Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
It was Andrew's first time on the skyride. He loved it. It is relaxing and you get a great view of the fair and all the people attending.
It wouldn't be a Fair without contests. I think this is mom's fourth or fifth year entering things in the fair.
This year, she won two first place ribbons. One for her jelly roll and one for her sweet bread coffee cake (which actually won the sweepstakes award as well-which means she won the best of the first place awards in the sweet bread category). Nice job Mom!
We checked out the animals at the Fair too. My favorite was the horse barn. I loved being able to walk right up to the horses. They are quite amazing.
We also went to the Birthing Center. That is where, if your lucky, you get to witness live births of different animals. No one was being born while we were there, but Ry watched the video of a pig giving birth. He says it was freaky. We also got to see new piglets, bunnies, lambs, turkeys and duckies. As we were walking around today, we stopped and watched a magic show-which was very educational about farms and how many things are made with products from farms. The new thing we tried this year was the water raft ride. Erik and Andrew got soaked by the first big wave, but by the end we were all pretty wet. I'd recommend it-it's a fun ride, and not too expensive.
We had a great time at the fair. But, now my feet are so happy to be home and not walking around!
Monday, August 23, 2010
We are now playing the waiting/hoping-it-doesn't-happen-again game.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Human to animal ratio in our home this weekend 5:5.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
After rally day at school we met up with our visiting cousins at MOA. Andrew is now tall enough to ride the rides alone. So, we hit almost all the rides. Today I am going to highlight two of them. Andrew went on the Pepsi roller coaster for the first time today. It is now his second favorite ride (Danny Phantom is still #1). It is a fun ride because it wraps around the entire park. We get a great tour of all the rides. Plus it has some hills and turns that are fun to go ride.We also rode the new Brain Surge ride. The boys (minus Andrew) loved it. Em and me not so much. You are buckled in and then your chair rotates while the whole thing spins in a circle. The kicker is that you get to control how much your chair rotates. Ry was in charge of the spin. I ended up riding upside down for most of the ride. That equals headache.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
There are fish in the lake. There are many fish in the lake. They think it is funny to sneak up on a swimmer, nibble and watch the funny human jump out of the way. Sometimes the fish will even get a scream. These fish also enjoy bits of bread for a treat. These fish are fun to catch with a net. "We" have mostly caught Sunnies with our net.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
7 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/ 2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium-low heat; you want it to slowly get nice and hot.
Stir the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together in the bottom of a medium bowl. Dump the sour cream in on top and stir it together very gently; it’s okay to leave the texture a bit uneven. Whisk the eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl and stir them into the sour cream mixture, once again, being careful not to overmix.
Melt about a tablespoon of butter in your skillet or griddle and pour the batter in, a scant 1/4 cup at a time. Cook for about 2 minutes on the first side, or until bubbles appear all over the surface, flipping them carefully and cooking for about a minute on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.
Serve in a stack, topped with a pat of butter and a cascade of maple syrup.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Our other favorite things to do in this lake are snorkling and floating around (by the way Nico and Leo are here for a few weeks from Switzerland, they are in the video).
Now, I think we should try out the overnight option...because it is hard to get these guys to come in each evening. Maybe they should just stay....
The kids actually have spent quite a bit of time at the cabin this summer and FYI the hammock is the BEST place to read a good book. This trip we went prepared to enjoy.
Before we left, we stopped by Half-Priced bookstore and browsed the clearance section. Emily picked the first few books in the Series of Unfortunate Events series (we haven't read these and we have not seen the movie either) and Ryan choose four simple Goosebumps (he was in the mood for something easy and scary). Andrew picked out Diary of a Worm and The Best Father's Day Gift.
We also were able to buy the second Harry Potter book on tape to listen to in the car. That reader is so much fun to listen to! It made the drive go so fast.
Andrew and I also had kayak races...I will let you guess who won every time (hint..it was the same person who won Uno, Checkers, Memory and a crazy version of Upwards).