It's been 18 years since I was last in New Orleans and I'm excited to be going back. When we moved to Texas, I thought, "we're only like 8 hours from New Orleans, we're so going to Mardi Gras." And so we are next weekend. I thought that it would be fun to take the kids to see some real parades, we are going the week before Mardi Gras. You see, in New Orleans, the parades start 3 weeks before Mardi Gras, so we're going for the second weekend. My mom and dad are joining us from Springville, UT and my little sister is coming over from Atlanta. Needless to say, everyone is excited.
We're going to see 2 parades and go to the zoo. The zoo in New Orleans was awesome and my kids love the zoo, so it'll be a lot of fun.
One of the traditions with Mardi Gras is the King Cake. It's basically a big cinnamon roll braided and made into a circle. You can get plain or they can be filled with anything. The tradition is to hide a plastic baby inside the cake. Who gets the baby will be "King" the following year and gets to throw the Mardi Gras party. At school, getting the baby meant you brought the king cake the next week.
So to get ready for our trip, we tracked down a King Cake. The King Cake isn't as nice as the ones in the Big Easy (New Orleans) but it was OK. Jon said that he wanted the baby Jesus when he saw it. Do you see the baby at the top on the huge crown. The baby was molded to the crown so we couldn't put it in the cake. I was highly disappointed. oh well, we'll get a real cake at Gambino's in New Orleans.
Shellie's really excited too, to be able to see the city that my family has talked so much about. We truly did enjoy our years there.
The King Cake that we got served another purpose too.
Can you see it? Look in the middle. There's another baby there too. That's right, we're expecting number 4. Shellie is due August 16 and we are really excited.
*Addition by Shellie to Peter's great post: We are very excited and anxious as can be. Peter has been so good to calm my nerves on a daily basis. I should add a picture of a needle to this becasue after the last baby my doctor did a ton (like 14 tubes worth) of blood work. It was found that I have a clotting disorder. So, I take a daily injection of a blood thinner. My belly, where I give the shots is now covered ironically in green, yellow, and purple little bruises from the shots. I am thankful for a good doctor and modern medicine. We will continue to pray that all will continue to go well and that we will continued to look forward with the peace and hope we have felt so far.