Thursday, December 13, 2007

swamp fest!

We went to Swamp Fest at the Audubon Zoo a few weeks ago. They did an elephant show:



Peter was more interested in his Mom than in the elephants on parade:


Mostly, Swamp Fest is like any other day at the zoo, except there are lots of local Cajun and Zydeco bands. Check out Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers:

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There was a good crowd of people who came just to listen and dance all day


Check out the Swamp Fest food options. Too bad Swamp Fest comes but once a year!


It was a tough choice. We went from line to line. But how could be pass on a soft shell crab po' boy sandwich?


We'll definitely be back next year.


Friday, December 7, 2007

Twas the Feast of St Nicholas, and all through the house...

December 6th is the Feast of St Nicholas. Family tradition is to gather that night to eat good food and to decorate the house for the holidays. See - here are some decorations:



We feasted on ham with pineapple and cherries, au gratin potatoes (with fancy gruyere cheese!), and sparkling pear cider:


Last night was Peter's first feast. We put him in charge of the gingerbread house, and he was a good little helper:




Yes, a good helper - that is, until he got distracted by crazy, springy Santa Claus:



Here is one of our 4 nativity sets:


After the house was decorated and Peter had gone to bed, we watched that old holiday favorite, The Jazz Singer starring Neil Diamond