Friday, October 15, 2010

The State Fair of Texas

Daniel and I had been talking about taking the kids to the State Fair for weeks. He grew up going to the Fair as a child and had great memories. I've only been twice. When I was around 9, my dad was in the hospital in Dallas getting his chemo treatments and some family friends took me while I was there visiting my parents (my mom stayed with my dad in Dallas and I would fly up on weekends). It was a very special memory. Then, Daniel and I went with some friends of ours... long before kids. Also, great memories.
I managed to get sick last week... and I mean sick. I wasn't sure I would be able to handle going afterall. The kids were out of school on Monday and it was really the only day that we could go. So, at the last minute I decided to take one for the team and sucked it up for a day. And, I am so glad I did. We had so much fun! (I apologize to any family in DFW that we didn't go visit. It was really a quick last minute trip... plus I was still sick.)
We grabbed dinner on our way out of town. Poor David was so tired that he fell asleep mid-chew... yes, that is a chicken nugget hanging out of his mouth.
Okay, we're pigs... we had dinner twice. By the time we got to our hotel, the kids (and adults) were hungry again. Nothing like Taco Bell at the Holiday Inn. By the way...anyone notice Cal eating a beef taco??? We've come a long way!

My kids LOVE staying at hotels. LOVE it.

I was a little worried about how David was going to handle sitting in his stroller for hours. This boy is active... he wants to run and climb on everything.

The Midway was by far the kid's favorite place to be... and mommy and daddy's least favorite place to be. Do you know how much it costs to play games and ride rides??? Good grief!

Our first ride... I was terrified!! My heart was racing the whole time I was climbing those stairs (and because I was winded... that's a long climb!). That's Cal going by himself and then me and Patti at the top of the picture. That 10 seconds cost us $15. No joke.

The kids loved this game. You shoot water into a hole and the first one to pop their balloon wins. See Cal's balloon... it's the biggest one. He played twice and won twice.

Here's his big prize~ he even beat adults sitting next to him!

This isn't the best picture of Patti and her cotton candy... but can you see the little hand sticking out of the stroller trying to snag her yummy treat??

Okay, so don't judge. I don't typically give my kids this many sugary treats. It's the State Fair! Honestly though, I didn't realize how bad we ate until I looked at these pictures. I feel like I need to go pull my kids out of school right now and brush their teeth. Ugh.

David was a CHAMP! He did soooo good. At one point (as we're plowing our way through the Midway-it was so crowded) this man leaned over to us and told us (pointing at David)... "Hey, you might want to lay him down, he's passed out." Daniel and I peaked over the stroller and David was face-planted into his tray. Daniel reached for the camera, but I felt so bad for him and quickly layed him down. Poor buddy. We both cracked up laughing and turned around to thank the guy and he was cracking up too. It really was a funny sight... and sad.

David finally got out of his stroller in the barn area (less crowded). We figured it was about time... he had been in there for almost 5 hours.
I love this picture... See Patti grabbing David's arm? She's such a mommy. He's thoroughly annoyed with her... Can you tell?

I don't know if we'll go again next year, but it will definitely be a trip we'll take again!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Catching up...

David loves the Wii... even when it's not on. It's cute to watch him play side by side with Cal... he thinks he's really playing and gets really excited. He'll even yell "yay!" and turn to give Cal a high-five.

What's the most annoying sound in the world? Two five year olds playing the harmonica Sunday morning before church.

Yes, that's Daniel holding David up to the fan so that he can stick his finger in it. The picture doesn't show that the fan is actually on.

Cal and Patti got a hold of the camera....

Sometimes this is how we watch TV...

For those of you who only look at my blog for the pictures, you can go ahead and log out now :)
For those of you interested in what's going on behind the scenes... read on...
Cal and Patti are still loving Kindergarten. I'm just amazed at how much they are already learning. And they LOVE to learn. They are constantly making up rhyming words, counting as high as they can without messing up, sounding out letters they see around the house or when we're driving, and telling me all sorts of neat facts about their 5 senses (that's what they're learning about now in science). They are making lots of new friends and can name just about every kid in Kindergarten.
David is still a pistol. He is so stubborn and has the shortest temper of any 16 month old I know... but he is just the cutest little stinker ever. He gets away with a lot only because he's so adorable. "No" is his favorite word... in fact, I think it's his only word. He will say "Ma" and "Da" for me and Daniel, but the rest is gibberish. Everyday he will find some toy (or two) that become permanently attached to his arms the entire day. He'll even take them to nap with him. I remember Cal doing this too... except his toys were always really small (David's are always huge).
I guess that's all for now. I promise I will try to do better about blogging in the future!