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On August 16th, 1963, my grandmom and granddad were strolling around the city of New Orleans. A man held out a flyer to my granddad, and he took it, not knowing what it was. As soon as he read the paper’s racial slander, he crumpled it up and threw it away. Months later, following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, my granddad saw the pictures of Lee Harvey Oswald. Apparently the FBI had been following Oswald for quite awhile, and reported they had recently seen him on August 16th in New Orleans. Sure enough, the man who had handed my granddad the flyer was none other than Lee Harvey Oswald. Granddad said, “That’s closer than I’d ever care to get to a man like that.”

See what I mean? Crazy stories. I just wish I had gotten them on video! Anyway, on our last day of vacation, we decided to make the two hour drive to New Orleans. Randy had never been and it had been years since I had visited. The day we decided to go, of course, was New Years Eve. Needless to say, there was plenty of people watching to be had! Plus, the Sugar Bowl was also the following day, so it was football madness down there! New Orleans is a very interesting city. Every night is party night. We had a heck of a time finding a place to eat because there were so many delicious choices!

That pretty much sums it up.

We finally chose a delicious buffet lunch at The Court of Two Sisters.

After seeing a tv special on Cafe du Monde on the Food Network, Randy and I have been wanting to go to New Orleans! French donuts? Yes please. I’m pretty sure we totally and “accidentally” cut in the line waiting for a table… we just walked in and sat down. Woops!

On our journey home, we stopped by my hometown of Houston. It had been 15 years and 2 days since I had left, and surprisingly my memories as a nine year old were spot on. Above and below is Bear Creek Creek, where our church used to camp and also where I had soccer practices.

My old house – the backyard swing set and basketball hoop still in their places! I couldn’t believe it!

Look, Justin and Micah! Our ditch, where we used to catch tadpoles and bullfrogs, is still exactly the same!

The most patient dog ever.

And a happy Randy finally got his BBQ :) (Taken with our point and shoot).

I’m pretty sure we took more video than we did pictures, and I can’t wait to throw a little film together :) So yes… there’s even more to come!

– She

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