We are now the proud owner of a lemur. And a 3 1/2 foot long snake. (Both of which received a solid coat of Lysol before enter bedrooms, and one of which already needs back surgery to stitch him up.) We also came home from the fair with 3 sacks of candy, 2 plastic trumpets, and one pink ball (and likely many creepy carnival germs).
It was a fun day, and one that we look forward to in the months leading up to the Richardson County Fair. I’ve been to the Arkansas State Fair growing up, and what I’ve come to learn is that I like the small town fair much better. I loved growing up and getting to go to Nokomis, IL for the Homecoming Fair each year. I have incredible memories of those weekend, and I’m glad that my kids get the same small town fair experience each year.
We sit near the tail end of the parade route, and even though most have run out of candy to toss by the time they hit our spot, we still come home with enough tootsie rolls to last us the next several months. This was the first year since I started going that Brad’s sister brought her family down on Friday. It’s always fun to watch the kids get to enjoy their cousins.
After the parade wrapped up it was time to find some lunch and gear up for an afternoon of riding the rides. Nate is kind of in an in between stage with rides. He’s too big for the little kid stuff, and none of the other kids are really big enough to enjoy the big kid rides with him. Lucky for him his little sister is in the 91% for height, and she was able to go with him on some of the bigger stuff as long as she had a adult with her.
And, this is pretty much how we all felt as we drove home:
Thank you Humboldt, NE and Richardson County fair for an amazing day at the fair!
Our Labor Day plan was to have no plans. We are in a super busy season of commitments right now, and a day of nothing seemed like the perfect idea. I had mentioned early in the day that it would be fun to break in our fire pit we got this summer with s’mores for dessert after dinner. When Brad’s sister asked if we wanted to go to the splash pad with them, we thought it would be fun to pair the two things together. So after having fun in the water, we headed back to dry off and get sticky. In retrospect, maybe the water part would have served us better after the sticky s’mores!
While the big kids have been having lots of fun things going on lately, Laurel seems to be missing out on blog posts. She seems to think she is just as big as Nate and Jilly, but she doesn’t get all of the extra fun things going on quite yet. I’m sure I’ll blink and I’ll be posting about her going to school, losing teeth, and running off to Husker games!
She is my faithful sidekick. I can’t seem to get more than about 5 feet from her before I hear a panicked, “Mom! Mom? Mom, where are you?!” Here’s a sample conversation from earlier today: (I had just hoped in the shower and Laurel pulled a chair to the bathroom doorway and was quietly sitting in it.) Laurel: I go play now Mommy? Me: Ummm, yes please!! (No audience needed while showering, thanks!)
As I’ve snapped pictures of the other kids lately, she has been right by my side with her little “me too, Mommy?”
This past Saturday was a first for Nate. He had his first opportunity to attend a Husker game with Brad, and he was super excited. He loves to watch the Husker on tv, and we decided that age 7 seemed like a good time to start getting to go to a game. The only down side was that I didn’t get to tag along to see him experience it all for the first time. Brad said he did really well, and asked a ton of questions. Luckily we remembered to pull out the binoculars which allowed him to get a better view of things. Our biggest fear was that the game didn’t start until 7pm – when your dad is a pastor there is no option to skip worship to sleep in the next morning! 🙂
What was most impressive to Nate about the whole experience??? “Mom we set a record, and I was there!” (With the new stadium expansion, it was a record number of people in Memorial Stadium.) Adorable!