I spent the day at the Apple Blossom Festival. I just want to say that spending all day looking at crafts is not in my top 10, not even close. Normally I will do pretty much anything to avoid it. However, spending all day with my family is in my top 10, even if it means looking at crafts all day.
The day was just gorgeous, 70 degrees and sunny. My oldest son was at another event and my youngest daughter was with someone else for the first part of the day, they got there shortly before we had to leave, so mostly this was time with some friends and my oldest and youngest.
I can say I learned a few things. First, I need to take more time with my family. I try to spend time with the kids every day, but I don’t often have a whole day with the family. There is so much that needs to happen, church stuff, design and development, and stuff around the house. That kind of stuff just eats up time.
Second, it is hard to focus on my family. I think this is related to the first thing I learned. The whole day I was fighting those things that say “hey I’m super important, don’t forget me.” I wanted to get work done because I’m already behind, but I did try to stay in the moment. Part of how I did that was taking lots of pictures.
I mean LOTS of pictures. You can see them below.
As far as the day goes, we got up there and started looking at crafts, I’ll admit there was some really cool stuff. I didn’t take pictures of the crafts though, that isn’t what I was interested in. The only thing that really stood out to me was a woodworker booth. He had tons of wooden toys, trains, boats, cars, firetrucks … I really thought about buying a couple for the boys, the prices were really reasonable, but I’m not sure they are ready for something that nice. Then I got to looking at the rubber band guns. I don’t’ know if you remember the old school ones, with a couple of clothes pins to hold the rubber bands back till you are ready to fire. Well these are significant upgrades that can hold multiple rubber bands and use a rotating firing mechanism. There were pistols, rifles, and several other options, including a massive gattling gun with a rotating crank capable of firing over 100 rubber bands.
I was told no, then we looked at more crafts, bought the kids a few small things, and then took them down to the park next to teh event for a break. It is one of the nicest parks ever. We’ve taken our kids there a few times, and it seems like they keep adding new things.
Then we went back to the craft show for a bit longer, got some treats, and headed home. Please enjoy the images.