Landon and I went to the Katonah Fall Festival last Saturday, and I wanted to share the pictures before I forget about them.
We have done so many other fun things since then, and I have so many more posts to write!
When we drove into town, I saw musicians play at the library, and since Landon loves string instruments in particular, that was out first stop.
After listening to the wonderful Irish music, and entering the library raffle, we strolled around the corner, and who do we run into? ELMO!
Landon has so far always been afraid of people in huge costumes, but this time he could not wait to get unbuckle from the stroller. He loves his Elmo doll at home, and he literally accosted Big Elmo, gave him a hug right away, and posed for a picture. What a difference a few months make — he didn’t want to have anything to do with the Easter Bunny.
I didn’t know what to expect from this festival, but it seemed the whole town was out and about. The main street was closed for traffic, and that was lovely.
We walked up the road and got a balloon bunny, a little pumpkin, I got information about joining the local chamber of commerce, and we ate a sample of pasta.
On the way back we stopped at one of those bouncy/ball/maze toys that kids can climb around in. This guy had pulled it there behind his truck, and kids were going crazy in it.
There was only one way in and one way out, and before I helped Landon into it and paid the $5 (this guy was making a fortune!
Don should tow a thing like this around with his truck!), I did wonder what I was going to do if L wouldn’t come out. And sure enough, he went the right way for quite a while, even overcoming his trepidation about the rope ladder. . .
. . . but then he just sat there on the second floor and wouldn’t go on.
He was perched in one corner and directing the kids after him to move on.
With some encouragement from me, he finally proceeded to the other side of the contraption, but then he wouldn’t budge again. I was that mom down below who kept yelling: “You are in the way, Sweetie! Follow that kid! You need to go THAT WAY!”
His look said it all, “I don’t thinks so, Momma Bear. And you can’t get me!”
He needed to go just a little further to make it down the slide, but then he just stayed in this bubble.
I kept shouting and gesticulating, and he kept mouthing back “No!” and smiling. More yelling and flailing. After five minutes of that I just thought, why don’t I just wait until he gets out? I know he can’t go anywhere, let him just enjoy himself. So I tried that and just watched the other moms make a fool of themselves. “Thomas, THIS WAY! Come down RIGHT NOW! Okay, you are in time out!”
It was kind of comical. But then it got late, and Grandma was waiting for us. Eventually, I did see where there was an emergency exit/zipper door and I got him out that way. Lesson learned: next time I’ll bribe an older kid to get Landon out of there.
Update: I received a call from the library that I won the first price in the raffle. How exiting!
It turned out not to be a cruise for three, but a nice T-shirt, a canvas bag, a few coupons for free ice cream down the street, and $25 towards books at the upcoming library sale.