Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Utah State Fair

We decided to brave the elements (not weather related) and visit the Utah State Fair. It was actually quite fun, and the weather was perfect for fair fare.

I couldn't help but smile when I remembered my mom's foray into the fair with a simple cross-stitch. As we entered the building were the home-arts were on display, she began to laugh almost hysterically as we approached and noticed all these elaborate cross-stitch creations - and then noticed her little 8-inch square cross-stitch. She said she felt somewhat embarrassed because hers was so simple. But you know what? Grandma still has that cross-stitch hanging on her wall and LOVES it. That's all that matters - and my mom always knew that - even if it was the simplest design, she put forth the effort and was rewarded with a ribbon! That's the laughable part to me.

Anyway, after that little walk down memory lane...

Upon entering the fair, Jacob immediately noticed the BIG slide. "I want to go on that one!" was the cry of the day. Here's Jake and me on the big slide. He loves a good thrill.

After the slide adventures we hit the food section. With so many things to choose from - this is the hardest part of the fair to me - I could eat one of everything! We finally decided on the Pie Pizza and a BBQ brisket sandwich. For dessert we has onion rings and funnel cake. Aunt Kellie tried her hand at a deep-fried PB&J sandwich with twisted potatoes for her dessert. It sounds real healthy, doesn't it?

I think the coolest thing was the State of Utah Department of Wildlife Resources had a catch and release pond. They put on a little class about fishing, and then let the kids go at it. Check out Jake's catch!

Along with the all the other stuff to do and see, we couldn't pass up the requisite photo-op booth. Here's the two most handsome boys in Utah.

As we were leaving there was a free concert with the Veggie Tales. Jake was entranced by this, and so was the lady (grown woman I might add) who was singing and dancing literally in the aisles. She was more fun to watch than the show for Jenny and me. Jake took her lead and danced his heart out.

I didn't get a good shot of the dancing, because the sun peeked out of the clouds right at that moment, and the photo just turned out to be a blur. If you want details, just give us a call.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Can you believe little Jake is now is preschool? He loved his first day - as you can see in the photos he has a grin from ear to ear. He wanted to wear his new school clothes and have "pokey" hair. He is going to be quite the ladies man.

Here's Jake walking to class. He wasn't nervous at all.

Jake sitting in class in his blue chair. He loves school!

After class Miss Cindi (his teacher) walked all the kids out in single file, and when Jake saw us standing there waiting for him, he came running and exclaimed, "Mommy"! Clearly the most animated in the class (we're not proud or anything).

Here's his first assignment from school. It's a little cutout of Jacob - can you see the "pokey" hair?

Enjoy these shots of the little man. We sure love him lots.