Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Easter and Crawfish in Lousiana

We left at 5am in the morning so the kids would sleep the majority of the way! It worked. Cooper only cried for about the last hour!!! When we got back to Louisiana, we grabbed SHRIMP AND OYSTER PO BOYS (subs) from Old Tyme Grocery. They are so delicious! Everytime we go to Louisiana, we get one. Who would have thought that fried oysters and shrimp make great sandwiches?

Then we drove to Chris' grandma's house, Grandma Zo, and visited with her. I crashed and when I woke back up 2 hours later it was time to go to dinner at Chris' dad's house for a crawfish boil! They were celebrating Doug's (step-brother) birthday and had 20 family members over!
I've never been to/had a crawfish boil! They bought about 100 lbs of crawfish to eat!!! Like shrimp with their heads left on, they are a little intimidating to look at and think 'I am going to eat you and you will taste good.' However, they are good to eat! For me, it was time consuming to get the shells off and harvest the yummy meat! Their shells are harder than shrimp and I got a few little ouchies from peeling them! (I don't know if that is the word that one would use to describe it!) Look at the size of my plate! I love it and wish it were that size at home!Cadence and Cooper visited with dog that was the size of these baby ponies! Cooper ABSOLUTELY loves dogs!!!We hung out at Melvin's and Barbara's most of the evening. It rained hard and was so beautiful! The kids liked playing in Grandpa's toy room with the other family that was there.

Sunday, we attended the Lafayette Ward where Chris was baptized. Chris talked with some of his friends there. I talked with some of mine (from Snow College.) The world is small when you are a Mormon! The kids looked cute in their Easter clothes. When Cooper wears his tie and vest, he is just smashing!!! We took this in front of Zo's grapefruit tree which she is so proud of! Cadence didn't want to wear the little jacket that I brought for this dress.I tried getting a picture of Cooper in his outfit all by himself, but he didn't want to be put down and he didn't want Zo to hold him. He wanted his mommy! He is still very handsome when he is mad!!!We tried to talk Zo into going to Melvin's for Easter dinner, but she declined. Barbara always cooks a feast. I thought this dinner would be different because Melvin had nose surgery while we were in Texas and her mom, Ella, had surgery right before we got there, but there was no disappointment on my part! They were like 4 kinds of meats, rice, gravy, sweet potatos, eggplant, fruit, veggies, cakes, cookies, brownies, pecan pie, etc. I was in heaven! Cooper loved the sweet potatoes and had orange poop for a couple of days!

After dinner, we visited with all the family that came to celebrate. This is Chris' dad, Melvin, and his brother, Ronald. Dee, Ron's wife, made the tastiest eggplant dish I have ever tasted! Loved it!!!! It was fun talking to Britney, Dee's daughter. Cadence thought she was the coolest!!!

Cadence loved having so many little kids around! This is Kaiden, Aaron's daughter. (Chris' step brother)

The kids enjoyed the car, jeep, ball, gas station, walker, big wheel and all the other toys in Grandpa's toy room.

When we arrived back at Zo's house, we heard more of her amazing stories. She loves to talk! She played the piano for us and Cooper wanted to try. Zo held Cooper while he banged on the keys! She thinks he is such a good baby and is so handsome!Daddy and Cooper had some bonding time on the piano too!

We all slept well that night!


Charlotte said...

a few years ago I went home (to Houston) with my friend Tayneshia. It was mothers' day weekend, and to celebrate, all men in the family planned a crawfish boil.

It was SOO good.

Tara Bergsjo said...

What a fun beautiful family! I don't know about the crawfish, they are kinda scary looking!

Mick and Tiff said...

What a fun vacation! How often do you make it back there? I am not so sure about all the fish stuff. I am not so good with that. Glad you had a wonderful trip.

V and Co. said...

i LOVE tara! ;)

Camille said...

Looks so fun!!! Yeah, I got released a week ago Sunday. They were so grateful to be rid of me! :)