Sunshine Day

We had an awful lot of fun yesterday, way more than I expected.  Seeing the boys enjoying themselves so much made me feel a million times better than I have in a while. 

We started off at around 12:30, and headed to Burger King for lunch.  I knew there would be lots of food at the festival, but I also know how much that food costs, so I was hoping the boys would be sated by burgers for at least a few hours.

The drive to Niles takes about 35 minutes or so, and the boys were perfectly behaved in the car, listening to my mp3 player and looking out the windows.  I had been to the town before, but only for very specific reasons, so didn’t know where anything was.  I figured I would just follow traffic and crowds and find my way.  We parked at a diner (there were people and cars everywhere) and followed some folks.  It turns out there was a parade about to start (bonus!), so we found a shady spot to watch the festivities.  I don’t especially love parades or anything, but my friend Bekki and her husband weren’t supposed to be there for another 2 hours, and I knew it would be good for keeping the boys from getting impatient.  This was an especially good parade, though.  There were tons of cool old cars, lots of apples, and of course, CANDY!!!!  Here are some of the pictures from the parade (I have tons):

Minions of Death

SHRINERS!!!  Need I say more?

My boys and me

Totally cool, awesome, super-duper cars


And two random sightings…


There was just so much to see, and we really love the classic cars.  Once the (very long) parade was over, we made our way through the 15 or so blocks to the fairgrounds.  Luckily, we took the car.  We parked and began our trek across the field towards the yummy smells.  Bekki met up with us and the boys were ready to RIDE!

They chose to ride this one first.  It’s the one that flies up way up high and then drops you in a “free fall.”  Does Little J look a little worried?

Once they got off this one, they went around to the other rides…the Zipper, the Gravitron, all were no match for the J’s.  They even went through the house of mirrors, which was pretty darn hilarious considering Little J walked right into the wall once.

We even watched a beard and mustache contest!  (Bek was judging.)

Now it was FINALLY time to eat.  Unfortunately, I was so hungry I didn’t take pictures of dinner before we ate it.  Big J and I had chicken on a stick with rice.  It was delish.  Little J went the safe route and had pizza.  Then came dessert.  Big J picked a candy apple, Little J wanted an ice cream cone, and I chose an apple dumpling.  I was kind of disappointed in the lack of apple-y treats.  Mostly there was just standard fair fare.  I remembered to take pictures of dessert, but we had to walk a long way and by the time we got to the table, Big J had already eaten his apple and the ice cream was somewhat melted.  Here they are anyway:

Not very pretty, but oh so yummy.

We stayed all the way until the fireworks were over.  I think we got back to the car at about 9:30, and home around 10.  We were all tired, but everyone kept saying what a good day it was.  It was really nice to spend a whole day out with my little family.  It was a nice reminder that we are a family, the three of us.  Laisser le bon temps roulez!

9 Responses to “Sunshine Day”

  1. 1 Penelope September 29, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    What a super fun day!! I LOVE those old cars. I get so excited about parades – I’m such a child ;o)

  2. 2 Becky September 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    That looks totally fun!

  3. 3 apathetic bliss September 29, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    That sounds amazing!!! Glad you and your guys had such a good time.

  4. 4 gingermagnolia September 29, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Penelope – I love cars, too. It seems like a whole lot of people around here have old cars that are in great condition. They’ll garage them most of the year and then bring them out for the few short months when it’s warm. The last one is my favorite.

    Becky – It was. We kept looking at each other and smiling all day.

    AP – Thanks, I am, too.

  5. 5 honeywine September 30, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I wish I could see ya’ll. They’re going to be adults before I get to see them at this rate.

  6. 6 gingermagnolia September 30, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    I am so thankful that I had that day so that I could remember it today.

  7. 7 Bekki October 1, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    That was one of the highlights of my summer. You, the boys and all the bad food we could eat. I love you smurfette!

  8. 8 gingermagnolia October 1, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I love you, too, Bek, and your word associations. That’s why I love you, you know, your quick wit and way with words.

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