I love my neighborhood. It feels like a small town within Des Moines. One of my favorite times of year is our neighborhood Fall Festival. We spent a big part of our day celebrating.
We started with brunch at a friend followed by the parade. The parade is usually over 2 hours long, but the threat of rain kept several bands and floats away, so it was only an hour. We were all sad to see it end so soon.
We planned on walking downtown to the festival this afternoon to let the kids ride one ride and then get dinner. The kids had been talking about it all week. Then Elliot was so naughty at Target we decided it was best if he stayed home. Luckily John stayed home with Elliot so Audrey and I could have a girls night out on the town.
Because it was just the two of us, I let her ride her bike. This was the furthest she has ridden before, so I was worried she wouldn’t make it. She did great. I think the added incentive of the new unicorn helmet kept her going.
Because it was just Audrey I told her she could ride two rides. After I bought the tickets we grabbed a slice of pizza from a local restaurant. The pizza guy handed me several tickets with my pizza. Thanks to the nice pizza guy Audrey was able to ride several rides. She most excited about the small roller coaster. She rode it twice in a row. It was by far her favorite, and she is looking forward to telling Elliot about it in the morning.
After the rides we had some ice cream. Riding that many rides really should be celebrated with ice cream. Please note that she only took her helmet off for the bounce house. I would say she likes her new helmet.
After our ice cream we headed home. She was tired and happy. I was happy to have some time enjoying our neighborhood with my favorite girl.