I always knew the month of May was a busy one for me with the Babydoll’s birthday, ending of the school year, Babydoll’s choir Spring concert, Mother’s Day, etc. This particular May I also had to add my annual Book Club trip to West Chester, OH for the Lori Foster Reader/Author Appreciation Event (check out sugarbookclub.wordpress.com for more about that) to the schedule as it is always the 1st weekend in June and that ended up including the last few days of May as well. Oh yeah…did I mention my sister, her husband, and eldest daughter graduated this month. My sister and her husband finished up Bachelor degrees and my niece from high school.
I was prepared to tackle this month. I had my game plan ready. One thing I could not, nor had I not, plan was the death of my grandmother. My grandmother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago when we had brought her up her from Louisiana for a visit. She had doctors here because we just didn’t feel that she was getting adequate diagnosis where she was. Not to say that the doctors where she was were not competent, just that here there was more thorough testing done. Anyway, Mrs. Lady as I ended up calling her along with the formal Grandmother, lost her fight with the disease the same week of Babydoll’s choir concert and birthday (yes, there were in the same week – dress rehearsal and concert Wednesday & Thursday and party that Saturday. ). My family had to coordinate massive travel arrangements because we had to go back to Louisiana for the funeral and burial and we had quite a few of us coming from various locations. It turned out we headed out the week in-between the birthday party and my trip that was already paid for. But ended up missing Aleesha-Boo’s graduation (she’s going to get me for saying that – she Tweets that I always find a way to embarrass her; but I remember her as my beautiful niece who stole my stuffed bear when she visited before going to Italy.)
The funeral was very nicely done with a minimum amount of drama. And I stress the word minimum – this could have been a colossal event that went down in the history books of drama. Better than any episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey. I’m going to really miss Ms. Lady and her quick wit, sharp tongue, and abundance of love. My dad used to call her the 4 foot general (I think she was around 4’10” or 4’11”, but she was a short one compared to my 5’10.5”)
My Babydoll’s spa party was another big success. We had sent out 10 invitations, but I’m really glad only half of that showed up. The girls had a good time getting facials,
getting mani’s and pedi’s
and drinking “champagne” from champagne flutes (plastic of course). I spent three weeks making face mask and spa robes and they really didn’t wear them long. You see, the control panel for the HVAC battery went out and so we were unable to adjust anything until we had a battery. It had been cool enough throughout the week that we didn’t need to have anything on, but Saturday it got HOT. By the time we found a battery it took a “minute” to get the house cool again. The girls just didn’t want to wear the robes longer than what was needed for the facial. I hired a wonderful young lady to do the mani’s & pedi’s and I did the facials. It was loads of fun for everyone. I can’t wait to hear what her thoughts of next years party will be. She’ll probably coming to me soon with her thoughts on the matter.
Another big event was my Babydoll receiving a “Personal Best” award from the school Superintendent. It was a surprise for her, and Stan and I had to act like it was school as usual that morning. What made it super crazy was the fact that there was a lot of construction going on on the way to school that morning and I got her to school just in time to walk down with her classmates to the gymnasium. I had to run back out to the car to get my purse and camera and find us a seat. The only bummer was that I didn’t get a good picture of her getting her award. The zoom lens that I’m currently using is not for my camera; it’s my husbands old lens and it was made for a Nikon that has the focus built into the camera and my camera requires the zoom to be in the lens. I have to manually adjust the zoom and tight focus and sometimes my camera does not recognize the lens as being attached to the camera – usually at a crucial time like when I’m ready to take a shot. Can you say birthday gift boys and girls? This is what I did get (excuse her attire…it was PE day and I couldn’t dress her up without giving away the surprise)
Memorial Day was spent relaxing and doing laundry (I had to go to work the next day and leaving for Ohio two days later.), but we did spend several hours in the French Quarter before we came home. Can you say HOT? I mean HOT!!
I had every intention of sitting down to have Biegnets at Café du Monde and getting a Shrimp Po’Boy. The line at Café du Monde was way too long. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the line that long. I just kept walking on by. We went to the shopping part of the market and I was able to find a few things (a gift for my Mommy’s birthday & a couple of souvenirs for Babydoll – she loves to bring home something for every trip we take.)
My husband and daughter was able to get a crawfish Po’Boy, but we could not find a FRIED shrimp Po’Boy for me. I did get a icee – Tigersblood is the bomb, and found my Po’Boy once we got of the Quarter man do I love those things.
With all of the traveling that I did, I’m glad I’m back home (for now) and I had a great time. Even my grandmothers funeral trip was enjoyable because I had the opportunity to spend some time with family members that I had not seen in a while. Aren’t we a handsome group (this wasn’t everyone either – more like half)?
My handsome brother in his suit (everyone wore a touch of purple because it was my grandmothers favorite color).
The one I married 14 years ago…be still my heart. He cleans up so nice. He really isn’t a drinker…I think that was iced tea.
My cousin from New York husband…all the men looked really good.
The month of June promises to be just as busy (my Mothers birthday, my nieces baby shower, MY BIRTHDAY!!, MY ANNIVERSARY!!, family vacation) you know how my life is.