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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Carnaval 2012

This Presidents day weekend coincided with Carnaval, which was perfect for one last hoorah to celebrate fun times in San Felipe. Though we are here through this next weekend I assume we will be tying up loose ends & packing last minute things. It also worked out perfect to have Jeremy's brother Chris & our nephew Truman down to visit.
http://dieselinbloom.blogspot.com/2011/03/carnaval-2011.html Saturday we woke up & had breakfast at the Road Runner cafe which has really yummy breakfast & hot chocolate. The boys golfed a couple holes & then we headed in to town for the Carnaval parade. It was scheduled to start at 1:00 but when we arrived there are 1:30 of course nothing was in motion yet. So we had a little lunch at the Red Lobster (no not the crappy American seafood joint) It is an Italian restaurant down here that is owned by Jeremy's boss. I always get the onion soup, which is delicious! Timing wise it worked out perfect as we were finishing our lunch when the parade rolled in at around 2:30.
The theme this year was safari/jungle. Last year was aztec I believe. You can check out my post from last year here, I documented it a lot better.
There of course was loud music & dancing like last year, but this year they actually added some bikes/quads, floats, & such which was nice. There were far less dance groups then the year before.
I am amazed these little girls can remember the 5 minute long dances, shake it better than professional dancers all with a mask on & their costumes falling off!
I can't imagine how heavy it must have been to walk for hours with these things on.
This zebra car was Jeremy's favorite.
I could never get Truman to look at the camera almost the whole trip, so enjoy the back of his head I guess :) This float was actually really well made. Full of dancing animals.
Truman was very concerned for this girl & kept asking why she was trapped in a cage? :)
We were also very concerned.. just for much different reasons..
I have no clue what these asian dragons have to do with Carnaval but they were cool none the less.
You can see our cute little church up on the hill behind this dragon. Maybe they had left over Chinese New Year props/decorations & said hey let's throw them in the parade.. I don't know??
The parade was entertaining, but we walked down the street to see everything in the end because for some reason they can't keep things in motion. The parade would probably last two hours if you stayed in one spot since they walk 10 feet & then stop for 10 minutes..
After the parade Chris wanted to take Truman to see the huge cactuses. Jeremy has always claimed that they are unique only to San Felipe, but a google search proved that they are also in Arizona. Pretty much broke Jer's heart & he will probably never admit that they grow anywhere else. I'm not really a fan of them to be honest, but it ended up being a fun little outing.
They drove Chris's truck up on this hill/mountain to overlook all the cactuses. You can't really tell but we are up on a high ledge without much space. I veto-ed the idea because it really freaks me out with all the steep edges & loose gravel, but Truman just kept telling me "don't be scared, we wont fall." Randomly it was reassuring to me.
Boys & the things they find enjoyable..
Proof that I was present.
In the end I think Truman was a little scared though because on the way down he kept asking where the real road was kinda concerned that we were lost. He was very relieved when we were back on the paved road again. That night we ordered some pizza from the Jollymon just down the street. It is probably my favorite food down here, and Chris was very impressed with it's taste & quality. So much so that we had it again the next day for lunch.
Sunday morning we had some waffles & headed off to church. It was crowded with weekend visitors & a man even decided to bring his dog with him who sat on his lap during sacrament.  Funny & weird :)
Afterwards Truman & I hung out at the house watching cartoons, playing with his cars, & riding his bike while Jeremy & Chris took Chris's new truck out off-roading for a couple hours.
Defiantly not something I am into, but they had a really good time even though they both came back with headaches.
 Jeremy really hopes Chris wants to give him his truck out of brotherly love.
It was a really fun weekend hanging out & really enjoying some of the great things about San Felipe. Thanks Chris & Truman for coming to visit, we had a blast!

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