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Monday, November 07, 2011

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Making Pumpkin Bread Together

Add a Dash of Fancy

We're headed to the grocery store the other day, so I tell the girls to get their jackets and shoes on.  I go to the study to get my shopping list, and this is what I come back to:

I always feel underdressed when I'm out with these two. 

Hmm ...

It's like a combination of gangster stance with a ballerina outfit and a Mardi Gras mask.  Otherwise known as Verity's normal clothes. :)

The FAIR!!

I don't know if you know the North Carolina State Fair, but it's kind of a big deal.  It's HUGE.  We ended up not taking the girls last year, so this year we made a point of going as a family.  And we dragged Rere along too.  Which turned out to be fantastic because with all those people and the long walks, we definitely were glad for the help.

We had been through the gates maybe 5 minutes before the girls got their first ride.  And it was on some ponies!!  As adults you look at this and think, "You're charging me how much to ride around in a circle slowly???" But as a child, it's like a gallop through a beautiful meadow. 

And then after riding the real ponies, we rode the fake ones.  You just can't go to a fair or carnival and not ride the carousel.  Except for me.  I guarded the stuff and took pictures.  Although I really should have switched places with Rere as she gets a bit motion sick.  A topic we'll approach again later. 

And then it was time for Charissa's first roller coaster ride!!  Man was she excited.  Since it was one of those itty bitty kiddy rides, she had to go by herself.  That didn't seem to phase her at all!  She ran up the stairs and climbed aboard the giant dragon/sea serpent with a huge grin on her face. 

So about 30 seconds after these pictures were taken, her facial expressions started to change.  It became quite clear that she was not feeling well.  Thankfully the ride ended shortly after.  When she got off I asked her if she liked it and she just whimpered, "I don't want to do that again."  Poor thing!  She had a bit of an upset stomach before we came to the fair, so we don't know if her tummy got more upset, or she has some motion sickness.  Either way, she was a bit pitiful for a few minutes.  And just let me brag for a minute about Sweet Verbear.  She took it like a champion that she couldn't ride the roller coasters (she's about 2 inches too short).  She stood there and watched sister the whole time and clapped and cheered for her. 

We did find a ride that was Verity-friendly.  It was a big obstacle course that the girls and Britt went through.  At the end of the course you get to slide down a very long slide. 

I never thought that we would do this, but we let our girls play one of those ridiculous games.  They had a dart and had to throw it at the balloons and try to pop them.  CJ actually did a great job and popped 2 balloons (out of three throws).  I was really impressed. 
Verity, on the other hand, didn't hit the board a single time.   I was actually more thankful that she didn't hit anyone else with the dart.  Do you see the hands held up for protection in the picture?  It was necessary. 
But the redeeming part of fair games is that you don't have to win to get a prize.  Both girls got stuffed tigers with ridiculously long limbs and have velcro on the paws. 

In the end, the girls did get to ride on one ride together.  It was one of those hot air balloon rides that go up in the air.  Theoretically, the basket will spin if you hold onto the black part in the middle and spin it, but that would require your children to have a combined mass of more than 45 pounds and the strength to move it.  Oh well.  And does anyone notice anything wrong with this picture?
Yup - that's Verity hanging over the side of the basket.  She leaned over even farther out, but at the point I had stopped taking pictures and was focused on getting her to sit her hiney back down.  That was a moment of panic. 

I like this next picture because it displays the girls' personalities really well.  Charissa is holding on and looking around her at eye level just enduring the ride, and Verity is barely seated and looking up at the top and totally enthralled. 

Did anyone notice anything funny in these pictures?  Like the lack of food?  The food is what most people go for, and this year we didn't eat a single thing.  Nothing.  Can you believe that?  With Charissa's tummy being upset and then some possible motion sickness, there was nothing at the fair that we really wanted her to eat, so we all skipped the food.  But next year, I'm definitely getting some ribbon fries! 

All in all, it was the most fun I'd ever had at the fair.  And the girls LOVED it.  And were totally exhausted.  The both dozed off in the car on the way home. :)

Sweet Sisters

Reading the Bible together before bedtime.  I didn't even stage this one. :)

Farm Field Trip

Charissa had a field trip to a local farm recently and Verity and I got to chaperone.  We had a great time seeing the animals and learning about life on a farm.  Apparently this farm has been in the family for many generations, so they had an old well, barns, and even a TWO seater outhouse. 

The girls got to do some fun things like pulling up the bucket to get water ....

... feed the goats ...
... show off our expertise in milking cows ...
... and "pick" pumpkins. 

    We had a lot of fun and I'm glad that we were able to go.  It was definitely a learning experience. But more so about the fact that Verity is definitely NOT ready for school right now.  I spent 90% of the time wrangling the little monkey and trying to keep her focused on the current activity.  Charissa did a great job though and demonstrated how she's learned to stay in line and wait her turn.  At least we have time before Verity goes to school.