Welcome to the New Orleans Moms Blog! I’m Andie – another fellow NOLA Mom!
When I was approached and asked to be a part of this great resource, not only was I flattered, but I also laughed to myself. Any of my friends and family will tell you that five years ago, the idea of me becoming a mother, much less the contributor to a MOM’s blog, was pretty unlikely.
When my husband Scott and I discovered I was pregnant right after gaining our adoption approval, I remember being incredibly excited that we were being given that gift to share the joys of our life with our own little person. During our adoption application process, we answered a questionnaire that included the question “What do you look forward to doing as parents with your child?”
For us, the answer to that question was easy. We could not wait to raise our little one to appreciate the outdoors and embrace life and all of its simple joys. We wanted our child to experience life through so many of the experiences we had during our childhood growing up in and around NOLA. Now that we have our son, Andrew, and our schnihuahua, Maggie, we realize that all of those simple joys are so easy to experience as residents of such an amazing community.
What is funny is that one of the prompts for our introductory post was to write about our perfect day as a family in NOLA. Well, that certainly wasn’t hard to do! There is nothing quite like experiencing the distinctive character and history of our area than with my family; there are so many choices and options of what to do, it is almost too hard to have just ONE perfect day when living here. In truth, living here is pretty darn awesome most of the time.
As I started to write my original post (am I the only person who will write and rewrite something 10 times?), I realized that growing up, I always took living in the New Orleans Metro area for granted. I always assumed that everyone had an area full of history, natural beauty, character and great restaurants that they called home. Having grown up in the River Parishes, I had access to several antebellum/plantation homes, a view of the Mighty Mississippi that was practically at my front door, and I was only a 20 minute drive from downtown.
Where else can you get up in the morning, take a bike ride on the levee along the Mississippi River and then stop in at the Farmer’s Market to “make groceries?” Or, on any given day, have access to great food and enjoy the simple joys of strolling down Magazine Street, riding the streetcar or stopping in Audubon Park for a picnic under the oak trees? Of course, for our family, a perfect day would include taking the boat out for a little late afternoon fishing and coasting while watching the sun set over Lake Ponchartrain.