Lantern Fest

"Are you going to Lanternfest?" said friends while I was at work.
"Remind me when it is? I couldn't go last year, but want to." 

6pm I waltzed through the door from work, hollered for everyone to put their shoes on, for I had a surprise.

My husband had questions for me.
"Where is it?"
"I'll show you."
"What is this all about?"
"I don't know."
"What is there to do?"
"I don't know."
"Why are you grabbing a blanket?"
"Because I see other people walking to the site with blankets, figured we'd grab ours."
"Where are you taking us?"
"Just trust me."

Good thing he trusts me, as it was a marvelous evening.
Beautiful scenery. A band.  Good food. Tents set up with many things for kids to do. Only do you see the woods way beyond the band?
 Because that's where they wanted to be.
 Far from the people.



 Until the evening mosquitos came out in full force, this is where we spent our time.
 Alas, we did return.

 For the band,
 to watch the lantern parade,
 And the fireworks. (Which Audra hollered how much she hated fireworks through the show and then talked the entire ride home about how she's going to like them next time.)
 It was a magical evening. I loved the laid back feel, the sense of community seeing so many friends and the celebration everyone planned so well for.

I'm thankful for family time, for time to follow their lead, opportunity to help them over and around obstacles, time to collect the best sticks and a chance to answer every burning question they have.

 All in all, a great summer evening.


  1. What a cool evening! I love that your children wanted to roam in the woods. So awesome.

    You got some great fireworks pictures too.

    It sounds like a wonderful community event (and I'm guessing Audra will like the fireworks next year).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  2. What a fantastic evening! I love that your children have such an exploring spirit.



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