Are you ready for this week? It is BUSY!

Last weekend was so busy, I can’t believe all the things that were going on!  I don’t think anything got rained out, but it sure was yucky on Sunday.  We came home from church and watched Christmas movies all day.  What a nice relaxing time before this CRAZY week!  There is so much happening this week and weekend.  I hope you are all ready! And, as promised in my first post, I am including one of my family’s favorite quick and easy (and cheap!) recipes at the end, so keep reading!

Also, there are some things that happen every week (story time at the library, playgroups, etc) that I don’t have listed unless they are special.  If you want/need a list of those things, email me and I will make sure to get you a schedule!

*Chick-Fil-A Gause is offering free cups of coffee every morning this month from 6-10:30 am.

12/5 – CANCELLED!!!!!! The parade is moved to next Monday, 12/12.  Tonight at 6 pm is the Christmas parade in Picayune.  I’m not sure the route, but GPS Goodyear Blvd and I’m sure people will be lining up.  **There is talk of this being cancelled due to rain!  They won’t make that decision until later today, so use your best judgement or contact City Hall of Picayune later today to find out if they are still rolling.

12/6 – Winter Crafternoon at the Slidell library between 4 and 6 pm.  These are advertised for ages 5 and up, but 4 year olds can participate (with lots of help).  This week they are making an ornament!

12/7 – Read with a pup at the Slidell library starting at 3 pm.  You must have a reserved time, so call the library to make a reservation!  This is an AMAZING program for kids who need help reading, or kids who would just like to read to a dog!

12/7 – Polar Express Story Time at the Lacombe library at 6 pm.  A reading of the Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg plus hot chocolate and sugar cookies!  There will also be a craft to make.  This sounds like a lot of fun!

12/8 – Family Dance Party at the Slidell Library at 6:30 pm.  This sounds awesome!  How much fun is dancing with your kids at the library?   I’m sure this is being held in the meeting room, lol.

This brings us to the weekend.  I’m not sure how to pick which things to do; there are soooooo many.  And, I know there are things I missed!

12/9 – Pearl River Christmas at 6 pm – Decorated trees, a fireworks display, live music and Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The celebration takes place at Town Hall, on Willis Alley.

12/9-10 – Christmas Under the Stars at Griffith Park in Slidell.  Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 6 pm each evening.  Bring your camera to take your pictures with Santa!  There are also decorated trees, a nativity scene, and Christmas cottages to enjoy.

12/9-10 – Holiday of Lights at Koop Drive park, Mandeville.  Starting at 6 each evening, there are kiddie rides, lights, and Santa!  The pictures with Santa are not free, and there is food available to purchase, but the rides and light displays do not cost anything!

12/9-11 – A Cajun Christmas! at Journey Fellowship Church in Lacombe.  You will need tickets to this event but they are free.  This looks like a real Christmas pageant about a little girl named Anabelle (so you know we have to go!).  Go to for tickets.

12/9-11 – A Mandeville Christmas Live Nativity at First Baptist Church in Mandeville.   Starting at 6 pm each evening, you can walk through a living and narrated Christmas Nativity tour with live animals.  We went a few years ago and found some scenes a little scary for Charlie (I think he was 5 at the time), but it was just at the very end so we skipped out before the last tableau.  I highly recommend this event!

12/10 – A Cajun Christmas at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 2-4 pm. This is where Wild Things is held in October.  Santa will be there for story time, cookies, and hot chocolate.  Santa will be available for free pictures.

12/10 – Dinner with Santa Cow at Chick-Fil-A Gause from 3-5 pm.  Santa Cow and Elf Cow will be there for pictures and there will be holiday activities.  I would assume that means crafts and games, but I’m not sure.

12/10 – Winter on the Water and Santa’s street parade in Mandeville along the Lakeshore.  The parade starts at 4 pm. on Lakeshore drive at the harbor and ends at the Gazebo with lighting of the oaks at 5:15.  After, there is a boat parade.  And, of course, pictures with Santa!  Bring your camera.

12/10 – Lights at the Lake at the New Canal Lighthouse on Lakeshore Drive (in New Orleans) from 4:30-8 pm.  There is a boat parade, lights, local school choir performances, and Santa.  Free admission

12/10 – Kids Christmas Party at Christ Episcopal Church of Slidell from 7-8:30.  There will be crafts, games, music, stories, snacks, and more.  RSVP at 985-643-4531.

12/11 – Santa Sunday at Nonna Randazzo’s Italian Bakery at 10 am.  If you haven’t already talked to Santa, here is another chance!  Free cookie decorating, face painting, coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, and pictures with Santa (according to their website).

12/12 – Milk and Bookies at the Slidell Library at 10 am.  Meet with Santa and enjoy milk and cookies, do a craft, read a holiday book, and sing some songs.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a gently used or new children’s book to donate to a local nonprofit.

12/12 – Tonight at 6 pm is the Christmas parade in Picayune.  I’m not sure the route, but GPS Goodyear Blvd and I’m sure people will be lining up.

12/14 – Pajama storytime for preschoolers at the Slidell library at 10:30 am.

12/15 – Visit with Santa at the South Slidell Library at 10:30 am.  Seriously, please don’t say you haven’t been able to meet Santa!  But, if you still haven’t, he will be at the South Slidell library for a meet and greet and photo session.  Bring your camera!

Finally, the whole month of December – Miracle on Fulton Street, New Orleans.  Daily snowfall, twinkling lights, a giant tree, and gingerbread display.  Santa and live music on the weekends.  Plus, lots of the hotels have phenomenal light displays!  If you have a free afternoon, you could definitely do a walking tour of the quarter and get in the holiday spirit!

Phew.  I am tired just thinking about all the stuff on my calendar.  It is a bit overwhelming!  So, what about eating?  Yes, the events are free, but my family still has to eat.  And the twins don’t appreciate going more than 2 hours without food!  I am always very careful to plan ahead before we begin our day.  I pack snacks and a picnic lunch so we don’t have to hit fast food.

I also make sure I always have the ingredients for my chicken tortilla soup at home!  It can go in the crockpot or on the stove, and it takes no more than 5 minutes to put together.  And, you can customize it to fit your family’s taste!  You can use low sodium/low fat soups to make it a bit more healthy also.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 can Cream of Potato soup
  • 1 can Chicken Broth
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 can Corn
  • Chicken (I use left over chicken or a can of chicken)

Put all the ingredients in a pot and heat thoroughly.  This is some of the best soup I have ever made or had.  Seriously, try it.  I serve it with flour tortillas or chips and I like it best sprinkled with cheese.








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