Monday, September 20, 2010

Midwesterners Unite!

We went to the State Fair with another Hoosier & a Cheese Head.


We would say things like "You call this a State Fair? Looks more like our county fair to me."

We reminisced about the fabulous fair food we ate as kids (but unfortunately didn't enjoy any ridiculous treats this year).

We encouraged the kids to walk through the animal exhibits.

and giggled at the "burping" sheep.

We laughed at Monty Python film references that went over the kids heads,

and saw some uber-large cows.

But, this was all just wasting time to the kids who just wanted to get on the rides & this year, all six kids were ready to get in on the action.

You can see Greta sitting next to Hayden and Nate (two cars in front - Charlie is hidden from the camera) (Noah & Ella have their hands up in the last car).

My stomach dropped watching how brave Ella & Noah were (they are in the middle of the boat & Noah has his hands up). They went on every ride possible as many times as possible.

The wrist bands were a prudent purchase. It didn't take long to come out ahead.

The kids were on the go for over 5 hours.

Despite it being our first fall temperature day, the weather at night was perfect.

I lost track of all the rides the kids went on. Greta got "stranded" at the top of the fun house & the operator had to go to the top & hold her hand up to the top of the slide. She (and Mom) recovered nicely.

The barn & helicopters were a popular choice as well.

As the night went on, Nick & Bill took Ella & Noah off to ride the big rides while Kari & I hung out around the 48 inch & under rides.


The last ride of the night was the Ferris Wheel.
Ferris Wheel

It was Charlie's first time riding.
First Time Rider

All three boys loved it. Greta got tired of waiting in line & went on the tilt-a-whirl with Ella & Noah.

The views were amazing.
F - Fairgrounds

But, of course, the best part of the night was just hanging out with friends.

Noah got a fortune recently that said he was going to receive good news by mail.


He said he knew that meant he would get a letter that told him Ella didn't really have to move. It just tugs at your heart. I was very happy to learn that Moab is only a 5 hour drive from Albuquerque. This is only the beginning of our family adventures.

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