Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Orleans!

I recently took a little trip to New Orleans to see our friends, Jen and Mark, meet their new baby, Jane, and have my very first Mardi Gras experience.  Our friends, Lauren and Andrew, were also there visiting, so it was a great time to go down and see everyone!  Poor Brad couldn't get away from work, so I had to have enough fun for the two of us...

When I first got there Saturday afternoon, we had first experience with those guys!  They were good, but a lot of work!

On Sunday, we spent the entire day watching parades.  I was amazed at all of the parades and all of the people.  The parades we have around here are so dinky, and I have never had any interest in going to them.  These parades, of course, put any parade I have ever seen before to shame.  

Someone explained Mardi Gras as being like a tailgate with beads and floats and marching bands, and that is really a good way to describe how our Sunday was.  Oh yeah, and wigs!  We just didn't have any football...

Monday Jen and Mark both had to work, so Lauren, Andrew, and I went out to breakfast and then spent a little time going in some of the shops on Magazine Street.  Jen came home early from work (it was her first day back from maternity leave!), and we lazed around that afternoon.  That night we celebrated Mark's birthday with dinner and king cake at the house.

I came home on Mardi Gras day, but we did spend a little bit of time walking down along the parade route before I left.  Everyone was in costume or decked out in their Mardi Gras colors.  People were so creative and funny with their costumes.  It was people watching at its finest -- and I thought Disney World was good.

I loved getting to meet sweet Baby Jane.  She is a precious little thing, and it was fun to get a baby fix for a couple of days.  She was a real trooper through all of the Mardi Gras madness, too!

I love going to visit Jen and Mark in New Orleans.  They are the best hosts, and they really know how to show their company a good time.  I can't wait to go back sometime with Brad so that he can see the city -- we will just have to plan around farming!

(All pics stolen from Jen's Facebook page...)


Ashley said...

Looks like so much fun! Glad you had a great time! = )

I'maNolaGirl said...

Come back!!!!!!!! We miss you already! What an amazing weekend. I loved introducing Jane to you. If she could talk, I know she's be asking about her Aunt Christie.

I also loved being able to share Mardi Gras with you. It is such a special season here that is often misunderstood. To get to give you an inside look at the local's version was just the very best!!!

By this time next year, I'll likely
have a few new wigs for you to select from!

LP17 said...

It was fun to be with you ladies. There was so much going on all weekend I needed this post to reflect on how many great memories were made!

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