August in Moments

Since I fail at having time to be creative and capture every minute, I am borrowing an idea from another blog and sharing our (photographic) moments one month at a time, starting today with August.


Tuesday Night Lights

JT has officially started playing football at the middle school. He is #62 in the photos.

He is the one that you can't really see his number - black socks, white shoes.

Yep, that's him tackling, which I guess is better than being tackled.
Again, he is in there tackling.

My preferred position - him just standing there.

And he is the guy in the middle.

He is loving his first adventure with football. I love watching him but really hope baseball season starts soon. 



This summer we opted to take a few smaller trips rather than one large trip. The first was at the end of the school year to Great Wolf Lodge and the second was a special invite from Lee and Rebecca to a sugar plantation.

Originally this trip was going to be just me and kids so Rick could stay home and get a few things done and enjoy some quiet but the accident threw us a curve ball and I felt more comfortable having Rick drive and a road trip is always a bit more fun with him. The other added excitement was that we got to take the rental car that had DVD player although we quickly realized that while the Chevy Traverse is fun to ride around town, it is not a road trip car for a family of six.

I don't even know where to start with describing this trip. I should probably start with mentioning how thankful it is to have two natives show us Louisiana. I am not sure the boys (and the girls) would loved red beans and rice, BBQ shrimp, or a host of other treats if it wasn't for Lee and Rebecca. And as I have stated numerous times here and other places, Lee and Rebecca may be the best hosts ever. Along with that the plantation was just beautiful and such a fascinating place.

So let me start with a quick bit about where we were, which was lovely Patoutville, Louisiana; home to Enterprise Plantation.

Deeply rooted in Louisiana history, M .A. Patout & Son, LTD, LLC is the oldest complete family owned and operated manufacturer of raw sugar in the United States.  The company is composed of Enterprise Plantation along with three subsidiaries: Sterling Sugars, LLC, Raceland Raw Sugars, LLC and Patout Equipment Company, LLC.

Enterprise Plantation, founded in 1825 by Simeon and Appoline Patout, is the original M. A. Patout & Son sugar plantation located in Patoutville, Lousiana. Sterling Sugars and Raceland Raw Sugars were acquired by M. A. Patout & Son in 1994 and 1996. The combined capacity of the three mills is 4,600,000 tons of cane annually.

Rebecca's dad is a descendant of the Patout family and shares in the ownership of the plantation. This family legacy includes the ability to stay at the original caretakers house on the plantation property.

Working clockwise from the top right corner is the house we stayed in, which  was beautiful and so large that there was an entire section that we didn't even hang out in. The brick building below at one time was a wine cellar as the family had originally intended to grow grapes and start a winery. The bottom photo is the mill, the original workers quarters complete with mud walls, the big house, the planters are actually huge cast iron bowls that were used in the mill, and then a row of cedar trees.

We had such a relaxing weekend just being lazy, swimming, eating, drinking and laughing.

What is a trip to Louisiana without Rebecca doing something incredibly fun with the kids like tossing marshmallows in to their mouths from upstairs. She even joined in.

The Lucas clan loves us some Louisiana and time with Lee and Rebecca. We are looking forward to our next adventure with them.

5 and 7

Yesterday kicked off the first day of school. JT started 7th grade and Zach is in 5th. The girls won't start for another two weeks.


Children of the Cane

Finally, after lying to you on my last post, I am working on updating my photos from the summer. Here is another teaser from our trip to Louisiana; this is the girls in the sugar cane.



I am working on editing my photos from our quick trip to the sugar plantation. In the meantime, here is a rare Meghan shot. That is KitKat with me and Lulu in the background heading in to the citrus grove.


10 Already?

I like to torture the kids on their birthday by sharing their birth stories with them. Today in great detail I recounted how I spent the evening before Zachs birth with Michelle at a high-end auction, watching people bid large sums on ornate furniture, and talking to the couple next to us who shared their picnic of wine and cheese. I carelessly sipped the sparkling wine and ate soft cheese despite knowing they are all on the banned items list for pregnant women.
My labor with Zach was the toughest of the three but even then it really wasn't that bad. He was demanding the first few days at the hospital but since then he has been the most easy going guy. He is always ready to offer a hug, comfort someone when they are sad, or provide a witty remark. He is happy to spend hours pouring over atlases, encyclopedias on airplanes or cars, and memorizing random facts.
I know he is my kid but he is really fun to hang out with. I am looking forward to continuing to watch him grow and develop in to an even better kid than he already is.