What a fun weekend we had! There were so many things going on here in Las Vegas that it was hard to choose what to do! We decided on Saturday to go to the Springs Preserve Ice Cream Festival. They’ve put this on for a few years now, but we’ve always missed it for one reason or another. I have very mixed feelings about this event. When we got there, the timing was terrible. Stella had fallen asleep in the car and Vince got a call from work. So, we decided Annalie and I would go to the festival and he would take Stella home to nap and get some work done. We had bought our tickets online and I am so relieved because when we got up to the entrance, the line to buy tickets was at least an hour long wait. When we got inside, the lines for ice cream initially weren’t too bad, so we got some ice cream cones and then walked around to see what else they had. They had 4 ice cream stations set up, a fun bubble area, a craft area, a couple of food vendors and pony rides. By the time we made our way to the pony rides, the line was ridiculously long, so we skipped that. And that’s when the event started getting really crowded. We waited in line for almost an hour for food and after that there was definitely no getting anymore ice cream as those lines were at least 100 people deep. The organizers of this event did a terrible job of overselling tickets and not providing enough ice cream stations and food vendors. There were probably 5,000 people there. Four ice cream stations was definitely not enough. You could tell all the parents were so frustrated and all the little kids were so bored waiting in line. Fortunately we had arrived early enough that we got to do most everything, but I don’t know if I’ll ever attend this event again. In any case, Annalie had a ball, so that’s all that matters.
Then our friend “Silly Steve” had told us about an event he put together at Floyd Lamb Park for Horses4Heroes called Rockin’ for the Country. It was a Memorial Day event that ran all weekend. The event itself was free and wristbands for the kids were $10 each, which got them into the “fun zone” which was a ton of bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting and pony rides. Not bad for $10. They also had bands playing music, a beer garden, vendors selling arts and crafts, and food trucks. The weather was great and kids had a ball, so it was definitely a success!
On Monday, after getting in a quick 5 mile run around the neighborhood, we starting cooking for my sister-in-law’s Memorial Day party she was having at her house. We made some bbq mac & cheese and fruit pizza. They both were so delicious, as was all of the food.
We spent most the day swimming, eating and drinking. It was so fun to have some quality family time and we all had a great time. Everyone slept very well that night!