Sunday, April 25, 2010

Alvin Rotary Frontiers Day and Houston International Festival

This weekend I had four festivals in mind, with an attempt at 3 of them but only got to 2. I went to Alvin, Texas near the coast for the Rotary Club's Frontiers Day Festival on Saturday. Then Sunday I FINALLY! got to the Houston International Festival. Both were fun and as the summer approaches I can't help but start to get REALLY excited about all the travelling this summer holds for me. Without further ado...

Alvin Train Depot where the festival was located near.
Lots of rides for kids...made me miss Roo Roo and Lucas.
Craft fair.....met the nicest guy where I bought my new makeup bag that matches my suitcase :) He was hilarious and a great salesman. Aggie, though..... Bleh
Look at this was HUGE, I don't know I thought it was beautiful
Carnival games (kind of a joke, but again it's for the kids here)
Car show was lame. They were just parked in the grass lol but this one was hot.
The Houston International was quite the excitement. SO busy but luckily the wind was blowing so it wasn't that hot. Just soooooooo many people!
A sea of people.....I now know what that looks like.
Food vendors and craft sellers were on either side.
Rocking out in front of City Hall. LOL I love this scenario.
Love downtown...It reminds me of NYC in a small, small, small way. :)
Fountains...Everytime I was ready to take a good picture the water would stop running! Then I'd walk away and look back and the water would be cascading down again. Agggggravating.
The Lousiana area was definitely one of the more fun places. The Zydeco band was awesome and people were dancing and eating great food. Picked up a margarita here too. :)
The food area.....crazy packed.
Haha the library was transformed into the Mexican/Latin area.
The Caribbean was the featured destination for the International Festival. It was awesome. Loved the .........
Pirate ship you could get on!!!! LOL
Fort........ Crazy people....Look at her fingernails on the girls shoulder. YIKES!!!!!

My favorite shot of the weekend :)

Next weekend? Dallas for some more festivals and research!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Burton Cotton Gin Festival

This weekend I went to the Burton Cotton Gin Festival. It was very country. :) I was also planning on going the Houston International Festival today but it was raining and I ended up going shopping with my parents. (Wow, I'm like 5 lol.)

They had some craft fair tents set up but it was nothing like last weekend so I was sad. Lol
There was a tractor pull and that kept my attention for about 30 seconds lol. I think many of the people here were eating and watching. The grassy hill was a great place to eat because there weren't a lot of tables.
The Cotton Gin

I took a free tour of the gin and it was cool. Good ole cotton smarts.
View from up in the cotton gin.

Went to dinner with my mom at Goode's BBQ. FINALLY. It was good....yea, that's about it. :) I've had better.

Cute decor though...
Bevo! And Anson is only 24 miles away. Yay, that's where Terry and Barbara are! :)
Next weekend I have four festivals to get to. We'll see what happens.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bluebonnets and Chappell Hill....and Perfect Convertible Weather!

Well, this weekend I went to the (popular) Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival. It was definitely the craft fair of the year. So busy! And not so much about bluebonnets but was appreciative of the workout I got from it.

TRAFFFFFFFFFFFFIC We did get a great parking spot, though and our $5 went to the Chappell Hill Historic Society so I was glad to have donated to them.
This is what we saw when we walked up.
But it was ENDLESS tents with all sorts of crafts and JEWELRY! I got a beautiful pink flower ring (HUGE!) and some blue paw print earrings for Lamkin.
The newest craft I saw was this Butts collector. My dad swears he's going to start smoking outdoors so I'm hoping my aunt and I can make him one of these out of a UT pot.
MORE booths but here we got a margarita. Not worth it.
As we were leaving we some some beautiful historic homes. I'll have to return to investigate. :)
We totally got lost heading back because the festival was on the main road to the highway. There were detour signs and then they magically stopped. So my mom and I had fun getting the cows attentions and de-stressing from the road wars.

New camera setting :)
One of my favs
Probably my fav!

One of my favs!! It's a donkey!
Went to Cypress Station Grill. Love their chicken fingers. And watched Phil Mickelson win the Masters!!
Next weekend is more festivals and sadly, enough, no Llano.