Marin turned 9 months on Friday! WOW! It's such a fun age. She is babbling ALL.THE.TIME. and has tons of personality. She's not getting her knees up under her to crawl yet, but she is scooting herself around in a circle on her belly, which is entertaining to watch. She had professional 9 month pictures taken yesterday too, but I'm not sure how to get them scanned so I can show them off. She looked so cute and so grown up! Hard to believe next time I take her to a photographer will be when she's a year old.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Within the first 15 minutes he and daddy (mostly daddy) had caught 3 fish! It went down hill from there, not because of a lack of fish (seriously, Kaden's kiddie fishing pole probably caught close to 12 little blue gills in the hour and a half we were there), but rather because Kaden's friends showed up and his attention to fishing declined rapidly. Jason let another young boy use Kaden's pole and helped him put the worms on and take the fish off, because the pole he was using broke. Well, the boy just had to put the worm in the water and he had a fish every time. It was unbelievable!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday I took the kids to the state fair. I have fond memories of going almost every year as a kid and enjoying the food and seeing everything. As an added bonus, our local paper had a coupon in it for free admission, so we all got in for the 75 cents the paper cost me. What a deal! We didn't even have to pay for parking! It wasn't too hot in the morning, but it was humid and sprinkled on us a few times, but we didn't let a few drops damper our fun.
We got to see cows, sheep and pigs....VERY big pigs. The sign by one said "World's Largest Boar" and said he weighed 1175 pounds! It was HUMONGOUS! We liked the seeing the sow and her liter...she was one tired mama...she had 10 piglets. I think Kaden liked the sheep the best. They were "ba-ing" a lot and it sounded funny. Plus, we got to see one sheered, which was cool.
A local helicopter that was parked at the fair...big hit with Kaden!
Another BIG hit! In fact, there were a TON of tractors...rows and rows of antique tractors and a John Deere dealership display....all of which Kaden thought he should be allowed to sit on.
A mini-digger he sat on outside the John Deere shop.
The next several pictures are of a kids farm area they had. It was so cute! First Kaden got a basket, then, every little farm building we went to on the path had directions for "Farmer" Kaden to do. He collected grains (which he then fed to the pigs, as you see in this picture), collected an egg, picked an apple, planted a seed, harvested a vegetable, rode his tractor, milked a cow, and got wool from a sheep. At the end, he "sold" all his stuff at the market (sorted the items in bins) got paid, and bought a snack (he chose a little box of Apple Jacks) at the "grocery store." It was so fun!
Marin eating the fake apple Kaden picked from the orchard.
Riding his tractor around the circle.
Milking the cow...he really liked this. Water came out when they milked her, which he thought was funny.
We got to see the famous pig races. It was quite a humorous event that they did several times a day. Kaden's favorite part was that they raced for an Oreo (which he loves). Marin cried each time the race started and the crowd started cheering. Luckily, there were only 3 heats, so the racing didn't last long.
For lunch Kaden had pizza and I had a polish sausage and lemonade shake-up (fair food is at the top of my list of favorites)! Yum, yum! Marin ate about half of the bread from my bun. To top it off, we had a funnel cake before heading out. I felt like I'd died and gone to heaven! It was Kaden's first funnel cake and I think his words were "ummmm...this is delicious!"
We were all exhausted as we made our way back to the van (and the sun was out and it was HUMID). I "logged" about 10,000 steps on my pedometer from the fair alone (this is typically my daily goal). We all laid down for naps at 2pm, and at 4:30 I had to go wake both still-sleeping children. Guess that's a sign of a fun filled morning!