Monday, August 17, 2015

Milwaukee Irish Fest (or the day Callum wore a kilt)

And just like that, we've arrived back at another Monday. How was your weekend? Other than being ridiculously hot and humid all weekend, ours was really great. Friday evening was spent walking to get ice cream and watching an impending storm blow in. Sunday, we had the time of our lives painting exterior windows. I also snuck out in the afternoon to see Trainwreck with a friend. It was so hilarious! Obviously Amy Schumer's comedy isn't for the easily offended, but I thought it was so good. The ending was great! I left the movie with one of those ridiculous grins on my face caused by feel-good romantic comedies. 

Saturday, the Olson clan ventured down to Irish Fest to watch the dancing, listen to bagpipes, and just have a craic (the Gaelic word for "good time," pronounced "crack.") Random side note: My dad used to have a t-shirt that said "Craic Addict," and he wore it to Irish Fest every single year. Makes my heart so happy to think about it.

I've been going to Irish Fest my whole life. My parents have a picture of me at nine months sitting on the fair grounds, listening to music, late at night. It's one of my favorites. Like I mentioned on Friday, my dad volunteered at every Irish Fest he was alive for, and my mom is a member of the Milwaukee Currach (Rowing) team. Irish Fest brings back so many happy memories of my dad, of growing up, of spending time with my friends. Just so much happiness. I think it's because, no matter how different I may be now than I was 2 years ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago, Irish Fest is still the same. 

This year, it was so fun to walk Callum around the grounds and do things that I remember doing as a kid. We borrowed a kilt from a friend (yes, we have some awesome kilt-owning friends) for Callum to wear, and he looked so great. Just seeing him stroll around the fair grounds in the kilt was probably the highlight of the day.

When Callum was done for the day, we ran him home, put him to bed, and, after our sitter arrived, headed back down to the festivities for a few more hours. We listened to a few of our favorite Irish bands (The Red Hot Chili Pipers and Rising Gael), had a few beers, and met up with some friends. It was the perfect night out.

Here are a few of pictures from the day. Enjoy!

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