"lagniappe" (lan yap) which is a little gift given, like when you get 13 doughnuts when you bought just a dozen or "something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagniappe
Edd's work assignment at the Chalmette Refinery was a 3-5 year assignment. I think of our last year in Louisiana as our Lagniappe year! Although there were some tuff times, like Hurricane Isaac, we were blessed to enjoy Louisiana life for nearly 4 years!
As our time in Louisiana came to an end, it seemed like time just sped up for us like when you are nearing the end of a spool of something and it starts spinning faster and faster and faster until it is done...that's how life felt...at least for me.
We spent the month of March house hunting and getting our house ready to sell. There were some big projects that needed to get done like replace the crooked big gate, replace the rotting side door, replace the foggy windows, and paint, and of course clean the inside of the house too!
Amazingly we got everything done! Check it out...
The kids were amazed that that was our house in the pictures!! :)
As March ended, so did our "normal" life...
EASTER ~ March 31st
After our Easter morning we all went to church together. Once we were home from church, Edd packed up his car and we said good bye to him. Edd had to make the 5 hour drive to Houston for his new job which started on April 1st. We were all sad to see him go. After Edd left, I got some pictures of the kids and we colored eggs...
April was super busy!!! Our house was officially on the market! We had quite a few showings and had to leave, which the kids didn't like at all. We couldn't go very far because we had to take Missy with us. So we usually went to the neighborhood park. Funny how when you are forced to do something, it isn't fun at all...well that's how our time was at the park. Pure torture!! But we survived our first week! We spent the first weekend of April in Houston in our new house!! :)
While we were in Houston visiting Edd and checking out the new house, we got an offer on our Louisiana house!!! WOW!!! :) We were all super excited it went so quickly, but the people buying our house wanted to close at the beginning of May. We settled on May 17th.
Edd drove to Louisiana the next weekend and we had a triple birthday party!!! :) :) :) Thomas got to open his presents first, even though his birthday was last. He was super excited!!!
GOLDEN BIRTHDAY!!! :) So she got a few golden presents! :) Edd got some interesting presents too...he especially liked the wrapping job on this one!!
The rest of April was spent preparing for the BIG MOVE! And more birthday celebrating! Thomas wanted a TITANIC cake. So after church, on his real birthday, we made him this cake! I think he liked it! :)
This is a picture of the suns rays shining through the trees...on of my favorite views each morning. :)
MAY ~ was a blurrrr...
Thomas REALLY wanted a TITANIC birthday party! So we pulled it off!! We invited Thomas' whole school class, some of his friends from church and his neighbor friends. I think we had about 18 kids total. We based the games around the story of the TITANIC.
TITANIC to her dad...he asked where she'd learned all that stuff and she told him she learned it at Thomas' party! :)
Thomas making his sand angel! :)
Bethany is holding a picture of little Bethany's first day of Joy School back in the fall of 1998...
Finally, Bethany made it to the BIG DAY she has been waiting for and dreaming of for so many years!!
GRADUATION DAY ~ MAY 7TH, 2013
Bethany will be heading to LSU in the fall!
I think someone is super excited to be graduating!! Bethany's graduation ceremony was really nice! And super quick too!! The read through all name in 18 minutes...there were close to 400 names...I think it was 383 names. We are so proud of Bethany for doing such a great job in school all these years!! :)
The packers started on May 10th. They were so quick they packed my keys and Edd's keys too that were put away in the kitchen. They also packed up my camera bag, that had my battery recharger...so this is my only picture from the move with my camera...it died after that!
It was sad to leave Madisonville...it is such a neat town!! But we were excited to move back to Kingwood and see our friends that we've missed for 4 years. We've been back for 2 months now. It is kindof weird, almost like we've been asleep...like Sleeping Beauty...and just woke up 4 years later. Our life in Louisiana was such a neat experience!! I'm so glad we got to live there for so long!
After church today, we ran into one of our friends from our ward in Louisiana!!! She and her little family were her visiting...her husband grew up in Kingwood...I knew his mom way back when...
It has been rainy all week this week in Houston...a little different!! :) When I walked out of the church this afternoon and was hit by the post rain humidity...it almost felt like Louisiana!! :) We sure has some good times there!! :) Our life in Louisiana was a little bit of LAGNIAPPE!!!