OK, it wasn't quite as dramatic as a Julius Caesar victory, but it is a victory nonetheless when you spend a day at the Minnesota State Fair with four kids and no kids get lost, no tantrums are thrown, no one gets sick, and everyone has a great time. That, my friends, is a victory! I'm ignoring the part where Elliot got bored waiting for me to feed Asher and found a few pebbles to throw at a building. That is normal, bored kid behavior which was quickly nixed and we carried on with our long, fun day at the fair. Oh, I should also mention that I didn't lose any kids, but I did lose Jim. And, surprise, surprise, I didn't have my cell phone with me. Long, frustrating story, but we found each other again. It's not the fair without a little craziness.
Since we are moving, we decided we definitely needed one last trip to the State Fair, especially because Asher had never been before and it is a total Minnesota thing to do. We packed up the stroller and the necessary gear to keep baby, kids, and parents happy and headed out on a stunningly beautiful, 75 degree, sunny, breezy day. Really, we couldn't have asked for better weather.
We had a list of things we wanted to try to do and while we didn't get everything done, we did knock quite a few off of the list and we found out that it takes a long time to navigate the fair with so many small people and one big stroller. Luckily we have been practicing our flexibility, not a natural strong suit in a few of my children, and they handled it like champs.
It's the end of August. The end of summer. The frogs are out in full force. I hear the crickets chirping away. There is dew on the grass in the mornings and a chill in the air. Summer is on its way out once again and going to the fair really closes the book on summer. Gosh. How did that happen so quickly. I told Jim today that I'm going to really freak out when I turn the page in my planner and it says September. What a summer it has been.
Here's our day in photos.
|Audrey and Isaac prepare for the giant slide|
|Here comes Isaac|
|Asher's first ride. He liked it more than his unimpressed face indicates|
|And Elliot liked it less than his beautiful smile indicates|
|Isaac tackles the rope course|
|And down he comes|
|Audrey was terrified, but she powered through. I was so proud of her|
|And down she comes for a big hug and pep talk|
|Best corn on the planet!|
|four fun kids and one full stroller|
|The gang's all here!|
|Ready to head into the Fun House|
|Elliot's first roller coaster. He said he would have liked it if he didn't think it was going to fall off and it went slower and we didn't spin around. I suggested that maybe he just didn't like it. He thought I was probably right.|
|Jim school the little kids at this game|
|So he got the giraffe. :)|
|At the top of the DNR Fire Tower|
|checking out the livestock|
|Asher loooooved the Fair|
|Thanks for the memories!|