We took a trip out to the fair this weekend and the look on Bronson's face was pure joy for the entire day. This kid never ceases to amaze me at how fun and loving he is to be around - he is so full of innocence and genuinely super-excited about anything even slightly fun or awesome.
Bronson is also GREAT for my daughter. He helped her get over her fears on some rides that go a little too high or fast for her liking and she, in turn, comforts him and makes sure he sits still on whatever the ride might be. I definitely think they are the best to have for one another and are both really lucky to have the bond that they do.
The fair we went to had animals, showings, car races, bike races, a car show and fun and games that you usually find at the fair along with music to come in the week. We paid just $30 for a car load of us on opening day and took a picnic so we didn't have to pay $9 for a burger or $8 for fries, could avoid the deep fried oreos/pbj sandwiches and even deep fried cheesesteaks (what???).
All the food did smell good though, but the food we took was way healthier. Fruit, light sandwiches, water and other low cal snacks and so on that the kids would enjoy (rainbow goldfish etc) and that we could snack on through the day. My dear friend Debbie was with us and looked out for my bag while I went on some rides with the kids, plus took my kids on rides, herself so we could all have a little go on something and mostly so that the kids could have fun.
We avoided all the big rides - a little cause we had the kids, a little because of the ride fail in the news a few weeks ago (in Ohio) and also because one of us has a bad back and the other doesn't want to get sick, so between us we had a great time and didn't miss out on those crazy tumbling, rolling, you-must-be-crazy-to-go-on-that kind of rides, without really looking like a bunch of pansies.
Did I mention the food smelt good??
The animals were a load of fun, they had pigs, goats, cows, sheep and even rabbits for the kids to look at, pet, talk to and what not. Both the littles really enjoyed the animal area and we did go back a couple of times through the day and sat and watched some of the animals being entered into the shows.
We tracked the other side of the fair for the races and saw some cool kids having fun with their races - some with incredible talent and who would be more than welcome to drive me anywhere!! Some older kids and adults also races various vehicles and I did get a few shots. Bronson absolutely LOVED the races and loved all the noise that came with it. I learned so much about him in one day, my heart was melted.
Autumn had a blast taking in all the animals, I think she would have been there all day if we'd have let her. She wants to be a singer and a vet when she's older, and an artist and a dancer, so I guess when she's ready to go to work as a dancing, singing, artistic vet she can take on her own business and fill it with all the crazy ideas she has and the love she has for these animals, but for now she got to visit with them a while and was happy.
We did try and win a goldfish at the fair, but they weren't easy to win and I didn't want to spend any extra money so we went out and picked up a fish for $2.99 instead after the fact and she now is the owner of a little white Betta called angel (I got Bronson one, too and he's called "Fish" because at least Bronson can say that!).
The kids plodded around the fair with Debbie and I for a grand total of 6 hours. One minute it was 1:30pm and the next it was 7pm! None of us knows what happened there, but we sure must have been having a lot of fun. After the fair we went out to eat at Red Robin on a gift card one of us had, thus the bill was lighter and finished off a really nice, long, fun day with the kids, which was something a little different to our usual "Debbie Days" for which Autumn gets super-excited for along with Bronson.
We eventually made it home and the kids were almost the perfect kids all day. They didn't want the day to end and, once we had convinced Bronson to wave bye to Debbie (which he did for like 20 minutes) it was off to bed and goodnight! They slept for 9 hours total and it was utter bliss. I still got up at 3 or 4am though because I am a nut job, but it was such a great day out, a great night's peace and I would do it all over again any time.
I am glad we got to go to the fair after all, this year as we had originally decided we just couldn't afford it. If you are thinking about avoiding the fairs this year, just think again and plan to take your own food, plenty of fluid, perhaps a change of clothes for the kids and look up your fairs to see if they have discounted tickets for different days of the week, you just never know!
Thanks so much for sharing this mini adventure with us!
The next one is going to be a fabulous ride!
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