Sunday, October 13, 2013

Georgia State Fair

We have been so incredibly busy lately that I have struggled with finding time to update here and just to take time to myself. With that being said, there is so much to update - but for now, I am going to tell you about this past week. More updates to come in the very near future and I do promise to start updating more here and on my other blog! So, stay tuned to that!

Long story short, we had to withdrawal Nicholas from the local public school due to some unforeseen circumstances and he is now home-schooled. I know, that may seem like an insanely crazy idea to most with all that we have going on here, but I do promise it was the best decision for our son and it has worked wonders on him! He is excelling in things that he was struggling in while in school. It has been an amazing experience. Once we sell our home and move into a better area, he will attend public school again.

This past week was the kids Fall Break and while we stayed around the house, we did manage to take the kids out a couple of the days. It was hard to do a whole lot with our everyday dealings, but also because I am still recovering from surgery. Yes, I did have to undergo another abdominal surgery a few weeks ago. I am telling y'all, that is never ending!!!

Caitlin and Nicholas were able to attend the fair for the first time on Tuesday and they both had a blast! Kevin was unable to attend for obvious reasons with his injuries and I didn't allow Breanna to go because it seems lately she has loved popping a serious attitude with me. Caitlin, Nic, and I walked around all day, with them riding every ride they could! I loved seeing their faces light up with happiness. Thankfully, the fair had free entry for military families (active and retired) on Tuesday and discounted wristbands for all. Needless to say, the two little ones took advantage of their bright pink wristbands and rode all day!

When we arrived at the Georgia State Fair in Perry, it was still too early to ride, so we decided to walk around. We stumbled on the petting zoo which was absolutely amazing! As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a giraffe that the kids fed carrots too. They were amazed with being able to feed him...and so was I! They were able to pet and feed goats, sheep, cows, and a few other things. Were able to look into the cages of birds, a zebra, and a couple other animals that I cannot remember.

 After the visit with the animals, Caitlin and Nic were ready to hop on some rides. Nicholas has never had the opportunity to drive bumper cars or ride kiddie roller coasters, so this entire day was amazing to him!

Nic coming down the slide. Caitlin it too "grown up" for this kind of fun! At least, that's what she says...
 I love their facial expressions!
Very fitting for these two clowns!

 We took a break from riding rides once Brittani met us at the fair and headed to the livestock area. The kids were able to learn about goat and cattle dairy farms.

 During the goat area, Caitlin and Nicholas were both able to pretend milk a goat. Both of them turned out to be little pros at it!

Very photogenic!
This sweet and adorable calf was only a few days old! Is it not the cutest? I want one now!
Do you see Nic's stuffed dog is the farmer?

 Okay, so my fellow Wife Swap nerds will appreciate this! I LOVE Wife Swap and went through a phase of watching most, if not all, episodes! There was one with a traveling fair family who just happened to be at the Georgia State Fair! Of course, I soon as I saw the set up and heard the voices, I knew instantly that this was the same family. Brittani thought I had lost my mind, but it made me even more excited when I saw the banner hanging up!

 This guy was very entertaining! He asked both kids their names, then made up a rhyming song for each of them. They loved it and were full of smiling giggles!

We stopped for drinks and ice cream cones... Let me just tell you all this was some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted!

 We ended the day with the kids riding the Indy 500, then lastly the bumper cars.

Though I was in a lot of pain from the walking, these smiling faces made it all worth it!

 If you are at all close enough to spend the day at the fair, I recommend you going next October! The prices were no where near as bad as I thought they would be and the kids had a blast! I look forward to taking them again next year, of course with hopes that Breanna gets to go as well!