Blogger is doing all kinds of crazy things with the formatting on this post and I have no idea why... so just bear with me and read on through like nothing is out of the ordinary, please?
On Friday afternoon, Casey surprised us with the news that he had taken the afternoon off and we were heading to the NC State Fair. It was such a fun idea and a great way to get in our family time, since I knew I would be spending most of the weekend away attending births. I'm so thankful for a husband who works so hard for our family, but also puts such a value on our time together.
Anyway, you didn't come here to hear me pine for my amazing partner. You came for the photos of
And no, your eyes are not deceiving you. After reading this article about how Moms need to get over themselves and get in some pictures... I braved the camera and took some shots of me and my girl...
Seriously, I love this kid ...
Though, I'm pretty sure she was more looking forward to you all seeing her new tattoo:
This is the first year we've braved the crowds and taken Bea to the fair. The The entry fee could have been $100 and it would have been worth every single penny to see her amazement and awe at all things North Carolina.
After the obligatory tours through the Village of Yesteryear and the Blacksmith Shop and the Tobacco Touch Tour (really, really healthy for kids, right?):
We got down to business and found some animals. Bea was pleased:
She was so excited to see the different farm animals and would "talk" to them in their languages (Cows got a "Moooo Moo Moo" and Pigs got the ol' "Oinky Oink Oink"). It was adorable:
And you can tell my child is the daughter of a birth professional because when we saw the pigs, she screamed out, "Mama! Those piggies are NURSING!!":
It made my heart smile. And then we moved on to the single cutest thing I've ever seen in my life. The baby donkey:
Seriously, can I get an "Awwww" for how adorable this thing is? Bea wanted everyone to know that he was "Takin' a Nap"...
After a thorough hand scrubbing and antibacterial bath, we located our Number 2 item on the Fair To-Do list... Food:
Which Bea enjoyed a lot of:
And to help burn off the energy, we took a walk over to the PBS tent so Bea could see some of her heroes, The Super Why! Gang. She was totally star struck when she saw these cutouts and would run up to all the characters and ask me to take her photo:
Eventually, we gave into her 4,000 requests to ride on the Carnie Rides and we picked the safest-seeming option, the carousel:
Contrary to these pictures, Casey was not the only one who enjoyed it:
Bea really does love to ride a carousel, she just gets so overwhelmed with the sights and lights and weirdos around her that she can only concentrate on so much:
Needless to say, after getting home well after 9:30, Bea took a quick bird bath (to get off the general public germs) and went straight to bed. We were hoping we might get a late sleep-in the next day. Lucky for us, she's been waking up at 7 a.m. these days ...