Sometimes its hard to remember just how adorable my children are. Especially when one is pouting or when one is throwing a fit or when one isn't feeling well and is fussy. But I do remember...... Ryan and I sure make cute kids!
A couple weeks ago The Tregaskes family and Grandma Mikey came to visit. The boys of course loved every second of having their cousins around!! So we spent a lot of time driving around showing the wonderful things about Louisiana and why we love it here.
Yes it makes me a little nervous to know that we had 11 people in a 8 passenger car but we somehow survived and still liked eachother after.
One of the "hot" spots to visit is Avery Island - home of the Tabasco hot sauce factory. Here you learn all about the history of how Tabasco came to be. "Tabasco" means "Land of the hot and humid" and the kids all agreed (thanks to Nathan bringing to our attention) that Louisiana should really be called Tabasco.
Of course we had to show off the UL campus where Ryan is now working. It's a beautiful campus with lots of oak trees and its own swamp in the middle of campus. We took the kids to the swamp to feed the fish and turtles - NOT the alligators - but somehow the alligators managed to find a way to get their fill of bread too.
The cousins in front of one of the larger Oak trees on campus
We also went on a swamp tour: Ryan and our tour guide
Just a few things seen on the tour.........
What's a swamp tour without alligators? And what could be more fun than teasing the alligators? Our guide had some fish with him and would throw a fishing line with the fish out to attract the alligators closer to the boat -- but not too close. Of course if I had better reflexes with the camera these would have turned out better but you can see the alligator jumping at the fish (sort of?)
Our next stop was Red Stick or better known as Baton Rouge. We drove over to Baton Rouge so our visitors could go on the longest bridge and say they crossed the Mississippi. If I didn't know how to spell Mississippi before the trip I do now. Listening to 6 children repeat over and over M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i over and over was the highlight of the drive.
Visiting the Baton Rouge Temple
We are so glad that Amy and the kids and Mikey came to visit. Hopefully more people will feel the urge to make a road trip too!!!