Tonight Rich and I packed up dinner, grabbed a bottle of Merlot, and piled the kids into our van for the 30 second drive down the street to our town's "Concert in the Park". This annual event happens every Friday evening in the summer months of July and August. These are seriously a lot of fun, and they're FREE! You know, in our family, we are all over anything free! Admission per person just about kills our budget, so whenever we hear the word FREE, we are there!
I'm telling you, just about everyone in our little town shows up to these concerts on Fridays. Apparently we aren't the only family who likes FREE. Which is a great thing, of course. Community support and togetherness is great. But take a look at this park:
That is the view from all sides. There are so many people! They all start setting up their "spaces" as early as 7:00 in the morning, to reserve their spots on the grass.
While it's great that such a crowd gathers, it's also scary for me because my kids see their friends here and they want to run around, visiting everyone. Which means I have to "trust" them to stay in the park and to check in with me often. I let all but Andrew and Aria run around.
This means Aislynn, my six year old, is running around with her BFF's.
Six is a bit young to be running around a huge crowd like this, don't you think? Or am I just being a paranoid mom?
Avery thinks I'm just being a paranoid mom. Of course she'd think that. She's only ten years old.
A.J. spends his time with his best friend. Yep, his best friend is a girl. They have known each other since they were infants and have always been the best of friends. I always say they are just like peas and carrots - they just go great together.
And while the kids are running around having a great time, us parents are enjoying our wine and good music. They have a different band each time. Last week was an Irish band, and tonight it was a band called "Led Zep Again" or something like that, that played all Led Zeppelin songs.
Oh, they were awesome! I'm a huge fan of Led Zeppelin. Hearing this band play tonight brought me back. Good music always does that. Of course I didn't have my awesome zoom lens with me tonight (figures!) so this is as close of a shot that I could get of the band. Lame, I know.
The Concert in the Park was a good way to end our day :)