Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival 2011

Every year it is a tradition for me and my mom to dive to Macon and meet my sister there for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  It used to be just a "girls only" day, but now that Laura and I both have kids, they come, too!  Since Ben is obviously a boy, our "girls only" rule is gone.  :)

This past Saturday was our annual trip.  It was supposed to (and did) rain in the afternoon, so we didn't get to spend as much time at the festival as I would have liked.  There were several things that I wanted to do that we didn't get the chance to do.  Other than that, it was a great trip and both LL and Ben did wonderfully! 

Here's a look into our day:

On the way up - LL playing in her activity book that Gigi brought.

Here's a REALLY funny story.  Gigi had given LL some crayons for her activity book.  About halfway to Macon we stopped at a rest area.  When we put LL back in her seat, she must have found one of the crayons from earlier, but we didn't realize it.  A few miles down the road she says "Look!  Doll face!" (that's what she calls a Smiley Face) and she had totally drawn ALLLL over the side of the door!  Here's the kicker: we were in my step-dad's Lincoln Navigator that he is SUPER picky about!  My mom asked LL if she had drawn the doll face for Poppy and she said yes.  We died because it was SOOO funny!  Especially the reactions that we got from Matt (over the phone) and Laura (in person).  Luckily, it came off with a wipe with no trouble.  :)

The morning that we left I told LL that she would be able to ride a pony at the festival.  So what is the first thing that she wanted to do?  Yep!  A pony!  Ben had never been on a horse before, so he wasn't so sure, but he stuck it out!

After the pony rides we headed over to watch a tiger show.  We didn't stay long because it wasn't very interesting and the kids really weren't that into it.

This year they had something completely new: camel rides!  LL was SO pumped about it.  She was fearless to ride this thing!  She was even fussing in line because it wasn't her turn.  I thought she might be nervous when I put her on and she left without me (the camel had two humps so only one person could ride at a time), but NOPE!  She did FANTASTIC!

Doesn't she look so small up there all by herself?!

What Ben did instead of the camel ride - haha.

My surprise of the day: she actually napped!  It wasn't long (about 45 minutes), but it was better than nothing!

Isn't this the most precious face??

What mom and I did while LL napped.  :)

After nap we decided to get a caricature done: one of me and LL, and one of Laura and Ben.  Other than messing up my teeth, Laura's chin, and Ben's mouth, the girl did really good!

This is when it started raining. We headed to the mall to get Ben something to eat before we all headed back home. They didn't have a playground in the mall, so what did LL and I do? We rode the escalators. About a hundred times! She absolutely loved it!

Then it was time to get everything packed up and head home.  It was most surely an exhausting day, but still a really great one!  Can't wait for next year!

The star of the show!

Isn't it CRAZY how much the kids have changed in a year??



Tiffany said...

What a fun tradition, I love things like that! And by the way I want to ride a camel now:)

Kit said...

What great things you are loving today! I hope that you had a great Wednesday!