Friday, January 18, 2013

Planning a little trip!

Changed my header picture to Renee - getting ready for Mardi Gras!   I'm driving down in February to Jessica's and picking up two sisters-in-laws and Stephani on the way.  What a trip it'll be!  One sis lives only a few miles from us, so she and I will be leaving one day after she gets off work mid day.  Then we drive to Hudson Wisconsin to pick up Sue, and stay the night there.  Plans are to get up and leave by 4:30 am the next morning, so we can get through/around St.Paul/Minneapolis before the traffic is terrible.  Somehow, I fear, we will still have a lot of traffic. We head SW to Pipestone Minnesota to pick up Stephani, which I suppose we'll arrive there about 11 am.   Then on to Sioux Falls, SD and interstate 29 south!!!!   We'll stop again spending one night on the road before getting to Louisiana!  

Jessica has made up an itinerary for us and we will be VERY busy!  We'll probably arrive at Jess's on Friday late afternoon or early evening, and starting Saturday we are going to an 11 am parade, and then tour Avery Island, and Jungle Gardens.  That evening we're to do Painting with a Twist - can't wait for that!  I've been to Avery Island, but not the Jungle Gardens, so hopefully the weather will be fine. 
Sunday we're going to Floyd's parents to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year.  I've been there before to celebrate with their family and it is a lot of fun.   I'm excited for Steph, Sue, and Loretta to experience some really great food.  Floyd's step dad came from Vietnam and is such a nice man.  Their story of coming to the United States should be written down.  It is an exciting story of how they escaped their homeland in just a little fishing boat as a family with 6 or 7 little children.  Floating out in the ocean and later picked up, taken to camps in the Philippines, living in camps for a couple of years and finally getting sponsored to come to the United States.  Now the children all are grown up with families of their own, and doing very well for themselves.  Grandpa is now 102 years old and still very spry!  He takes care of a little garden, his fruit trees and has a few chickens that he gets out to feed daily.  He lives next door to Floyd's parents. 
Monday we're going on a Bayou Tour at McGee's Landing.   I have not done this yet.  We tried to one year, but after we got there it started to rain with thunder and lightning, so the tours that day were canceled.  It's a little drive, so we didn't make it back another day that year.  Then in the afternoon we're going to Shadow's on the Teche tour.   Later we're going to a Mardi Gras Costume Contest party.
Fat Tuesday, we're going to Houma for 3 Mardi Gras Parades.  Sure the weather is good for us!

Now that's a busy schedule!   Will see how well we stick to it. 

These are pictures of a couple of the costumes when we went to watch the contest a couple of years ago.  They're beauitiful!!!

Have been busy since the kids went home from their holiday visit here.  Now have been making curtains and valances for granddaughter for their new house, and getting pictures into frames that Steve has been making.  Will take pictures when done to show you.  They're turning out nice.   Seems like there is always something to keep busy with. 

Today our temperature shows 25degrees F, and we're suppose to have subzero temps and nasty weather starting tomorrow for the weekend.  Will see how bad it gets.  We really haven't had a bad winter so far.  We badly need more snow for the winter sport people.  Have a great weekend everyone.



troutbirder said...

Surely a long drive but looks like a lot of fun. Good luck....:)

Far Side of Fifty said...

You will have a blast! :)

Country Gal said...

Have a great time . Hope to see lots of photos hehe !

Leah said...

Have a wonderful time!

Sweet Tea said...

You're gonna have a wonderful time. One never knows what the weather will be like for Mardi Gras so bring a variety of clothes. What fun! (I live in the NW corner of LA)

Muffy's Marks said...

Oh you will have a blast, and besides all the fun that's planned for you, you will be WARM for a while!!! Enjoy!