La Vida Es Un Carnaval
Hi friends! I hope you had a restful three-day weekend. We had a chance to take X-baby to the County Fair, and she had a blast! What a difference a year makes. I try not to get too weepy when I look back at old pictures and videos of her, but she was only 6 months during her first visit.
Like many parents, I have a compulsion to capture as many memories as possible on my camera. Sometimes memories feel like water running through my hands, and it can be so frustrating because I want to remember everything! I think that is why I have been so drawn to photography lately. That said, I am always trying to balance being present and living in the moment, and my obsession with preserving memories. How do you guys do it? How do you balance being present, while preserving important moments? I'm so curious, and would love to hear.
Ximena was better able to enjoy the fair this time around. When we went into one of the galleries, she made a bee-line for some giant blocks. She is usually so shy in new settings, but it is so fun seeing her break out of her shell.
We ate all the snacks, took our annual photo booth picture (M and I have been taking photo booth pictures at the Fair since we were dating, and have acquired a fun collection of the different phases in our relationship - I'll be sure to share a post about them in the future), and danced to the Hokey Pokey on the grass.
It is so surreal bringing my own kid to things like this. It feels like just yesterday that I was a kid myself, performing on the Magic Carpet stage with Miss Julie's Dance Studio (#memories), and it feels like two seconds ago that I was here running amok with my friends as a teenager.
What are some of your favorite carnival memories?
PS: Ximena's favorite artist is Celia Cruz, so the title of this post is an ode to the Queen of Salsa. In case you're wondering, Ximena's favorite song is Quimbara. 💃🏽