Reflections on Mardi Gras 2015

Mardi Gras martians The busy holiday and Mardi Gras seasons are finally over!  As we usher in Lent, I'm actually looking forward to Spring cleaning, home renovation and warmer weather.

The past couple months have been a whirlwind from Christmas to New Year's Eve, celebrating a new life with Beau's first birthday and life well lived at Grandma Stella's memorial.  Of course, we capped it all off with an extraordinary Mardi Gras Day in the French Quarter!

This year's costume theme was "Mardi Gras Martians" and I think we hit it out of the park.

Thanks to free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime (I swear they're not paying me), I ordered inexpensive costume items and accessories from all around the world.  We already had Joey's green suit, blazer and top hat.  After a few crafting sessions and a some serious stroller decorating, our in-style in-vasion was complete!

The partying may be over, but we have plenty to look forward to.  Our backyard is coming along, our upstairs is almost complete and our exterior facade renovation is getting underway!  I can't wait to see what the rest of 2015 holds for both our family and our home.


A very vintage Halloween

Ringmaster, trapeze artist, strongman and lion tamer There are few cities in America that rival New Orleans for Halloween.  From our above-ground cemeteries to the ominous live oaks draped in Spanish moss... centuries-old historic homes and dark, twisting bayous... the scenery is as spooky as it gets.

Add to that: a party paradise, real haunted houses and some of the best food in the country!

I've celebrated All Hallows' Eve with my childhood best friend for years now.  Liz and I have pulled off some pretty epic costumes through our various Halloweens, but this took the cake.

The inspiration came from a baby strongman I saw online.  I dressed as a trapeze artist, Joe stood tall as ringmaster, we added Liz as the lion tamer and my neighbors Whitney and Jonathan as mimes.  Of course, in New Orleans costuming tradition, we made everything ourselves.

The only thing missing... was the big top.