Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Family Fun Day(s)

I don't normally write much about our day-to-day lives, but I really wanted to post about the fun we had over the July 4th holiday. Since Marc's schedule is somewhat unpredictable, we don't always make the most our of our weekends. Also, because we both work, a lot of cleaning happens on the weekends; we've been working to improve that lately, and it paid off because instead of spending last weekend cleaning house, we were able to get out and enjoy some time with the kiddos.

I was off work on Friday and Marc was working, so it was just me and the kiddos all day. We didn't do much--went to Chick-fil-a for a while for lunch and the park later on. The kids' bike helmets were in the car, and they insisted on wearing them. I wonder if that says anything about my driving?

When Marc got home, I went to the gym and rode the bike for 35 minutes, then hopped on the treadmill and ran 5 minutes and walked 5 minutes. I like to read my Kindle while on the bike, and I started Geneen Roth's Women, Food, and God. So far, it's really, really hitting home. I'm planning a few posts in the future to talk about it. 

Friday evening, we went to City Park's "3rd of July" event. The United States Marine Corps Band plays from 7-9, and then they have fireworks. We've always been pretty strict with bedtime, so we've never taken the kids to see fireworks before. This was also our first time seeing fireworks on Independence Day since, oh, 2008? We were in Korea 2009 & 2010, and in 2011 it was the day we were moving into our new house and I was 9 months pregnant and exhausted. Needless to say, it was a pretty big deal for us to go this year! We ate dinner, and then walked to City Park a little after 7. They both hated the loud noise; Karinne watched with her hands over her ears, and Ryan refused to look. I hope we didn't traumatize the poor kid! Overall though, we had a lot of fun!

We packed tortillas as one of our snacks, and in typical New Orleans fashion,
Karinne decided she needed a mask. 
Ryan pooped out around 8:30; we didn't mind since that meant we didn't have
to chase him around.
Walking home after the fireworks ended. They're a little tired ;)
Marc and I were hoping the kids would sleep in a little bit on Saturday since they didn't get to bed until 10, but alas, they were up by 7am. We wanted to get some donuts, so we decided to go to District Donuts on Magazine Street since our usual place was closed for the holiday. I've heard so many great things about District, and ohmygoodness I'm so glad we finally went. It was delicious. I did not take any pictures of my Berries 'n Cream donut, but I should have! It was not-too-sweet cream filled with strawberries and blueberries inside and on top. Yum!

Ryan ate his donut, finished Karinne's, and ate another 1/4 of a donut
before we finally cut him off.
Karinne insisted on wearing her crown. 
After breakfast, we headed to City Park. We decided to rent this bike contraption that we always see people riding on the weekends, but have never done ourselves, and it was so fun! Hot as balls, but fun. It was about 900 degrees outside with 300% humidity, and since I wasn't planning on doing physical activity when we left the house, I was wearing jeans. Lesson learned--always be prepared! Haha. I didn't take any pictures because we were having such a good time, but here's a picture of the bike thing:

Marc and I pedaled and the kids sat behind us facing the opposite direction.
For lunch, we went to Parkway Bakery, a restaurant known for their po' boys. We hadn't been there since we first moved to New Orleans, but I just had a craving for a good sandwich. I had an alligator sausage po' boy, Marc and Karinne shared a gigantic shrimp po' boy, and Ryan munched on a grilled cheese. We also had fried pickles. Everything was delicious!

After lunch, it was time for naps, and we just kinda chilled out for the rest of the day. It was perfect!


  1. Sounds like a great weekend! Those donuts look fantastic. I'd love to ride one of those contraptions- I bet you can get going pretty fast with two people peddling. Your kids are super cute!

  2. Awesome weekend indeed! Looks like the donuts were a hit!

  3. I love an awesome weekend with the kiddos!

  4. I am having such food envy reading this! I've started that Geneen Roth book but never managed to finish it. It's actually on my to-do list for my flight this weekend. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about it!

  5. Love this post. Your kids are adorable! You should do more posts about the day-to-day stuff you do. I loved reading it!


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