A Birthday in New Orleans

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Birthday decor in the hotel room.

Our girls both had their birthdays this summer. Miss J was first and turned 6 on me. I can’t believe she’s 6.

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The birthday princess in Anthropologie. She loves it there as much as I do.

This year she asked to stay in a hotel for her birthday instead of have a party. I was totally down with that. We decided to use it as an opportunity to see New Orleans with the girls (my hubby has to go down there a lot so he’s been many times already). We had to make it a short trip, but that was plenty for us.

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We went to the zoo, the aquarium, the mall, a cute restaurant for breakfast, and had lots of fun at the hotel.

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It was a nice break and a good time for our family. We usually save our trips for visiting family, but we are trying to do more just ourselves to explore new places while the Coast Guard has us moving around. Might as well experience all we can while we are in different places.

Happy Birthday sign
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Since this trip was her birthday present, we only got her one gift that we had been talking about for a year. A sewing machine. Well, actually we gave her a picture and are hoping to go get one soon lol.

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Miss J started school back up again. It’s a little more quiet than normal. Although miss E definitely makes herself known. Along with getting into a new school routine, we are prepping for a family wedding coming up soon! I’m making flower girl dresses and taking the pictures, so I can’t wait to share all of that.
-Jess

Alligator Huntin’

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Being a military family, we have learned to embrace where we are moved and enjoy what it offers.

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One thing that is growing on me here in Louisiana, is the nature. Granted, it is rather hot right now, but it is beautiful. I’m starting to enjoy rides out into the country side and even find myself longing to settle down in a more rural place eventually (but not too rural….).

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Since moving here, I have seen plenty of alligators in the wild. In Florida, there were some that I heard of (like the one that lived in the lake at the golf course, etc), but I never saw them. Here it’s different. Usually though, my oldest daughter can’t catch a glimpse of them because we are driving too fast and there’s not a place to stop and look. So we heard about an alligator loop, where it is just for driving around and looking at the alligators, and decided to visit it.

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It’s a 3 mile (i think) road covered in rocks. You go slow and stay in the car and partake in the beautiful birds, plants, and alligators. Miss J was able to see a ton of alligators on this ride!

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We said we were alligator huntin’ because we were looking for them.

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There was no shortage here. That’s for sure.

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Although, we didn’t see any real big ones like I had seen in some other spots. But this was good enough.

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I liked that we were in a car and I’m glad that some pictures came out. I just had my 50 mm, so I wasn’t sure how that would work out with no zooming capabilities and all.

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It did grow the desire for my husband and I to get a lens that would work better for wild life. We do love taking pictures on these adventures and capturing animals and birds in action.

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I kind of kept thinking we might see an alligator go after one of the birds that were everywhere, but not that day.

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It was a trip well worth it in my book.

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Now onto the next adventure…..
-Jess