This weekend also happened to be the Little Balkans Day Festival. The festival celebrates the history and ethnic diversity of the region. The area was deemed the Little Balkans of Kansas due to the large number of the immigrants who traveled from southeastern Europe, also called the Balkan region of Europe, to Kansas to work in coal mines back in the late 1800's and early 1900's. One of the biggest events of the weekend is the sidewalk sale with art booths that extend along the main street in town. We took Carter with us and strolled down the street.
|Enjoying the walk with Uncie Jeremy.|
|Playing with bubbles.|
|The best picture I got of him in the bounce house.|
After all the fun of the inflatables we headed over to a petting zoo area. Carter loved it and when he saw a zebra he very excitedly pointed and exclaimed, "tiger!" It must have been the stripes that tricked him up. He enjoyed filling little shovels they had available with food and feeding the animals. It's hard to say which animals were his favorite as he seemed to like them all quite a bit. We made it through all the animals and I looked down at Carter's face. It was beat read and his hair was matted to his head with sweat. We were planning to stay in the area to meet up with my friend, Erin, and her son, Hayden, but it was 20 minutes until naptime and I could tell Carter was done. We headed home for a quick lunch and then it was naptime.
|Pointing and saying "tiger!"|
|He was one tired boy!|
When Carter woke up I texted Erin to invite her over and she came along with Hayden and her parents. My mom bought Carter a really neat roller coaster toy at Sam's Club and we all knew Hayden would love it. Carter had ridden it twice earlier in the day and was pretty scared. After his rides he cried anytime someone tried to put him on it. When Hayden arrived Carter rushed to the car yelling, "Haydey" which was too precious for words. Hayden was immediately intrigued by the roller coaster and wanted to push the car down it and walk on the track, but wasn't interested in riding it. Eventually his grandpa talked him into going down it and he loved it. Feeling brave after watching Hayden go down, Carter went for another ride. He didn't seem quite as scared, but he didn't look like he had fun either.
Carter riding the roller coaster earlier in the day:
|Hayden loved the roller coaster.|
|Smiling at the end of the ride.|
|Carter's face looks slightly terrified.|
|His face at the end of the ride.|
|Enjoying a snack.|
|Climbing the stairs.|