Thursday, August 28, 2014

Highlights of the Iowa State Fair!

We had a great time at the Iowa State Fair.  It seems like every year there is something that makes it different - and I haven't quite figured out if I like it or not.  This year my nephew had football practice - so he only came up on weekends.  My sister-in-law now teaches - so she had to go back home during the second half of the fair - which left the boys and I up there by ourselves for part of the fair.  We got to see and experience all of our favorite things and then some!  We camped in a new territory this year - which ended up being really nice. We even got on the IPTV Fair show three times!  Here are some pictures highlighting our time at the fair!

Charlie was the only one that competed in the big wheel races this year - the other two were too old.  He got third in his heat!

Will and Charlie did Mutton Bustin' again.  This was Will's last year and he did well.  Charlie wasn't really sure that he wanted to do it (I sort of made him).  He got first at the noon show and was able to come back at the evening show for the championships.

He got second in the championship!  He received two trophies and a belt buckle!  Here is getting his trophy from the ISF queen!  He said afterwards that he is retiring!

Anthony was selected to do butter sculpting again this year.  He made a person - he didn't win, but he got a cool ribbon again!

It is tradition for our family along with my brother-in-law and his family to go down the big yellow slide together.  We always do this on a weekend when Jon and Ed both are there.

Little Hands on the Farm - my kids are getting older - just two this time! :(

Just a view of the fair!  It's also tradition to ride the sky glider with our family and Ed's.  Grandma GG rode with us this year!

Charlie riding on Andrew's shoulders.  Having older cousins is the BEST!!

The boys tried the cow chip throwing contest this year.

The boys visiting Clifford at the IPTV booth in the varied industry building.

One of our favorite spots - the DNR building.  One day we went to go check out the ducks and they were CRAZY!!  There was also a Jeopardy game inside to play.

We went to Hairball again this year.  This time our good friends Kelly and Michael joined us!

Ed, Shawna, Jon and I went to the Florida Georgia Line concert.  Very good!!

Florida Georgia Line!

Those are just a few of our highlights.  I always hate to see the fair come to an end - for more than one reason.  It's always a sign that summer is over and school is about to begin.  And, it's all over!  Can't wait for next year!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First Day of School

The boys have officially been back to school now for one week.  So far things are going well.  We are venturing into new territory.  Anthony is now in 5th grade - a grade and wing of the elementary we haven't been down before.  Will is in 3rd grade and has a teacher we've never had.  Charlie is in 1st grade with a teacher we have had and like!  TJ would have been in 7th grade - JR HIGH - this year!  I often wonder what this year would have looked like had he still been here.  We are hoping and praying for a good school year.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

County Fair 2014

This was the first year we were able to experience the county fair with one of our kiddos actually participating.  The fair sure has changed from when I was an exhibitor (isn't that what all parents say?), however we still had an enjoyable week - a bit exhausting - but enjoyable!  We have a reserved camping spot there - so it made it easy to be there in time for chores and enjoy the other activities going on at the fair.  Time got away from us so Anthony's only project this year was Buddy - which was probably enough for this year!  I do believe I was more of a nervous wreck than Anthony - all because of added pressure I put on myself.  Anyway, Buddy did really well - he got Reserve County Bred Steer!!  Not too bad for our first year of showing!  We sold Buddy at the auction that last Saturday of the fair.  We were beyond pleased with what he brought.  When the time came for us to say good bye after he sold, I do believe the three of us (Jon, Anthony and I) were all holding back the tears.  I know I had a big lump in my throat!

Anthony showing Buddy while talking to the judge!

Anthony with his trophy!

We also took part in the joke telling contest, bubble gum blowing contest and Mutton Bustin'!  It was a fun first year!  I'm not sure what Anthony will want to do next year - but I'm excited!

Death of a Blackheart!

A few months ago - I think it was actually Fourth of July weekend - Jon and I along with a couple of friends of ours headed to Sully for a murder mystery supper.  I have always wanted to go to one of these things and it proved to be a GREAT evening full of fun!  The food was fabulous, the murder mystery was hilarious and the fellowship with our friends was fantastic!! 

Michael and Kelly, Jon and I, Kelly and LeAnn

Jon posing with one of the actors!

Kelly doing his part to help figure out who murdered Captain Jack Blackheart!


Stay tuned as I am going to try to catch up with all that's been going on with us (and not necessarily in any particular order).  If my computer works correctly and if time allows I hope to get a few things up yet today.  Otherwise look for updates a little at a time the rest of this week!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

I have SO much to share and not enough time to do it.  Look for MANY updates AFTER the Iowa State Fair!!