After we got home and had lunch, we got to go to our neighborhood's big party of the year: the Fall Festival. It's a little crazy how big this party is -- with carnival games, fair rides, a zip line, bands, bounce houses, and food trucks, it's a pretty big production. I told Michael our kids are going to grow up thinking that all neighborhoods have events like this. But at the same time, the family parties are always really fun, and it is nice to have a sense of community with everyone coming out and spending time together and getting to know more people who live nearby. (And I guess if we're going to live in a neighborhood where we have to pay HOA fees, we might as well have benefits like fun family events and lots of parks and pools, as opposed to some nieghborhoods who also pay HOA fees and just get landscaping maintenance along the streets from it).
Anyway, we had a great time. We arrived at the festival around 1:00, walked home and had some dinner, and then returned and stayed until the festival ended at 8pm. The boys enjoyed the ferris wheel, the other smaller rides, and of course the zip line. I went on the bumper cars with the three youngest boys, which they loved. And Michael went on a spinny ride two times in a row with two of our boys, but it made him feel sick, and he felt pretty bad for a while. I guess we're just getting old or something, cause that kind of thing wouldn't have bothered him when he was a kid. :)
The boys of course insisted on playing all the carnival games until they won cheap stuffed animals. I think Isaac got a purple stuffed monkey, some got small stuffed snakes, several of the boys got pigs in varrying sizes, and Kolby ended up with a 2 foot long flamingo.
The boys have so much fun running around at these things with each other and their friends. Kolby was palling around the while time with a new friend from his homeroom class at school who also lives in our neighborhood.
It was a nice, enjoyable long day with the family.