Hello friends! As you may have noticed, I have been a bit absent on the blog as of late! Life has been crazy and hectic! Something that I would like to share with you guys, though, is a recent family trip to New Orleans! My husband and I were lucky enough to go to Super Bowl 47 in The Big Easy!!! My brother-in-law, Colin Kaepernick, plays for the San Francisco 49ers, so the whole family made the trip to support him and the team! And let me tell you….what an amazing experience! I AM SERIOUSLY SO GRATEFUL.
Our adventure began Thursday January 31st…Kyle and I (along with my sister-in-law Devon and brother-in-law George) boarded the 49ers Family & Friends charter plane after meeting up at Candlestick Park in the early morning.
Fast forward 5 hours….HELLO LOUISIANA!
So, once we arrived, we headed to our hotel to meet up with family, grab a drink and head over to the 49ers Family and Friends welcome party!
The party was tons of fun! Most of the players stopped by to visit with family and take pictures with friends and fans. There was a plethora of food, drinks, Mardi Gras masks and beads! Kyle and I hung out for a while before sneaking off with Colin for a little bit of alone time! I mean, geez, we never get to see him, so when we do it’s definitely nice to get some quiet time where we can actually talk to each other! The team had a midnight curfew, so after lots of visiting, laughing and hugging, we said goodnight. Kyle then hit the casino while I hit the sheets! Traveling makes me tired, man!
Friday morning we woke up to a gorgeous day:
First up on our to-do list: check out Cafe Du Monde and their world-famous beignets! The cafe was first built in 1862 and is located on Decatur Street down in the French Quarter….walking distance from our hotel (we stayed at The DoubleTree downtown). Kyle and I both went traditional: we each had a café au lait and a bag of beignets. And MAN OH MAN! Cafe Du Monde did not disappoint! The French-style beignets are sort of hunks of square-shaped dough that is deep-fried and covered in massive amounts of powdered sugar. I expected them to taste like doughnuts, but surprisingly enough, they tasted nothing like that! They have a unique flavor, and I highly recommend picking up a bag of these tasty treats if you are ever in The Big Easy. So yummy!
After stuffing our faces, we decided to walk around a bit. See what the French Quarter had to offer! And guess what? There are so many cool shops, street vendors, bars and restaurants…there isn’t enough time in the day for everything! Another positive? The weather! The weather was absolutely perfect while we were in town! So lucky!
Later in the afternoon we met up with our good friend Stephanie who was in town hosting some Super Bowl events and parties. And guess what?! She introduced us to one of her good friends who was also in town….SI model/host/actress/chef/comedian extraordinaire Chrissy Teigen!
Chrissy was unbelievably nice and stunning in person. Gorgeous, really. And she was nice enough to pose with me for a quick photo! Thanks, Chrissy!
Later that evening we met up with some family and headed over to Bourbon Street for dinner and drinks (mainly drinks)! Our first stop was a cute little spot called Saints & Sinners owned by Magic Mike himself, Channing Tatum.
We had a quick bite, guzzled some drinks, chatted with our waiter about the best local spots….and we were off! To drink! Hurricanes, grenades and sazerac’s OH MY!
So, after a fun-filled evening on Bourbon Street, the entire family met up at the 49ers team hotel to spend a little bit of time with Colin. The Marriot was nice enough to set aside a banquet room where the family could get together privately. And then….a surprise guest! Colin’s University of Nevada Reno football coach, Chris Ault stopped by to say hello!
It was nice to see the two chatting and catching up….and I’m fairly certain I heard the phrase “I’m so proud of you!” several times. Very sweet. Tons of hugs later, Colin had to leave and re-join his teammates. And the rest of the Kaepernick clan took to the streets of New Orleans for some late night exploring! Kyle and I walked over to where the Playboy party was being held to see if we could spot any rogue celebs. No such luck. Although we did catch a glimpse of Anna Faris being chauffeured in a black Audi over to the party. Her car was stopped in traffic for quite a long time so she occasionally hopped out and took pictures with fans. She’s pretty darn adorable, too! After our Anna-sighting we decided to call it a night and head back to the hotel.
Saturday morning we awoke to even better weather and wanted to get a move on! Didn’t want to dilly-dally and waste the day away lounging in the hotel. Too much to do! Too much to see! And, I was on a mission: to find the perfect Mardi Gras mask.
Got my fortune told in a voo-doo shop:
Aaaaand got to play with a giant Drew Brees head:
Even managed to fit in an actual sit-down meal:
Now for the fun part of Saturday. Our friend Stephanie invited us to accompany her and another friend to the DirecTV party that was being held at Mardi Gras World! The four of us hopped in a cab and jetted straight to the party. And guess what?! It was AMAZEBALLS! As soon as we arrived, we were handed drinks, being introduced to people left and right…..THEN JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TOOK THE STAGE. Justin Freaking Timberlake, y’all! We were all dancing and singing along….then Jay-Z came out! Yes, you heard me correctly. Justin and Jay-Z on stage together! It was literally one of the greatest concerts, like, ever! So much fun!
After the concert Kyle & I returned back to the hotel around 2 a.m. and decided to call it a night. A truly fun night with friends!
Sunday morning: Game Day. The big game. SUPERBOWL. Kick off wasn’t scheduled until 5:30 pm, but as soon as we woke up we started getting ready to go. Once the whole gang was dressed, downstairs and ready we headed over to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The stadium was about a fifteen minutes walk from The DoubleTree…once we arrived….wow. Just wow.
It’s hard to describe, but once we arrived, and put into perspective where we were and what was happening, it was just so surreal. We were going to watch Colin play in the Superbowl, on top of which was only his 10th NFL career start. How amazing/crazy/insane/cool is that?! It was pretty awesome.
Once seated, it was strange. Both Kyle and myself were so nervous, yet at the same time felt like crying. It is hard to put to words the feelings that rush over you. I know myself personally, I felt so proud and happy for Colin, like I knew this day would come. Just never dreamed it would come so soon.
Now, we all know the outcome of the game. The 49ers came so close, but ended up losing. And you know what? Losing is never easy, but it’s okay. I am so incredibly proud of Colin for playing such an amazing game, leading the team, and almost winning. But this is just the beginning. The beginning of something great. Like I said, I am incredibly proud of the whole team. What a great season!
I simply cannot say this enough….this was such an awesome trip and I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of it! Special thanks to Colin, Stephanie and Shawn for not only making the trip possible, but making it amazing!
Until next year……
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