Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rabbits in the Yard

So, Vee's brother-in-law was mowing the lawn this morning when he found a nice surprise in the yard... Not one, not two, but THREE bunny rabbits!

So now I have one, Harriet has one and Lindsey and Kate have one. Now can you guys help us name them?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

History of Mardi Gras

My apologies for the lack of posts here, things have been super duper crazy this end. I mean, they usually are crazy but they're crazier than usual this year.

Today, of course, is Mardi Gras here in Loozeanna. Vee was never really big on the holiday, and that's because the way she was raised, her parents weren't big on it either. Anyway, folks dress up in crazy costumes and dance and party all night and throw beads at everyone and pretend to be kings and queens. So, being the history buff I am, I'm gonna tell y'all a little bit about Mardi Gras.

According to the site holidays.net, the ancient Romans probably started Mardi Gras. Or, the festival that Mardi Gras was based on. It was called Lupercalia, and it consisted of days of partying and drinking. Sound familiar? It should, read on.

The Christian church adapted the holiday as a way of helping the ancient Romans convert to Christianity. They decided to make it a last week or so of partying before the period of Lent, the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, which lasts usually about 40 days. I'm not Catholic so whatever...

Anyway, the holiday spread across Europe, and to make a long story short, the French brought the holiday to their new homes in America. The term Mardi Gras is a French term meaning "Fat Tuesday" -- Sophie and Avery would appreciate that one, I think. I'm still learning the language.

Read more at holidays.net.