jazz fest and hippie love

(this is us--not our parents)

It was a weekend of wonderful.
Bright and sunny and full of festival fun.

With four tickets in our pocket to Jazz Fest, we jumped in Joel's truck, just the two of us, and headed down the road arm in arm.
No bucket seats and interruptions.
We talked in complete sentences.  
(Not that we mind our kid's interjections, but it feels good to complete a thought every now and then).
We talked about what we always do--how happy we are to be married to each other.

And here is where I have to give an honorable mention to my dearest babysitter:
The capable and dependable, very loved and appreciated Miji.
She deserves an award.  We give her money instead.
She probably prefers the money.
(p.s. thanks Miji for taking crazy pics of us on our porch before we left)

(our hippie interpretive dance)

(pre Jazz Fest kiss--notice the trikes in the background)

(original street sounds of Jazz Fest)

Jazz Fest is an experience all its own.
Walking through an old residential district of New Orleans
with it's fragrant lawns and brightly colored homes,
the atmosphere was charged with friendliness and festivity.

And once we entered the fairgrounds, the food stands lured us with their savory smells:
Crawfish Monica, Cochon De Lait Po-boys, Sweet Potato Chips, Sushi rolls, and Shrimp Tacos.

Not to mention the music. 
Arcade Fire entertained us with a performance of musical prowess and Willie Nelsen surprised us with that old spiritual favorite "I Saw the Light".

The most enjoyable of all was the company.  
And the lack of diaper bags...and long bulky strollers.
It was funny, every time I got up to leave, I felt like I was forgetting something, my hands felt oddly empty.

But that meant I could hold my honey's hand.
It's amazing how good that feels.
Holding hands.

And it's amazing how good it feels to wander around.
Not in any rush at all.

We even took our friends to our favorite Italian Ice Cream Shoppe afterwards, Angelo Brocatos.
Mmmmmm....it was a good day.

(our friends Ben and Melanie)

The End


Olivia Grace said...

Looks like a perfect day at my favorite festival!! There's really nothing like having time alone with your love, and holding hands really is the best!!

Mindy M. Harris said...

arcade fire!! ahhhh...
ya'all are about as cute as they come, sistah!

PaisleyJade said...

Love your gears - and also love it when we get to finish sentences! Looks like you had such a wonderful time. xoxo

Mamasita said...

Looks like a wonderful time with the hubster!!! You deserve it love!
The interprative dance picture is my fav :-) made me smile! Totally something I would have had to do!
Hugs and love to you dearie,

annie said...

this post made me smile since my husband and i took a spontaneous trip to jazz fest two weekends ago. it was so fun (and i'm pretty sure i saw some hippie dance moves just like the ones in your picture! :))~ here's to enjoying/spending time with our husbands and those we love!

Lauren said...

could you be a cuter couple?? I think not!! I love your style and I love this post! The pictures are adorable and the love you have for each other comes screaming out through your words! :) As much as I love my son, I am looking forward to July and our anniversary (when we agreed to have my parents babysit him for the first time.) What will I do without the diaper bag and stroller?? Oh yes, hold on to the love of my life!! :):)

Rachel~Wildflower Photography and a little bit vintage said...

You are too cute! :) So glad that you got some time with just you and your honey. Yes...as much as we love and adore our little munchkins...it's awesome to get out...just the two of us.

Mich said...

You guys are the cutest! Love all the pictures.

Love the fact you had a date with your honey.

Kristin said...

So glad you had an awesome time! I love the pics!! :)

Jami said...

those pics are great! LOVE your dress!

katy said...

oh, i just love the pictures! that one of them playing the instruments is exciting, and the first one of you and joel on the porch is super cute! (btw, i love your dress :).

looks like y'all had a blast!

thewindhover said...

you two are one cool couple! I especially love that dress you've got on... looks beautiful on you. And what bliss to hold hands with your best friend and enjoy music and sunshine :)


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