Monday, April 19, 2010

Why you should totally move to my town

So I like to DO things.

That's when I feel like we're really a really real family - when we're out together, havin' fun. Cuz apparently we're not a real family when we're sitting around the living room, staring at one another. Or something.

So most Saturdays we rush through the chores - dusting, mowing the lawn, scrubbing bathrooms and vacuuming when Mr. Squishy is out of the house - getting it done as fast as we can so we can go OUT.

"Family Dates," we call 'em. Pure awesomeness.

So this past Saturday's Family Date was to my town's Global Festival. Absolutely free. More pure awesomeness.

First, there was a parade.

Little Prince now wants to take bagpipe lessons.

I've always wanted to twirl in one of these dresses. They are made for twirling.

VIVA BRASIL!!!! Of course this guy was the most animado of the parade. There is no translation for animado. If you don't speak Portuguese, I feel sorry for you and your frustration that I'm not going to explain what animado means.

.... Nope, still not going to explain.

We even got a Chinese dragon. He scared the beejeevers out of all the kids.

The Natural Born Citizen missed out, man. He and all his chins.

Then we ate hot dogs and drank orange pop. Sunshine was in heaven.

On to the Home Depot tent! Because, ya know, Home Depot totally belongs at an international festival. Especially when they had free crafts that you can BUILD WITH A HAMMER AND NAILS. Plus awesomecool Builder Man Aprons. I have boys. We liked that tent.

Aaaaaaand the NBC slept some more.

We watched some dances and sat next to some cute little Indian girls.

I always wanted to be Indian.

We giggled over the fact that Mr. Squishy's pants kept falling down.

And then my worst fear came true. Someone recognized me from my blog.

Turns out that it was totally fun, and I can't remember why I always dreaded it. Sharon was superawesomefun and even let me take a picture of this totally surreal moment. Kisses, lady! Now you can't hide as a lurker any longer. Hopefully I didn't say anything embarrassing. It was all rather a blur.

Our Family Date was deemed a success, and topped it off with milkshakes on the way home. Even the NBC got one. I did a little shimmy before nursing him.

Family Dates? Best thing ever.


Kristina P. said...

How fun! Festivals are some of my favorite things about spring and summer.

And that's so cool someone recognized you. I've only had it happen once. It was so weird, considering I was wearing a shirt that said, "I'm a Super Famous Blogger."

Katy said...

"I did a little shimmy before nursing him."

Bahaha. This is why I love you.

rad6 said...

what a crack up that someone recognized you! That would be totally weird.

Looks like a fun day. I agree with the whole theory on family dates.

Wonder Woman said...

Sounds hecka-fun. FREE festivals are always the best. You're right -- we should move to your town. I'll talk to Superman tonight.

Your fam is just about the cutest one I know of.

Becky said...

Very cool! I (we) need to get out and do more stuff like this. Ever since my boy started kindergarten, I feel like life is in fast forward. And if not now, when, right?

We did take a walk on Sunday, though. I was checking my email and noticed the MSN weather report - 54 degrees!!!! I jumped out of the chair and hollered at my husband, who was sleeping on the couch, "Dude! It's 54 degrees outside. We have to go on a walk! NOW. Before it snows again. Move, people, move!!" Good times.

Pam said...

Steve totally looks like Jared does t the end of our weekly family dates! Hey how is sunshine doing with his hearing?

DeNae said...

OK, I know I shouldn't even be thinking such things about your darling kids, but I'm not kidding, there is something absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS about Little Prince! Those freckles and that smile are seriously beyond adorable.

And you are so good to play with your kids! Looks like everyone had an awesome time.

DeNae said...

Oh, and I loved the "milk shake". Very funny!

Kazzy said...

I love all of the pictures! And your hubby in the backseat is the best. What a guy!

Lara said...

I hope you do let him take bagpiping lessons. I've always wanted to, myself. Someday!

And your milkshake cracks me up!

Kathy @ Real Mom, Real Life said...

Yeah, I am not sure what a "beejeevers" is, but I am positive I don't want to be around when it comes out of your kids...


Your town is AWESOME! I wish I had one just like it...

Felicity said...
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Felicity said...

"I did a little shimmy before nursing him"......bwahahahahaha! that is quite hilarious!!

Caroline said...

Hmmm...perhaps I will move to your town! :)

Kimberly said...

Did a little shimmy...girl, you are a comedienne!

I love those days too. Last night was family swim night. Okay, they swam and Claira and I watched, but the grinning was so prevalent our faces hurt when we got home. Bliss.

Sharon said...

I can't believe I made the blog! Squeee! I can't believe I met Mr. Squishy in person! That was a great day.