I thought this picture would sum up our 2011 Mardi Gras season perfectly...Cruz's face is priceless! Needless to say, our Mardi Gras had a much different feel this year since we had a baby in the picture...one of those moments, and yes, even though Cruz is 6 months old I still have them, where I wonder if I'm really in charge of a child - 24/7. Love love love our little fireball, but having him is still a reality check sometimes...everyone needs a good dose of reality every once in awhile!
We made it to one day/night of parades, although Cruz didn't last as long as we hoped...I'm not sure why we thought he would, our son loves to be in the middle of EVERYTHING so of course there was no chance of sleep in the midst of all those lights and sounds! He loved it though, especially at the beginning...and he actually scored some great stuff! Cruz finally landed us some big beads (which Adam and I have been trying to get for years), a spear, some stuffed animals, and other stuff. All in all, it was a great day and everyone had fun...until actual Fat Tuesday, while we were snuggled up at home watching the parades in the rain and eating king cake - I realized this might be our last Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Super sad realization, and I didn't like it. I already asked Adam if we could come back next year since we'll be in the States, so don't be surprised if we show up on your doorstep! Love this city and all it has meant to us the past few years...saying goodbye will be so hard.