Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Take it to the Limit

The Austin City Limits, that is. Z and I first went to the Austin City Limits festival (ACL) in 2004, the year we started dating. We had a great time (and at that time his apartment was super-close to the park so we didn't have to worry about driving/parking- ahh memories), but for some reason, we didn't go back until 2009. Last year we had a 4-month old and Campbell spent the weekend being cared for by my sister, mom and our friends K and K.

This year, we decided to take Campbell with us for a couple of days. She loves music (she's currently enrolled in a Music Together class where she has a blast every week) and likes to people-watch, so we crossed our fingers, packed up a ton of gear and hoped that we wouldn't have to leave and hike back to our car with a screaming kid.

We left on Friday after naptime and after parking, walking probably about a mile and a half to the park, standing in a regular line only to discover that the jogging stroller wouldn't fit through the regular gate, standing in the VIP/handicap line, we were finally in! They have an area just for kids called "Austin Kiddie Limits" (ha ha) and we didn't have any bands that were on our must-see list at that time, so we headed over.

On Friday, Campbell's favorite bands were Blues Traveler (she danced up a storm and made friends with a little boy in front of us who she kept trying to hug) and Vampire Weekend (where she played the drums on Daddy's head while sitting on his shoulders). She also had a lot of fun chasing birds. We left before the headliners that night so that she could get home and get to bed.

Saturday she stayed home with both of her grandmothers since it was going to be a late night, but Sunday she was ready to rock again. We remembered that we had some of her instruments with us, so we got them out and she played a mean maraca to accompany some of the bands. Her Aunt Amy came and picked her up at 5:30 (after she napped through Robert Earl Keene) so she missed the Eagles (who were awesome), but I think 10:00 would have been a bit too late for her.

All in all, I think it was a fun and successful weekend for our first attempt at taking a toddler to a music festival. I've decided that I would definitely take her back while she's still in diapers, but once she's potty trained, she's going to have to take a hiatus for a few years because helping a 4-year-old use a port-a-potty at a music festival just doesn't sound like my cup of tea.

Here are some of the million pictures from the weekend