Since Matt has taken on a new role at work, he is traveling more. His travel happened to fall during Spring Break, so I decided to take the boys to my parent's house and New Orleans for a few days of fun.
We left on Monday morning to head to Centreville. We decided to stop in Jackson to eat lunch with Fran. We met at McAllister's and enjoyed a nice visit and lunch before getting back on the road to Centreville.
We got to Centreville and to boys went about choosing which room they wanted to sleep in, and Trent had fun taking pictures of my school pictures from elementary school and laughing at them. I told him that I was lucky and we didn't take nearly as many pictures when I was a kid. I can't wait to make a slideshow for his wedding. ;)
I decided to take to boys to see the gun in the street. Legend has it (or so I like to say) that some crook threw the gun in the wet cement to get rid of it, but over the years the concrete has worn down and shown the gun. Matt was upset with me because he said I never showed him the gun. I really thought I had, but who knows. :) Here is a pic of the boys checking it out.
After we ran a few errands, we decided to play a game of Mexican Train. Jack is REALLY good at this game, and when we decided to stop and save the rest of the game for another night, he was winning by A LOT. :)
We got up early on Tuesday morning to head to NOLA, and the boys and I sat in the back seat and tried to play car games. We played Papaw's game where you count the animals on your side of the road. You had to go back to zero when you pass a cemetery on your side, and the boys got really irritated with that game because there seemed to be a lot of cemeteries. :) Once we crossed over the state line into Louisiana we stopped at the Welcome Center to pick up coupons and ideas of things to do on the trip. Jack thought the alligator door knob was especially cool.
On the way to New Orleans I posted on Facebook that was where we were headed, and Hannah (my niece) texted to tell me that's where she was. We told her that we'd meet her for beignets and coffee once we got down to the French Quarter. Little did we know that NOLA was going to be SO busy. The line to Cafe Du Monde was SUPER long, so we went to Cafe Beignet that still had a long line, but it was not nearly the wait of the other. Hannah met us and visited for a few minutes.
After our snack we headed to the WWII Museum. One of my parents' friends got us free tickets, and we were so thankful because the line at the museum was REALLY long. We got our "dog tag" and tickets to the 4D movie and we enjoyed a full day at the museum. The boys love history so they had a great time learning. It would take days and days to really get everything that the museum has to offer, but I will say that the movie was AWESOME! If you ever go, you must go to the movie.
This picture of Jack and my dad is one of my all time favorites. So sweet!
We thought that we'd have a pretty easy time finding a hotel for the night, but I was totally wrong about that. Everywhere in the French Quarter was sold out, so we found a room in New Orleans East and headed there. We went to a NOLA fast food restaurant that served seafood, and the boys were excited because they had boudin balls (not as good as Matt's by far) and free ice cream. We enjoyed a nice dinner and headed back to the hotel tired.
We had planned to go on an airboat tour, but the cold weather deterred us. I know that Matt was secretly happy about that because he really wanted to do that with us. So we headed back to the French Quarter to get beignets at the real Cafe Du Monde, and our timing was perfect. We sat right down and then the line began to form.
You know we play too much Pokemon because Jack kept calling this bird at "Pidgey" instead of a pigeon.
There was a street performer right outside the cafe and the boys enjoyed his music. He was very entertaining.
We ordered our beignets and coffee and hot chocolate, and the boys LOVED it! Of course, we had powdered sugar all over us, but that's part of the experience.
After our breakfast we headed to the French Market to buy some pralines for Matt and us. We love Loretts's chocolate pralines, but we were too early. They hadn't made any yet. We were super disappointed, but we walked around and shopped for a little while.
We went to St. Louis Cathedral with the boys. Jack was quite confused because he thought we were in New Orleans, not St. Louis. I had to explain that several times to him. They thought it was pretty cool how old the church was.
Since we couldn't go on the airboat tour, we decided to go to the aquarium and insectarium with the boys. They both really enjoyed the aquarium and took lots of pictures.
After the aquarium we headed to the insectarium. It is in a federal building so we had to go through tight security checks including taking our shoes off. The boys were a little confused, but I explained that they do that at airports, too. The boys favorite part of this place was the chance to eat bugs. I truly thought they wouldn't like that, but I was wrong. Who knew they would be so adventurous?
They also seemed to have a curiosity with alligators. ;)
After we finished at the insectarium, we headed home. Of course, we had to stop and eat at Middendorf's. Between the French Quarter and there, all three of us (me, Trent, Jack) fell asleep in the back seat. We had a great time and a great visit with Nanny and Papaw. :)