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So long summer. Hello, Autumn days!

LONG FESTIVALS ARE MY FAVORITE for so many reasons:

  • …if you can’t make it to the entire festival, then you pick a day that you’re able to go and still get to experience some of it
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Hamtramck Labor Day Festival 2019
  • …if you are able to make it to the entire festival, you get a very enriching experience (it almost feels like going away on a weekend trip)
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Hamtramck Labor Day Festival 2019
  • when you have kids who are sensitive to large crowds, you can pick a festival day/time that won’t be that busy
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Zephaniah waking from a nap.
  • …heck! When you’re an adult who is sensitive to large crowds, you can pick a festival day/time that won’t be too busy! (Hello, social anxiety! I can relate!)
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Travis being silly at the Labor Day Festival.

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ANOTHER BIG REASON WHY I LOVE LONG FESTIVALS…

…if I miss a day of the festival, I can still catch it on a different day.

This happens quite often with our big bunch! Travis and I will make plans to attend a festival with the kids and then something comes up and we can’t make it. We end up going on the last day.

That’s kind of what happened with the Labor Day and Jazz Festival. We had planned on splitting our time between both festivals, but it didn’t turn out that way for us. (Here’s why) Lol!

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Here’s my outfit for our family time at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival. My skirt is vintage from Mama Coo’s Boutique. My shirt is a thrifted Ralph Lauren blouse, and my sneakers are Nike Air Force 1 ’07. Purse is thrifted, too!
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Travis and I took the kids to the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival over Labor Day weekend.

ON SUNDAY, Travis and I took the kids to the Labor Day Festival, and then on Monday he and I went back to the festival for a date.

As we were walking to the festival, we spotted a mural painted in recognition of Cardinal Jozef Glemp’s visit to Hamtramck on September 23, 1985.

I’m not very familiar with the story behind the mural. I did, however, do a quick search and learn Dennis Orlowski is the artist of the piece.

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Zhen and I looking at the Pope Mark mural in Hamtramck.
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Pope Mark mural by Dennis Orlowski
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“Commemorating the pope’s visit to Hamtramck”

THE KIDS TALKED ME INTO GETTING GLOW STICKS. OF COURSE.

Our time at the festival was a lot of fun. It was a great way to celebrate the end of summer. The kids enjoyed cotton candy, milkshakes, and pizza.

I even caved and bought them one of those light-up glow sticks. I bought the boys a shark one and Zhen wanted the unicorn one, of course.

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Zechariah and Zhen loved their glow sticks.
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MONDAY’S DATE NIGHT

The next evening, Travis and I headed back to Hamtramck for our date night. First, we ate at Dos Locos Tacos. I love the cute decor and vibrant colors.

Dos Locos Tacos opened in February 2018 and it’s located at 10337 Joseph Campau. It was the perfect spot for us to dine because the restaurant was right down the street from the festival.

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If you’re looking for a mom and pop taco eatery, then give Dos Locos Tacos a try! Not to sound like an ad or anything LOL! It really is good and a fun spot to chill for a short time.
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Still can’t believe we’ve been married for 8 years!

YUMMY TACOS AT DOS LOCOS TACOS IN HAMTRAMCK

At Dos Locos Tacos, Travis had the steak burrito and I ate the steak tacos. I think Travis tried every single hot sauce, too. Lol! He said they weren’t that hot, but I saw him break out in a sweat. He can’t fool me! 😉

After dinner, we went back to the festival and enjoyed our time walking around and listening to the different music artists performing. (I’ll be honest– it felt just a little weird that we didn’t have the kids with us.)

I’m going to write a separate blog post about our visit to Dos Locos Tacos. I took A LOT of pictures at the festival and restaurant so I didn’t want to make this post too long. 🙂

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A kid-free evening?! Yes, please!
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Of course, I wore a vintage outfit for our date night. What else would I wear? 🙂

WHAT WE MISSED AT THE HAMTRAMCK LABOR DAY FESTIVAL:

  • Hamtramck Yacht Club Canoe Races
  • Polish Day Parade
  • Wrestling
  • (I also forgot my SD card for my Canon camera. Hope my cell photos came out okay!)

When we go to next year’s Labor Day Festival, I’ll make sure to catch these three events. Have you been to any of the Hamtramck Labor Day events?

SAYING GOODBYE TO SUMMER 2019

I’m going to miss the summertime. I love Autumn; it’s the winter that I hate! Okay, maybe hate is a strong word. I don’t particularly care for the winter, most especially Michigan winters.

It gets very cold here (remember the Polar Vortex 2019?) and winter lasts a long time here. It almost feels like it will never end.

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Holding hands. Hamtramck, Detroit
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Sheefy McFly. Hamtramck Labor Day Festival.
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Hamtramck Labor Day Festival 2019 was a lot of fun. Next year, we’re going to make sure we catch the other events for a full experience of the celebration.

When I lived in Tennessee, I remember Spring started promptly each April. Here? Oh no. It still snows in April in Michigan! LOL! That still blows my mind. So I’m not looking forward to the wintertime.

I do, however, love the snow. That’s the thing– I don’t like the long Michigan winters, but I love Michigan snow. Ha! If I could just have a month of winter with a few snow days sprinkled in, then I’d be good.

*heavy sigh*

So long summer. Hello, Autumn Days!


MORE PHOTOS FROM OUR TIME AT HAMTRAMCK’S LABOR DAY FESTIVAL

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Travis and Zhen in front of the Martha Washington Bakery.
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Zhen was so amazed by the size of this display cake.
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“Tacos are Good” #TRUTH
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Discovering a new taco place!
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Hamtramck Labor Day Festival on Monday evening. It had rained really hard about an hour before taking this photo.
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There were a few food vendors on-site at the festival.
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More delicious food at the Labor Day Festival.
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Travis checking out the military vintage styles. He was trying to determine if it was a legit vintage dress greens. Lol!
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There were a few clothing vendors at the festival.
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Artists were also at the festival.
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Fun and unique art.
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Not gonna lie– I had my eye on the Snoop Dogg piece.
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Pleasantly surprised to find Sheefy McFly at the festival. Pretty good sound.
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Feelin’ the music.
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These glow stick vendors really know how to tug on your mama heart, don’t they?
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Travis checking out a thrift store pop-up.
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Pretty cute, my love!
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“Yes, we cannabis.”
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My kids were so excited to find out the carnival sold cotton candy.
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Happy faces!
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Zechariah only wanted to eat the blue cotton candy. Lol
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Trixie’s Bar
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Seeing the rock bands made me think of Elijah because he loves rock music.
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I really think Elijah would have loved The Paybacks.
The Paybacks rock band
At first, I thought the guitarist hurt himself. Then I realized he was just really feeling the music. I get it. Music gets me in my feelings like this, too, sometimes. Told Elijah it was like he caught the “rock and roll Holy Spirit!” He thought that was pretty funny.
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Zechariah loves his shark glow stick. Five days later and it’s still his favorite new toy.
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Uh oh, Mommy!
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Zhen enjoying her milkshake at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival.

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