This year was the 84th annual Zilker Park Kite Festival in Austin.
The first time I went, Ginger was about a month old. My mom was still in town from the birth and we decided to go on the spur of the moment. Ginger spent most of the time doing this:
This year, Ginger was 6 and she was the only one that managed to do this:
That white string leads to our small fishy kite. 6 grown-ups had tried to get her kite up in the air. We tried with 3 different kites even. Then Ginger stands in just the right spot and Uncle C gets her attention long enough for the wind to take it and zoom. It stayed in the air for 15 - 30 mins before another kite got wrapped around it and we brought it down.
Both girls LOVED the kite festival. The walking, the sun, the crowd, none of it mattered with all those amazing kites zooming around in the wind.
The week before, when we tried to explain to Sugar (3 years) what a Kite Festival was she was hung up on Festival means a kind of party which to her means CAKE. Luckily, Hey Cupcake and Uncle W were there and she got a huge cupcake that she obviously though was too pretty to eat because she wouldn't and she got mad when I did.
Since even my dear husband seemed to have a good time, I hope to make it a yearly thing. The girls love driving downtown under all the tall buildings. They love driving over the bridges and being "so high." The love riding a school bus from the parking garage to the park. As a matter of fact, I do believe riding the school bus was the second best part of their day.
Maybe next year, Ginger can teach the rest of our group how to get a kite in the air in a huge crowd of people.