So I have been absent for a good little while.

My last three weekends have been extremely busy and things do not look like they are going to let up…

I have been traveling a bit, some work (NOLA), some pleasure (ATL) but all the time #hustling (explanation later). 

I feel like I have been constantly in and out of cars, boats and wearing out my shoes. 

So here is the deal…. This is a photoset (slideshow… MOM: press the arrow keys on the side of the above images)… that hits on a bit of the things I have been doing lately.

It starts in New Orleans at the LHSAA State Championships Class 5A…

1. West Monroe Assistant Coach Tony Osborne shares an emotional moment with his son and quarterback Connor Osborne (7) after the Rebels defeated the Carencro Bears. The West Monroe Rebels won the game 20-13 and claimed the title of 5A State Champions at the New Orleans Superdome on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

2. Jerit getting amped up about breakfast at Trolley Stop…
3. Gov. Jindal speaking to New Tech, a special program at Ruston High School.
4. Two bald eagles sit atop a mature cypress tree at Mollicy farms along Shiloh Creek. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy are working together to plant more cypress trees like this one to boost the ecosystem of one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the nation. 
5. Thousands of geese, ducks and other waterfowl take flight at Mollicy farms along Shiloh Creek. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy are working together on one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the nation. 
6. Grambling State University held its fall commencement Friday at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Arena in Grambling. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana Stephanie Finley gave the commencement address and Skyla Duncan gave the valedictory statement. Yanick Anagho, Yusuf Anderson and Christina Appleberry all react slightly differently as their class is called to walk across the stage.
7. The Monroe City School Board held its semimonthly meeting on Tuesday night at J.S. Clark Elementary. Fingers were pointed literally and figuratively by board members and the audience. Bishop Rodney McFarland, Sr. holds his head in his hands as Vice President Verbon Muhammad speaks.
8. Emotions run high in the same school board meeting, as both concerned parents and students speak.

9. Louisiana’s First Lady visited CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Home in Monroe on Thursday and helped decorate the Christmas tree. The performance choir from J.S. Clark Magnet sang a short program, danced and distributed Christmas cards to the residents. Aniya Edwards, a fifth grader, dances with Mrs. Jindal.

10. Louisiana’s First Lady visited CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Home in Monroe on Thursday and helped decorate the Christmas tree. The performance choir from J.S. Clark Magnet sang a short program, danced and distributed Christmas cards to the residents. 
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