Monday, December 19, 2011

Abby's New Orleans Dance Competition and Our Stay

Saturday morning started early. Kristi and Abby were up early to get ready for her big dance day. Abby had to be up, fed, and dressed and ready for class by 8:00am.  Mary and I decided to sleep in a bit, or should I say she thankfully let me sleep in a bit.  She had no fear standing against our 43rd floor window!  Not me though.  My knees would get weak just standing next to it.  I hate heights, but I liked the view.  The big bed also proved to be enjoyably bouncy!

Kristi's dad and step mother (Papa & Granny) arrived late the night before.  Once everyone was up we got together to have breakfast.  I decided we needed to do something right by New Orleans so we walked into the French Quarter to enjoy a phenomenal Jazz Brunch at The Court of Two Sisters.  The food and presentation was first class.  The Eggs Benedict seemed to be a favourite at our table.

After breakfast we strolled back to the hotel by way of Bourbon Street.  I'll have to come back with Kristi another time so she can have the true experience of Bourbon Street at night!

When we got back to the hotel it was time for Abby to have her lunch break.  She finally got to see Papa & Granny.

After a full day of dance classes it was time to get ready for the night's competition.  It was a team effort to get Abby ready.

Almost time!  Abby was the 8th performance for the night which was great for us, but it made for a long, long wait to find out the results.

Here is Abby's performance:

After her performance we met in the lobby for some posing include a token Toddlers & Tiaras pose!

The results are in.  Abby placed 3rd in her category!  This is the first time she has ever competed her solo and she did awesome.  Since she placed, it earned her a spot to compete her solo at the national finals next summer!  Abby was so excited to get a trophy.

As for Mary..........well this was our favorite spot for her:

I really enjoyed the view from our hotel room.  I kept looking out to this one building pictured below.  The main building was a fairly plain box high rise, but the top was quites something different.

Papa enjoyed the view too.  It was fun to watch all the activity below at night.

On Sunday while Abby was in more dance classes, Mary and I passed the time running around the lobby outside the showroom.

Mary turned 2 at the beginning of the month so she got to enjoy some birthday presents from Papa & Granny!

Once Abby was done Sunday afternoon, we all set out to see a little bit of New Orleans. 

Here is my paparazzi style shot I'm going to submit to People Magazine
The nice face I got when I told Mary she couldn't touch anything at the jewelry store

We have flown over the Mississippi River a few times now, but this is the first time Abby has seen it up close and personal.  It was a bit chilly.

I enjoyed watching the Steamboat Natchez return to her berth.  The Captain made a really nice down-tide landing.

Some MARAD ships waiting for Unc to be reactivated so they can be broken-out for our next national emergency.  Maybe he'll ask me to join him next time!

As much as I wanted to have a bit of a more New Orleans style dinner experience, it was getting late and we needed something that would work with Mary.  Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is located along Decatur Street next to the French Market.  It perfectly fit the bill and the food was good.

After diner we walked back down Decatur Street to have coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde!  Yum, yum good!

Mary always had to be the first one in and out of the elevator.  We had to be very careful when it stopped at floors others than ours!

With stories read and all tucked in, it was time for sleep.  We had a great visit.  We'll definitely have to come back soon so we can really experience all New Orleans has to offer.


  1. I was glad to read your comment about hating heights. I do too. Every time I mention it to someone, I usually get a funny look and a "aren't you a pilot?" comment. So, it's nice to know I'm not alone!

  2. Yeah, I get the same thing from folks when I say that. For me it has always been my trust or control in what will keep me from falling. I just know if I touched that window it would fall out! Silly I know, but oh well.

  3. You said it, Geoff. Along the same lines, I do much better with windows than cliffs with no guard rails. See? Irrational fears can nonetheless follow a certain logic! :-)

  4. Congrats ... I am sure this is one of many more trophies to come!!


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