We just wrapped up our town’s festival yesterday and it was a fun, busy weekend! The festival runs Friday through Sunday, and we have our favorite activities that we do every year from the jam-packed event schedule. We skipped out on the balloon glow Friday night since I taught Jazzercise and then we had errands to run. I also had Faith with me while Brad worked a couple events and didn’t want a tired, cranky girl because Saturday and Sunday were busy days for us. I was a little bummed to miss because the last couple years the wind kept them from being able to launch the hot air balloons, but I think Friday was probably just right!
Saturday Faith and I started the day out bright and early setting up for the children’s events at our local college. From 9-1:00 community businesses and organizations provide free (or very cheap) games and activities for kids, and a local church has a very cheap food stand (hot dogs for $.50, pop for the same…). Faith and I have enjoyed these events since she was a year old, and I suggested this year that we get Jazzercise involved in the mix. I decided a giant bubble station would be fun and hadn’t been done there before, so I found this recipe and instructions for the wands from Plum Adorable, practiced a couple times with the daycare kids, and we were ready to go for this event!
Note: I used 1 cup light corn syrup and make sure you use regular strength (Ultra) Dawn. I think any dish soap would work, but I tried the first week with 3/4 cup corn syrup and Platinum Strength Dawn from Costco and the bubbles would pop before they’d come out of the wand.
|Faith testing the bubble solution|
Interest was slow-going at first. Some kids were too shy. Most saw the bouncy houses next to us and said, “I WANT TO BOUNCE!”. For a while I thought, they’re all going to want to bounce and no one’s going to do bubbles. But eventually more people showed up, more saw what we were doing and how cool it was, and adults and kids alike kept us busy the rest of the morning. I was so thrilled, and several people thanked us for providing the activity, which I thought was really sweet.
|This guy had some HUGE bubbles!!|
My parents came to visit and check things out, so after the children’s events we met up with them downtown for some vendor shopping and festival food. I enjoyed a delicious smoked pork sandwich while Faith waited in line to climb a tree! She struggled with the ropes, and honestly, I thought it looked kind of complicated, though most kids were climbing successfully. She worked at it quite a while, then finally said, “I’m done”. I was so proud of her for trying, and she’s planning to try again next year!
Of course we couldn’t get by without a pony ride. 😉
After shopping, we went back to the house to cool off and rest. My parents left, I cleaned house, and then some girlfriends came over for wine and cheese. And it was fabulous. I was so glad to have some time to just sit and relax…and laugh! There just hasn’t been enough time for relaxation lately!
Sunday was parade day, and we had a Jazzercise entry in that as well. I spent the morning putting together a playlist, loading the car and checking in. We decided on an 80’s theme and cut Jazzercise t-shirts into tanks (or in my case, a mid-drift tee to go with the theme). You can find some of our tee-cutting inspiration on this Pinterest board that I created. Since I
almost dropped the ball on the theme and forgot to get decorations or anything, I was on Amazon Thursday in a bit of a panic. Thank the Good Lord for Amazon and Amazon Prime shipping! (Because I’m sure He had everything to do with that. ;)) I got these fun fingerless gloves and a bunch of jelly bracelets for $15…and they arrived the next day! The little girls that rode with us thought they looked super cool with the gloves…and of course they DID…just like their mamas and grandmas. I mean, who doesn’t look cool in fingerless fishnet gloves??
Once the parade was done, we headed to Dairy Queen for a cool treat, and then home for the rest of the afternoon/evening. It was a great weekend but I was really glad to be done and home. Somehow I managed to squeak out a little more energy so that there weren’t dirty dishes waiting for me this morning, and I went through uniforms with Faith so we knew what she’d need for this school year.
Now that the weekend is over I’m finally to a point this summer where my evenings will be mostly free, I don’t have a lot planned for the weekends, and I hope to finally get back to projects and organizing! We met with the basement guy last week and that will be happening early August, so I need to clear the basement, which has me thinking about some furniture swaps upstairs as well. I have a few painting projects, we need to wrap up the kitchen (by the way the hubby got my light working…yay!), and I never got my freezer containers labeled. The only problem now is where to start! As much as I’d like to get going tonight, I know that won’t happen. We have been neglecting our community garden plot, and I’m sure our neighbors are about ready to turn us in if they haven’t already, so we’ll be pulling weeds (or calling it quits and tilling the whole thing) and I have to get groceries. There’s just always something to fill that time!