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I had always wanted to go to the Kite Festival since I moved to Roanoke about… I don’t know, eight years ago? But for some reason we never made it out there until this weekend! The weather was absolutely perfect and beautiful with sunny skies and a warm breeze. Perfect kite flying conditions, too.

The Kite Festival is basically a big, open field with a few vendors set up, a huge marked-off section where professional kite flyers perform, and a bunch of families just having fun flying kites. Super low key and relaxed.

Vada picked out a silly, pink jellyfish kite (probably because it looks like a Yo Gabba Gabba character) and we went off to the widest open space we could find to fly it! I was kind of nervous because I had never flown a kite before. Yeah, what the hell? I mean, I tried a million times to make kites and fly them in the backyard when I was a kid, but that was pretty much just me running back and forth through the yard as fast as I could dragging some taped up trash by a string… So I was kind of nervous and excited. I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to get it to fly, and extra worried that our kite would get tangled up with some serious, legit kite flyer’s kite that was 400 feet in the air and they would try to kill us. (There are some serious kite flyers.)

We got our little pink jellyfish into the air no problem and it was awesome! Kite flying can be super relaxing but also a fun little challenge when the wind starts to die down and your kite starts to fall. I brought some snacks and we spent about an hour out there having  a little picnic and taking turns with the kite. Greg got super serious about it (boys…) and wouldn’t leave until he got it high enough to let all the string out ( ! ) which I doubted he could do, but he proved me wrong. (Go Greg!)

We packed up when it got close to nap time, hit up the Earth Day Festival a few blocks from our house for a few minutes, and made it home just before the rain came. It was such a nice time, like something I’d imagine when I was young, dreaming about what it would be like when I had my own family someday. The perfect day. ♥

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  1. knitty34 #
    April 24, 2012

    So sweet! I really love that first photo – you got a great perspective on that one.

    • April 24, 2012

      Thanks I had to lay down on the ground to get it. People were probably like wtf is that crazy pregnant girl doing?

  2. April 24, 2012

    Looks like fun!!!! I do love Vadas kite!!! She is so cute! You took some incredible pictures!
    I think they have a kite festival in DC, Ill have to look into it so we can take Judah, although kite flying with my husband can kinda be stressful. He brought a kite to a beach on one of our dates (back when we were dating) because I never flew a kite before. I wanted to lay out in the sun and relax. But Scott insisted that we fly a kite. So I let him fly it with his parents and he ended up tying the kite to his bathing suit trunks and laying down next to me on the beach, bad idea because it was super windy and it almost caused his trunks to come off in front of his parents and I ha ha ha ha

    • April 24, 2012

      Thanks Jessica! They were all taken with my iPhone because I brought my camera but left the SD card in my computer at home. Whoops. Funny kite story! :) Haha

  3. Brenna #
    April 24, 2012

    Gorgeous photos! Looks like a great family day :) I absolutely adore Vada’s dress!! Where is it from?

    • April 24, 2012

      Thanks Brenna, it was really nice. Vada’s dress is from Crew Cuts (JCrew Kids)

  4. April 25, 2012

    I was literally thinking how bummed I was that I missed the Kite Festival on my way to work today. What I beautiful, wonderful day. I love Vada’s kite choice!

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