Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Artsy Fartsy

I have spoken of a little town called Fairhope, AL before {here, here, and here if you would like a recap of the place and what draws us there}.

We visit every year around this time for the Arts & Crafts Festival, which boasts hundreds of vendors and hundreds of thousands of visitors for the weekend. We love to stroll down the streets of the town at a leisurely pace taking in all of the different mediums that the artists use to express themselves. Everything from paintings, drawings, and photography to pottery, wooden instruments, and handmade clothes {and everything in between} are on display. Let me tell you - the talent is undeniable. It is such a fun time and we look forward to it every year.

This year, my mother informed us of some races being run on Saturday morning in conjunction with the festival. Craig is a runner and she thought he would enjoy that particular activity. He decided to run the 2 mile Fun Run, that is open to all ages for walking, running, or even pushing a stroller. My brother, Wread decided to run with him so we made our way to the starting line with my niece, Anderson, in tow.

The boys were not excited to pose for pictures for me, but I assured them that they did not, in fact, have a choice.

We arrived early because we were unsure of the schedule of signing in and the like, but were pleasantly surprised to find a street party happening, complete with music and dancing.

Soon enough, though, they were off. After catching a photo of the runners in the beginning of the race...

Anderson and I headed to the finish line to catch them cross the line. Craig, of course, wanted to run the entire thing, which he did and only told me after that he wished that he had entered the 10K, which was the other race held that morning. It is a more serious run {obviously} and although he was unsure before his race, it would have been the one that was more suited to his skills and taste. However, the boys had a good time so all was definitely not lost.

After the race, we headed into downtown to check out the activities available. Canon learned how to stack cups.

We also checked out the classic cars on display. Everything from Jaguars, Ferraris, and Porsches were sitting in a grass field as eye candy for us to drool on. Unfortunately, there were too many people around for me to get some nice shots of them sans bodies or tents, but I'll always enjoy the memories as they say.

I'll close with this photo just because I think it is so sweet. Canon and Anderson love each other so much. He always looks out for her and she follows him around like he is her hero. This was actually taken in my sister-in-law's massage studio. They were lying on a large piece of foam that Anderson was previously using as a trampoline. She got tired, decided to lie down, and Canon followed suit. Sweet cousins.

Thursday I will bring you my floral findings from the weekend, and boy were they abundant. Spring is definitely coming!