Tuesday, October 03, 2006

street fair

yesterday we went to the "Old Pecan Street Festival" on 6th street. it was such a blast. they close down a huge section of 6th street, and several adjacent streets, and fill it with vendors and rides and games. i wish i had brought my camera, there were so many unique and fun photo opportunities, and one of my favorites was an old scruffy man standing in leopard print bikini undies and roller blades, holding up handwritten political signs in one hand and a never empty beer can in the other...good times.

our first stop was for lemonade, popcorn and cotton candy. then we headed to the rides and the kids got to play on a couple of inflatable slides and obstacle course/fun houses.

we walked and walked and walked until we found a place giving pony rides next to a petting zoo. annabelle went into the petting zoo by herself and was totally in her element. she didn't look for me once. i finally went to the gate and called her name to let her know that she had a few minutes left, and she was just glowing. she is a little dr. dolittle, for sure. she pet all kinds of baby goats and a kangaroo and baby deer and something that looked like a miniature hairy cow thing.

we had such a great time, and ended the night with dinner from Taco Cabana and a big bubble bath.

i notice new banners downtown every week announcing a different festival, and i love that. Apparently next weekend is the Mediterranean Festival. austin reminds me a little of mexico in that there is always something to celebrate. i love it here.
PSA to all my loved ones: move to Austin. i will love you for it. :)


At 10/03/2006 1:32 PM, Blogger Valerie Dykstra said...

Festivals are a great thing about city life. Have fun.

At 10/03/2006 2:10 PM, Anonymous lil sis said...

Sounds like so much fun! I wish i could go to festivals and see the man with leopard print bikini undies and roller blades. Fun times! I posted a pic of juju and baby j for you on my site hope you enjoy. Give your kids hugs and kisses from mammie! love you

At 10/03/2006 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mindi this is a good pic of Bella eating MY fav - cotton candy - sounds like the happening place to be - lot's of walking though - hope all is well Miss you all bunches

At 10/04/2006 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The scruffy man in leopard bikinis was most certainly Leslie Cochran. He is Austin's resident cross-dressing homeless perennial mayoral candidate and street activist.
Congratulations! Your first Leslie sighting is a milestone on your path to becoming a true Austinite!

At 10/04/2006 6:07 PM, Blogger stevie.be. said...

this was great. love hearing more and more about austin especially the part where you said they have a taco cabana!!!! I AM SO THERE!


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