Monday, August 25, 2014

mn state fair 2014

happy monday! thatcher took friday off, so we had a nice long weekend all together. but the state fair is getting it's own post, of course!

by the way, i can add my love of the state fair to my list of things that set me apart from my parents. we went every few years when i was growing up, but my parents were not super into it and they rarely go anymore. me? it's one of my favorite parts of summer and i look forward to it with much anticipation every year! i'm not sure where i got the obsession from. we took both kids this year and while it was a lot of work and far from relaxing, it was still a lot of fun. we parked at the u of m lot and took the bus. we got there around 9am and it was getting busy, but not too bad. for the next 4 hours we...

(ate). toured the animal barns...azalea was most excited to see the hens (??). she also asked if we could see the sharks. maybe next year ;) 


(ate), watched azalea try the big trampoline. she saw them an immediately asked to do it. given her track record, we were a little worried that she would chicken out, but decided to let her give it a go, because we want to encourage her to be adventurous. she had to wait in a short line inside the gate (without us!). they got her all strapped in and after a few tears at the beginning, she jumped her little heart out and had a huge smile on her face the rest of the time. i was so proud of her and she looked so grown up on there! 




(ate). checked out the tractors and riding lawn mowers...


(ate). looked at the fish outside and inside the dnr building...


and ate!!! here is my food collage for this year:

pronto pup, sweet martha's cookies, alligator sausage (that was all thatcher), roasted corn, pork tamales, chocolate malt from the dairy building.

ashford only slept about 40 minutes while we were there, but i snapped this picture of him. azalea wore the same 'locally grown' onesie on her first trip to the fair :) 


there were times where i was shaking my head about bringing them along. like when azalea threw a tantrum every time we wanted to move on to a new area. and when thatcher and i would end up each carrying a kid (both of whom refused to ride much of the time) and pushing the empty stroller. but we all survived and had a fun morning! 

fall is coming and i'm ready for it now! 

7 comments:

Diana said...

I love that Azalea wanted to see sharks. And funny mental image of you and Thatcher carrying both kids and having to push an empty stroller. Such is the life of a parent. :-)

~Dawn~ said...

Whoo Hoo...Look at Azalea being so brace and jumping on the trampoline :) Good for her!!

All that food looks AH-MAZING!

Becky said...

Looks like an AWESOME trip! I really wanted to do the trampoline with Linnea, but we ran out of time. Next year!
Oh, and it's the same way with me...we didn't really go to the fair growing up, and my parents aren't huge fans (though they are there today...for the first time in years). It's a must do for us each year!

Sarah said...

I am SO excited to go to the fair! We're going on Thursday and I cannot wait. All these photos of food and activities... I'm so pumped. Glad you guys survived!

Lisa said...

I love the food collage! It all looks great! There are so many times when we take the kids somewhere and throughout the day we wonder why we went in the first place because of their behavior. But, in the evening, when they are sleeping, we remember that it was all worth it. Even though my hair is probably going to turn grey any day now from one too many child meltdowns in the middle of the fair, boardwalk, zoo, carnival, etc. :)

Sarah said...

oh how i love the fair. it is so bittersweet though, totally the beginning of the end! wish our fall season was MUCH longer in mn and winter was much shorter, haha!

Brittany said...

I am glad that you guys made it with the kids. I cannot wait to go and eat everything :)

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