|Sarah took great care in decorating her lantern. She really enjoyed herself.|
|Bethie enjoyed having Granny help her.|
|Katie initially enjoyed making her own lantern. Then she delegated the rest. Sigh.|
|Katie, Sarah, and Bethie all dressed up and ready for the Lumiere Festival.|
At one point, massive lanterns were sent off into the night sky. There were huge crowds around them, and the children couldn't get too close. After the last lantern had been set off, the crowds dispersed. Dan and I sat down and gave the children some juice. After about 5 minutes, another lantern was produced. My children got an excellent view of the entire operation. In fact, we kept having to tell them to take a step back!
This lantern, we told the twins, was especially for them. They had to make a Birthday Wish, and the lantern would carry their wish into the sky. This pleased them to no end!
When we were leaving, the International Fireworks Festival was just beginning. It was perfect timing! I left Dan and the children on the side of the road to watch the fireworks while I went to find the car. By the time I returned, the children were begging for bed. YAY! We'll definitely go again next year.