Monday, September 19, 2011

Arizona's Centennial

The state of Arizona turns 100 in February. And in true Arizona fashion, we are starting the party early and celebrating for 6 months. Hee haw!

Our state is really just a baby. Truly, I have grandparents almost as old as the state of Arizona. The birthday party kicked off here in Prescott as this town used to be the capital of Arizona way back in the day, like Wyatt Earp days.

The Best Fest took up most of downtown Prescott. With parking limited, they offered a free shuttle from a shopping center parking lot. Even better, the shuttle was a school bus. Ben was thrilled as it was his first school bus ride.

He would've been happy to just go home after the bus ride. But, there was lots of fun to be had. There were people all over dressed in old western costumes.

They had a great family zone with lots of bounce houses and slides for the kids.

Noah wanted to get right in on the action. He held up the whole line and climbed the inflatable ladder to the top of the slide and he went down. And did it freak him out? Heck no. He did it again and again and again. Okay, well he looks a little freaked out in this picture.

The kids loved all the bounce houses.

Uncle Terry and Aunt Paula live in Canada and are on a roadtrip through the States. They visited us for the weekend, so we all went to the block party. Here's Uncle Terry with some Cowboys. I think he fits right in.

Noah, on the other hand, was not so sure of the cowboys.

There were cows to be milked.

Free samples of ice cream.

Facepainting...spiderman of course.

Emily even got a lasso lesson from the Rodeo Princess.

Emily had the "steer" roped on the third try. Impressive.

Naturally, there was a roaming, singing cowboy on horseback.

The kids panned for gold. Emily immediately asked if she could keep her nugget. Gold Digger!

Ben took a bath in it.

There were people dressed up everywhere.

And I love that our little hometown blended right in with the props.

This is The Palace saloon which has been around since 1877. Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp had a pint or two (or 100) in this saloon.

There was some crazy Mexican art.

They had a military and trailblazer museum and so much stuff to see and do. We could have easily spent an entire day there. But, a few hours had to do as the kids were pretty wiped out.

Emily just adored Aunt Paula and insisted on sitting with her on the bus.

We had a great time.

Aunt Paula and Uncle Terry left this morning and we were all sad to see them go. I don't think I've ever met two nicer, more genuine people in my life. They adored our children and our children adored them. I guess that means we'll have to travel to British Columbia soon to see them!


brownymama said...

We went too, but on Friday night with the kids and Saturday night WITHOUT the kids! When are we going to get together??

Pam said...

How fun! Is this going to be a traveling celebration? Glad you had a good time with your fam.!

Linda said...

What a great time!! Loved all of the photos. :)

katie said...

The look on Noah's face is totally your "AAHHH A BUG!" face :)