"Lo, Children Are An Heritage of the LORD: and the Fruit of the Womb is His Reward" - Psalm 127:3

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fair Results

 We went over to the fairgrounds Saturday to see how the judging had gone.  Both kids got purple ribbons on their rocks, but didn't win the $25 prize.

 There were some pretty cute rocks.  I didn't think to take an upright picture of Olaf.  They did a good job with him though.

 This was the winner for the 11-16 year old range.  She and her mother both won.  They both shellacked their rocks after painting them, which really helped.  I thought about doing that, but then didn't.  Lesson learned.  The leaf and lady bugs also had raised paint - blobs of red that stuck up for the bugs.  It was cute.

This was the 16 and over winner - done by the mother of the ladybug rock.

 They had a contest for recycled western art too.  Everything used to make the western art had to be recycled material.  The three year old loved this horse.

 It even had a tail made with old rope - very cute.

 The ten year old's Buckaroo Crunch won purple ribbons for both the 4H class and open class.

They won grand champion in the junior division of the open class.

 He didn't get the macadamia nut cookies done in time to enter in the open class, but they won a purple ribbon in the 4H division.

 I thought his artwork should have scored higher than it did.  We ended up entering it in the open class because he hadn't designated visual arts as a project for the year.  I don't think they were fully aware that this was the 8-9 year old class.  Next year we'll be sure to get them in the 4H division.  But he has evaluated things he could do better, so I guess there's value in that.  These are the first ribbons he has received that are lower than purple, so overall it's not a terrible thing.

 These next few things are not ours, but things that caught our eye.  I absolutely loved this cake.  I'd be willing to bet she'll win grand champion at state with this one.

 It's motivated me to learn to use fondant :)

 This cake was cute too.  I've seen this idea online.

 I'm obsessed with owls, so of course I thought this owl bag was pretty cute.

 The ten year old thought painting on a moose antler was an awesome idea.  I see one of these in my future eventually.

 The fair has several inflatable play structures which the kids thought they wanted to play on.

 The three year old would never stand up and climbed out pretty quickly.  The five year old couldn't convince himself to get inside one. The ten year old was off with one of his friends at the talent show (which by the way he's decided to participate in next year since everyone who enters gets $25, and the prizes for first through third are $250, $125 and $75.  That goes a long way toward getting over stage fright).  Anyway, I think if he had played with the younger ones, they might have gotten more into it.

 This one is like a big obstacle course.

The three year old got to the point where he had to squeeze between two tubes and decided it was too scary :)

 Daddy enjoyed the pitching tent.  It measured the speed of your pitch.

Lets just say no major league in our future, ha.

It was still fun to try though.

They didn't have results up for the coloring contest yet, so we'll have to check that later this week.  There are some fun activities later in the week that we might try to get to.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday Night Rodeo

 I love rodeos. And I love taking pictures at the rodeo.  It was one of my favorite things to cover back in the dark ages when I was a reporter/photographer, and I enjoy it as much today as I did then ... even if it makes me look like a tourist :)

 After the five year old's horse show Friday evening, we picked up a bite to eat at a local drive-in, then headed out to the rodeo.

 The ten year old always likes to participate in the calf scramble (where the kids try to catch a ribbon tied to the tail of a calf).

 It's a riot to watch too.  The ten year old has decided we need to go to the track as often as possible so he can work on running laps before football season starts ;)

 The five year old would never get out there and run with the kids, but he cackled all the way through it.

 I thought this was a pretty cool picture of the ten year old jumping back over the fence.

 Then we were back to serious rodeo action.

 This is my husband's cousin's son.

 He and his brother and cousin are all serious riders.  His brother is at the National High School Finals Rodeo this weekend.

 This guy took a re-ride and wow was it worth the show.

 The boys sure enjoyed watching (and boy do I need to get to doing haircuts soon!).

 The mutton busting event is always fun to watch.  Love this girl's expression.  She made the longest ride.

This little cowboy decided to ride backwards.  He actually made it pretty far, and looked like he wasn't getting flopped around as much as some of the others.

This little guy had a great run going until his sheep went end over end.  He was tough though.  He competed later in the pee-wee barrel racing, and won.

 This boy was on our ten year old's football team last year, and here he is riding a steer.  His dad is a cowboy too and was in the roping, so I guess it runs in the family.

 And this boy is one we taught in AWANA clubs a few years ago.  Always knew he would be a cowboy.  It's in his blood too.  And both of them have cowboy names - Buck and Colt.

 This was absolutely adorable.  Cowboy daddy helping his little girl in the pee-wee barrel racing event.  One of the cutest things I've ever seen at a rodeo.  You should have heard the crowd cheer for her.

 Here's my husband's cousin's son again - this time bull riding.

 He went for a pretty wild ride.

 We were really glad to have Daddy with us tonight.  He was able to go to the five year old's horse show too.

The boys were sure glad too :)