Wednesday, September 13, 2017

West Texas Fair and Rodeo 2017

So we caught the fair again this year. I figured we would want to come back at night for the carnival bit, so we took advantage of their policy which was free entrance till 2 p.m., and went early !
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This year, there was this huge old timey Western facade thingy, which screamed PHOTO OP!
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First thing we did was go by the Petting Zoo and get stared at by animals.
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The little boy loved getting close and personal with the animals,
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and enjoyed getting to know a little more about them.
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There were a couple of "Stick your head in and take a photo" thingies, but it was really sunny and bright, and so I was squinting in just about every outdoor pic.
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We escaped into the air conditioned exhibition rooms, and looked at all the items that people had submitted to the various categories.
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It was interesting to see all the submissions, and some of them were really crazy good.
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As usual, there were the humongous fruits and vegetables
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and here's the little boy for some perspective.
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As in years past, Judith had entered a bunch of her dolls and quilts into various categories, and as expected, they won a bunch of prizes/ribbons.
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It is never a good idea to be near the baked goods entries during lunch time,
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because inevitably, you'll want the ultimate Fair Food, FUNNEL CAKE.  Yes, we indulged a bit.
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Then it was time to peek into the Agricultural exhibits.
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The combine simulator is always a crowd favorite,
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and brought out much goofiness.
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Apparently, groups of school children had been there earlier, and there had been several demonstrations and whatnot.
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We were quite lucky that a lady saw us milling around and came by to do a demonstration of what a mini cotton gin does. Hurray!
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Then, it was off to the stables where they kept the "show" animals.
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We were surprised to see some Llamas, which we didn't remember seeing in years past, where we probably just missed them or something.
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The little boy felt brave enough to pet them.
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and I got some LOOKS, probably for being a little too trigger happy with my camera.
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Of course, there was deep fried everything, which we decided not to try.
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As we were walking to the car after a long day, there was an announcement over the loudspeakers that the Wild West Show was to be starting in a couple of minutes.  We decided we needed to see THAT. :)
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Turns out, it was quite entertaining, and the little boy thought that the jokes and antics were hilarious.
The gunshots were a mite loud, though. 
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We even got to take pictures with the cowboys afterwards!
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That night, we went back to encounter the lights of the Midway. Being El- Cheapos, I had made sure we were there on $2 rides' day.
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There was a really cool band playing some Hispanic tunes, but we had to concentrate on the mission at hand since we arrived a little late.
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The little boy DID take a few minutes to run around with the other kids chasing bubbles made by this huge bubble making machine, tho.
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Then it was off to tickets and down to business :)
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I haven't had great experiences with the "Win a Prize" stands, so we kinda steered clear of those this time.
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We weren't about to get all crazy about the wild rides either.
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The little boy decided that THIS was a little more his speed, and who can blame him, with all the crazy screams and shouts we heard all around us.
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We DID go on this mini gondola thingy though, with the little boy's eyes closed for most of the ride, and me getting green towards the end.
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He enjoyed being at the helm of the Bumper Car ride that I took with him, though :)
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And, as part of tradition, we got on the whirly bears, and I did my best not to get sick :)
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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Texas Sunset

#nofiltersneeded
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Friday, September 01, 2017

A Month Ago,

( side note: I haven't been too good about keeping up over here seeing how I mainly post over at the little boy's blog these days, and even though the title says a month ago, I'm going to "predate" this back to the beginning of September )

the little boy and I were walking down to the mailbox to get the mail.  As we approached the road, the little boy suddenly exclaimed, "Mommy, what's THAT?!?!?"

I looked up and saw THIS.

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It was close enough to us that I immediately alerted the hubs and we set off in the car to see what it was all about.

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Turns out there was a fire out near a "motorcycle graveyard" across the highway from us, and less than a mile away "as the crow flies".

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Fire trucks from several different stations came out in a bit and got everything under control, preventing it from spreading across the highway or anything else, which we were super grateful for.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

We are far enough inland that we will not be caught in the path of Harvey's wrath, even though we will be getting some rain in the next few days.
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Here's keeping all those affected in our thoughts and prayers.
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