In Houston, Texas, the month of March means one thing...no, not NCAA basketball.
Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo!!!
This year, the girls and I made plans to take the grandchildren out to the carnival and spend a day. Due to several days of heavy rains and a weather forecast of 100% chance on our planned date, we rebooked for the following Wednesday. (Of course, it never rained on our original date!)
If you saw my Facebook post that day you also already know that we picked the WRONG day to reschedule. Value Wednesday of Spring Break Week. Adult entrance nearly half off, kids under twelve free and all rides/games half priced. Great on the pocket book, not so great when it comes to beating the crowds!
The other side effect of our rescheduling was that, on the morning of our carnival trip, Davin came down with a stomach virus. Meagan had taken the day off to go, and now they were having to stay home. He was unhappy to miss it and Brooke was unhappy that he couldn't go.
But, Kelli and I persevered through the sickness and the crowds -- and we had a great time! The following are pictures from our day at the HLSR carnival.
|Brooke and Kelli on the Rodeo Tram from the parking lot to the carnival grounds. Beautiful girls!|
|Maddux and Brooke wanted to go down this slide.|
They had to brave long, long. long lines to do so.
|I don't think the trip down turned out the way Maddux had hoped.|
Somehow he ended up on his belly with his tow sack on top of him instead of under him!
|Time to play some games. |
This one was over too quickly!
|Fishing for frogs.|
I remember a game like this that the kids had when they were little!
|We then moved on to ring toss around the rubber duckies.|
And Maddux won!!!
|See his red ring around the duckie?|
|He chose Patrick in an orange hula skirt.|
Yeah, Patrick was bigger than Maddux!
Umm...and we had to carry him around with us for the rest of the day!
|Next stop, airbrush tattoo for him....|
|and face painting for her.|
|Look at that Transformer decorating those big muscles!|
|She wanted a rainbow kitten face...with glitter!|
Marble slab. Vanilla with M&M's for him.
Chocolate with marshmallows for her.
Can you tell they like different ends of the spectrum?
|We walked through the Reliant Arena to look at the shops and see the cows. Then we stopped so Nonna could get them each a cowboy hat and keepsake.|
It was SO cute!
|It had been a long day, so they loaded up on the back of the wagon and we headed out.|
It was the best pictures that I got of them all day long!
|Even the Pony and the Longhorn got along on the ride out!|
|Despite the crowds, it was a great day!|
|And as we were waiting on the tram to take us back to the truck, I looked up and saw this. A man in a kilt! At the rodeo?|
It takes all kinds!