In my constant and ongoing effort to educate others that "there is no such thing as a free lunch," (in other words, nothing is free) the bank and other generous donors (I think -- including our local hospital) make this fun event for all to enjoy by making everything "No Charge" to attendees. So, before I go any further, "Thank You to First Bank, Newton Medical Center, & other generous donors for this fun family and community event".
This event is held at our local "Military Park" -- or in "Luke-Speak" -- "the park with the steam engine by the library". My parents joined us this year...so, while we were waiting on them to arrive, I took some obligatory pics of our kiddos next to the steam engine.
I have personally always found this event to be organized. We've never had a problem with the hot dog line moving slow.
After my parents a arrived, Luke wanted to jump in the bounce house. Personally, I think it's a good idea to let kids jump in a bounce house BEFORE eating! (In case you missed it, Luke is in the blue & white striped shirt).
Next, we ate -- which I failed to get a pic. I was too busy contending with a 2 year-old while sweating profusely -- Ha! Then, we all went to get sno-cones. (And in this pic, you can see Luke's Anerican flag tattoo he received -- but absolutely wouldn't pose with earlier).
Next up, the kiddos wanted balloons...Kate LOVES balloons, BUT she doesn't like to have them tied to her wrist. The simple solution would be to let a natural consequence happen & have the balloon blow away. BUT, since Kate only sometimes receives balloons (and since she is a young 2 year-old), I know she will NOT remember the consequence next time she receives a balloon. So, for now, this Mama insists her balloon be tied to her wrist. Yep -- this was the first of the "tired & hot 2 year-old meltdowns".
It's a good thing we had her "Nigh Nigh" (favorite blanket) along because nothing else would comfort at this point.
We ended the event with Papa Andover (my dad) teaching Luke a few more facts (trivial knowledge) about steam engines. If you don't know, my dad is a train enthusiast -- BIG TIME!
Again, thanks First Bank, Newton Medical Center, & other sponsors for this fun and HOT event. (Kate had to even have a de-dirting and cool down bath before nap).