Friday, August 19, 2011

County Fair Overload

I know that I've kind of been neglecting you guys over the past week and a half.  But very soon, I'll have some of my man's amazing Africa photos to show you guys. (And oh my word, am I happy he is home.)  Until then, I thought I'd tide you over with some of our county fair fun.  My man is super jet-lagged, but we were able to drag him along with us anyhow because he's a good sport.  We skipped the carnival part because it's so expensive.  (And because there is only so much sensory overload my little peeps can handle in one day.)
  There is no smell quite like a county fair is there? This guy was eyeballing me.  It was kind of freaking me out, yet cracking me up at the same time. 
 Okay but the thing I love the most about the fair, is how hilarious it is that I know nothing about animals, and that my man has the whole "farm boy" thing down.  The guy can milk cows and knows every weird thing about animals and farming.  And he bucked bales as a high school boy and drove tractors... that sort of thing. (I find all of this extremely attractive.  I'm just sayin'.)  However, he had a terrific laugh at my expense because someone put an ostrich egg into a chicken pen, (for a joke?) and I asked him if the animal in the pen was an ostrich.  I thought he was going to bust one of his jet-lagged lungs laughing at me.  I promise I'm not a stupid woman... I guess I was just having a moment...


 We found a girly pink tractor. 
 Who wouldn't love a pink tractor?
 We made the rounds for all the little cheap trinkets, and other things for sale, where my hoodlums proceeded to challenge themselves to spend every cent of allowance money. 
 And my favorite thing- we viewed all the artwork and photographs.  This is my little photographer in training. 
 We even made a little artwork of our own.  Aren't they the cutest things?
  Food.  The fair=food right? Sadly, I had to pass on all the yummy goodies but I made sure the hoodlums sampled hand-dipped corn dogs, gumballs, and cotton candy for me...
 ...and Adrain had some good ol' greasy American food.  Which he might have missed, after being out of the country. 
We sat in the grandstands and watched barrel racing, horse and buggy displays, and tried to balance on bench seating without losing bottled water under our feet.  And oh my goodness you guys, they had little kids riding sheep.  It was hysterical. 
 Ava found tons of cute things she wanted to buy.


 Speaking of cute... Check out this little calf.


 And um yes... I am a total sucker for baby pigs.  I'm pretty sure I could have taken fifty photos of these little guys. I believe we saw everything there was to see. 

 
And then coming home, with the sun slanting over the horizon, hovering for just a few glorious moments, we got this golden-tinged view.

I love days that end like this.  



25 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE that last photo!!

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  2. Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

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  3. your last image stopped me in my tracks. i can't imagine that being part of my view!
    loved all the wilburs and the pink john deere!
    looks like a fabulous day!

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  4. Loved, loved, loved the last picture. Somehow a image like that just calms the soul!

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  5. LOVED the pics! A pink John Deere!? Oh my! L-O-V-E! And yes... that last pic... *sigh*

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  6. you've got me all excited now for our county fair. i'm excited for FAIR FOOD! we were going to go last night but then it rained. boo :( but this afternoon...we're ALL OVER that fair!

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  7. That last photo is amazing! What a nice day>

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  8. oh sasha... an ostrich???? silly silly sasha! :) LOVE that 1st photo! LOVE that you're enjoying your man. I've never EVER seen photos that made we want to go to the fair.... until NOW! great job girl!

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  9. the fair is here this week too. baby piglets were 4 days old! and i kept telling the kids we'd smuggle the calf home. apparently it's not allowed. those golden evenings are heavenly! so anne-ish. (if you got that we're best friends;))

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  10. Love your pics and post! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Mandy I TOTALLY got that... we're like kindred spirits now.

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  12. Ok, that first picture? Of the hairy chicken thing? You totally should host a funny caption contest using that photo. Also, I might've already thought of two or three good captions for it.

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  13. Your pictures are precious, but the first and last really got me. That first one had me just totally laughing, and by the end, in complete awe. I have lived "in the country" but never, ever seen such country beauty! If only more places looked like that!

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  14. girl these pictures are AMAZING!! one of my very favorite things is the fair. need to find one here. loved the first one probably the most. that sassy pissed off chicken was too funny!

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  15. I love every single photo!!! But the first and last? My faves all the way. Wowza.

    And thankyouverymuch, now I want a county fair burger!!! :)

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  16. That last photo is breathtaking. I would want to just sit and watch it forever. Looks like a really fun time at the fair. Glad you got to love on the piggies :) I can't wait to see the Africa pictures!

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  17. The last photo is absolutely beautiful. I love days that end like that too. Looks like a FUN trip to the fair. The baby pigs made me saw AWWWW. So cute!

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  18. Beautiful pics...I believe I know which fair you attended, as I spent many summers at the same one, my grandparents lived up there...a wonderful summertime memory.
    I have enjoyed visiting your blog!

    Blessings!
    ~Nadine

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  19. That last photo of the barn is stunning! Frame-worthy, for sure.

    Glad y'all got out and had some fun together. Being with family is the best...

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  20. Stop with the chicken picture. My sides are aching with laughter. This is by far one of my favorite pictures I have EVER seen. He is on my desktop wallpaper. Yes, he is.

    Do me a favor. Do yourself a favor. Run, don't walk to your nearest library and check out the kids' book entitled, "Minnie and Moo Go to the Moon" by Denys Cazet. I won't give one of the best parts away, but it does talk about mad chickens. That's all I can tell you. Do it now. You won't be sorry.

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  21. Love these pictures. The last one is really beautiful...
    Cant wait to have cotton candy at our state fair...
    Pglets are so cute. To bad they grow up to be stinky pigs...
    Love your blog..

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  22. Love your last pic of the farm! Absolutely stunning! I LOVE barns!! As always, your pictures are wonderful!!

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  23. I hope you don't find me super strange but I have a sister who is going through similar things with her son and I think her blog may be helpful to you. She doesn't write on it a lot but has written three posts this month on her schooling problems and what she is trying to do about it. You should look at it. It always helps to read someone elses story... http://somedaysineedtowriteitdown.blogspot.com/

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  24. I have been following your blog for awhile now...not sure how I stumbled upon you...but love all of your pictures and often wonder, "Where did she ever find that??" We are building a house, and I like your photos for ideas. Funny now, as I was looking at this post...I recognize that pink John Deere...and the mutton busting competition...yes, I do think we were at that same fair. :) My daughter sang the anthems on Thursday...were you there?? If not..thanks anyways for all the ideas..might be using a few of them in the new house! :)

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  25. I have been following your blog for awhile now...not sure how I stumbled upon you...but love all of your pictures and often wonder, "Where did she ever find that??" We are building a house, and I like your photos for ideas. Funny now, as I was looking at this post...I recognize that pink John Deere...and the mutton busting competition...yes, I do think we were at that same fair. :) My daughter sang the anthems on Thursday...were you there?? If not..thanks anyways for all the ideas..might be using a few of them in the new house! :)

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