Monday, August 11, 2014

The Fair

2014-08-01 at 12-59-51After attending the rodeo we found out that the next day was kids' day! 
2014-08-01 at 12-56-44We couldn't stay away from all of the fun, so we headed back to the fair the very next day. The children got a tour of a fire engine and each received a hat and coloring book.
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David was my only daring child that wanted to climb the rock wall. It was pretty easy peasy for him. I almost asked if I could climb the wall too, but I didn't want to embarrass my children.  2014-08-01 at 13-46-07
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This inflatable was hoot. The children try and stick these velcro thingys as far down the line as they possbily can. Meanwhile they are attached to a bungy that yanks them back. 
2014-08-01 at 14-07-00Obviously when you attend a county fair you've got to see animals. 
2014-08-01 at 14-07-50This cute little calf tried to eat our foster child's shorts. It was pretty funny.
2014-08-01 at 14-02-41For some reason my children wanted to bring the goat home with them. Um, no!
2014-08-01 at 14-22-34All of the children participated in a bean bag toss and won some cute little prizes.
2014-08-01 at 14-20-53I think every child got at least one bean bag in a hole, even the youngest. It was great fun to play at the fair and the now the little ones want to go back everyday. Why can't we do this everyday?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Rodeo

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So, what does one do when your husband is out of town for the week and you have 9 antsy children in the house? Well, you take them to the rodeo, of course. 
_MG_6562.jpgThe skies opened up in the beginning of the week and rain just kept coming down. I felt like I was back home, in Seattle, although it wasn't a drizzly rain, but a real umbrella-like rain, so that made things a little more depressing. Roads were getting flooded and there was no sign that the rain was going to end. Perhaps you saw it on the news; my husband did. Anyway, by Thursday things were looking up and the sun was shining. IMG_9679We headed to the Adams County Fair to watch the rodeo. David borught the perfect sweatshirt with him. It says, "There will be mud," and guess what? There was a ton of mud with no way to get rid of it. 
_MG_6570.jpgThe beginning of the rodeo was all about our future cowboys. They call this Mutton Bustin'. These kids are so cute!
_MG_6575.jpgThe goal is stay on for 6 seconds. It was rare to see that happen, but the kids sure had fun. They loved falling into the mud. It was like an extra cushion to soften their fall.
_MG_6580.jpgWhen you attend the rodeo there is always a little entertainment. With our seats being prety close the kids were able to see this guy's face and his face paint. They decided that he was more of a scary clown than a funny entertainer. 
IMG_9688The fair queens walked around giving all the children cowboy hats. You should see my house. I have hats everywhere now! 
_MG_6597.jpgAfter a little mutton bustin' we got watch a little Bronc riding. I'm not sure the horses enjoyed the mud.
_MG_6601.jpgIt was little slick out there for everyone.
_MG_6606.jpgI'm not sure that the cowboys enjoyed the mud either. 
_MG_6637.jpgTeam roping was up next.
_MG_6638.jpgWhat tricky event. I can't even get a lasso going on my own, so I can't imagine doing it with a partner.
IMG_9693With the smell of fair food everywhere we had to get a few funnel cakes and lemonades. Thankfully, we were given food and drink vouchers and used just about all $50 of it on just this. Insane, right?
_MG_6645.jpgBarrel racing is always fun to watch, but on this night a few horses were spooked by the mud. 
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The bulls were a little feisty that evening too. 
_MG_6666.jpgThis particular bull found it entertaining to knock the barrel over along with the rodeo clown inside. I found it quite amusing too.
_MG_6678.jpgThen he had to show off a little after it was all said and done.
_MG_6661.jpgThere were just a couple cowboys that actually had qualifying rides that evening, but it sure was fun to cheer them on! Small town rodeos are so fun. If you live near one be sure to check it out. There's nothing more entertaining or fun!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Colorado Rockies

IMG_4512Our local Thrivent rep puts together a group rate for the Rockies game every year. We try and get as many people from church to go with us. 
IMG_4525It's so much fun to attend a game with a bunch of people you know. It must be a camaraderie thing.  IMG_4522The day we went to the game it just happened to be a day that they gave away Troy Tulolwitzki jerseys. It's a one size fits all kind of a deal. Oh, and they spelled their all-star player's name wrong, so we get replacement jerseys in September along with a free ticket to another game. Score!
IMG_4553We sat way up high, but the view was pretty sweet!
IMG_4528Hanging with friends makes everything so much more fun!
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IMG_4531My Lutheran Stud and I are heading to San Diego to watch the Rockies play soon. We can't wait!
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IMG_4572The Rockies scored plenty of runs which made the crowd happy.
IMG_4574It was a beautiful evening for baseball even with a little rain falling.
IMG_4581The Rockies came out ahead and stayed ahead for the win. Woot, woot!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We Had a Blast!

IMG_0695We spent the 4th of July with some dear friends and were spoiled by some wonderful food and entertainment for all of our children.
IMG_0720They bought the children water guns.
IMG_0705The guns were perfect for the hot weather.
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IMG_0737The little ones loved the sparklers and pop-its. . . once they stopped freaking out.
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IMG_0797.jpgAs the sun went down, we walked over to a nearby park to watch the fireworks show. After lugging my camera gear to the show I was disappointed to see that I had forgotten my memory card. :( Luckily, I still had my point-and-shoot with me. I think the photos turned out okay.
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IMG_0805After the show we came back and made s'mores in the fire pit. Our foster children got to experience fireworks and s'mores for the very first time. We sure had a blast!