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October 04, 2009

Aw, it's okay, I make lamb!

We have had a huge run of interest in all things Greek lately.  There have been many festivals in this area, and despite the fact that we are not Greek, we find the culture incredibly fascinating, the food divine, and the dancing quite entertaining.

We attended one such festival in Concord during the second weekend in September.  I had spent the previous day at CPR & First Aid training (yes, officially certified), and noticed a sign for the event.  A friend had been listing all of the festivals in the area, mentioned it, and I knew the girls would not want to pass up the opportunity to attend.  Ever since the first time they saw My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding, I am pretty sure they have wanted to be Greek.  The food, the music, the food, the dancing, the food, the food...

IMG_3027 IMG_3028 We arrived at the festival in Concord, and it was all we thought it would be.  The food, the wine, the dancing... Pete had to step away while we were watching a few of the dancers, and then ended up missing up being pulled into the fray.  Translation: no video of my terrible two-step, or the girls moving quite well in their costumes (or jingly-things, a technical term), despite no formal training.  The food was fantastic, the dancing was great, and the whole day was just fun.  When would we possibly have another chance to enjoy ourselves in such a way?

Lo and behold, one of Kelsey's friend's participated in a dance event at her church's festival today.  We could not pass up another chance to indulge in spanakopita, tiropita, baklava, baklava sundaes (yes, you read that correctly), loukoumades, or the chance to enjoy all while visiting with friends.  The girls had a blast.  The costumes were incredible, the dancers were great, and the atmosphere was just as one would expect. 

IMG_3029 IMG_1234 We spent the rest of the afternoon on the lawn, chatting, relaxing, and relishing all of the above delicacies and more.  It was a great chance to unwind after a hectic few weeks, and just have enjoyable family time.  Given the way things go in this lifestyle, quality time might now be at a premium, and we will take all we can get.

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Is that a spit?! What did Kelsey think of that pig, errr, lamb, or whatever it was?! ha!! VERY cute photo of Pete and Nick!!

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