Monday, February 27, 2017

Inaugural NOTC Mardi Gras 5K and Caesar Parade

Last Saturday officially kicked off Mardi Gras for us. That morning, Jeff and I ran the first ever Mardi Gras 5K race, put on by NOTC. The course was on part of the Metairie parade route, starting at Causeway and Vets, going down to Bonnabel and then all the way to West Esplanade, and back. It was a great morning, although a little warm out, and I actually set a PR: I finished in 36:13 with a pace of 11:41.

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I picked up our first crawfish of the season from Rouses for Kenny and I to have for lunch and got sweet cuddles from my boys when I got home. Rory hadn’t been feeling the greatest, so we weren’t sure what that meant for our evening plans.

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The Caesar parade, one of our Metairie favorites, rolled that night. Unfortunately, Kenny and I decided that it would be best for Rory to skip the parade, so Riley and I went on our own to meet everyone.

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It was a nice night, lots of friends and family showed up, and Riley was really into seeing the floats this year. It was a great way to start off another fun Mardi Gras season!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Billy Joel, Harry Potter, and Valentine’s Day

On February 10, Kenny and I had a really fun night out. We went to dinner at Willa Jean and then to the arena for a Billy Joel concert. It was such a fun show; Billy even interspersed New Orleans songs in between his hits. We had an amazing time!

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Two days later, on Sunday, February 12, something I have been patiently waiting for finally happened. It was earlier than I thought it would be, and I’m still not sure it was the right decision, but it’s done. Riley and I started reading the first Harry Potter book. And he is hooked. I LOVE it.

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Two more days later, we had a few surprises waiting for the boys at their breakfast table when they woke up on Valentine’s Day. They each got Valentine socks and candy. Rory chose to give his school friends a York (just like Riley did last year), while Riley chose to give Scooby Doo gummies. And, with only a little help from me with the “y,” Rory signed his own name on his Valentine card to Mrs. Claire and Ms. Lisa. I was so proud of him!

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Kenny and I had a belated Valentine’s dinner at home last Friday. It was so nice actually sitting together at our table and chatting all evening. Thanks for a fantastic night, Baby!

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Have a wonderful {Mardi Gras} weekend, everyone. I’ll have lots of parade recaps to tell y’all about next week. Be safe and have fun!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Surprise Birthday Trip to Orlando, Part Three

Monday was Jackie’s actual birthday, and we got a slightly slower start. But we were still in the parks before 10am. Since we had done so much the day before, we took it a bit easier, but we still did lots. It was a gorgeous day!

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Jackie mentioned wanting to eat in the Leaky Cauldron, so we went over to Diagon Alley and had a late lunch there. It was so good. Plus we made a new friend outside of the restaurant.

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We wandered around after lunch, caught the Horror Make-Up Show (which was highly entertaining), and met some very tall Mardi Gras jesters.

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The birthday girl wanted to go to the Chocolate Emporium for dinner, so that’s what we did. And before we knew it, we were back at the resort saying goodbye to everyone. Kenny and I had a really early flight on Tuesday morning, so we wished Jackie one last Happy Birthday and said goodnight and goodbye.

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The boys had a great time at Nola and Nopsi’s, and Jackie and Pat got one last day in the parks before they drove back to NC. I got these gems texted to me.

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Jack, I am so very glad that it worked out for us to come surprise you. We had so much fun, and I am so honored I got to spend your birthday with you. Two years in a row! Love you, friend. Happy Birthday!

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