Sunday, July 31, 2011

County Fair 2011

Ever since they started having free admission to our county fair, we’ve gone! Why not??? It’s free!

This year was even more fun because Will entered some pictures and we were all anticipating a fine showing in the ribbon department! And we weren’t disappointed! You can check out his winnings HERE.

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After collecting his prizes, we checked out the rest of what our fine county has to offer!

Of course there was rides, and games and sugary and/or deep-fried goodies!

fair food 01 fair 14 fair 15  There was also animals, produce and other such farmy stuff…

fair 05 fair 03 fair 04 After seeing all these gorgeous birds it made me wonder what would possess someone to want one of these???

fair 01I also want to find out what kind of chicken lays these lovely dark brown eggs! They are just delicious!

fair 02But I don’t just love the feathered farm animals…

fair 08 fair 06 fair 07   I would be thrilled to have any one of these creatures come and live in our backyard farm! Well, maybe not the cow…

With the unusually cold wet season here, the produce entries were a little lacking. But the cold weather crops seem to be fairing (pardon the pun) quite well and I always enjoy the grange displays!

fair 13fair 12 fair 11These two were my favorites! There is just something so homey and comforting about all the canned goods and produce on display!

fair 10   I love dahilas! We had them at our wedding and this combination of fuchsia pink, pale yellow and purple was just stunning!

Since we get in for free and we don’t have much in the way to money to burn, we treated ourselves to a monster bag of cotton candy and a couple of games of Bingo to benefit our local PUD charity.

fair food 04fair 09All in all it was a very good day at the fair!  

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Afternoon On The River

One would think that after arriving home from a week at Creation and being absolutely exhausted, that we would just crash for the rest of the day. Not us…

Instead, we unpacked our stuff (we didn’t put it away or anything), took Will’s pics down to the fair, packed up a lunch, hitched up the boat and headed down to the river.

It was just too beautiful a day to stay home! Not to mention that it was our last day of vacation, one of the very few nice days we’ve had all summer, the first time we’d had the boat out (pathetic!) and WAY too hot in the house! And anyway, who can relax when you are surrounded by all kinds of junk to put away and dirty clothes that need washing???

The boat had a bit of trouble, so we decided to forgo the ride out to our favorite spot on Walker Island and instead just zipped across to the sandy beach just off the landing. Ok, we didn’t exactly zip there but we did make it! Whew!!!

Steven and Hobo weren’t entirely sick of being with us and joined us for the afternoon! We all had a great time and enjoyed introducing Max to the boat and beach for the first time!

He did really well in the boat but wasn’t quite sure about the water. Not to fond of waves…

river 03river 02river 04   What do you do when you’re on the beach??? Dig!!! I’m glad our puppy doesn’t like to dig as much as our boys do!

river 05river 07river 01That’s why they dug the hole!

Andy chose a little more challenging spot for his hole!

river 12 river 08river 10     river 09 river 13 After all that digging, it was time to cool off and clean up!

river 11Not all of us chose to dig or swim… Some of us just sat in the shade or in the sun and read! Ahhh!!!

river 06When it was time to eat supper we discovered that not one of us had brought a way to start a fire! Hard to believe, huh???

So we headed home, built a fire out back and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows for supper! Just the way to end a fantastic week of vacation!!! 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Creation Fest With Friends

This year was extra fun because we had so many friends at Creation! Getting to hang at a super fun place with super fun friends is AWESOME!!!

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The boys’ tent at Camp Awesome. Are there any boys in there???

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Sometimes your friends get bored! LOL

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Playing Spoons!

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creation 24 Rock climbing with friends! Andy did it in 13 seconds!!!

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Attaching yourself to giant rubber bands with friend… Is that really fun??? It looks like they’re having fun!

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Waiting for concerts with friends. Does it really count if you’re all on your iPod???

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These are not our friends, nor are we in this Honey Bucket… But the Canadians stuffed 14 into one. We stuffed 16!!! Go USA!!!

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Me and my hubby!!!

After all that fun it was really hard to leave! But being exhausted and running out of food helps…

creation 47Packing up to go

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Won’t need these anymore…

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I just had to have this shirt!!!

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Goodbye Creation! See ya next year…

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Creation 2011 Concerts

We always have fun at Creation! But the best part is the concerts… And this year was no exception! Some were better than others but they were all fun!!!

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Watching Switchfoot

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Candlelighting with Tenth Avenue North. It is beautiful to look out and see all those little flickering lights while worshipping the Lord together!

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Andy’s candle became part of his hand

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Oh David Crowder Band! We’re gonna miss you!!!

And some are even more fun (and eardrum bursting l0ud) from the mosh pit!!! Like SKILLET!!! This year’s show was the best yet!!!

creation 26creation 41Power ballad

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John & Gen

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creation 44Seth played a pretty mean solo! Not bad for the new guy!!! ;o)

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I feel like a MONSTER!!! This was the most AMAZING song of the whole festival!!!