These are the photos I took with my "good" camera. I would have thought age would make these two better at taking pictures but it just keeps getting harder. They don't like to look at the camera or smile on command, they are much to busy to humor their mom anymore ;-).
Kids Carnival is put on in the city park by volunteers from local churches that come together. There are literally many hundreds of children that come over several hours to this free event so it's a pretty impressive endeavor these generous volunteers take on.
This is our third or fourth trip to the carnival so we've mastered the great face painting bottleneck that goes on. You must have a wonderful Granny with you that's willing to hold your spot in line for nearly an hour while you take the kids through the games in the meantime.
We went with a patriotic Spiderman theme
Ben got a firework
Another plus was having Anne Michal take the boys through the jumpy course line. We were able to talk the person in charge into letting her go through with Andrew in case he had some trouble.
Anne Michal is a really great sport!
Fishing for prizes
This bouncy house for kids 4 and under was awesome! It had the perfect size slide and was opened up in side so you could see everything going on in there.
Another thing we've learned about this event is that while tens of thousands of people descend upon the park to stake out their spot for hours to see one of the largest fireworks shows in the Rocky Mountains, we head out and walk to a local restaurant for dinner. Occupying little kids in a crazy environment like that for hours is not fun so leaving is always a good choice. The kids loved eating outdoors with front row live musical entertainment with dinner.
Then we head to our car for our chairs and park ourselves in a grassy spot far outside the crowded park, closer to the car.
Aunt Dana brought glow sticks
Look how cold it got!
The kids had plenty of room to run around and get their wildness out
Love this beautiful show!
The next day we went to the Vail America Days Annual Parade
These guys were hilarious. They did a military style performance using lawn chairs and dressed straight out of Weekend at Bernie's.
These flower carts were amazing!!
Waiting for our table at the Blue Moose
Enjoying the live entertainment from the Bagpipe Players and Scottish Dancers that performed while we ate on the patio.
I'm used to seeing bagpipe players in kilts but this dancer was something else. He had on an Old Navy t-shirt with a sort of mesh/ running short material type Kilt on.
The boys both asked why that man was in a dress, he definitely stole the show!
The boys had to do their own version of a little jig but I didn't get any pictures
We had such a fun day! Adam was so tired he didn't even notice he was half in the bed that night.
Hope your family enjoyed the July 4th Holiday!