Sunday, July 5, 2009

Concerts (and Fireworks!) in the Garden

Friday night we went to the Concerts in the Garden at Forth Worth Botanic Gardens. We went with some friends -- the Osborns, Chappotins, and Kahlas. Some of them had been to this before, but it was new to us.

Jimmy splurged on us all and got two valet parking passes, so we met up at their house and piled into two vehicles. We got all the kiddies, and had the joy of listening to laughter the whole way there. :) I am so thankful that our kids have so many friends!
We got the cheap tickets, which meant that we brought chairs and picnic blankets to sit on the grass, instead of at tables. In my opinion, that's more fun anyway.

I knew there would be a lot of people there, but I was not quite prepared for what I saw when we walked in. There were people everywhere!! We navigated through the mobs though, and found a little corner of grass that had not yet been claimed. We laid a picnic blanket down for the kids, and then did our best to surround that with the adults' chairs and the babies' strollers. We didn't quite make it all the way around, but it came pretty close and was enough to corral them sufficiently.
Debra brought bubbles for the kids, and between that and food we were able to keep them entertained while we waited for the music to begin. And those kids -- man oh man, they were good for the most part, but they were busy!! I'm not sure there was a single moment when they were all sitting down, except for during the fireworks. Everyone else's kids were sitting and playing quietly, but ours were up and running around the whole time -- in our corral -- but up and running all the same. I don't know how they did it, because it was hot. (It was about 102 when we were loading up the vans.)There was of course, in typical Wellsbrothers fashion, a mishap amidst all the fun:

That crazy kid just won't stop climbing on stuff!! He climbed up into a chair, and it fell over. We thought he just hit his face that hard, but we later found out that the leg of the chair just scraped his mouth and lip, and it just happened to bleed everywhere. Here's what it looked like the next morning, all cleaned up.Just getting a bloody nose wasn't good enough. He had to find a way for it to look like he had a bloody nose for several days!! :)

But anyway, we survived until the music began. Debra broke out the glow necklaces and bracelets, and the kids played even more. I'm so glad she brought those things. It got dark enough that we really needed each of the kids to have one on so that we could keep track of them. But Joey wouldn't keep one on his arm. Or on his leg. So we clipped it through the bottom of his onesie. He looked like a little firefly with a glowing yellow bootie. I'm so sad that I couldn't get a picture of it.

And then finally, the fireworks started!! The kids all stopped in their tracks, even Joey stopped his squirming. It was the moment we had all been waiting for. And it didn't disappoint. They were great fireworks -- at least the ones that we could see through and around the trees were. :)

It was the first time that our kids had seen fireworks right there up close. Micah just couldn't help but laugh out loud at everyone of them. Joey ooo-ed and ahh-ed in his cute little fifteen month old ways, and Conner was very impressed, as well. And I cannot stress enough -- they all stopped and sat still for the entirety of the fireworks show. Good stuff.

Then we got to have the valets bring our vans to us. We had to wait a long time -- but I was so thankful to not be herding tired children through busy parking lots. Thank you, Osborns! And thank you, Kahlas and Chappotins for sharing the evening with us.

(Oh, and thank you Mom for letting me use your much fancier, much nicer, much more fun camera!!)


A Blessed Wife and Mom said...

I'm so glad that you had a fun Fourth (except for Joey's little mishap!). Great pictures! (BTW, the boy's haircuts are SO cute!)

Heidi said...

It looks like it was so much fun! I wish I could have gone...but there was NO WAY at all that I could stand the heat...not this summer. Maybe next summer??

Gammie said...

Wow! Looks like an awesome evening! Yay! We are all so happy that y'all have such great friends to do things with! Does the heart good :)
Joey, Joey, Joey...well, I guess if that was the worst of it-you got off pretty easy.

Lee and Michelle said...

What a fun day! I bet you were a little nervous with the huge crowds but the corral of chairs and strollers was a great idea! I'll have to remember than ...

BooBoo said...

those kids do look hot, but happy...
What a great time...