It's Pirates Week here in Cayman once again, so Tharin and I went out to the Northside Pirates Festival last night and he...had....a....BLAST!! We arrived late, as per usual, because mommy (yup, me) had to make up some outfits for the two of us. After spending days on the robot costume for Halloween, I just didn't have it in me to make another elaborate costume. He had about an hour or so to play before the fireworks started, so he proceeded to go completely berserk with all the different bouncy castles they had. He crazily ran from one to another, with me trying to keep up from the outside, because if I didn't, I'm just sure a 'stranger' at the other end would swoop him up and carry him away. I truly believe the media has instilled false fears in all of us parents, that at any moment, someone is going to abduct our kids. I recently read that child abduction is the number one fear of parents. That's just wrong isn't it?? We should be worrying more about car accidents, or childhood obesity or bullying or cancer or any number of things that are more likely to happen. I just wish it was more like when I was little and got to run wild and have fun on my own. Granted, I don't think my mom let me do that alone at age 3, but she did let me go with my older brothers, ages 6 and 9. Would we do that now? So, that's my tangent for the moment. Oh, wait a minute, no it's not! Have you seen the bouncy castles these days??!!!! All I have to say is 'WOW'!! They're nothing like they use to be. They're awesome!!! I wanted to get in and have a go; climbing walls, slides, huge gaping dragon mouths, and one that went straight up about two stories. Tharin was too little for that one, much to his chagrin. Okay, I'm going to get on with it now. We had a great time and I would completely recommend going to Northside for their festival. It's not nearly as chaotic and packed with people like Georgetown. That is just a nightmare in my book. Very laid back, not nearly as busy as Georgetown, music, not nearly as busy as Georgetown, great fireworks, and did I say, not nearly as busy as Georgetown? The best part? You're right on the beach (and it's not nearly as busy as Georgetown).