We aren’t the kind of people who typically go to fairs, I mean after watching the old movie “State Fair” growing up I figured people might be singing “it’s a grand night for singing the stars are bright above.” Not one person, yep not one. I mean that’s kinda disappointing after you watch that show :). But that aside we thought it still would be pretty fun to take little Mr. to see all the animals and have a little treat! We saw fowls of all kinds; these amazing pheasants were full of color, and since I love to wear color these were the birds for me. Then we checked out the bunnies, a sweet little gal even opened up her cage and let little Mr. pet her hare. He had the longest ears I’d ever seen. (sorry no photos I just wanted to make sure that little Mr didn’t love the bunny too much.) Then we went and saw cows, and sheep, sweet little piggies only 7 days old, so sweet. I can now do a very realistic sheep baaaa, My Mr. was really impressed by my impression. Ahh that’s love, if you can still love your wife after about 5+ minutes of her baaing like a sheep and complimenting her on it, you know this is the real deal ladies and gents. Anyway I’m sure the skill will come in handy one day.
Oh on to these goats I just fell for. I call them bunny goats (Nubian Goats) because they have long bunny like ears, one even let me pet him, he kept eyeing me over the rail and I just had to give him a love. I’m a sucker for animals, yes this video sent me into fits of desire to hug a cow, My Mr. says, having grown up with cows, that they are not real huggers. But this gosh it looks so lovely! Speaking of cows we then we went over and had our first ever purple cow. And what luck the bell chimed and the lovely gentlemen with the cow, comfortably on his head announced that our purple cow (grape soda and huckleberry ice cream) was on the house! What luck! We had to take a photo with him. Little Mr. indulged in an ice cream cone, face first! He loved it and I loved cleaning him up after :(. We popped into a few more places, there was soooo much to do and see we couldn’t get to it all before we had to head home. Something to look forward too for next year! Hmmmm, maybe we are fair people! So I leave you with another lyric from one of my favorite “state fair” songs. I love old movies;
“I’m as restless as a willow in a windstorm. I’m as jumpy as a puppet on a string. I’d say that I have spring fever, but I know it isn’t spring. I’m starry eyed and vaguely discontented like a nightingale without a song to sing. Oh why should I have spring fever, when it isn’t even spring.”
Watch it for a fun, old fashioned time.
Now many a folk has asked us if we had been to the legendary, and majestic Mt. Rainer, just an easy 2 hours south. To this we would in shame reply “no, not yet.” Well with the summer drawing quickly to an end we made plans with the Cline Crew to visit this craggy site. We loved the back roads trip south from our home town. It was like we were creeping up on the mountain from behind (though I’m not sure if this place has a front or a back per say, any Rainer regulars that can correct me on this?). But we made our way winding through the small towns that border this incredible site. We caught a quick distance glimpse through a farmer’s field and the excitement intensified. It disappeared behind it’s forerunner hill sides, staying out of sight. We shot through its forest fully engulfed in the tree luge created by the surrounding forests. Then as we climbed the mountain side there it was, shooting out from between the trees. I was in awe and stopped to take a rare selfie, yep just me, I’m the shooter not the subject. A quick stop turned into a fun meeting of another adoptive family whose children were grown. It’s such a blessing to commiserate with these people, and I really appreciated their insights and recommendations and support, what am amazing community we are a part of. Then in was off to meet with the rest of the crew and set up a little camp. Our first stop was ‘Groove of the Ancients.” This gave us an up close view of some of the oldest and largest trees in the area. It was amazing to see the roots and trunks of these massive trees. The littles sat inside the roots of a fallen giant, and there was even plenty of room for us adults to join them. We moved along the board walk path, to show the sheer height and size of these behemoths, the littles struck a pose at the base, giving some perspective on the enormity A trip across a fun bridge only added to the adventure, with the promise of a quick dip in the creek below, which turned into a full scale swim for little Mr. We traipse around the trees taking in the sheer size of these literal giants. Then back to camp for relaxed fun and some tradition fire cooked hot dogs , and you know SMORES were a must. Bedtime eventually came, only after a few hours of adult chat time, which is always apart of our get togethers.
Next we headed up the mountain to Paradise Inn, taking our time and enjoying the many pull offs to different sights of the scenic views. The second day the mountain was engulfed in cloud cover, hiding its summit but still revealing the skirted crags making the base, it was a beautiful perspective, shrouded in mystery. The visitor center at Paradise was fun, and we had to say our goodbyes and head back down, taking a few of the fun tunnels that little Mr. loves so much. I kept thinking of this talk as we looked to the light at each tunnel’s end. We stopped in the little town of Greenwater for a couple ice cream cones just to enjoy on the rest of the trip home, MMmmmmm, so yummy! It was a quick trip and most certainly not our last, that place has so many amazing locations to explore, the boys are already making “MANCATION” plans. I’m sure we will be returning there for years to come!
It’s the season ladies and gents! I look forward to this every year. We kick it off with strawberries in June. This was little Mr.s first time, and as an avid lover of all things strawberry, and yes he did break into the fridge after some and the outcome was not pretty. This was going to be exciting! He watched us, the wheels turning, as we picked
and put them in the bucket. He was so helpful couriering the berries from us to the bucket. Then came a moment of realization and well hold up in the berry acquisition. As Dad popped a berry into his mouth. Colin saw this and it came to him, “there are the same berries from the fridge!.” Now we had to not only fill our buckets but also fill his tummy. But soon enough he was berry’d out and back to helping, in his own way. Yep he became my little 30lb weight for my picking squats. Not bad a workout, beautiful location and yummy rewards! 15lbs later we were ready to head home.
The next time we headed into the fields was more recently during Raspberry season! This time Colin was prepared having visiting Grandma Cox and her small berry patch. He went to picking though none ever seemed to make it into the basket. I have to admit this are more tempting to me and I had a hard time filling my bucket, I made a deal with myself 5 in 1 for me. Mmmmm, they are so good! 20lbs later we were done and so was little Mr. He’s such a good sport and a sucker always helps! Home we went and bottled some jam for the pantry and froze a little too. A few days later I got a little hankering so back out to the field we went, my boys are so good to me. This time we kept it to 4lbs for our snacking pleasure. Ohhhh I love this season. Now on to blueberries! We planted 6 plants this year and already have a few handfuls yield. The obviously won’t be enough, so I’ll be updating you with when we get that picking done!
My Mr. is constantly surprising me. For a fun date night he look me to see the latest traveling Cirque du Soleil show, KURIOS! After the fun time we had last time, it was fun to head back! It was like steampunk meets the circus. We walked into the tent and asked the usher where our seats were, she walked us straight to the front row! Even My Mr was surprised, he said I knew I got us good seats but not this good. We settled down and within a few minutes the show was in full swing, the crackling of antique light bulbs lit the stage. It always takes us a minute to get fully enveloped in the show, you know you have to suspend your reality and get into it. The show was quirky and imaginative. The stunts and acrobatics blew out minds, I mean who hurls themselves through the air like that?! It was a fun night, and another fantastic memory!