Sunday, August 19, 2012

From the mouths of babes.

Earlier this week I strained my back. It was stiff and painful for the majority of the week. Tasks that required bending over were particularly painful. So, the other day when my jeans were rolled up funny at the bottom and needed adjusted, I asked Vivian to come and help me.

As she was helping me, I asked her if she was going to take care of me like this when I was old. I told her when I was old like Aunt Hazel (my great aunt who is 95) she would have to tie my shoes and help me with all kinds of things. Vivian, my baby, who cherishes being helpful and being with her mommy still, was completely agreeable to my teasing suggestions.

Nolan, who had been standing off to the side watching and listening, had this to say, "But Mom you are already...." and he caught himself as he realized what kind of trouble he was about to step into.

Nolan, it is always Nolan. What a stinker!

Monday, August 13, 2012

WV State Fair

This past weekend we had our first trip to the WV State Fair. We spent the majority of our time in the llama barn, but we had a lot of fun with the llama show and the rest of the fair!

We started off bright and early Friday morning with the performance classes. Showmanship was first. Vivian showed in the sub junior class. Lydia and Nolan in the juniors, and Kellen in the intermediate.

Next were the fun classes. This really was a fun show. The pack, PR, and obstacle classes were all movie themed. The theme for the pack classes was "Robin Hood." Part of the course was "stealing" juice boxes and putting them in your pack. Lydia asked the all important question, "Do we get to keep them?" They did. Here Nolan is running out of the forest to hide in the cave from the Sheriff.

The Public Relations course was "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" themed. Here Kellen is taking some "Turkish delight" at the end of the course.

The theme for the Obstacle Course was "Pirates of the Caribbean." I wish I would have gotten better pictures of this. There was a mist hose they had to walk through and after their sword fight and walking the plank they had to walk through water. Many of the llamas wanted nothing to do with that, including Lydia's Bella and Nolan's S8ter. They got wet feet for nothing. Kellen had no problem with L'Oreal and the water though.

The highlight of fun at the llama show was the costume contest! Crazy funny llamas and handlers!

Friday was a very long but fun day. Saturday was a shorter day with fewer and quicker moving classes. After we finished, the kids rode rides for a few hours. We went back to the hotel for dinner and swimming with the intentions of going back to the fair for fireworks. We were all sound asleep by 9:30. Sunday we walked around the fair for a few hours in the morning before gathering our things and heading home.