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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

State Fair 2013 F-U-N!!!!!!

We spent a second weekend at the Great Iowa State Fair and had lots more fun!
Peighton and Preston LOVE these cutouts.
I think I have enough picture of them sticking their heads through them.

I REALLY wanted to milk a cow.
So we did!

Her name was "Mexico."
The kids both refused to help I did it by myself.
At least they petted her though!
Preston says he will do it next year.

Another round of Little hands on the farm!

The DNR area had some really fun activities.
One day they learned to paddle a canoe and another day there was a fishing game!

When Preston sees a train we HAVE to ride it!

Peighton was a little big...but she rode it anyway.

Isn't he cute!!!!

Future  Cowgirl Queen right there.

How many hands tall are you?
Peighton is about 12 and Preston 9 1/2.
We'll have to check again next year!

Grandma Sue might have earned "Grandma of the Year" award.
Peighton convinced her to go down the Giant Slide.
She was a bit nervous about the climb up.

And they're off!

Pretty sure Grandma would have liked to turn around right about here but there was no stopping!!!!

Peighton was kind enough to check on her poor Grandma at the bottom!
They both survived and Peighton loved that Grandma went with her!

We love the big animals.

Peighton and Preston both got to spray water in the big boar's mouth.

Preston LOVED it and is still talking about it!
What a fun experience at the fair!!!!

He was VERY serious about this job.

One more time at Little Hands on the Farm!

Always fun with cousins!

Preston is getting good at milking "Bessie."

We ran into the State Fair ribbons!

Fishing at the DNR area.

Preston was VERY into this!

Climbing on the tractors is a "Must-do" for Bubba.

EVERYONE needed a nap!

A little more cousin time in the cattle barn!

One of Preston's favorite things is digging in the (mostly) clean wood shavings with tractors!
Another great year at the State fair!
We can't wait until next year!!!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Enjoying the last few days of summer

The weather has been absolutely beautiful the past few weeks and we have been spending LOTS of time outside!
While I did some furniture refinishing in the garage,
 Peighton and Preston did a whole lot of painting in the driveway.
It started on the picnic table and eventually ended up on the actual driveway.
My driveway is very pretty right now.

What a great way to spend our last few days of summer!

Monday, August 12, 2013

"Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair!

The theme of the fair this year is "Nothing Compares."
We agree, there is absolutely NOTHING that compares to the Great Iowa State Fair!

Dustin and I have been to State Fairs in North Carolina, Indiana and Nebraska and they do not even come close to the one here in Iowa.
Dustin had a meeting at the fair this weekend so we rode along and spent a couple days there.
Peighton and Preston like the first weekend of the fair because "Those Heiller Girls" have pigs at the fair!

We spent a bit of time playing with Mary's pigs.

Preston likes a clean pig and needed to brush all the sawdust off her.

They REALLY liked spraying them with water.

Can you believe I used to babysit this girl!!!!!
It is so fun to see her with my own kids now.

On the top of Peighton's "to-do list" is the Giant Slide.

Preston HATED it last year.
He must have forgotten that though and was sure he wanted to do it with Peighton and Dustin.
I share his hatred for the slide and will not be going down it ever again.
Let's take a look at how it played out this year:

Looks to me like he is clinging to Dustin in this picture...

Peighton could hardly wait to get down it-she LOVES it.

Preston looks to be doing ok in this picture.
Peighton is obviously a pro.

And here is Preston's "OH SH**" moment.
He was screaming by the time they got to the bottom.
He claims he is going to do it again next weekend.
Pretty sure the results will be the same...

We caught a bit of The Nadas concert Friday evening.
Preston is so happy with just a pile of dirt and a stick.

We started Saturday morning with a trip to "Little Hands on the Farm," another of our faves.

We love the Pioneer visors they gave out this year!
Peighton wore hers the rest of the day.

Any sort of head cut-out is a must-do for us...

The statues this year are ribbons and they are so cute!
We loved the cow one!

I love seeing the fair through Peighton and Preston's eyes.
We stopped and watched the baby ducks for awhile.
They were adorable.

Yet another cut-out. ;-)

This one is our favorite ribbons!
Go Cyclones!
We can't wait for more fun adventures next week at the fair!