Monday, January 7, 2013

It's Carnival Time!

Happy Monday!!!!! This little lady is back in full action! You might have noticed I've been pretty quiet over the last 3 weeks. Well it was the holidays. AND my hubby was on break so I spent every moment (when not at work) with him. Sorry that I'm not really sorry. But I did miss blogging and my blogging friends so it's time for me to make up for my absence now that classes has started back up for him.

I hope that everyone has had a fabulous start to 2013! It just amazes me how fast 2012 went by. It was a great year but I'm really excited to see everything that 2013 has planned for us!

One of my favorite things about living in New Orleans is the culture. And what is the greatest "cultural" holiday that we celebrate down here? MARDI GRAS!!!!!!! That's right, yesterday marked the Twelfth Night, aka Epiphany, which means the start of carnival season! What does this mean to us folk? Balls, parties, parades, king cakes, unlimited drinking and eating, guaranteed time off from work and even anywhere between 3-5 days off of school for the kiddos! Growing up, kids down here definitely think Mardi Gras is a national holiday and don't understand why others don't celebrate it. One thing I love about Mardi Gras is it really is what you make of it. It can appeal to every type of person. Want a wholesome, neighborhood parade that the whole family can enjoy for an afternoon? We got that! Want a weekend of camping out on the streets of St. Charles, grilling 24/7 with a fun mix of family and friends? We got that! Do you want to have that "anything goes" attitude and partake in the debauchery on Bourbon Street? Well of course we got that too! So stay tuned as over the next month I will be sharing with you the 411 of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Let the count down begin.... 35 days until Mardi Gras Day!! (Although the partying start NOW!)

Yesterday was a very special day for another reason as well... something way bigger. My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary!! How incredible is that?!? My brothers and I have been so blessed to have such wonderful parents and tremendous role models to show us what "marriage" truly means. I thank the good Lord everyday for blessing me with my parents who individually are remarkable but when together, they are so very extraordinary. Happy Anniversary Mama and Daddy! I love you!!!!


Ella {champagne+cardigans} said...

I CANNOT WAIT FOR NOLA!! Not only is it my first time visiting but its for my friend's Ball!! I have a beautiful dress, new Spanx and my flask - so ready to go :)

Happy Anniversary to your parents and I am THRILLED you are back!!


Nicole said...

So fun! I can't wait to read your posts.. from a true NOLA gal!!

Elle Noel said...

I started singign that song as soon as I saw your post will power is not ready for king cake! Happy Anniversary to your parents and welcome back girl!

Amber Dominguez said...

I've always wanted to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras! You're a lucky lady :)

Cari said...

Happy anniversary to your parents!

I can't wait to hear all about Mardi Gras

Emily said...

Happy Mardi Gras! After I graduated from Tulane and moved back to Indiana, it was so hard being around people who didn't understand that Mardi Gras is a big deal. I was surprised when people didn't even realize it when the actual day came! I miss the parades, day drinking, king cakes...everything!

Happy anniversary to your parents! 40 years...that's amazing!!

Helene said...

First year in many that I'm missing Mardi gras, I will have to live vicariously through you.

Cotton said...

Happy to have you back!! Happy Mardi Gras and Congrats to your parents!

Mary said...

Happy Anniversary to your parents!!

Ashley said...

Once we move to FL (hopefully this year!) our goal is to drive up to New Orleans and celebrate Mardi Gras one day! It sounds SO fun.

Happy anniversary to your lovely parents, too :)