The Heart of Winter, Part 2

This is a continuation of a blog post from several months ago, on the first day of spring in fact. Well, now we're officially a few days into summer, so might as well finish up that post!

As I was saying a few months ago, winter can be kind of blah after the holidays. But our winter was punctuated by a few exciting events, including my birthday and Spring Break!

Gruene, Texas with friends

Birthday Celebration

Spring Break treat: Salon treatments at the American Girl Dallas store for our dolls! Thalia's doll, Felicity, got her ears pierced and Carys's Bitty Baby had a relaxing spa facial! Then more girly fun with our friend Katie.


Viva Fiesta! (Segunda Parte)

Oops, forgot to add these Fiesta images to yesterday's post, showing Carys's royal encounter with Miss Fiesta San Antonio 2009 and her Court and our Fiesta eating frenzy!


1st LO by Stickersnfun.com. Papers: Creative Memories 'Family' Kit; Embellishments: Creative Memories 'Everyday' Kit (recolored ribbon); Digital Scrapbook Place 'After Midnight' Kit by Nicole Young & 'Faerie Wish Kit' by Emma Powell (recolored wand); Creative Memories 'Disney Princesses' Kit (recolored word art).

2nd LO from Stickersnfun.com. Papers: Creative Memories 'Family' & 'Everyday' Kits; Embellishments: Digichick 'Sweet & Sassy' by Mira Designs, Shabby Princess 'Dinner Party' by Sara Carling, Creative Memories Strawberry; Shape. Maracas background by me.


Viva Fiesta!

The Girl Scouts at the Fiesta de los Ninos Parade

Where do the days go?!? I started this post about 2 months ago and here it is, still unfinished. Fiesta 2009 came and went in a blur, and for the first time in many years, we actually took part in one of its official events. Thalia, as a member of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Public Relations Team, was invited to march in the 3rd annual Fiesta de los Ninos parade! All of the girls in our troop were also invited to join in the fun. Unfortunately, the two weekends of Fiesta are some of the busiest ever, so only one other Brownie was able to go.

The Parade was the kick-off of the fairly new Fiesta event hosted by Port San Antonio, located at the former Kelly AFB. Parade lineup started early, at 8 am, and the rainy weather the day before had us a little wary about driving all the way out there. Sure enough, about five minutes after we got out of the car, it started to rain! (And then we discovered that Thalia had left her raincoat at home.)

Amazingly, the rain stopped as the lineup began. And although there were still dark clouds above, the parade went off without a hitch. Start time was a bit later than planned, but we definitely weren't bored while waiting for it to start. There were Fiesta celebrities to meet!

Several red Cadillacs pulled up right in front the parade-watching spot that Dylan, Carys and I had staked out along with the other Girl Scout parents and siblings. Through the window of the "Official Car of Miss Fiesta San Antonio," I spied several tiaras. Fiesta royalty had arrived! Carys was star-struck. Miss Fiesta San Antonio stepped out of the first car directly in front of her! Two other tiara-and-flip-flop-wearing Princesses got out of the other car. The "official" Fiesta photographer ran up to us to take a photo of Carys with the royalty. Carys was doing her "shy" bit, but you could tell she was soooo excited. We also had an impromptu meet-and-greet with the SA Missions Baseball "Ballapeno." And while we waited for the parade to start, parade volunteers handed out Fiesta pins to all the kids. Carys scored two of them.

The parade started and it was really exciting to see our girls march with our troop banner (custom-made by me and Thalia). And they wore the requisite Fiesta wreaths in their hair, of course. Other troops pulled tiny little homemade shoebox floats or red wagon floats. Very clever ideas. There were fewer girls than expected due to the uncertain weather.

We got pics of the girls at the beginning and end of the short parade route and then followed them to the stage where they made up the color guard for the flag ceremony. The flag ceremony was led by the Sons of the American Revolution, all decked out in their impressive costumes. We listened to some short speeches by local lawmakers and the elementary school-aged Queen and Princesses of the Fiesta de los Ninos were crowned. Very cute. And the little girl who designed the event's official Fiesta pin was recognized for her very impressive artwork:

Then it was time to eat! The best part of any Fiesta event is the food! Our mouths were already watering throughout the parade from the heavenly scents of fiesta food. We enjoyed: hot dogs, Frito pies, snowcones, frozen fruit bars, soft drinks and candy. But there were lots more we could have eaten, had we not restrained ourselves! The best thing about the food was the prices--very, very reasonable for Fiesta and we'll be back again next year with our appetites.

There were some other activities there (moon bounce, games, rides) and the weather was looking a little bit brighter, but I voted for a post-Fiesta nap after lunch! We hope our troop will be invited to participate again next year and make it a yearly tradition.

First LO: LO scraplifted from Scrap Girl's M Re. Mexican serape background created by me; Creative Memories "Everyday" Kit: paper; Creative Memories Freebie: Nuts & Bolts Border; Digital Scrapbook Place Red puffy paint alpha set, Digital Scrapbook Place "Sapphires & Faded Jeans": Flowers (recolored); Digital Scrapbook Place "Welcome Kit": Ribbon Frame (recolored); Digital Scrapbook Place "Annika's Dress" by Samara Gugler: Twisted Ribbons (recolored); RAK Scraps February 2009 Mega Kit: Bows (recolored)

Second LO:LO scraplifted from unknown artist. Creative Memories "Everyday" Kit: papers; Creating Keepsakes "Whimsical Rain" by Amanda Dykan: Alpha Set; Two Peas in a Bucket "December Free Pea Kit" by Rhonna Farrar: Starbursts (altered); Digital Scrapbook Place "Annika's Dress" by Samara Gugler: Twisted Ribbon (recolored); RAK Scraps February 2009 Mega Kit: Bows (recolored); RAK Scraps February 2009 Mega Kit by Designs by Shannon: Ribbon (recolored); Broken Cascaron created by me; Maracas background by me