Monday, February 21, 2011


This past weekend, Matt and I had the opportunity to spend some time in New Orleans (pronounced in the South...Nawlins).  We were privileged to see my mother-in-law receive a very distinguished award called the Charles E. Dunbar Career Service Award presented by the Louisiana Civil Service League.  We are very proud of her and her 38 years of service to our great state!  

She treated us well in New Orleans with a wonderful night's stay at the Bienville House located on Decatur Street in Downtown N.O.

 The food in N.O. is like none is out of this world.... DELICIOUS!  That evening, we dined at the Palace Cafe on Canal Street.  On the menu for me was filet mignon on a bed of mashed potatoes with blue cheese crumbles and sauteed onions.....melt in your mouth good!

One of the highlights of the weekend was our visit to the National World War II Museum.  This museum is AMAZING.  It is a tribute to those who so valiantly served our country and fought for our freedom during World War II!  It was especially meaningful and moving for our family because our grandfathers served in this war.  We also watched the 4D movie that was produced by Tom Hanks called Beyond All Boundaries.  It was an excellent re-telling of what don't want to miss it if you visit New Orleans.

Mr. Leonard served in the Air Force during Vietnam.

This young man lived just down the road from where Matt and I are living now.

The Cost of Victory

A trip to New Orleans wouldn't be complete without a visit to the famous Cafe Du Monde for Beignets and Cafe au Lait!  

Yummy....makes my mouth water just looking at it!

Coffee Connoisseur 

The finished product...I really wanted to lick the powdered sugar too but thought that might be inappropriate.

Sights you might see while taking a stroll around the French Quarter:

 My Uncle Don and Aunt Mary who live in New Orleans treated us to a wonderful lunch and a trip to the French Market to buy souvenirs.  If you see them around town, stop and say Hi!

St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square

We had a great time!  It was a much needed get-away!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!


  1. Thannks for sharing those great memories of a really special weekend! It was one I will remember for a long, long time. (I know that you took many more photos and hade a hard time deciding which to use.) Thanks for including my photo by the U.S. Air Force flag. I am honored; however I do not feel worthy to share the spotlight with the men and women who served during WWII. Love you daughter-in-law.


  2. Great pictures! I love Palace Cafe AND beignets (of course :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. love New Orleans! Glad you got to spend some time enjoying it :) And congratulations to Mrs. Robbie, too.