This year for the Grand Marshal's Ball at the request of my niece I tried to step out of the box and be a little different, but it didn't really work out. Every year I get my nails done, buy a new pair of heels I end up taking off after the first hour and a half, a new purse to match my gown, and a new ponytail or two. Well this year I bought some nice earrings my niece and sister-in-law helped me pick out, but they didn't look right once I put them on with the dress. My niece tried to talk me into having my hair done, but I can't stand someone messing with my hair nor adding crap like weaves. I thought about a wig. Actually I bought one and wish I didn't. I am in NO WAY a wig person! So I ended up in my usual mode, which I was actually happy with.
This year at the ball seemed extra packed. The invitations said the doors close promptly at 10pm yet when we arrived there was a line out the door. Parking sucked because people still lingered from the last parade. They had the ballroom nicely decorated with balloons and Mardi Gras decorations. The court presentation was nice too. Only downfall was too many linedances with too many people doing their own versions. So many people were almost knocking each other over...lol.We had a few drinks and laughs. I wasn't bored at all. I think I was just happy to be free of children and have a much needed date night with Ernest, who was very handsome in his tux. It was a great night despite my not stepping out the box.
As I mentioned earlier we didn't tailgate this year. We had plans to, but Ernest wasn't feeling good at all. We had family downtown and I was suppose to meet up with them and my son Cordell. Let me just say that I will never go to the parades with just me and the boys again. At least not until they are teenagers. I got to the spot where the MAMGA parade begins. Couldn't find a spot to park without paying for it. Couldn't use my phone because the signal sucked, so I couldn't find anyone. Once the parade started my children were all over the place. Little Ernest yelling "Throw me something" and pushing people in the process. Robert was trying to gather everything he could find on the ground that people missed. A few people were nice enough to give the boys a few of their throws. Surprised when Ernest caught a little stuffed Mardi Gras bear. It was ok for a minute, but after it got too wild the boys wanted to leave. Wrong move! Silly me forgot that the MAMGA parade is the biggest parade and got stuck. So we waited until it was safe. But despite the chaos it was nice just to see my boys enjoy themselves.
For us Mardi Gras 2011 didn't end with a bang like last year, but we still had a good time and that's all that really matters. On to the next family event...