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California State Fair 2016

July 25, 2016

Confession: I love going to fairs. County fairs, state fairs, craft faires….you name it, I am a fan! I don’t know what it is, but something about the nostalgia, cute animals, food, and more food make it so delightful! Even though the annual CA State Fair in our neck of the woods always hits when it is no less than 1,000*F, we still try to pick the coolest day and go for it!

Since the girls nap from 2-4, which also happens to be the hottest time of the day, we made a plan to head over right when they woke up and make an evening of it. First stop: shaved ice. It’s my mandatory, gotta-have-it treat. I’ve probably been going strong with shaved ice being my “thing” since I was a little girl, and being that I am always craving it this pregnancy- oh yes I went for it!

Half pink lemonade, half cherry=the best!

Half pink lemonade, half cherry=the best!

We went straight for the air conditioned (or maybe just heavily-fanned) livestock area, then made our way to the beloved petting zoo. Sadie was a real wildcard this fair trip, as last year she was barely a 7 month old nugget that was either in the Ergobaby or stroller, and this time she was a lively but sometimes cautious 18 month-old. 😉 Needless to say, both girls are absolutely in love with animals, and we had to eventually make the executive decision that it was time to move on and see other things the fair had to offer. (Sidenote: antibacterial WIPES are the best thing to ever take to anything where your children are touching random things—they were/are a lifesaver!)

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Last year, Hadley experienced riding a pony for the first time, and ever since then she had referred to every horse and pony as “Pepper” (since her pony’s name was Dr. Pepper,) and has talked and talked about seeing Pepper again. Dr. Pepper was off for the day, but she got to ride a pretty pony named Silver. Again, the wildcard was Sadie, who we knew had to rightfully get her shot at riding a horse for the first time, but oh, were we nervous if she would be terrified or in love. Well, we ended up nearly in tears laughing at how confident and effortless she was in riding…she didn’t even want Aaron touching the saddle! 😆 As our sweet friend Brittany so lovingly got Hadley a souvenir plush to remember her fair trip, we heard the angry grunt of Sadie (meaning, “Why the heck is my sister getting one and I am not?!”) Needless to say, BOTH girls got souvenir plush ponies…something we don’t typically do—EVER, but hey, you only live once. 😉 (And after a thorough wash, they’ve been sleeping with them nightly ever since.)

Riding with confidence and style, haha!

Riding with confidence and style, haha!

All smiles and waves the entire time!

All smiles and waves the entire time!

One great thing about going with a great group of friends/family, is having food buddies to share things with. I went unconventional this time, since my stomach has very limited space, and opted for snacks to share instead of meals. My sister and I hands-down loved the fried cheese curds the most (don’t knock it ’til you try it, so good even Hadley stole the rest to our dismay,) I indulged in my own perfectly-grilled corn on the cob, and then shared the best cinnamon roll ever with Aaron. There was a splash of sadness in not getting to have a wine slushie with Brittany, but I have no intention of being pregnant next summer, so there’s something to look forward to, haha! The girls got their many-nights-dreamt-about cotton candy, we wandered around the fair some more with our friends, then made our way to the photobooth for our traditional fair photos.

Random catfish sighting

Random catfish sighting!?

A must at the fair!

Freshly baked cinnamon rolls, a must at the fair!

Cotton candy bliss!

Cotton candy bliss!

Why do I think of Nacho Libre every time!?

Why do I think of Nacho Libre every time!?

Their traditional "tri-tip sandwich" or "turkey leg" picture :)

Their traditional “tri-tip sandwich” or “turkey leg” picture they take every year 🙂

Sister photobooth fun---not my hands, this mama can't rock a blue polish!

Sister photobooth fun—not my hands, this mama can’t rock a blue polish!

How WILL we fit another baby in next year!? Again, not my hands, I am not a man!

How WILL we fit another baby in next year!? Again, not my hands, I am not a man!

It was a pretty quick evening, the great thing about little outings like this is to take notes of what we loved, what could change, and make next year’s fair trip even better! One thing for sure: it’s always such a blessing to have adorable little girls, a sweet husband and sister, and amazing friends to share the fun with! 🙂

No selfie stick required, selfie skills for 10 people!

No selfie stick required, that’s some major selfie skills for 10 people!

Happy Monday my friends!
<3 Christie

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