Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Thistle Be Fun!

Well, well I have a lot of catching up to do.
We start with the weekend of May 15/16th.
We spent a day at the Castroville Artichoke Festival.
Castroville is just northwest of here and is considered the "Artichoke Center of the World".

So, we thought we better go check it out.
This is a post heavy with pictures, but I always post with the boys' grandparents in mind.
Plus, there was so much to do!

First, the parade!
Fabulous dancers in fabulous dress.

Kingsley's little bit 'o' heaven.
Lots of cars, lots of them.

I am beginning to realize that no festival around here is complete
without cowboys.

Dancing horses!
You should have seen some of these performers, so incredible!

Festival fun is never complete without jumpy houses.
Different jumpy houses for different ages and likes.

Mini-train ride.
A big hit.

Even though we are active members of the Children's Museum in Monterey,
the boys loved checking out their booth and activities. Some cool stuff!

Of course.

Festival music and dancing in the straw.

All done.

Kingsley's favorite car of the parade.

I did not take pictures of any artichokes!
In addition, I did not snap any pictures of the varied and creative (not to mention delicious)
ways in which artichokes were served and available for purchase.

We sampled deep-fried artichokes and an artichoke burrito which were heavenly.
We purchased 5 artichokes for $1 and sauteed some up for dinner.

A fun, and filling, day.

Oh yes, a word about the post title.
"Thistle be fun!" is the motto of the Artichoke Festival.
Artichokes are thistles, don't you know?
(I didn't.)


Abbydz said...

Looks like a really fun day. Love the expression on the boys as they enjoy the car ride. Miss you guys!

TUTU Monkey said...

How fun!!! I love a good thistle......dipped in lots of butter!!

Boys look so cute!!

Janis said...

Looks like a great day!