The County Fair

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Over the weekend we were at the county fair. I have been particularly looking forward to it this year for many reasons:

~ Cayman's reactions and observations are so much more developed than a year ago. We wanted to show her the animals, the lights, the food, and take her on some rides...and watch for those exuberant expressions that let us know what she's thinking.

~Both Mike's family and my family were at the fair on the same afternoon. I absolutely love living near our families. When Mike and I finally made it back to our little beloved northwest Ohio about 3 years ago, I felt settled simply because this is where our families are.

~I have surpassed the pregnancy nausea {for the most part} and am feeling great! Even the fatigue has leveled out some. Walking around the fair, all the noise, dust, smells...I knew it wouldn't send me to the nearest bathroom or trash can. I was excited to get out and enjoy all of it. Especially the food!!

~Cayman has a borrowed fish tank at our home and it has been sitting empty. We were waiting for the fair when Cayman could throw oodles of ping pong balls at the tiny fish bowls to win one for herself. Throwing balls is Cayman's favorite thing to do {well, technically throwing anything is her favorite, just ask Grandma Sue how she got her puffy lip last week}.

Cayman continues to be frightened around any animal. She stares at them with great curiosity but prefers to keep them at a far distance. She jumped every time the pigs grunted loudly. We also saw goats, sheep, cows, rabbits, llamas, ponies, and chicks. In the pig barn Mike exclaimed, "Mmm, that looks like a good piece of bacon." So over in the llama's circle I exclaimed, "Mmm, that looks like a good skein of yarn." He got my joke and we laughed.

Cayman's Aunts holding the two newest members of her family, one from each side.
{On the left}: Aunt Stacey with baby Makenna.
{On the right}: Aunt Cara with baby Ty.

Baby Ty

CeCe, Sidney, and Madison standing in line for the next ride.

Grandma Sue and Sidney on the Scrambler.

Cayman adored her balloon she was given.

Grandma Sue climbing aboard the Clowns with Cayman.
Just look at Cayman's face. When did she begin to look so grown up?

The Crazy Bus was Cayman's favorite and by far also the most "wild" ride she went on. But she laughed and laughed while those little knuckles turned white from holding onto the bar in front of her so tightly. And when the bus came to a halt, she immediately signed "more".

Winning a fish...
It didn't go in.

Throwing more balls.
None of them went in.
But one of Grandpa's did plus another little girl, who had won several fish, brought one over to Cayman. So we came home with two fish.
Maybe my next poll I put up will be "How long will these fish live?".

Riding the Merry-go-Round.

There's that big girl look again.

And again.

She's been our baby for so long it feels and then suddenly, in spite of the many emergencies we had this summer, big girl looks and reactions have been emerging every where from her. It feels beautiful.

14 Showin' Comment Love:

The Soldatke family said...

Looks like you guys had an absolutely fantastic time! And Cayman has her first pet{s}! Yay!! I bet she will love them!

So glad you are feeling better Kristen; it's always so wonderful to get to the point where you feel like you can eat and live without a plastic bag nearby!

Sara said...

Glad you guys had fun! Wish I could of been there. We went yesterday! :)

The James Family said...

Oh wow what a fun time!! I can't wait till next year!! Cayman sure does look like a big girl in these pictures!! Love them all and glad you're feeling better Kris!!

Carla said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics! She has grown so much, its amazing to see her grow from baby girl to big girl:)
Can I ask what kind of stroller you have?

Lisa said...

So fun! I love the fair too.

And I noticed your cute pregnant belly in the photo of you and Mike with Cayman on the merry-go-round :)

So glad you are past the nausea. Woohoo!

Anonymous said...

I agree - she is looking so much more mature than a baby. Hope you don't think it takes away from her prettiness to say that I see her resemblance to her father in the photo - anymore than it takes away from his manliness!

How fun! I think midway rides are a wonderful way for children to experience movement.


Anonymous said...

You think Cayman looks grown up now, wait until you bring the baby home and compare the two. She will look huge!

Looks like it was a fun day. So glad you're over your nausea.


Tyler said...

I agree, she does look so grown up. I love all the pictures. It looks like everyone had a BLAST!!!


Amber said...

How fun!! I did not realize that she signs! Not sure if I shared before, but the site: is great for looking up new signs. It has a real person who signs repeatedly until you get it, not just a picture with a description. There is also a religious dictionary.

Thanks for sharing your venture to the fair, glad Cayman is doing so great! God is good.

Joyce said...

What fun!!! I think by the looks of things Grandma Sue had the best time.

Sarah M said...

Great photos and great news about you feeling better and Cayman doing well and having fun at the fair. We miss you guys!

Kacey Bode said...

Awwww! She does look like such a big girl all of a sudden. How does that even happen??? Cute cute cute! Looks like she had a blast!

Tiffany said...

She looks SO grown up!!! It sure flies by. :)

aunt sam said...

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Dad is proly glad that you guys too the fish home...and didn't leave it with him. haha. Maybe next year i'll be able to make it to the fair with you guys!! :)