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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Opening Day.

Up until today, my favorite baseball player of all time was Willie McGee.  Now it’s this guy.

He was nervous.  The coach tried to pitch to him a few times, but eventually they had to bring out the tee.  I’m totally fine with that.  I’m sure even Willie started out with a tee.

I have never screamed so wildly over a simple base hit as I did today.

Unfortunately, Parker’s biggest cheerleader wasn’t feeling well.  She has a bad cold and was pretty miserable.  Hopefully she’ll make a full recovery by the next game!

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Our weekend in New Orleans.

Dave and I spent the weekend in New Orleans where we toured the Garden District, the cemeteries, the Lower 9th Ward, and then ate our way through the entire French Quarter.  These first pictures are from one of the cemeteries we walked through.  I found myself oddly fascinated with the above-ground tombs.  (New Orleans is about 8 feet below sea level, so caskets used to float to the top if they were buried underground.)  I was wowed by the beauty and intricacy of these tombs.  Some of the ones pictured cost over $2 million.

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Enough of the cemetery talk.  Let me show you my new BFF.  See this guy making the beignets at Cafe du Monde?  I think I love him.  He makes my favorite food.  Just remember two important rules before you eat a beignet: (1) don’t wear dark clothing, and (2) don’t breathe in (unless you want to cough up a lung caked in powdered sugar).

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More pictures of our hotel, the Manning family home, and the French Quarter…

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And finally… Jackson Square.

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Our first dab into the world of visual arts.

I had never been to the Frist Center before, but today was the County Art show, and Torin and her friend Abigail both knew several of the student artists from their school.  Since admission was free, we decided to go check it out (plus we were hoping to score major brownie points with their art teacher, who was there keeping track of the kids who came in). 

First, we checked out the student work.  There were many beautiful paintings, chalk drawings, and photographs in the exhibit, and the girls really enjoyed looking at all of different artwork.  Then we wandered back to the main floor and perused the “Masterpieces of European Painting” exhibit.  It consisted of quite a few naked women, which caused Torin & Abigail to giggle uncontrollably.  (Sorry boys, I was not allowed to take pictures on that floor.)

Finally, we stumbled across the really cool children’s area.  We knew it was cool because Gwyneth Paltrow showed up with her kids there last week, and I’m pretty sure Gwyneth doesn’t do anything that’s not cool.  (In case you’re wondering, she’s in town shooting a movie.)

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The children’s area was a blast.  We could’ve stayed all afternoon.  The girls got to paint, draw, and create some really fun stuff.

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Hopefully she’s not trying to replicate some of those nudie European paintings that we saw in the main exhibit…

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After painting, the girls took turns drawing each other’s faces on plexiglass.

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Yep.  Looks just like Abigail.

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By the time we left, I was worn out.  But of course the girls were wound tight and acting as goofy as ever.  Getting a serious picture out of them was impossible.

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