As I mentioned in my last post, Kris and I have both been working overtime and we've been lacking some serious quality family time. We finally had a chance to spend the day together this past Saturday and we figured a fall fair was about the best place to do it. Even though we live in a city, the county we live in is predominantly rural - which means we get to have our pick of fall fairs every weekend. We decided to hit up the closest one, since after we took our sweet time eating breakfast and getting ready, nap time wasn't far. Kale even fell asleep on the short drive there, but perked up once we arrived.
This was Kale's first fall fair - although we've been to other things with all the fair components (rides, farm animals, disgusting/amazing food, etc.). Seeing it all together was something else, since Kale nearly lost his mind with excitement. We got there around lunch time, so enjoyed some food and took in a bit of a dog show. Afterwards we walked through the barns and took in all the prized cattle and sheep. Much to the amusement of everyone within earshot, Kale announced that, "this barn smells HORRIBLE! All these chickens are pooping!" Next we tried every tractor in sight (which was a lot) and cheered our hearts out while eating cotton candy during a BMX show.
However, the absolute best part for Kale (and us too!) were the rides. This was the first time on a ride for Kale and I was a bit nervous. There is a small train and carousal at a park that we go to and while Kale insists on going on them every time, he normally gets bored half way through and tries to launch himself off. Luckily I'm always there to hold onto him and convince him that it's almost over. However, the fair rides for Kale's size were off limits to adults and I worried that he wouldn't sit still for the duration. Of course he showed me otherwise and happily sat in every ride until our pockets were empty and there were no more tickets. The look on his face was pure JOY and my heart was all exploding with pride because he is so independent, so brave, and so, so awesome.