Since Ryan had the day off of work yesterday, we took the kids up to This is the Place Park in the morning. The kids love this place, but since we usually go while Ryan is at work he doesn't get to see how much fun they really have when we go.
They had special 4th of July festivities going on: Mutton busting, scavenger hunt, watermelon eating contest, candy canon, mechanical bull riding, and more. There were also TONS of people in Pioneer costumes acting in character which made it more fun.
My favorite part was Berlin participating in the watermelon eating contest. She was at the table with all the older kids who were 8 & 9 years old. She didn't stand a chance, but I will say she was the cutest contestant hands-down. The kids loved the pony rides as usual, and the candy cannon. When we first got there they gave us a scavenger hunt guide. Once we found everything on the list the kids got candy. They also panned for gold and this time they found some! We've panned for gold before and not found the sparkly stuff, so they were super-elated. We also spent a good chunk of time playing Pioneer Games, like rolling the metal wheel down the street, ball-in-cup, paddle ball, and ring toss. I must say that I'm pretty good at the ring toss game :)
It was a great way to celebrate the 4th of July.
Our little cowboy. Finley got the loop slow horse and he kept trying to get him to go faster by saying yee-haw & giddy-up the whole time he was on him.
Our little cowgirl.
Berlin LOVING the baby goat. This is her favorite animal in the petting area.
On the new Brooklyn ship play area. This has been under construction the last 4 times we've been here and it was finally done. Finley was ecstatic and did NOT want to leave. He could stay here all day.
Berlin chowing down on yummy watermelon.
Berlin & Finley cleaning the rugs - why can't I get them to do chores around the house with the same excitement they do chores at the village?