The Tragic Optimist

Kite Festival

The great thing about living in a place with lots of lakes and really cold winters is that you end up with neighborhood festivals like the kite festival at the lake a few blocks from our house.  It makes sense.  The lake is completely frozen, and it’s a bit flat space with no trees.  Perfect for flying a kite.  If you don’t mind freezing temperatures. Click on the pictures to see a bigger version.

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Kites over the lake on a beautiful (cold) afternoon

free hot cocoa takes off the chill

free hot cocoa takes off the chill

the bandshell at the kite festival

the bandshell at the kite festival

looking at kites

looking at kites

these are Zoe's new red frames (she got them today)

these are Zoe's new red frames (she got them today)

through the bandshell window, looking out at the kites over the lake

through the bandshell window, looking out at the kites over the lake

The problem with living in a place where there are such things as winter kite festivals on frozen lakes, is it’s really hard to unbundle a kid who is so tired out from being out in the cold and snow looking at kites.

she kept falling asleep on her feet

she kept falling asleep on her feet

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8 Comments

  1. LOVE the picture of Zoe asleep…..looks like I felt numerous times (and still do on occasion…) 🙂

  2. That’s not the kind of scenery I normally associate with a kite festival. 🙂 We catch up with the local Adelaide International Kite Festival each year. A real sandy, sun-baked affair. Our 2 yr old viewed it from the comfort of a pram last year, but this year he might do a bit more walking…

    This year might be the year we get in a bit closer to the action with our own kites, as well!

  3. Thank Tim – yeah, if you’re from Adelaide, I imagine you don’t have kite festivals like this! I have to admit, sunny and sun-baked are sounding pretty good to me right now. I love the pictures you have up of that festival. They’re amazing

  4. geeksinrome

    that is such an adorable picture… Zoe just wilting in your arms from exhaustion. the thought of a WINDY day in the middle of winter is sending chills up my spine!!

  5. I’ve never been to the kite festival at Lake Harriet. It looks like you had a fun day. Thank you for sharing them.

    Stay warm this week!

  6. I like your and Zoe’s hats. There was a kite festival in the city of Hamamatsu where we lived in Japan. It was in a big field near a beach where the wind was really powerful. That last photo of Zoe is classic. My son is like that with his naps. He just collapses and is oblivious to any changes of clothes or relocation to another spot. Sending warm hugs to you all!

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  7. Aw, the poor thing was so tired! I just love it when they’ve had so much fun that they’re at that level of exhaustion. 🙂

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