Is that a cheesy title or what? So, on Saturday, Rock and I took all six kids to the Eastern Idaho State Fair. They decided they weren't interested in the parade so we skipped that. At the petting zoo, we fed the goats, learned the difference between a llama and an alpaca (the alpacas are the ones with the big fluffy bangs, petted the bunnies, and repeatedly said, "No, we can't get a puppy."
In the exhibit buildings we searched for all of the things we entered and found out that I won 9 ribbons (out of 10 projects entered), Kjeri won 2 ribbons (out of 2 projects) and Emmy won 1 ribbon (out of 1 project). Not bad! Emmy learned that she is a lot better at crafting that she previously believed, Sarah learned that the hobbies and crafts building is a good place to lose Mom and Dad, and Rock and I learned that it is next to impossible to keep track of a busy one-year-old and a cranky three-year-old and still get to look at the exhibits together. (We ended up taking turns.) Eli and Miri learned that they are old enough to enter stuff in the fair after all.
Outside the antiques building, Sarah tasted a snowcone for the first time and Miri decided that it looked like a lot of fun to fall off a mechanical bull (but Mom didn't agree).
In the food court we all learned that too much greasy/sugary food can give anyone a tummyache and that that stuff is equally as hard on the pocketbook, but it sure is tasty!
In the commercial buildings, we got out pictures taken with Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, talked to the guy in the flannel board booth about getting my paper dolls printed on felt, watched the waterless cookware demonstration (if we had any money, we would have been sold on it), watched an embroidery machine at work, waited forever for Kjeri to look a jewelry, and shopped for grab bags for Emmy and Eli.
We didn't go anywhere near the rides as we knew we couldn't afford them and it would be just too much temptation. However, Rock rode a bubble bike, Sarah played in the sandbox, Josie went kiddie bowling and we all watched dogs jump into water.
All in all, we had a great time and enjoyed one another's company and we can't wait to do it next year!