse district and had fun wandering into the french quarter via the arts district. my mom met us on sunday for a trip to the aquarium and a long stroll along the riverwalk. i love watching the girls take in the culture and flavor of the city and the best part is each trip is unique.


summer visits to the alabama coast

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we try to always plan to go fishing and crabbing on our visits to the coast.  nothing compares to saltwater and our visits to moms house when my sister is also visiting makes it extra special.

city on the baywildlifeboardwalkswampyseaweedmoss and mushroomssunsetfungi and flowers

a stroll around daphne’s bayfront park is a favorite nature walk on the coast.

beach chairsparasailingmorning surfbeach plants

an end of summer treat in a condo in gulf shores, al.

sunset on the bayway

a beautiful sunset over the city of mobile while driving across the bay.


gulf of mexico

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i have had the loveliest of spring weeks with first digs in the soil, spring blooms and lots of yard maintenance that ends each day with tired and achy muscles, the perfect kind of used muscles in my world.  my days seem accelerated and i haven’t figured out how to slow them and yet the world around us seems antsy for it to speed up.  i find lately that the process of life is much more interesting than the result and i’m trying to take my time and be present in the moment.  it is hard.  but i am pushing through and i feel gratitude for the small pockets of time i have with each person in my life.  sometimes seemingly small and insignificant moments that will forever thread me to that person.  a shared moment of time that adds to my character and composes the pieces to my story.

the photos above were all taken on the beach in gulf shores, al last saturday after a party for my 90-year-old grandmother.  a short walk on the beach followed by fresh seafood from the gulf of mexico with my little family and mother, a moment of time, forever threading me to the four of them.