Everyone thought I was crazy for going back and forth to New York this summer. And maybe I was. My first trip was a girls trip to see church historical sites. My family just happens to live in that area so we had a place to stay. The second trip was for my kids to hang out with extended family. Both trips were perfect and I wouldn’t change anything about how I did it.
We have family that live in the Rochester area. There is a little town there called Webster and every year they have a Fireman’s Carnival. It’s a tradition that has been going on for years and years that raises money for the local fire departments. People from all neighboring areas (including us!) go to this, it’s a huge deal.
They have a Fireman’s Parade that is really long and features every firetruck in the surrounding areas.
My heart jumped with joy each time members of the armed forces came by. Everyone automatically stood up and clapped as they passed. I love America.
I also love high school bands and all the different floats. I basically love a parade!
The kids played some fireman games. These are cheap, fun little things. Like throwing dimes into drinking glasses, betting on colors and a duck pond. Simple stuff.
This Carnival weekend also includes a kiddie parade, which has to be the coolest thing ever.
My cousin’s daughter (my second cousin, right?) decided on a Candyland theme. So we decorated a wagon and pulled random items from my cousin’s closet for the costumes. (If you’ve seen my Halloween costumes each year you know that is one of my favorite things to do!)
The kids dressed as characters from the game.
We had Lord Licorice, Princess Lolly, Mr. Mint, a Gingerbread man and Princess Frostine.
We marched in the parade (1/2 mile) and got to be right behind the band. I have to say, this was so much fun!
After the parade was over we heard our name announced over the loud speaker. We had won FIRST place!! It was so exciting!! The kids each got 5 gold dollar coins, which was pretty cool.
This kiddie parade was the coolest thing, I wish my local town did it!
We tried to do a little geocaching. Out of three, we only found one. Which was a bit frustrating.
We sat on the banks of the Erie Canal and did a little fishing in the Irondequoit Bay.
The kids climbed trees and dove into tiny pools of rainwater fully clothed.
One of the biggest highlights was being able to watch the Hill Cumorah Pageant. We are rarely in town the exact week that it happens, so it was a special opportunity for sure! It was even better when I found out my friend was acting in it!
My kids loved meeting the actors beforehand. This is Moroni and Nephi.
A random guy (his description), Sam and Moroni.
And in a nutshell, that was our trip to New York. We kept busy and loved every single minute.
I have to say, WE LOVE NEW YORK!