Life has been too crazy around the pleasantly poor house. But a good kind of crazy. We moved into our new house, and a week later we went on vacation. Needless to say, we’re not really moved in yet. There are boxes and suitcases everywhere. We’ve gotten our family room set up with a couch, a couple of chairs, and a TV so we have a place to relax. And, thanks to my mother in law, our sons room is mostly in order. We’ve also managed to organize our kitchen, for the most part.
I don’t mind the chaos though, because after all, it’s our chaos. And our vacation was totally worth the added chaos.
We took our very first family road trip to Austin, Texas and back. To prepare for the long car rides with our six year old, we made sure to bring a lot of stuff to keep him busy. For starters, we put four movies on his kindle. Because we have Amazon Prime, we were able to download Prime movies onto his Kindle for 30 days. So once his Kindle was loaded with some good entertainment, we packed it in his backpack, along with headphones, coloring books, crayons, and picture books. I have also discovered that the library has audio books on an MP3 device that you just plug your headphones into, so I borrowed a couple of those from the children’s section. He did so well on those long stretches in the car, my husband and I were so proud of him.
The first stop on our trip was New Orleans! I had been there before several years ago with my mom, but my husband and son had never been. We walked all over the French Quarter, ate, drank, and were merry. My husband wanted to eat at a restaurant called Mother’s that he had seen on several of the travel/food shows that he watches. They are famous for a debris poboy. Debris is the beef that falls off the roast and into the gravy during roasting. Of course, at this point it’s so popular, that I’m certain they make it on purpose. The hubby had the Famous Ferdinand Special, a poboy with ham, roast beef, debris, and au jus.
After a day in New Orleans, we hopped back in the car for the drive to Austin Texas. My aunt and uncle were nice enough to let us stay with them while we were in town. They have a beautiful home on Lake Austin, and when we got up in the morning Mother Goose was there to greet us.
We spent most of the day on the dock by the lake. We had to be very careful not to get in the water though. The recent flooding had forced them to open the dam to let some water out, so the lake had a really dangerous current. We all did a little fishing and my son caught his very first fish, my husband was so proud.
That evening we went to my cousins wedding. She and her boyfriend had been together for nine years, but had waited to get married until it was legal for their LGBT friends could also get married. They had a really small, fun wedding. Most of the attendees were friends they had made in the graduate program in Austin, along with their parents, a couple of aunts and uncles, and my little family. It was a beautiful little space that was part outdoors, part indoors. Outside they had games of guests to play like corn hole, frisbee, and a giant Jenga game. It was a really cool wedding.
The trip back home was completely unplanned, so it was a bit of an adventure. We talked about stopping in Baton Rouge on the way home, but the one thing my little guy asked to do in New Orleans was to ride on one of the river boats he saw. We decided to find a swamp tour on the way home that would allow him to ride on a boat and see cool swamp things. We decided on a small town outside of LaFayette called Breaux Bridge, the crawfish capital of the world. There weren’t very many hotels to choose from there, so we stayed at the Microtel. It was a nice, cheap hotel with clean rooms, a fridge, and a pool. There are a couple of swamp tours to choose from in Breaux Bridge, so we picked the one that AAA recommended, Cajun Country Swamp Tours. We had a great time. The guide was really knowledgeable about the animals and plants that live in the swamp. He put my son in charge of counting how many alligators we saw. We saw nine! We also learned about Snake Birds, Great Blue Herrings, Red Winged Black Birds, and Little Blue Herrings. It was a great tour.