I love our neighborhood. We’re within the city of Des Moines, but it often feels like we’re in a small town. I get that feeling the most often during our fall festival. The neighborhood comes together to celebrate all things Beaverdale. We spent a lot of time enjoying it this weekend.
Last night we walked downtown to get some food and let the kids pick a ride. Audrey had never been on a ride and was incredibly excited to experience it (after all, Pig from If You Give a Pig a Party goes on carnival rides with her friends, so it must be amazing). Elliot got so far as to go up onto the platform and then screamed until John handed him back to me.
After the ride we let the kids try cotton candy. It was a HUGE hit.
They enjoyed the cotton candy on the walk home and we enjoyed the quietest walk we have had in quite some time.
This morning we were up bright and early. We loaded up the stroller and headed off to enjoy the morning. Our first stop was my dear friend Laura’s house for brunch. It was great to catch up with her and spend some time with her family.After brunch the whole house headed a few houses down to watch the Beaverdale Fall Festival Parade. I planned ahead this year and brought bubbles to keep the kids entertained until the parade started. I also brought a mimosa with me, which really makes parades more enjoyable. A little champagne makes firetrucks, horses, dancers, and members of Congress just a tad more enjoyable.
We had planned on heading back to the fall festival this afternoon, but it is so hot here we are staying put. Taking toddlers going through a post-parade candy detox out to a crowded street in 90 degree heat sounded like a recipe for disaster.
Today was the kind of magical day that I dream about all winter. It’s early enough in the year that things are still vibrant green. Everyone is happy to be outside. We don’t even care that it is ninety degrees out. Heck, in the shade that is downright comfortable.
We started with a walk to a splash pad. We are lucky to have one that is only a 20 minute walk away. I love that I get a good walk in on the way. On our walk we ran into a neighbor that we chat with a lot. He offered the kids popsicles, and even though it was only 10 in the morning I thought that was a wonderful idea. So did the kids.
The splash pad was busy, but not totally packed. We were able to find a place in the shade to park the stroller. Elliot was scared at first and had me hold him in the water until he felt safe enough to stand on his own. Once he was comfortable standing it was about 90 seconds before he was splashing and having fun.
The kids are constantly blowing bubbles. Elliot also likes to “float”. He isn’t really floating, he’s just laying on his stomach. He is very proud of himself. I am proud of him too, as he is the kid who gets so upset when me mention taking a bath he makes himself throw up.
After swimming we walked home for lunch and a nap. We all needed a rest after being in the sun. We also needed energy for our afternoon plans – the Beaverdale Farmers Market.
I love that we can walk to a farmers market all summer. Part of that is knowing I can get the kids dinner from a food truck once a week. We had a picnic for dinner. We split a Parlo pizza. One pizza was enough for all three of us, especially because the little ones kept munching on kettle corn.
After dinner we grabbed cupcakes. Elliot wouldn’t stop devouring his for a picture.
We were so hot when we got home I threw Audrey in the baby pool in our yard in her clothes. She thought that was pretty cool.
Tomorrow we have another full day planned. Unfortunately it will involve things like going to the grocery store because there isn’t a farmers market and I will need to make them dinner.
I’m now going to go drink a gallon of water and try to stay awake to finish my daily square. Wish me luck!
The kids and I often stop at the Little Free Libraries around the neighborhood when we are out walking. Today we came across the most adorable library I have ever seen. It is right next to a Little Free Library we often stop at.
Please enjoy the cuteness.
Have a great week!