August 31, 2013


J and I have had the same routine the past few weekends. Breakfast and Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.  I especially like it when breakfast includes bagels from the brand new Panera Bread that opened up around the block.  So, has anyone seen the online comedy series?  It apparently premiered in July 2012 but J and I are just now catching on.  Seinfeld invites funny people like Ricky Gervais, Larry David, Colin Quinn, David Letterman, etc. for a drive and a cup of coffee.  We've watched a handful so far and enjoyed each one.  It's great to start the day with some laughter!

August 24, 2013


Meet my friend Anna Bateman...  You may remember seeing her in earlier posts HERE or HERE.

(May 15, 2009 @ Lucy's Retried Surfers Bar)

We went to high school together, undergrad at LSU, and have built many a campfire throughout our 14 year friendship.  Hence our shared nickname, "Fire Farm Gals."  Anna ended up moving to Nashville, Tennessee after college for a teaching job.  That's where she met her fiance, Pete.  They locked eyes at a bar called Paradise Park one day and have been going strong ever since.  Anna and Pete will be married this October, only two months away!  It's going to be a small ceremony on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Earlier today was Anna's bridal shower at her parent's home in Lacombe, Louisiana.  I snapped some pictures with my iPhone...

Anna Banana and me :)

Can you guess which gift is mine?  I'll give you a hint... I've been all about brown Kraft paper and bakers twine lately :)  Love the simplicity of it.

The Bateman family dog, Holly, is so sweet!  Such a good girl.  There were so many new people and a million things going on but she was calm as could be.  Maybe Bayou will chill a bit one of these days?  Haha!  Probably not.

Cake Pops

This cake was really good!  I definitely could have gone for a second piece but I held back.

It was such a nice surprise to see my old friend Kasey Centanni.  Kasey and I went to high school together at Fontainebleau in Mandeville.  That is her adorable daughter Jadyn by her side.

It's present time!

The Bateman Ladies:
From left to right... Anna, her amazing Mother, sister Stephanie, and sister Victoria.

August 17, 2013


J and I had date night at Landry's yesterday.  They do Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 4pm to 7pm.  The apps we ordered were okay, not great.  Typically, there are a million other places we'd pick to have dinner in NOLA before going to Landry's.  But when you want waterfront, Landry's views can't be beat!  It's so relaxing to sit on the deck with a nice breeze blowing and watch the sailboats head out on Lake Pontchartrain.

Here is the menu if you're interested...  Pass on the Fried Crab Balls but go ahead with the Crab, Spinach, & Artichoke Dip.

August 16, 2013


J's Life
(for the next 10 months)

A wise person once said if your spouse isn't mad at you during the CPA study process, then you aren't studying enough.  If your spouse is mad at you, then you're studying the right amount.  I'm ready to be mad at you, baby! ;)  Cheers to *hopefully* having your CPA by June 2014!  You've got this!

August 4, 2013


I went to my friend Kristen's baby shower in Memphis, Tennessee yesterday.  Kristen and her husband Michael are expecting their first baby any day now.  So exciting!  You may remember Kristen from the post I did about her wedding HERE or from the post about her sister Dede's wedding HERE.  Dede was hostess extraordinaire at the shower.  She did a fantastic job decorating and putting everything together.  The most wonderful part for me?  Getting to see my parents!  Yup, they came down from Chicago by train.  The Beazley and Huff families back together again.  I don't want to jinx anything but I have seen my parents 3 times now in 2013.  When we get together at Christmas that will be a record setting 4 times!  I know, I know... I'm spoiled. ;)  Everyone had a great time and the entire weekend was so nice.  Kristen received some adorable things for Nicholas.  His nursery is now overflowing thanks to all the presents!

Mr. Tom & Mrs. Kappi's beautiful home.

It's a boy for Kristen & Michael!

My Mom the braid expert.  Seriously, she's a genius!  Doesn't even need to open her eyes ;)

Kristen's waterfall braid.

Beautiful flowers.

My Mom, Dad, and Mrs. Kappi discussing serious shower business.

The awesome diaper cake.

Yummy cupcakes from Gigi's.

More yummy cupcakes from Gigi's.

Love the Beazley's backyard pool!

Inviting, isn't it?

Clara the puggle is not so sure what to think about this monkey...

"Take it away," Clara says!

Popcorn baby shower favors.

"She's about to pop!"