29 August 2007

Greatest Day Ever

She flies through the air

Bella and I spent the whole day together at the fair. We started off with (what else) a waffle, in Heritage Square this time. Thanks to drama queen weather forecasters, the crowds were sparse and we got to do everything we wanted with no frustration. We walked right up to the SuperJump, no waiting! But we watched a couple big girls anyway, just to get the concept so no one would be scared. Bella didn't emote much, so I can't conclude if she liked it or not. I thought it looked really fun.

Then we ran into Fairchild, who posed with Bella, who was more interested in a guy in front of her wearing a fanny pack. At least I got a picture.

A visit from Fairchild

Our next stop was the Little Farm Hands area on Machinery Hill. Oh the cuteness! Brace yourself:

Like no Udder

She was so proud of her apron and she toted her farm bucket around, putting much more into it than was required, so I was always taking stuff out behind her back. She didn't seem to wonder where her six pumpkins and ten eggs and twenty-seven apples had gone. Into her magic bucket! At the end, you earn a dollar selling your farm goods, and Bella was busting when she used hers to buy a tiny box of Honey Nut Cheerios. It was just the damn cutest thing ever.

Then we had worked up an appetite, so we got a crepe and watched some hip hop breakdancing. Bella danced around while eating all the berries out of my crepe. Then we met up with Alison, Jed, and Joe, got to see some doggies, watch the parade, get rained on, and take a nap. In the middle of it all, we ran into Bella's favorite neighbor: 8-year old Emma (of pirating fame). That was just the icing on the cake.

I don't hesitate to say that it was my best day ever at the Fair.

28 August 2007

Shopping at the fair

Cafe Accordian on the Bazaar stage

Tonight Cafe Accordian played in the Bazaar, my favorite concert of the Fair. I went with Alison and Jed and afterward we enjoyed doing childless, adult-y things, like drinking beer and falling prey to pitch men and playing skee-ball and carefully photographing butterheads. B is for Butterhead in my alphabet fair scrapbook.

Princess Kay of the Milky Way

I managed to restrain myself slightly and only bought a microfiber mop and a trunk organizer. Oh and some pumpkin spice syrup to put in my coffee. Mmmm. Speaking of which, don't the pumpkins look cute at the fair?

Proud Pumpkins

They look happy to be there. As was I.

26 August 2007

A few people at the fair

Saturday was insanity at the Fair. That had to be a million people. They were everywhere! In front of the stroller, under the stroller, everywhere!

Ride the Giant Slide!

Here we are on the Giant Slide, which is never too crowded, no matter how crowded it gets. It magically expands to hold the necessary number of people. Oh magical giant slide, I love you.

Other exciting highlights from today:
  • Bella decided naps are for babies who don't mind missing precious fair time (she slept until 10 this morning!)
  • A parade full of motorcycles
  • "Sheila" from Andover taking some skinny girls to school in a Baby Got Back contest
  • Running into Brent's sister, 1 of the million people
  • Official fry comparison: World's Greatest vs. Fresh Fries. Fresh Fries wins.

24 August 2007

Firetruck Day at the Fair

Kicking off the fair day with a waffle

We enjoyed a big belgian waffle at Blue Moon before starting off on a big day of Fair-going. We met my parents first thing. Bella was a little crazy today, I think she got bored with her stroller. We'd let her loose and she'd run all over the place like a crazy person. Eventually she fell asleep with her head dangling out of one side of the stroller. I had to be careful not to hit it on stuff as I strolled along.

There were a ton of firetrucks there for firetruck day. The workers were even wearing shirts "The World's Largest Fire Prevention Awareness Event." Wow, World's Largest? I am moderately impressed. Don't get me wrong, I do love firetrucks. But who picks these theme days anyway? And if ours is the largest in the world, doesn't that just tell you, no one cares enough to have a bigger Fire Prevention Awareness Event... because it's boring! It's the same preachy intentions that turned the Technology Building into Condescending Dork Pavilion*. Just listen to the crap on the CDP Stage: Wind Energy Jeopardy (lame), 10 Ways to Save Energy in Your Home (lame!), LEDs! Emerging Choices in Home Lighting (lame!!). Remember just a few years ago, when it was all segways, eye-scanning laser beams, and high definition tv? damn. that was so much cooler.

If I could pick theme days, it would be Salsa Chopper Day, Stroller Racing Day, Toga Day (so obvious), No Free Tote Bags Day (this keeps out the seniors), Dress Like Your Favorite Fair Attraction Day (good luck, fish pond lovers), etc.

*with nice bathrooms and very exciting free milk

23 August 2007

Ahhhh.... Fair....

A Foggy Opening Day

A foggy opening day to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. I went for a quiet first morning, enjoyed a crepe and a cup of coffee, and began plotting out my twelve days of fun. Later in the day I went back for a corn dog and some quality bunny barn time. Jed tried one of the new food items, fried fruit (on a stick, of course). Then we all went and added a nice piece of fairwear to our wardrobes. If you see something very soft and aqua, it's probably Alison.

Fried Fruit on a Stick

Tomorrow Bella and I are meeting up with the grandparents. But all they're going to want to do is ride the ejector seat over and over. Sheesh. Bella's excited because it's fire truck day!

21 August 2007

The Littlest Pirate


Bella would not normally have kept an eye patch on for longer than, oh, 0.3 nanoseconds. But since Emma was doing it, she was all for it. "Yaaar, I be a big girl!"

Yarr, I be in the pirate boat!

I even got a picture of her saying YAR, but it is out of focus, as many of my pictures tend to be. I really should learn what all those buttons on my camera do. At least I caught one of her in a moustache.


This 5th birthday party was a reality check for me. There were pirate games and pirate prizes and a pirate pinata and a giant ship-shaped (ha) cake. This is what mothers do! This is what Bella will want in just a couple years! Well-thought out incredibly labor intensive and planned well in advance theme parties. I just hope she gives me some advance notice on what theme she will prefer. Otherwise she's getting whatever theme is easiest. Probably "Christmas Clearance."

I just read a book, Unclutter Your Life, and it was so motivating. Yeah, the bottom line of the book is totally duh: GET RID OF STUFF. But let's face it, it's way easier to knit on the couch and watch Top Chef than it is to go through kitchen cupboards and clothes closets. But I was motivated enough to do both of those things. Yay for me! Yay for whoever buys my stuff at Goodwill! Yay for clean kitchen cupboards!

Brent was awesome enough to read me Harry Potter while I was quickly doing all these chores before I lost motivation. Which was very fun, like having a human iPod. He even walked around the house reading to me while I was exercising the bunnies. Going from room to room, stepping over baby/bunny gates, pausing while I yelled at Pepper.

We stayed up late the night of the last chapters. And so ends the HP reading aloud, which has sustained us since even before we were married. I remember Brent reading HP4 (I think) while I sewed my bridal veil, and he read HP6 while we painted Bella's nursery. It's the end of an era.

Cauldron Cakes
Couldron Cakes, part of a Harry Potter theme dinner to celebrate the last chapters of the book. The rest of the dinner was Quidditch Players Pie, Professor Sprout Slaw, and Butterbeers.

Fair countdown: 2 days!