Then I need to remind myself of what we have experienced here.
The day to day life in New Orleans. Without a car most days we walk everywhere and have become intimately familiar with our Uptown neighborhood. Shopkeepers greet us as we walk up Magazine St. ( How can they miss us with two such colorfully dressed kids with bright umbrellas?). Greta started horseback riding lessons here, we've traveled down the Mississippi on a paddleboat, seen beautiful art and parks, eaten only the best food wherever we go. The list goes on.
Honestly, the best memories for me are the little things. Studying the charming and sometimes grand architecture, the shopkeepers that wave and say, "How y'all doin?", the neighbor kids who call for Greta and Henry every afternoon when they get home from school, the interesting flora and insects foreign to Southern California.
Somedays are quiet, somedays are full of exploration and new things. We've fallen into a routine here, familiar faces and places, accents and Southern Hospitality.
Leaving New Orleans will be bitter sweet. I don't think I'll cry like I did when we had to leave St. Simon's Island, but I will miss it here, that is for sure.
I 've also been pondering the unique opportunities we've had for travel the past year with Zach's job. His work is brutal, he works long hours under extreme pressure sometimes, we miss out on a lot of fun with Papa, but make up for it on the weekends.
I want to the kids to remember and appreciate these trips we've had. Santa Fe, New Mexico last year, and before New Orleans we spent two months on St. Simons Island, Georgia. That place was like a dream. So I thought of putting together slideshows of these trips with music we listened to while on our travels. I'd also like to have books printed, something that they can tuck the letters they received from friends, and other fun things picked up along the way. I guess you'd call that a scrapbook.
I spent the better part of my day yesterday going through photos of Santa Fe. We returned from that trip exactly one year ago. I thought it a good time to put this together. It's my first ever attempt at this sort of thing. Without further ado.
Santa Fe, Spring 2010
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