Saturday, July 25, 2009

Family Circus

The Liebling Family Circus 
Friday & Saturday in Chisholm.
Show starts at 7:00 p.m. 
 Elephant rides at 6:00 p.m.

For real?  In Chisholm? We took advantage of the opportunity to see some local entertainment and what turned out to be the cutest little circus.  The Lieblings take their show and their entire family on the road as they travel from town to town across America .  All I could think was, "What a unique way to grow up!"  

The show was truly a family affair.  The father was the ringmaster, the mother was their school teacher by day and sold cotton candy and toys to circus goers at night. The three eldest children were regular performers, while the two year old toddled around the center ring in child sized clown shoes.  The little guy was tolerated pretty well by his siblings throughout the show, they just kind of did their thing around him.  Meanwhile, the baby watched it all from the "pack and play" on the edge of the circus ring.  This was a bunch of kids who grew up living and breathing the circus and show biz.  I guess that's why performing for the public came so naturally to them.

This was a pretty talented group of kids.  They were able to juggle, hula hoop, do trapeze stunts & some comic clowning routines.  The Lieblings even had a few animals besides the elephant to add to the show; six ponies, a monkey, a boa constrictor and a lime green chicken.   They had a little bit of everything.

Harold and I enjoyed an elephant ride before the show.  

The best dollar we spent all summer was to feed the elephant.

We experienced everything the circus had to offer.  
We even paid the extra buck to see the lime green chicken.

A clown in training Age 2 &
his brother, the expert fire juggler.  Age 10

Harold's first close encounter with a boa constrictor and a monkey.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

MN Weather

We had some pretty crumby weather this summer while 
we were in Minnesota.  We had dreams of swimming, basking in 
the sun etc.  But the northland had other ideas for us.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Feeding the Chippies

Grandma Mary has been teaching Harold all about feeding chipmunks.
He has really perfected his chippy call.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Independence Day

We returned stateside just in time to celebrate the 4th of July. I love how American's celebrate their independence by drinking beer, eating candy and blowing off illegal explosives. Seriously, is this a great country or what?

"Hey, these people are throwing candy at me."
"Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, just look at it all."

"Ugh, I'm not feeling so well."

Hope you all had a great 4th!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cerra de la Cruz

On our final day in Antigua, we hiked up the path to Cerra de la Cruz. From there you can see the entire city of Antigua and a great view of the volcano, Agua. Unfortunately, a cloud was covering the top of Agua, but it was still a perfect day to say good-bye to city we came to love. We're already making plans to return next summer. =)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Corpus Christi Processional

On the last day in Antigua we were able to see a processional from the church of San Francisco in celebration of Corpus Christi (we think?). It was a pretty cool event to watch. You can kind of see an example of the beautiful floral arrangements people place on the streets outside their homes.