April Showers Bring May Flowers

We're already into June and we've just barely had our first day of 80 degree weather. April and May were unusually wet for Utah this year so we've been stuck inside most weekends. Over Memorial Day, I took an extra day off work to do some projects around the house and well... have an extra day off of work. The weather was mediocre for Friday and Saturday but raining again on Sunday & Monday. I took advantage of what I could and headed to the garden store with my mom to buy some flowers for my pots. I love planting flowers and seeing the color and extra charm it adds to the front of our house.

Zoe hung out with me while I planted. I'm surprised she hung out on the porch. Usually she's snooping around the neighbors patio or searching for some friends to play with.

Here's the flower pot on my front porch

This year I decided to try my hand at growing some herbs. I planted cilantro, chives, rosemary and basil.


Oh how I love taking vacations with my husband. I'll pretty much take anything when it comes to a vacation- a night in Park City, all-inclusive in Mexico, or boating trips with my family. You name it and I'm there. But there is something about traveling with Cardy that is so much fun. Maybe it's his sense of adventure or his relaxed state of mind- whatever it is, it makes him a dream to travel with.

This trip was especially fun. I was invited to attend a conference for work and it just so happened to be in New Orleans. Perfect! I've always wanted to take Cardy to New Orleans. With such a rich culture and history galore, I knew he'd love it. We could not pass up the opportunity to take a couple extra days and visit one of the neatest cities in the United States. Yep, I said it, literally one of the coolest places I've ever been. I was fortunate enough to visit New Orleans six years ago, the spring just before Hurricane Katrina and I've always wanted to go back. I was a little worried the city would be different than I remembered. We've heard so many stories about the devastation which occurred there and I wasn't sure Cardy would have the same experience I did. Fortunately, I was wrong. Cardy fell in love with New Orleans and is already dying to go back to see more.

During our little trip we crammed in as much as we possibly could. Here are some of the highlights...

-Ate BBQ in Memphis (layover to & from NOLA. sadly, no pictures- my fingers were too messy!)

-Stayed in the gorgeous and historic Hotel Monteleone

-Explored the French Quarter, Jackson Square and the River Walk

-Noshed at some amazing local hot spots

-Rode the Trolley for a little more exploring

-Took a walking Ghost Tour through the French Quarter

-Enjoyed watching the street performers

-And of course, who can forget Bourbon Street?

*Wow, it took me a long time to post this. This trip feels like it happened ages ago. I think I'm ready for another!