Old Spanish Days is a big deal here in Santa Barbara,
and I must say its never been a bigger deal to me personally than now.
When I was a 20 something -sans kids- I found it to be a nuisance to be honest.
I didn't like the crowds, the traffic or the fact that I had to pay a huge cover to visit the same places I normally did on a weekend.
With kids that's all changed.
I think its important that my kids learn about their town's heritage and get a chance to partake in some of these traditions, and even develop our own traditions as a family.
Everything becomes a celebration when you have kids- and with fiesta its the perfect sort of finale to our summer.
Enjoy the Pic(k)s!
|we've enjoyed walking in the children's parade for the last two years|
the kids really like decorating their "float" and throwing confetti
|she's bumming that she's not on her scooter yet ;)|
|baby's first fiesta!|
|we ran into this awesome familia|
|we walk with P's pep group and this year they made paper flowers to hand out|
she loved giving them to the kids
|this guy even gave her a fist pump! he he|
|afterwards all the paraders get icecream|
|annnnd mommy's get bloody mary's|
hey! it was the morning after my birthday, I needed this!
|buying fiesta dresses has become a fun tradition|
|party at the Beards- Lauren is getting her baby fix|
|another fun tradition for the kids is the fair at MacKenzie park|
there's lot of kiddie rides
|dad even took a break to come out and ride a few with them|
|first funnel cake for the girls|
|the "before" shot of the kiddie roller coaster|
|annnnd the "after"|