Tourist season is over and now the locals come out to play. Obviously, if it weren't for the tourism, this area would be nothing but I have to say come September, we are ready to have out town back. One thing about this time of year is all of the festivals. There is something to do almost every weekend here through autumn.
Today was Sail Fest in Island Heights. The last time we went I was about 34 weeks pregnant with Big Boy. As much as we wanted to go the past few years it was just too overwhelming for me. BB is finally getting to the age where he loves hanging out with Mommy and Daddy! He was so stoked to be at Sail Fest today. Of course we were running in to people we knew all day and they all just melted over him. He also thinks it's cool to eat all the fun festival food! One nice surprise was we saw his favorite teacher Ms. P! She is such a wonderful woman and BB just adores her. Ever notice how shy kids get when they see a teacher outside of school? I honestly believe BB thinks his teachers live there. Anyway, Sail Fest was a great time and even though the sailboat races were cancelled due to lack of wind (ironic) it was a blast and we are already looking forward to next year!
Tomorrow is the Seafood Festival in the Heights, I could have sworn it was next week but...I wrong. BB is going to love it.! We are meeting some friends and their kids who are BB's age and I'm sure we'll all walk up to the boardwalk afterward. There is so much yummy food to try. Blackened scallops, crab cakes, fried oreos, you name it and they'll have it. The vendors are fantastic too. Today at Sail Fest I scored three hand knitted skull caps for $6 TOTAL! I can't wait to see what vendors will be at this Festival. I love this time of year! Also, it's Mardi Gras and Clown Fest here so the boardwalk will be so much fun! BB was punished from the boardwalk most of the summer for having a horrendous meltdown up there back in early June. He has only been back up once so far this summer since the meltdown fiasco and he was on his best behavior. I think it finally sunk in his public tantrums will not be tolerated anymore. Next weekend is the Point Pleasant Seafood Fest. It's pretty much the same as Seaside but the food is so good you just can't resist going back.
Next comes pumpkin and apple picking weekends. We go to the same place every year and always have the best time. BB loves to run through the corn maze and of course my favorite part is buying all different kinds of pie. I just love this time of year. There is nothing better than throwing on a pair of jeans and a sweater and spending the day outside. Tomorrow is another busy day and I'm falling asleep on my laptop. Night.