As promised, I took a LOT of pictures, and here's all of them for you to oooo and aaahhh at appropriate intervals. Ready?
This is outside the gates, we arrived about 30min before they opened (9:30am) and got a nice parking spot...but there were lots of cars there ahead of us! The "show" began before we were even out of the car....we didn't realize just how many folks dress up...we couldn't tell the employees from the customers!!
YES! We decided that the double stroller would be Sugars' chariot, (plus STUFF) driven by Momma and the boys would have a Dragon Wagon driven by Daddy. This turned out to be a great idea! I loved that it was shaded, the boys loved riding and we didn't have to worry about them wandering off or getting away from us all day! Cost was a $25 deposit, of which we got $15 back when we turned the wagon back in at 2pm.
Fun at the Petting Zoo.
Cool carved stone statues.
You might be a Mommy if:
You get more excited at finding a passey in your pocket unexpectedly than finding money unexpectedly.
Mom wants a pic of the guys in front of this cool statue/fountain with dragons, fish and butterflies...
guys want to look at cool statue/fountain......
A jouster. (who was quite a jester!)
A dragon to slay!! Who shall be our hero?
Well, ok all you had to do was knock off the ring attached to his mouth......
Daddy and Sonshine! Drums roll.......everyone ooooooooo
everyone aaaaahhh and cheer!!
Next up is Daddy and Gator-boy!
aaaaaahhhhh and cheer!! this time they even caught the ring!!
which is better than these guys did!
and THEY are "professional" jousters!
This is a pic of the sign for fried (or fryed) ice cream.....there's a long story of my childhood misdeeds attached to it and I just had to have a pic as I've never heard of "fried ice cream" before...thought me and Angie were the only ones to have "burned" ice cream!! (not kidding we really did! I'll tell ya another time!)
Here we have Sonshine's highlight of the day! We heard about this and the parade all day long!! Now we have to go back!!
We left at 2:00pm, after the parade and a final privey stop.
Here's the view as turned out of the parking lot. (that's not an exaggeration)
The temperature for the day was 70 degrees F. With a regular nippy breeze. As you can see there were very few clouds in the sky. The bluebonnets were blooming on the trip as well as these "buttercups"
A gorgeous day and a fun time had by all.
You know you're a Mommy when your entire family walks around outside for 4 1/2 hours and you're the ONLY one who gets sunburned....cause you wouldn't let anyone else out of the car without sunblock...but forgot to put it on yourself!
This is the site that always makes me feel "I'm home!" It's awesome at night when lit patterns circle the ball.
I thought I'd show you some other parts of the Dallas skyline as well, some are distorted as we were zipping along at about 60-70mph and I was taking these through the window.
Blow that pic up and see if you can find the red pegasus.
When it was built it was the tallest building for miles and miles and the pegasus, which is outlined in neon red could be seen from the horizon.
I've always loved the Old Red Courthouse!
This is the building where my mom has worked for >15 years. It is known as the "old school book depository" and now houses the "Sixth Floor Museum". Funny story. Mom works on the 4th floor, the uppermost floor accessable to the public (without paying). At the time when the museum was being built a man in a flashy yellow suit got off the elevator. Mom's desk was right in front of the elevators then, he had a couple of other men with him and he told mom he wanted to see the sixth floor. She said he couldn't as it wasn't open to the public. He insisted. Mom said no...eventually he left. The next day she sees an article in the Dallas Morning News with this guy's picture...quite identifyable in that suit! He was the King of Sweden. :-)
We call this the "rocket building" it looks like it has gigantic slides on either side!
Look close, can you see the "X" ? It's lit at night. Very cool. There's another building I didn't get a pic of that's outlined in green neon at night....also very cool.
Actually I prefer the night skyline to the day...but either way it's home!
This is the keyhole building.
For more pics of the very cool buildings in downtown Dallas go here and keep clicking on "next"
This half moon followed us all the way home.
And here you can see me, (glowing-red), holding my new toy! It is a wooden flute, concert pitch, key of G-major. I'm way excited!
And don't worry about my sunburn, I'll turn brown by tomorrow or next day. Used to amaze Subvet how fast I turn from looking lobster-ish to looking dark tan. It the Native American showing through all that Irish! :-)
OK, time to put this up and go sew!!
One more pic I took this week. I was weeding my flower beds right before those storms blew in...look what I found under the dead cannas!
Guess I'm not the only one who breaks the rules!!