Thursday, October 12, 2017

State Fair 2017

Another fall season & another family outing off the bucket list. We have taken the girls to the State Fair of Texas every year since they were born & every year gets more fun. We surprised the girls & picked them up from school on Tuesday & drove straight down there. By the time we parked & walked inside, it was around 4:00 but we lucked out because the weather was perfect - mid 70's. Actually cool enough for a jacket when the sun went down! Our first stop was the Fletcher Corn Dog stand:

It is tradition to get one of these first before we try anything else. We all got one except for Sophie - all she wanted was pizza! The girls were mesmerized people watching, game watching & ride watching but our first stop was at the Little Hands on the Farm Exhibit. We have done this every year so Sadie kind of remembered what to do when we got there:

I didn't take many pictures because we got a little distracted. Notice how Sadie has this confused look on her face? She was walking around really slowly eating her corndog & she finally said, my tooth hurts. Sure enough, it was bleeding & barely holding on to it's last root. I told Bryan that it would definitely fall out sometime tonight so I thought we should be proactive & try to wiggle or pull it out. She was nervous at first & then right after this picture, she just pulled it out. By herself! She was so brave! Of course it slipped out, she was bleeding & we lost it :( It literally fell on the ground somewhere amongst the leaves, acorns & trash blowing around on the farm. Bryan searched for at least 20 minutes & we couldn't find it, but Sadie didn't care. She was just so excited to have lost it:

You can't really see from this picture, but it was her 2nd tooth on the bottom. 

Next up, we went to the children's barnyard. Sophie did not want to feed the animals so she just walked around but Sadie tried to feed & touch as many as she could:

We were lucky to see several babies, including these little piglets:

and this little baby calf who was just born about 20 minutes before we got there:

You can't tell from the picture, but I'm pretty sure we could still see the umbilical cord & the placenta. The mom was really protective of her calf & the baby was excited to eat. It was so cute!

Next stop, the auto show. I have been telling Bryan for the past month or so that I think it's time I get a bigger car so this is us begging him as we looked at the big SUV's:

Sadie liked the jeep for herself:

My personal favorite of the night? The food!!! Bryan got tater twisters (another favorite of his) & we finally found Sophie pizza:

We always try the big winners & this year it was:

I know it sounds absolutely disgusting, but Bryan was so excited to try it & honestly, I was pleasantly surprised! Something about the mix of salty & sweet:

He also surprised the girls with Fried Fruit Loops:

It was ok, but they didn't really eat it. They basically picked the cereal off the top. 

Another family tradition is our annual picture with Big Tex:

Finally we made our way to the midway. The girls had been patiently waiting to ride rides all night!

Sadie rode a couple of the smaller ones with Sophie & then she rode some of the bigger ones by herself:

Can anyone spot Sadie? She is on the pink slide towards the top making her way down :)

Usually I get fried chocolate chip cookie dough, but this year I decided to try something new: fried reese's peanut butter cup with ice cream:

Definitely worth it! It was the perfect way to end the night before we headed home. It was probably the most fun I have had since we have been going. Obviously the girls are older so it's more enjoyable, but it was also pretty special since Sadie lost her tooth :) Until next year, guess I will have to eat regular burgers & candy bars!

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