So I am a little behind in keeping up with the blog.. I blame the awesomely hot weather (and my subsequent desire to spend my life in the splash pool with the toddlers).
I also am prepping to head back to school in a big way next week after taking the spring semester off (it was so nice!). I have a year left of classes, and a year left of an internship before I can take my administrator boards, so it is all serious all the time starting next week. It really is a shame I can’t (safely) bring the laptop into the splash pool with me. That would be some amazing multitasking.
This group of pictures is from the annual International Children’s Festival in Somersworth NH that we went to with a pretty big group of the family a few weeks ago. It was an absolute blast and if you are in the seacoast NH region on the 3rd Saturday in June you should definitely make plans to bring your family! The activities there were definitely geared to the 10 an under crowd, but even the 1 year olds had a blast dancing and hanging out with the animals at the miniature petting zoo. As a parent the events on the various stages kept me entertained as well, and it was so much fun to see the kids enjoying themselves. I think this is going to be a yearly trip for us.
Want more information about the festival? Visit the website for the Somersworth Festival Association.
And without further adieu… pictures!
First stop for us was the Wildlife Encounters area. There were animals and a mini petting zoo for the kids.. a hit with all of them. The folks over at wildlife encounters were super busy, but also super nice. they do Birthday Parties in the area and my sister-in-law who works at a local day care center said that their visits to the daycare are always a kid/parent favorite. Personally I loved the staffing ratio they had, despite all of the kids that were milling around they were able to keep everything well organized, the animals not overcrowded, and everyone happy and safe.
cool down time
a long walk made fun
After the animals we had some fun on the playground, drawing pictures in the shade, and then cooled off with the splash pool that was set up before taking a long walk down to the second site of the festival (note* there was a trolley that we did not know about that would have taken us down minus the hike… good to know for next year!)
The Bean and Aunty
C is fascinated
The Bean and Grampa
TaeKwon Do demo
Next up for us was a nice cold drink and snack time while we watched a Jamaican band and then the TaeKwon Do demo put on by Mr. B’s school. The older kids were fascinated, the toddlers wanted to risk life and limb to run out among all the kicking and punching people. Apparently it looked like fun!
Aunty C, beat us all with the longest ride
You can cross riding a mechanical bull off my bucket list
C+F posing in front of the bull
Giant Tiger Slide
The international tent
The second site had all the normal fair like activities, including rides, face painting, games, fair food and balloon animals. There also was a pretty cool craft fair inside the school and a tented area that highlighted the cultural trends of different nationalities.
Aunty C and F
The Bean playing on a fire engine
Grampy and Grammy!
Aunty and Uncle Moonshine, and The Bean
This is where Liam passed out (literally, while walking), so Conan and I trudged back to the car and went to go pick up pizza while everyone else got to enjoy a lovely trolley ride and some more fun!