Sophia’s 8th birthday has come and gone. I’m not really sure where all those years went. I swear just yesterday I was swaddling my tiny baby and baking my heart out while she watched me from her nap nanny.
October has been crazy for us so far, and I knew that we wouldn’t have a traditional party for Sophia. She usually just wants to go to Olive Garden and take her bestie, but on her actual birthday this year (Thursday), Olivia had a 3 hour cheer practice and I had booked myself a hair appointment. Sophia had to stay with me at the salon while Olivia was at practice, but her Auntie Shell came by with dinner (pizza, Soph’s fave) and made the whole appointment into a mini birthday party.
If I remember correctly, Sophia’s first birthday was the day before or two days before I left to meet Andy in Europe for vacation, and she went to the babysitter while Olivia and I got our nails done. I see a trend here. haha.
All Sophia asked for, from her daddy and me, was a mermaid tail. She wanted to desperately to be a mermaid. We knew that Andy would be gone for the entire month of October and over half of November, so we made a plan to meet in Panama City Beach for the weekend. Then the hurricane decided to throw a wrench in things and we had to detour to Biloxi for the weekend instead. Except, if you’ve ever been to Biloxi, you know the beaches just aren’t the same… at all. They’re actually pretty dirty… which is why we ended up spending our Sunday in New Orleans instead of an additional beach day.
In Biloxi, we rented this adorable, so kitschy air bnb. I loved it. Everything was straight from the 60s, with pink and blue bathrooms (toilets, sinks, tubs, all pink and blue!). It was nice to have an entire home to ourselves (and cheaper per night than the hotels nearby), 2 minutes from the beach. The kids were super happy too, because according to Sophia, ‘Daddy is a MUCH better cook than Mom!’ … eye roll. Sure kid, sure.
Sophia and Olivia both loved NOLA, the French Quarter was so fun to explore with them. They both love vampires and zombies, and there were voodoo shops aplenty. Surprisingly, the French Quarter was very dog friendly (well the shops were. I assume most bars were, but with kids we didn’t have to find out). Drake is pretty big so I am always surprised when he’s allowed to come inside stores.
Their favorite shop was Boutique du Vampyre. I’m not huge into vampires but the kids are, and they were so excited to go there. The lady that was working was so kind and even brought Drake a bowl of water. She answered all the kids’ questions about vamp life. Sophia fell in love with a coffin shaped purse and decided to spend some of her birthday money there.
After exploring the French Quarter, we headed over to the Business District to check out Fresco’s pizza. The reviews on BringFido.com were awesome and well.. anywhere that is dog friendly and serves great food (and a great bloody mary!) is where I want to be.
We got home around 12:45 Sunday night, and the kids were troopers and didn’t fuss or whine too much when they had to get up for school a few hours later. A cold front moved in while we were gone so I got to turn the heater on when we got home, and put the down comforter on the bed! My favorite time of year is here!! 🙂
Bye for now! xo, kP