One of the things I love about raising our kidlets in small-town suburbia are the community activities we take them too, like parades, concerts, craft shows and farmers markets. I love it when summertime rolls around because carnival season is in full swing! Look in your local paper and you can find a fireman, ambulance corps or church carnival just about every weekend from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.
Recently, after months of planning, my family took a trip to Texas to visit the Hubs’ younger brother and his wife. The kidlets had not seen their Uncle T and Aunt B since August 2010 when we were in Colorado to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Hub’s grandmother. At that time our son was not yet three and our daughter just 10 months old, so traveling was a major ordeal, and required packing lots of stuff and putting up with lots of drama. Now that the kidlets are a bit older, both fully potty trained, eating solid food and sleeping in actual beds, a real vacation sounded more like fun and less like joining the army with all the equipment we’d have to bring along. When the Hub’s brother suggested we come down in early March to attend the 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, we immediately booked our tickets.