Mardi Gras Madness!

I had big plans, you guys. I was totally going to be an adult and prewrite some posts for the whole time we were gone, and then I was going to get right on it and tell you all about our fabulous trip as soon as I returned. I didn’t. All my good intentions, before I left, were swallowed up by packing and scanning dog vaccination records and a flurry of grading. I did spend some time working while I was in NOLA, but I did not spend any time here. Then when I returned, it was all unpacking and “the kids need lunches, but all we have is pie crust and condiments” and, well: I’m just getting back to this now.

Sorry. I’ll make it up to you with a series of fun Mardi Gras photos, how’s that?

We begin with our traditional arrival breakfast of beignets at Cafe du Monde. The kids are getting older, but somehow they're not making any less mess with the powdered sugar.

We begin with our traditional arrival breakfast of beignets at Cafe du Monde. The kids are getting older, but somehow they’re not making any less mess with the powdered sugar.

Mom and I went for a run through Audobon Park, then stopped to see Dad. He is in such a beautiful, peaceful place.

Mom and I went for a run through Audobon Park, then stopped to see Dad. He is in such a beautiful, peaceful place.

This is how close we got to a pack (pack?) of wild pigs that live in Honey Island Swamp.

This is how close we got to a pack (pack?) of wild pigs that live in Honey Island Swamp.

Gabby caught this awesome insulated cup at Nyx. I look forward to drinking many vodka tonics out of it this summer.

We caught this awesome insulated cup at Nyx. I look forward to drinking many vodka tonics out of it this summer.

I walked past the tablets at the Tulane bookstore and discovered that Gabby had already been there. Wonder what clued me in....

While at the Tulane bookstore, I discovered that Gabby had been checking out the tablets. Wonder what clued me in….

....sigh....

….sigh….

 

Cam and I sampled all the hot sauces except for those in this "sign this first" case.  This is a good time to mention that the kids kept their Barf On Every Vacation streak alive. This time it was Addie J Versus Shrimp and Grits.

Cam and I sampled all the hot sauces except for those in this “sign this first” case.
This is a good time to mention that the kids kept their Barf On Every Vacation streak alive. This time around, it was Addie J Versus Shrimp and Grits.

Here we see Dave, adorably walking the ladder up to the parade route with our friend's daughter.

Here we see Dave, adorably walking the ladder up to the parade route with our friend’s daughter.

I had to buy these for two reasons: 1. they are fantastic. 2. my dad used to delight in offering the bag to people, and asking if they liked Hot Nuts.

I had to buy these for two reasons: 1. they are fantastic. 2. My dad used to delight in offering a bag of these to people at home, and asking if they liked Hot Nuts.

No, No, Mardi Gras is not for families at ALL.

No, No, Mardi Gras is not for families.

Not At ALL.

Not At ALL.

 

But we somehow manage to have a good time, just the same.

But we somehow manage to have a good time, just the same. Happy Mardi Gras!!


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