Sunday, July 19, 2009

County Fair

Summer is not complete without a trip to the county fair. This past week we had the opportunity to enjoy both the Delaware and Buchanan County Fairs. Tuesday was the beginning of our adventure with a bike race at the Delaware County Fair. Trenton and nephew Kaden suited up and kicked it during the hot laps. Hot guys in cool outfits...wouldn't you agree?

Wednesday began the week for my Sister, Deb, and I as vendors at the Buchanan County Fair. Deb has a business with her homemade candles, wooden roses and body lotions. She was kind enough to let me use a table to put out some of the items from the long-gone Internet business. We had some long days with hours being from 11am until 9pm most days. We didn't sell much but did enjoy catching up with each other and observing human behaviour at its finest.

Thank goodness for visits from friends and family to give the days a bit more zest. Mackenzie and Reagan gulped down some carmel apples, Jimmy showed his dairy cow and gathered the Grand Reserve trophy, and several types of car events. No fair would be complete without a carnival ride and Sammi and Matthew had a blast at wristband night. The carnival even had some wild cats that put on quiet a show. A Bengal tiger named Sampson and his buddies Kiera and Sadie put on a fun show to watch and good news is not one member of the crowd was eaten.

As with all good things, fairs must end. We loaded up our goods today and said goodbye to our vendor buddies and headed for home. What a nice week!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer is heating up

Like many families, summer usually involves a fun get together or two. We did our annual 4th of July party on the 5th this year and we had a great day for everyone. Of course, lots of good food is a given with Peg in the kitchen, but the male force took to lighting up the evening sky with a few booms and a nice light show.

Dad is getting ready to put up the garage, so we had some really cool ravines and dirt piles. Big hit with the younger crowd. Check out the scary faces of the diggers. Yep, glad I have older kids and didn't have to encourage a bath of those proportions. Haley and I had a little fun before the party marking the way to the party and the potty. To the best of my knowledge, we did not have any falls into the holes.

The kids took turns riding on the 4-wheeler and the "most held" award was clearly taken by Stevie. Boy can that little fellow work the ladies. I bet he didn't walk a step unless he was playing tease. What a ham! The adults had a nice opportunity to chat and catch up on all the happenings.

All too soon, the fireworks faded, the parents rounded up the kids and we all headed to our abodes.
Freedom is wonderful! Thank you to the many men and women that provided us that freedom!