Czech Day

So you know it's going to be a good weekend when you start off with this kind of enthusiasm on Friday night.  (What some may consider a routine trip to the car wash Annie views as a great underwater adventure.)

Saturday brought Czech Day and the festival that Annie had been attending Czech school for the last two months in preparation of.  

The day started with a ride in the parade where Annie got to wear her kroj (which is Czech for their traditional dress) that her Nanny made for her with a lovely headpiece made by her cousin Leida.

Part of what made the whole experience so fun for her was getting to do it all with her cousins.  Here they all are (Jacob in the back) waiting for it all to begin.

And here's another pic with two other little Czech students, I'm not sure who they are but when everyone was taking a picture I figured I should snap one too. 

Denver played the supportive younger brother.  Mackenzie was good at making sure he took part in the various activities of the day, even taking him out on the stage and dancing with him some.

Annie had a large audience as both sets of grandparents were there and Nenny and Brynn showed up to join in the festivities too. Brynny's enthusiasm for all things Czech could not be denied as she cried every time she had to come off of the stage and let the traditional dancers perform.

 I spy a photobomber in the background....

Cameo by Denver in this clip - Mackenzie dances by with him

We spent the day listening to the polka bands, watching the kiddos dance, eating traditional Czech food, and wandering through the vendors booths of random tchotchkes, food items, and goofy toys that kids would never in their lives think of wanting until they see them on display and then it's something they can't live without.

Or they have to go down a bouncy house slide that someone has the nerve to charge $3.00 for two turns on (probably because suckers like me will pay that...)

Annie danced her little feet off.

 They all did so well and looked so sweet. 

Philip and I's favorite part of the performance was at the close of their show when they polka-ed off the stage and Annie brought up the end of the line.  It was funny to see her dance all the way out.


That evening we headed to the Czech Hall for more dancing and time to chat with family and friends.

Denver had Czech-ed out and was sleeping when we got there but quickly woke up once the band starting playing and even participated in his first Chicken Dance while perched on my hip.

Overall it was an outstanding day of family and fun.  We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the kiddos were so worn out from the festivities that we were able to get them from the car in to their beds without them waking up.  Czech Festival for the win!

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