Monday, April 20, 2009

New Orleans Easter Trip

We went to New Orleans again for Easter this year... It looks like it's starting to become a tradition! This time Daddy and the older kids got to go too! Here are some highlights from our trip....

We didn't get to leave until almost five on Friday evening because we had to wait for Scott to get off work. But once he got off work, we were packed and ready to go! It was a long trip, but I was really surprised at how well the Babies did. We got into New Orleans around 1:00 a.m. and it was almost 2:00 a.m. by the time we got to the Seminary and unloaded the car. After all that excitement, Natty was awake and ready to play! So Mommy and Nat stayed up until almost 4:00 playing this fun new game Natty discovered. It's called, "let's see how many things I can get into and how fast I can do it before mom stops me."
She loved it. I did not. She was great at it. I was not.

Needless to say, Wildwood East was completely re-decorated by the time Natalee left! We got up the next morning and headed over to Aunt Rhonda's and Uncle Chuck's. Aunt Kathy and Aunt Rhonda were there to greet us and hand out Mardi Gras beads. Natty was all about that!

The family on Aunt Rhonda's front porch at the Seminary about to head out to the French Quarter. We had a full day of shopping, eating and watching all the different shows!

Tommy petting a python.....

Tommy trying to get Natty to look at the horses!

Natty just chillin' at the FQ! Such a rough life!

Bubba and Natty Grace hit Bourbon street a little too early in the day!!

Natty started dancin' in her chair! Scott and I both think that she needs to go to sippy cups anonymous!

Getting ready to watch the street dancers perform, Natty was getting ready to nap! It was so past naptime at this point!

Natalee lasted about as long as she could (which wasn't long after the music started!) But you know, if she and Bubba didn't have to go to Bourbon street earlier in the day, she probably would've made it longer!! This should be a lesson to her! :)

Tommy soon joined his sister in dreamland! Sweet Angels!!

That night we went to Aunt Rhonda's and had a real Cajun feast with shrimp, crab, crawdads, onion rings, french fries, corn and potatoes!! By the time we finished we all needed wheelbarrows and pants with elastic waists!!

Tommy loved the crawdads!

Of course, being miserable wasn't enough... having to let out your belt still wasn't enough... we had to make it nearly impossible to walk but topping off the night with beignets from Morning Call!!

The kids got hats and the rest of us got miserable!! It was shear pain to eat those beignets, but they were sooo good!!!

The next day we went to church with Mamaw and then ate another feast at Lambeth House.

The whole family with Mamaw

Sisters! (and the Princess!)
Daddy dancing with his Princess while we waited for the food to be ready

While we waited for lunch, we took the Babies out to the courtyard and let them hunt Easter eggs. They LOVED it!!
Soon after lunch we went back to the Seminary, loaded up the car and headed home. It was a whirl-wind trip but a great time was had by all!! We really enjoyed getting to see family and spending a little bit of time with Mamaw. Hopefully we can spend more time with her again before the summer's over!! Love to all and great thanks to the bests Hosts!!!
Aunt Rhonda and Uncle Chuck - The best Hosts/Hostess in NOLA!!! Thank you for such a memorable weekend!! We love and miss you!!

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