Every year we miss the Balloon Glow because it is usually the same weekend as Pumpkin Festival. This year, however, the 2 events fell on different weekends. On Friday evening, we grabbed dinner and headed down at a decent time to find parking. The girls were a little feisty before hand – so we almost didn’t go. I am so glad we went! It was really fun and a very cool experience for the girls.
Funny thing – Norah and Lucy loved it, but Daphne was not so sure. Every time the balloons would fire at the same time, she would cry, “When can we go home? I just want to go home! How do we get out of here?”
We didn’t stay for fireworks. It had poured all day long so the ground was soaked! Having never been, we didn’t know what to expect so we didn’t take blankets or chairs or anything. I certainly didn’t mind getting home before it was too far past the girls bedtimes.
We spent this past weekend in my hometown for the annual Pumpkin Festival. The girls went to my parents on Wednesday afternoon, and then Kevin and I headed up on Friday afternoon. My brother, Max, and I ran the 10k on Saturday morning, while my sister and her son ran the 2 mile. Then we all headed to the parade. After lunch at my parents’ house, we headed down to the festival for some rides. As always, the girls had a great time. Norah said that she wishes the Pumpkin Festival happened more than once a year.
My mom and 4 of the grandkids – waiting for Alison, Ryan, Max and me to run by (the 10k goes by their street, the 2 mile goes right by their house).
And there we go!
Max and I – pre-race
Alison and Ryan running by Mom and Dad’s house.
Daphne and Kevin watching the parade together
Watching the parade (the VERY long parade) with cousins
My brother, Rick, and my dad
This is what happens to a 4 year old after too much Pumpkin Festival fun! Ha! Daphne was one tired girl!
As we headed out of town on Sunday, we ran by my cousin, Katie’s, coffee shop, Eli’s. I grabbed some treats for the girls and my favorite, hazelnut and toasted marshmallow non-fat frap. YUM!
As usual, we had a great weekend! The girls are already talking about next year!!!
We started school about a month ago already. I was ready for more structure as were the girls. We have still tried to throw in some normal summer stuff – like going to the park, the pool, shopping, bike riding, etc – once the girls get their schoolwork completed. So far, so good on our curriculum choices. I made some major changes this year – for one, I am putting together my own history curriculum. Why? I don’t know. I may just be crazy. I have tried a couple of different ones over the last couple of years and haven’t loved any of them. This year I am using the Mystery of History as my outline but I am tweaking it and adding/subtracting from it quite a bit. I love doing it, but I also know it could get old – as crazy busy as we are. For now, however, it is working.
We are using Magic School Bus Young Scientists Club for science this year (we bought a voucher from Educents for 1/2 off the club). We spend the first few weeks learning about volcanoes. We ended with an experiment. It went way better than we expected.
We went to Indy this weekend for a wedding. Kevin’s cousin, Danielle, got married in Lafayette on Saturday. It was a beautiful wedding and the kids had a lot of fun. Daphne is really amused by weddings right now – so she was thrilled to go.
One major milestone met this summer was this: