I can’t believe this is going to be my 6th Mardi Gras season here. We just re-financed out home, and “permanent resident of the greater New Orleans area” has a nice ring to it! Coming out of my fog from my dad passing, I realize I have so much to do to get ready for Mardi Gras and the kids’ Mardi Gras school vacation (yep – they get that week off). My cousin asked me if we decorate for Mardi Gras – yep sure do. I have a few things outside – totally bush league – but am trying. Inside I display all the cool throws and doubloons we have collected so far (still need to do that).

Now for the checklist

* Weight to lose before parades and balls begin – check (phew). I tend to gain more weight than the holidays during these festivities due to good food, adult beverages and my love for King Cake.

* Gowns – check – (got 2 consignment shop steals I adore).I think we are only planning on one ball this year and that works for me.

* Spanx – check

* Ball tickets – check

* Wagon to haul stuff to parades – shoot – ours broke last year and was shot out at the firing range. Gotta get a new one!

* Make plans to hit parades with friends and their families…must get on that.

Yes, folks…my kids will be at all the parades with me – it is very family oriented! Not all the 3 kids love parades equally, but all have a great time once they are there. As for hubby…he would skip parades, except the one he rides in if I let him. Nope -he never gets off the hook and always has a wonderful time!

Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll).