Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Carnival came to town!

Friday night was the local festival in our city. It is always a great time, Boo and Hunter look forward to it each year. Hunter wasn't here this year, but he will benefit from his sister's talent, that is for sure (more on that in another post).

This year, we went on Friday night, because it was supposed to rain Saturday. Perfect, because another local band was playing and we wanted the chance to see them.

The festival has a carnival, fireworks and not one, but two parades. While we will miss one parade, we might get to the other.

The carnival is small scale, only a couple rides and three or four games. Politics was huge this year, as our city is in the middle of a financial crunch of their own doing. City Council and Mayoral election booths were set up along the way.

Boo loves the rides. This year, she is to big for the toddler rides, and not quite big enough for the big kids rides without her brother (I don't do rides...ever. The Ferris Wheel makes me sick). So, she had the giant slide, flying alien ships and the swings.

She loved the swings, had a smile the entire time. She even struck up conversation with the girl next to her. I love watching her when she gets to do things like this, she is so happy.

And like so many other times, I ran into someone I haven't seen in 5 years. She walked right up, and I squealed like a little kid. It was great to see her, and I can't wait to catch up on what has been going on.

This year, they had a Mechanical Bull, and of course Hubby and a couple of his friends had to try it out. They all fit in perfectly with their lids (hats) and wranglers. The band made it even better.

Hubby did a great job, lasting pretty long. They even had a mode for kids, but Boo was having nothing of it. Not so much.

After some fair snacks, we settled in to listen to the music. Boo noticed some kids walking around with crazy hair, so asked if we could take a look. I didn't want to get her hair painted, but I let her get face painted and a hair accessory that lights up. It is pretty cool. She was happy, and it got better form there.

We found a booth that had light up necklaces that don't die after one night. They are battery operated, and have about 5 settings. Hers had a dolphin attached to it. She loves it! She begged to wear it to bed, but I could only imagine the light coming from her room if we let that one happen.

Note her cute Product (Red) hoody! A great thrift store find from our shopping spree.

The firework show was wonderful. We always sit right below the hill, so we lay back and watch the show. They always seem to top the last year, and this year was no exception. Boo had the best sound effects (Ooooo, Ahhhh, Wow). It is fun to listen to her.

City carnivals are always the best. You run into people you hardly see, spend a night with friends and good times.

And there is more to the story...for another day.


Shannon ( said...

Sounds like a great evening! I'm looking forward to the rest of the story!

Mrs. Schmitty said...

What fun!!!

Brooke said...

Y'know, Hubby is a man of many talents! Dancing, diving, bull riding, fishing, getting rid of bats....combine all of this with your fabulous dance (and reading and writing!) genes, and it's no wonder you've got yourselves some happy, active kids!!

Seriously, though, I don't think I've ever said this before, BUT....reading your blog completely brightens my day. It literally helps to restore my faith in humanity. So, um, well done!

Well Behaved Krissy said...

I use to love those swing things. Not so much any more. Carnivals FREAK me out... the people... they're creepy.