Sunday was the day of Chantal’s baby shower. We woke up early and all got dressed nice and cute. While I was putting on my makeup, apparently Holland was, too. She brought me an eyeshadow I didn’t realize she’d taken and gotten herself all dazzled up. She even managed to get some on her eyelids! Good thing baby wipes work really well on makeup.
Chantal’s shower was in Baton Rouge, so we made a quick stop at Albertson’s for a king-sized bottle of Tabasco and a few other local necessities that my kitchen desperately needs. Then it was off to Chris’s house, since she lives close to where the shower was and I’m not exactly confident driving through the suburbs of Baton Rouge. It was one of those really awesome showers that didn’t have a million cheesy games and whatnot. Straightforward, with good munchies, an awesome cake, and lots of frilly, pink monogrammed things for little Ryan. We also got to meet Reid for the first time, and he is the most handsome baby I’ve ever seen. He has the cutest little “boy” face I’ve ever seen, and he’s only a few weeks old! Issie slept most of the time, and Holland and Bailey kept themselves occupied with the toys that belonged to the hostess’s kids. I had a “proud mama” moment when Holland wanted to go into the dining room that was people were blocking, and she waited, said “Excuse me” in the sweetest little voice, and everyone there “Awwwwww”ed at her.
The party wrapped up around 4:30, which was perfect because I had a date with Rachel and Tammy for Rachel’s birthday at Zea. We got to the house, unpacked the car, and off I went. Zea is one of those places that would do really, really well in Annapolis. Good food with a local flair, relaxing atmosphere, and they make their own microbrews! After dinner, we still had a couple of hours before babysitters had to be relieved, so we went to Chili’s for a birthday margarita for Rachel. We ended up sitting at the bar, laughing so hard we were hurting until Rachel started getting “Where are you?” phone calls from her son.
Monday’s mission was to go to the lake to try and get some pictures of pelicans. There’s a spot by the foot of the Causeway Bridge that they used to hang out, and I was hoping that hadn’t changed. To make the morning even better, Lauren asked if we wanted to grab breakfast somewhere before she had to go to work. Hmm. Another reason to try a new restaurant? Of course!
We met at the City Diner in Metairie, by the Galleria. I read a few reviews online that were all positive, and the website menu looked promising (lots of crawfish and shrimp combined with breakfast food can’t be bad!). We each ordered the crawfish and shrimp omelet without realizing that they came with a few side items, so we had enough food for four or five people to eat breakfast. It had the typical diner greasiness, but was still yummy.
We stumbled to the car, stuffed with food, and drove to the lakefront with crossed fingers. We had to park illegally at a car dealer, but we knew we wouldn’t be long and it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission! Walking up the levee with a toddler on my shoulders and carrying a heavy camera bag more than made up for the omelet, so I felt good about that. We got to the top and sure enough, the gulls and pelicans were on their perches. I got a few good shots and we boogied back to the car, just to be on the safe side. We did get scolded by some construction workers who told us that the area was closed, but then they just got in their trucks and left. I guess they weren’t too concerned.
Holland and I brought Lauren to her car so she could go to work, and then we went to Barnes & Noble for some airplane reading material. Then it was back to the house for an unusual day of doing…nothing!