Friday, February 20, 2015

Five on Friday--Mardi Gras edition

I LOVE Five on Friday and am happy to link up with the girls of Five on Friday! I love to read what people post and what's been going on in their lives. The past week (or honestly, two) for us has been Mardi Gras, Mardi Gras, Mardi Gras. It deserves its own post, so here we go...

ONE.  Fun fact--Did you know Mardi Gras originated right here in Mobile, our adopted home? Everyone THINKS it's New Orleans, but Mobile is the home of Mardi Gras. And proud of it!

TWO. My boy got into it.  Just like everything else, B (now almost 5) got into this new tradition.  We had Mardi Gras Day at school:


It was so much fun! He enjoyed centers (necklace beading, mask making, king cake making, and moon pie tasting station).

B also likes parades. The more throws he received, the better. Moon pies, cups, beads, peanuts, footballs, Frisbees, hoops, yucky stuffed animals...we now have it. He enjoyed watching several different parades, and so did I:

Don't I look like a natural?

THREE.  The parties and balls. We were so fortunate to be asked to several. It was a lot of fun to get dressed up and attend different functions. They were all very different and reflected the traditions of the various societies who held them.  By the end, though, this girl who usually goes to bed at 9 p.m. was running out of steam. Probably my favorite was an afternoon lawn party:

And, it was great to have some date days/nights with H!

FOUR. The fashion.  Oh my. We saw it all. Some very Jackie O and appropriate. Some short and tight...and...whoa. But it's white tie and tails for the balls. (See below).  And one of the parties we attended mandated hats (see also below):

FIVE.  STILL VACATION!  I would be remiss in my account of the whole Mardi Gras experience if I didn't share that it means a whole week out of school for the B man. You read that correctly. Not exactly easy for the working parent, but B has fully enjoyed his time off. On Monday, he enjoyed a day at the park with his sweet babysitter:

When the weather got cold and gray on Fat Tuesday, we headed to Pump it Up with some friends and hit Chic Fil A for lunch (always a treat). Wednesday he enjoyed a trip to the Exploreum to see the new dinosaur exhibit. So all in all not a bad week at all for this guy!

Have a great weekend!

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