I love this time of year. We all look forward to visiting the animals, feeling the excitement of 4H, going to the rodeo, sampling fair food, and riding the ridiculously expensive carnival rides. Cabela's paid for rodeo entrance on Monday night. A free night at the rodeo was an unexpected treat. We went early and enjoyed dinner, walked around, then went to sit in the bleachers. I think about 80% of our city was also at the Rodeo. Our kids lasted longer than most of the folks from our ward! We ended up in the front near the dirt and fences. Nothing feels more raw than a huge horse pounding the earth 5 feet away from your feet. We got washed with clods of dirt from the bucking broncos.
We went back Thursday to let the kids ride the carnival rides. The air of excitement was palpable. We headed to the swings first, then the slide, then, then, then. Evelyn learned how to pull herself into a standing position. She is quickly becoming mobile. The kids chose cotton candy for a treat. Yum. We took Justin on another tour of the animals. This time the home craft building was open. There are some talented kids and ladies in our town.