Another year of the Great Minnesota Get Together has come and gone. The neighborhood seems strangely quiet - no more cars parked on lawns, the kids are back at school, and there won't be rounds of fireworks at 10:00 tonight (although the dog is still finding the occasional sidewalk leftover).
I made two trips to the Fair this year - one as a girls' morning out with Addy, and another with all the kids (plus one) and Mr. Darcy. Our little family is reaching the age where the Fair is really fun - Addy can get out and run around at the exhibits, pet the animals, and ride some of the rides, while the boys are making their own choices about what they want to do and eat.
...and a giant sandbox was all Addy needed to keep her happy.
Some apple pie and ice cream for breakfast didn't hurt, either. (I love that the bench sign says "A place to sit.")
Addy was in awe every time she walked up to one of these inflatables stands.
Our next visit (with the boys) was a bit wilder. It was record-breaking hot and humid for most of the Fair, and I think everyone who hadn't gone the week before came on Sunday night, when the heat finally broke. It was madness. And, I had these three to manage:
Two of them managed to get lost about an hour after we arrived (it all ended well).
Addy had never been to the Fair at night - she was fascinated by all the lights and people.
We visited the Oink Booth - which we missed on our first trip - and got to pet a piglet, which delighted both of us (I may never eat bacon again).
The carousel is her favorite, so of course another ride was in order.
And, a purple sparkly car was calling her name.
Mr. Darcy took her home before she turned into a pumpkin, and left me hanging out with the boys. This meant the Giant Slide, Midway rides, eating, and selfies with prize cows.
Good bye, Fair! See you next year!