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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to Celebrate a 5-year Old's Birthday in Style



Gabrian turned 5 on Monday and we tried to really live it up. I was sad and excited at the same time to leave the Toddler Era. Gabrian started his morning off super relaxed and chill.


To really make sure we celebrated the day, both the boys went to the Dentist. Who doesn't want clean teeth on their Birthday?


After making sure everyone's teeth were shiny and clean we headed home. Gabrian jumped right in to help Grandma decorate the birthday cake.



It was getting pretty hot by mid-afternoon. So after lunch, Gabrian and I headed to Willard Beach. It was nice to enjoy the beach on a less crowded day.





We headed home and fought off the tempting lure of a afternoon nap. We cleaned up and headed to Gabrian's school for his Graduation. It really elevated our status to be with the Birthday Graduate. Not many people can claim that title.








After his ceremony, he was willing to pose for pictures with his adoring fans.





After a busy day we headed to Jimmy the Greek for a Birthday/Graduation Celebration.



We ended the night with some delicious cake.





It was an awesome day and felt like a wonderful way to usher in Gabrian's 5th Year. Gabrian's opinion of the day, "Best Birthday Ever!!"

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

41st Annual Old Port Festival - Portland, Maine

We were very fortunate that for the second year in a row, we had gorgeous weather for the Old Port Festival. This year we headed to Portland around 8:30. We wanted to get a close and free parking spot. On Sunday's in downtown they offer free street parking and I wanted to take advantage of it. Our early start to the day paid off and we were able to get a spot of Free St at the corner of Cross St. We couldn't have gotten a better spot.

We headed off to get our spot picked out for the parade at 11. We only had a little over 2 hours to kill. It surprisingly went by really fast. When we first arrived the vendors were still setting up.


I picked out a spot on the curb that was in front of a parking meter so we would have something to lean against. We spread out our blanket and settled in to wait. My Mom picked out a nearby bench to watch the parade for. Her only complaint was that she wished she had brought a cushion to sit on.


We did several things to entertain ourselves while waiting for the parade to start. Gabrian tried to climb the light pole.


Than Grandma bought Gabrian some really cool sunglasses so a photo shoot was in order.



 
She also bought him an electric bubble maker. We had some fun with that.
 



Shortly before the parade started our friends Myranda and Owen joined us. The boys were excited to see each other.


Finally, it was time for the parade to start.







It was probably the longest wait for the shortest parade. We waited just over 2 hours for a 10 minute parade. We loved it though and plan on doing the same exact thing next year except we will bring a seat cushion with us.

After the parade we headed to the kids section to check out the area.




It was here that I probably got my favorite shots of Gabrian ever.



The boys went on to decorate their own crowns and try their hand at some chalk art.




We than set out to explore the festival. There were tons of vendors, food trucks, and music everywhere we looked.



There lots of business giving out free samples. Lots of drinks to try which was great for such a hot and sunny day. Gabrian liked when they provided places to relax.


One of our favorite discoveries was the restaurant Bombay Mahal out of Brunswick, ME. They were making their Nan bread right at the festival. We tried the Garlic Nan and it was out of this world. We will be definitely be trying out their restaurant in the near future. The Nan maker was kind enough to let us take his picture.


We absolutely love this festival and it is such a fun filled day. You can spend as much or as little as you want there. They have so many free activities available and you could bring your lunch with you if you had a tight budget.

I hope to see you next year at the 42nd Festival!