Somehow I never really knew that dahlias existed until after my dad died. Near the 1 yr anniversary my mom went with me to a tea convention in Victoria, BC and on our trip to the Butchart Gardens I 'discovered them. They are so pretty! Fabulous gigantic blooms! The following year I decided to try out the Canby Dahlia Festival. I dressed MLH who was about 2 at the time in one of the dandy rompers my mother-in-law sent him. It was a great photo op. As we left the farm I saw signs for the Canby Basil Festival across the road. We stopped so I could buy some basil for freezing pesto and I noticed they had a train. Unfortunately it wasn't running during the week, but I planned to return again since it was so close to his birthday.
After verifying the train was running this weekend, we took the boys on Labor Day. We'd have to go early though because my mom had planned her own birthday party for him that afternoon. I had dressed MLH in a dandy romper the first time we went so I dressed the boys in rompers again. I think this is the last time any of them will fit in these. First we took a few photos on the porch. 5 year olds are fickle when it comes to posing.
The boys didn't seem to mind at all though!