Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Friday, March 4, 2011
She loved riding on Dad's and Grandpa's shoulders.
Is Ryker not so adorable?!
Jon took his notebook in so he could draw pictures of all of the animals. He did about 5 and they are really good. He was funny about it.
The petting zoo area. This picture does not show it but Arabella is about to pull her upper and lower lips apart and making a goat sound.
They had these combs that you could use on the goats- the kids loved it.
Yes we are one good lookign couple!
The Carousel was a huge hit!
I love that Joey!
Jon is always ready for some action.
The picture above is of the male gorilla. He exuded control- you could just tell he was the one in charge.
It was feeding time for the gorillas. We had a great time watching the zookeepers (standing just in front of Peter, Joey, and Grandpa) throw all sorts of veggies and fruit to the gorillas.
There is a huge old (like planted around 1800) tree at the zoo. You can climb it really well. The kids all loved it. We only let Arabella goe as far as I could easily reach her.
I have never seen Joey climb a tree so high without getting freaked out.
That night we had an early dinner/late lunch and it was delicious. I wanted seafood and I got it! Crabs, crawfish, and shrimp bought and eaten by the pound. DELICIOUS!
Jon is huge into shrimp and so he was in heaven. Joey and Arabella had some fried fish.
The whole crew!
Van is the man that started Peter and his family in the shaved ice business. His shack was still there and Saturday morning we ran into him at the parade. We had shaved ice on both Friday night and Saturday morning and it was so good!
Really bad picture of a pretty cool float in the Cleopatra parade.
Ryker got a great hat!
We rode the ferry on Saturday morning. It was pretty cool!
Jon got this sword the night before and it is still being played with a ton at our house!
Joey and Grandma on the ferry.
Oh what lovely masks. This is at the parade on Saturday morning. (Choctaw)
Joey wanted to get more beads than Jon Saturday and he did a pretty good job!
Check out the beads that Peter got for me. I saw this size the night before and I really wanted some and Peter did it! He begged some off of a float person!
We could not get her to smile for the camera but she really was having fun.
Does this given you any idea of how much stuff we got! We had a black garbage bag full of stuffed animals and other various toys. We have a copier paper box full of beads! It was like going to a fair or carnival and getting the prizes without paying money to play rigged games- really does it get better than that. Even better is that I will be donating all of the stuffed animals. And the beads will be put in plastice easter eggs for any easter egg hunts we go to and may be given away instead of Halloween candy.
This shows all of hte beads stuck in the tree and I wish I had turned the camera just a little so you could see them hanging from the phone lines.
The weight of the beads.
We rode the trolley down to the French market and then walked to Cafe du Mond for bignets-YUM!. There was a man making balloon art and the kids were begging. I said no but guess what he was closing up shop and gave them his last three creations and his hat.
Bignets for breakfast! YUM again!
Jackson square- so beautiful. There are street artists and vendors all around the square. I even bought a painting to hang in my entry. It was titled Golden Spring and it reminds of the light coming into the sacred grove so I plan to hange part of the first vision scripture story next to it.
And we had to go to Bourbon street at least for the photo!
My husband is great!
If you should ever decide to go to Mardi Gras, go the weekend before the weekend of; definitely go to a parade but not downtown unless you want to see some flesh; if you can go with someone who has been there before and knows there way around a bit; eat bignets, seafood, and the breakfast at Cafe Fleur de Lis was excellent! I would definitely go again!
These two movies are to show one a small portion of the great bands that were in the parades. They awere huge bands and really got into it! The other is Jon who could not resist getting into the beat and grooving.