A few weeks ago, Amara and I attended the 4th Annual Concert in the Park – it was our fourth year going and we were both looking forward to seeing what it would be like this year. We had been a little disappointed last year; we just didn’t like the band as well but we were still excited to be going.
This year we got a wonderful surprise! When I went to pick Amara up on Saturday afternoon two of her friends were there with their Mom who had stopped to see Jenna – and we talked them into joining us! Amara was thrilled that she would have friends to play and dance with and I was thrilled that I was going to have another grownup friend come along.
We got to the park, staked out a spot and spread out our blankets. While we waited for the band to start Amara took the girls on a tour of the booths! They got the super-fast tour! Most of the booths had been there in years past, or similar ones and it was if Amara just wanted to give them the lay of the land. We only stopped at two booths. Our first stop was to get the girls balloon flowers. The other stop was the booth selling kettle corn. Our friends had never had it and it is one of Amara’s favorites.
You can click the pictures to see the smiles in a larger size!
We settled down on our blanket to nibble on the kettle corn and to watch the balloons burst one by one, as they hit the grass. We should have remembered to get them last. About then one of the local and amazing Zumba instructor and some of her friends took the stage. Amara and the girls were off and dancing. My friend and I Zumba’d too in between taking pictures. Amara was outraged when she realized the we were standing on the sidelines. “Grandma! You left the kettle corn unguarded!” She ran and grabbed the bag, handed it to the other mom and went right back to Zumba some more.
In between the Zumba and the band starting Amara and the girls went to talk to the mounted police. It was one of the same officers that had been there last year. He even remembered Amara. She was thrilled that he did.
The girls danced a little to the band and played with all of the hula hoops that were laid out but they had liked the Zumba better! Since our friends hadn’t planned to join us, they couldn’t stay the whole evening but before they left there was much giggling while they rode Cecil the Sea Monster. Amara had loved him last year but he was lots more fun with friends.
Amara and I stayed a while after our friends left. We made the slow tour of all of the booths. Amara got her face painted and looked so very cute! She wanted to take pictures in the photo booth but stick in the mud Grandma said “No.” I figured I had taken enough photos and videos we didn’t need to spend our money on that. Sure wish we had, as there is not one picture of me with my cute pink ladybug that I had painted on my cheek.
We stopped by two booths where artists were painting. Amara chatted with one of them about whether he was using oil paints, she thought he was. I loved that this older gentleman really took an interest in talking to Amara. I told him she had been taking art classes for years. She told him that she had only worked in acrylics and he shared with her how much she was going to love working in oils. It was a wonderful interaction. I just stood back, soaked it all in and was very proud.
After our slow tour, we ended up back at our blanket. Amara talked to the people on the blanket next to us and petted their beautiful Boxer – with the owner’s permission of course. It was about then that Amara decided she’d had enough and was starving! Just like the last three years, we left the park and headed for Wendy’s to get hamburgers to take home and share with Grandpa. It was a wonderful evening and Amara was asleep within moments of hitting the pillow and never woke up until 8:30 the next morning.