Monday, November 10, 2008

Duck Duck Goose!

This weekend was proclaimed "MAN WEEKEND." We picked up Dalt on Thursday night from NOLA and it was all over from there. Friday evening the "big boys" left to make the trip to Cabela's to buy overpriced green and brown items they would not wear near enough to justify the cost and then off to LaCroix, the hunting lodge that would be their stomping ground for the next few days. It was opening weekend of Duck season in Louisiana!!!!

Lots of guns and dogs, lots of "outside", lots of food with no rules about serving size, lots of football with no women begging to watch reality TV or entertainment news! A man's best friend! LaCroix is a place where great big fat cajun men serve you gumbo in a mixing bowl, card games are plentiful and showers are few and far between(by choice.) It is the only place I know where early mornings are welcome to Ky, but only because they come with the understanding that there will be an early afternoon nap.

Once again I was told that hunting did occur. I even saw a picture of a few dead ducks with the promise that they would be plucked and cleaned and mailed to us for cooking, only to remember that I recieved the same promise a year ago this time. I have yet to see a duck in my freezer, much less tasted duck empanadas or duck gumbo, but I digress. The point of hunting in the 21st century is no longer "necessity", but rather "inevitability." Men love this activity, because their instinct tells them they have to! It is no longer a chance to provide sustinance for their children, but it does seem to provide substance to the relationships with them once they are old enough to join in the festivities! The art of killing something alongside your son is a time honored tradition that, I for one, hope never fades..even if that means I am destined to be alone several weekends a year. It won't be long untill the "little boys" are right there alongside the big ones, learning to play poker and to tell exaggerated stories and I just pray they will miss their momma as much as she misses them, even though she knows they are learning the lessons that will last them a lifetime... whether they know it or not! Did I mention Dalton even killed a goose!!!!-Tori

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


October is by far my favorite month in Louisiana! I have been obsessed with it since I was a kid. The weather is amazing, as it is one of the few months one can spend more than 20 minutes or so at a time outside. Not sure if it has been an unusually hot October, or if I just sweated alot more this year because I was chasing Beck all month while carrying a "heating element that we call Jett." Either way we only had two October weekends with Ky in the country and we made good use of them. Here are pics of just a few of the wonderful "Family Days" we had. Family Days are forever a "challenge," but ALWAYS worth it. Typicaly there is one breakdown per child/per event and at least one of us parents generally breaksdown too at somepoint. I guess I am just that mom who refuses to let things slow her down, always afraid I am going to miss something! October has brought many fun accomplishments to the Louisiana Mortensens...Jett is now squealing, laughing and recognized his mom and dad and smiles SO big when he sees us. He is more vocal than Beck was, which scares me since Beck has not given us more than 2 minutes of silence in the last 6 months! Jett can not, however, role his fat butt over! No worrys, as I have decided from what I have been told that "chubby babys aren't as willing to throw their weight around." Beck blows us away everyday with new things he has come up with. He runs in our room every morning, big smile in tow, proclaiming "Good Morning." He heard Ky sing Happy Birthday to Tyanya and readily wanted to sing it to his Honey while I was on the phone with her shortly only came out as Hapbuddy, Hapbuudy, but we were verry impressed. I am hoping soon he will be doing Jeslyn's rendition complete with the ChaChaCha. Not too many years ago, Octoberfest had a much different meaning in "Tori Land"(as Ky calls it), but nothing could be more worthy of celebrating than the past few weeks!