Monday, February 8, 2016

Weigh In (2/6) + Mardi Gras time!

First things first, I had a great weigh in this week...


I'm creeping closer and closer to 60 pounds lost! I'm really feeling some momentum, and I'm starting to truly believe that this is the year I will finally see ONEderland (weight in the 100's) again, and reach my goal weight (still yet to be determined).

Karinne's wagon parade on Friday was soooo cute! The parade was made up of Pre-K4 and Kindergarten students, and their 6th/7th grade buddies pulled their wagons. Man, some of the parents really went all out on the floats! Like, they actually BUILT things, and used things like papier mache! Some of them really had to get creative if they didn't have a wagon (I assume), because there were kids in wheelbarrows, boxes build on to hand trucks... it was awesome! I went to Party City and bought a bunch of Mardi Gras decorations and Marc decorated her wagon with that stuff.

Karinne in her wagon
Coming around the bend!
Being silly after the parade

Selfie!
Saturday was Samedi Gras, aka the Saturday before Mardi Gras, aka Endymion Saturday! As I said in my post on Friday, it's the largest Mardi Gras parade and we're fortunate that we live only a block from the route; we're also fairly close to the start of it, so we don't have to wait too long for it to get to us. I made some really healthy dishes (NOT!)--Rotel cheese dip with sausage, and Ooey Gooey Bars. I added chocolate chips to half the pan of bars, and man--that was good. It was my first time making them, and the directions really stressed the importance of not overbaking, so I ended up slightly underbaking them. They were just extra gooey ;) We invited a few friends over who we met through daycare and school, and we ran into another school friend who happened to be at another party across the street from us!

Friends!
The best time of year for a NOLA kid!
The parade lasted about 3 hours, and the kids had a blast! This is the first year we were able to stay for the entire parade; in the past, the kids have always gotten way too exhausted to finish it. They got tons of beads and blinky toys; Ryan got a really awesome sword, but on our way home he tripped and smacked his head on the pavement, thus dropping it. We forgot about it until we got home; Marc went back to see if it was maybe still in the road, but it was gone. (Ryan's OK, by the way!)





I didn't take a single picture of the actual parade this year, so here are a couple of pictures from Endymion 2014. The Lead float is the same, and you get an idea of how extravagant the floats are; I should work on taking more photos!



Sunday morning, we took it easy. Marc and I were super sore from holding the kids on our shoulders for so long, plus just standing up for most of the day. I did manage to get in my 4.5 mile long run though!

FYI, we are off work tomorrow for actual Mardi Gras day, so expect more Mardi Gras pictures later this week!

How was your weekend?

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