Wednesday, March 21, 2012

St. Patty's Day Carnival

Lovey has worked every Saturday since we've moved here, and I recently learned he'll be working every Saturday from now on (boo-hoo).  Sadly, we'll miss him on our weekend adventures!

I took the girls to the "family friendly St. Patrick's Day carnival" @ the Martin Luther King Park in Five-Points on Saturday.  Aunt Velma was nervous for us since Five-Points is typically a rowdy college scene, especially on St. Patrick's Day, but I assured her that we'd be OK @ this venue.  Luckily we were and we timed our departure just right since the later we stayed, the more skin, beer, and Topsy-Turvy people we saw.  Eek.

Throughout the week we watched a few short video clips, courtesy of the History Channel, about St. Patrick's Day.  They were a great refresher for me since I had forgotten/didn't know much about Saint Patrick.  He was from Great Britain, but went to Ireland to preach Christianity. He used the clover leaf (but the Irish called it a Shamrock) to explain the Trinity: The Holy Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  The whole park was saturated with clovers and as we waited for our horse ride, Mary-Gail exclaimed that it was just like in her movie (History Channel) and the clovers were for Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost!

Riding the horses was Mary-Gail's first priority.  The horses' manes were braided so beautifully, and they had sparkle glitter on their behinds.  This made both Mary-Gail and Becca erupt in laughter.

Carnival bouncers were next.  Made me miss our Little Tikes bounce house we left in UT for the little twins, Tenley & Quincy

I LOVED watching Becca & Mary-Gail move through this Obstacle bouncer.  It was the exact one we went to a couple years ago when we joined JoJo @ her kiddies @ their school's carnival.  I wish all the kiddies were with us Saturday to do the Obstacle bouncer again

Everything about these two exude laughter and happiness. Love 'em. Love 'em lots!

Lunch included PB on bagel thins, string cheese, green grapes, Doritos, and Capri Suns

Another absolute "have to."  Mary-Gail was incredibly patient (albeit a little whiny) given the fact that we had to stand in line for over 30 minutes!  This gal was the only face painter at the carnival.  She charged $5 per face painting...she made B A N K!
She kept smiling @ my Mba-Gba (really, who can't smile when they're around Mary-Gail?), but this gal kept cracking up while she was painting pretties on MG's face.

Pretty princess lips?  Oh Yes!

Adding the gold glitter...

The gal asked if She could take Mary-Gail's picture!!  (to add to her portfolio)  Of Course!
(the black & pink chicken-scratch on the gal's arm was from her daughter, who was there practicing her painting skills - on her mom!)

Mary-Gail "lost" (purposefully removed and threw on the ground) one of her earings while we stood in line.  They were new too! 

Oh...WOW.  My little beauty w/her princess mask and princess glitter lips

Becca opted for the same face painting, and why not?  It's super cute

Mom, are you done taking pictures of me yet?

Becca's model-lip pose

I asked Mary-Gail what she was talking to the girl about afterwards. She said she told the girl that her hair was beautiful, and that she really liked her green necklace.  But Mary-Gail also told me she wanted to make sure the girl had her three tickets to go on the ride.
The guy monitoring this Castle bounce house was a real dud, but his shirt was lively:
it read, "Best. Dad. Ever."

Having a great time on the swings!  They blew me kisses every time they went around. 
I was covered in kisses!

Jurassic Park bouncer complete with dinosaurs! This one was three tickets and was soo worth the wait in line.  The kids got to play for a little while (about 3 minutes) before they were rounded up and exited.  Do you know how many times these littles scaled the wall and slid down in those 3 minutes?

Throughout the whole day, Mary-Gail & Becca were worried that their pretty princess masks had come off.  They didn't believe me, (so typical) so I snapped a couple pictures of them @ the M-store to prove it to them (I sometimes turn into a 5-year old too).

Mary-Gail wanted everyday to be St. Patrick's Day.  I told her that every time she found a clover she could remember her fun adventures.  And then she added, "We can remember Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost too!"  Oh thank you, Mary-Gail - I am doing something right.

Saturday was a super day!  We came home completely tuckered-out and sunburned!  Who gets sunburned in March?  Well, if you're in South Carolina, and it's 84 degrees, and you're outside all day w/o sunscreen, YOU do.  Needless to say, I stopped by Walmart and snagged SPF 110 sunscreen - not going to let this happen to us again.

P.S. I think my mom said the weather in Utah was windy and cold @ 50.  That's the kind of March weather I'm used to...


Jessica said...

Whoa! What a fun carnival! That jurrasic park bounce house looked rad. It's rough having a husband work on the weekend. I feel you. More incentive to visit!

noy9ers said...

What fun! I don't think we have anything like that here for St. Patricks day. I would have loved to see you in a pretty princess mask.

Holly said...

Miss you! I saw your family today at the Spanish Fork splash pad. I was going to introduce myself & say hello when Eli took off in the other direction. We never made it back to where they were. But seeing them reminded me of you and I hope you're doing well.

Holly Stewart

Kemp Kuties on the Charleston Pier

Kemp Kuties on the Charleston Pier
September 2007