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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fiesta Fun

Let's just be honest here and start this post out by stating something.  I don't usually "do" Fiesta.  There.  I said it!  I have always liked the "idea" of Fiesta, but I haven't been a big event go-er.  My husband, on the other hand, LOVES Fiesta.  He would have no problem going to the sweatiest, most crowded event ever.  He might even camp out under the freeway with all the people who were out there for over a week waiting for the Battle of Flowers parade.  (Can not understand that, for the life of me)
This year, in the spirit of festivity, and not being a turd in the proverbial punchbowl, I decided to try to "fiesta" a little bit.  We were careful and selective in the events we chose to attend.  First, Alamo Heights night!  This one was a no brainer because it was held half a mile from our house.  Good times!  We had some yummy food, and the babies loved the bounce houses.  There were a few incidences involving fighting over a sprite can, (Hayden and Cale) and then being forcibly pulled from a bounce house (Livi) but overall, it was a good time!

The River Parade was another one we attempted....Shawn's work hosted a party at the Hotel Contessa, and it was really nice.  Catered dinner, drinks, and seats set up on a patio overlooking the river (and away from the crowd!)  The babies enjoyed the floats and the music....again, there was a Sprite incident, but 50,000 napkins later we were in the clear.

The twins had a little fiesta event at their school....complete with homemade parade floats!  Cale's was a dinosaur theme, complete with a clay volcano (that he calls a "footballcano" for some reason) that he made and painted.  Sissy's was a "Tangled" theme, with a tower made from our old oatmeal box.  Mommy definitely did the lion's share of the work on these things, but really, what three year old can make their own float?  If I left them to their own devices, their floats would have come out looking like Shawn made them.  Kidding, kidding, although there have been some jokes made about what the floats would have looked like were daddy in charge of creative direction.  (Think spray painted shoebox with a plastic toy glued to the top)

The little float box parade was so sweet.  Bubby is still little enough to want to participate in stuff like this without feeling shame, (boys!) and Sissy thought she was Miss America in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  She waved and smiled to her public, and looked so proud.  Of course, it made me a little teary eyed.  (What doesn't, though?)  After the parade they school hosted a little Fiesta carnival in the gym with booths and treats.  We stayed and played until Livi started screaming because we wouldn't let her walk around with a full drink (sans lid) by herself...
We also went to the Fiesta Arts Fair downtown, because: a: this was a day time activity and involved no drunken crowds, b: we got free tickets and c: I love art!  It was too hot, but we liked looking at all the amazing booths and the babies loved their paleta.
Surprisingly, I really loved all the Fiesta stuff we did this year.  I even put a Fiesta wreath outside and decorated our front porch....I am actually looking forward to doing this stuff again next year!