Monday, June 21, 2010

Tour of North Louisiana

the McLendons at the Harp Family Reunion
Sorry if I look a little rough... it was 98 degrees &
I was baking from the inside out.
Claudia and Cassidy
Cassidy thinking hard about that last bite of breadstick
...until these came out. "H" for Harp... very cute
Daddy & his Bop
going on a walk through the park where the Reunion was held
Russell & Dan with their little ladies, Claudia & Cassidy
Aunt Daina & Claudia
Bop! Claudia gives Greatgrandpa his sign "#1 Dad"!
a Ruston peach... does it get any sweeter?
one minor setback... Mitchams was closed...
...but there was no one around for as far as the eye could see... ... and Claudia was snoozing...
so, yes, I helped myself to a few peaches
meanwhile, back at Memaw's in Shreveport
and later in Mer Rouge...a remote control helicopter for Grandaddy
make that remote control helicopters for everybody!
Happy father's day!
especially to this guy!

This past weekend we took a little road trip across North Louisiana. Here is a rundown of where we went, what we did, & who we saw:

First Stop Shreveport...

As always, we stayed with my Memaw in Shreveport. With Memaw, you can always count on good food and a few good laughs. In exchange for two delicious meals at Memaw's, Russell taught Memaw how to Skype. We even tested her last night when we got back to Houston and what do you know?... a successful Skype communication. I think I love this Skype thing & can't wait to do it more.

Next, we headed to Bastrop...

Here we attended the Harp Family Reunion. By way of background, Russell's mother was Linda Harp McLendon & there are a whole slew of Harps ... so this is quite a shindig. My little family has never had a family reunion, so I'm always impressed by the Harp get togethers. Russell was excited to see his cousin Dan Miller, who is a little older than Russell and has a beautiful family which includes his wife Maggie & their beautiful girl Cassidy, who is a few months older than Claudia. Dan has a pretty great blog as well! Here it is

Then on to Oak Ridge... (and Monroe for a bit)

After the reunion, we spent the day with the McLendon family in Oak Ridge. We enjoyed being lazy at the McLendon house & then we went to dinner with Russell's grandfather, grandmother & Aunt Jerelyn in Monroe. We gave Russell's grandfather his father's day presents, which included an original Claudia masterpiece. He was very excited. =)

Oh yes, and then there was Mer Rouge...

We stayed at Russell's boyhood home in Mer Rouge where we visited with Grandaddy and Mama Kate. I love staying at their house because it is situated on a beautiful pecan orchard. It is absolutely beautiful. I want to live there. It would, unfortuantely, take 16 hours to commute to and from work everyday.
Next stop Ruston

Now, my apologies for what comes next... We got to Ruston and I wanted some peaches. Mitcham's was closed... so I proceeded to the peach orchard and helped myself. I did not come all that way not to get some peaches. I have already sent a fiver to Mitcham's, so hold off the dogs. =)

Finally, home.

Finally on Sunday evening we rolled into Houston. We were exhausted, which is probably how you feel if you actually read all this. That's all folks! Happy father's day!


  1. Love these pics! CC gets the cutest dresser award - Love that polka dot smocked dress! Also, can you send me one of those cupcakes. They look delicious!

  2. Thank you! She picked it out herself. =) And those cupcakes were delicious. =)

  3. 1) i love the flamingo smocked dress!
    2) i googled "blog to book" and went with one of the first ones that popped up. i think it was blog 2 book or something like that. quick and easy!
    3) thanks for giving me the idea to "steal" peaches whenever i need some! haha!

  4. Looks like you guys had a great time, but whew, what a marathon that must have been. Props to the McClendon's, traveling troopers.


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