August 26, 2009

The state fair quiz

Last Friday, Allison and I went to the Iowa state fair. We took lots of pictures and had a great time. Allison is in love with the fair. I am comfortable just being friends with the fair.

As we walked around, I made mental notes of things that may help you understand how much of a state fair enthusiast you are:

  • In anticipation of the fair, everything you eat has to be on a stick. +2
  • When you hear about the economic slide, it reminds you of the big slide at the fair. +1
  • The ticket taker knows you by name. +2
  • You actually look forward to a corn dog. +1
  • You keep a secret tally of mullet sightings. +1
  • You grow a mullet just in anticipation of the fair. +5
  • You snuck in a McDonald's sandwich. -3
  • As you walk into the main gate, you immediately begin speaking in what can best be described as tongues. +3
  • You believe 5 minutes or less is sufficient time in the 4-H building. -3
  • You can point people to the Pioneer Building. +1
  • You know what show is next up at the Pioneer Building. +3
  • You fell for the "spider-on-a-string" gag in the cattle barn. -1
  • You received a ribbon in the turkey calling contest. +5
  • You asked about a veggie burger at the pork producers tent. -4
  • You walked through every isle at the Varied Industries building. +1
  • You bought something at the VI building. +2
  • You picked the winner of the goat show. +3
  • You saw the butter cow. +0
  • You didn't eat anything on a stick. -1
  • You braved the heat to catch a glimpse of the fair queen contest. +1
  • You know when AE begins serving free ice cream. +2
  • You couldn't find the grandstand. -2
  • You never had your hand stamped all 10 days....because you never left. +5
25-38 - You're a fair fanatic.
15-25 - You're a satisfied fair-goer
5-15 - You may think you like the fair, but you have a ways to go.
0-5 - Did you even go to the fair?
0 or less - Next year, go to the Missouri state fair

Iowa State Fair 2009

August 24, 2009

A Gift From God

Last Thursday as we were driving to Carlisle we saw this amazing gift in the sky.

Just another reminder of how great our God is.

August 15, 2009


Makenna took her first steps about a month ago. Now she gets around pretty well at this new mode of transportation.

August 14, 2009

August 10, 2009

In the Backyard

Yesterday the three of us went outside between rain showers to get some fresh air. As we were walking around our back yard we noticed a new visitor. To our surprise a hawk wanted to pay us an afternoon visit. This hawk was a great reminder of all the gifts God gives us daily. Both big and small.

August 9, 2009

Playing at the Park

Last Tuesday Makenna and I went up to Aplington to see one of Jared's relatives and her son. It was a fun day and we took the kids to the park to play. Here are a few pictures from the day.

August 7, 2009

Miss Huff & Puff

Last weekend we spent some time on the farm again. I am glad that both Jared and I have parents that live so close to us. It is important to us that Makenna and any other children God blesses us with get to spend time learning who their Grandparents are by visiting them a lot.

While we where there we got to freeze more sweet corn and Jared got to help his dad get a couple things fixed on the farm. We also were introduced to Miss Huff & Puff.

And now I am proud to introduce ya'll to Miss Huff & Puff. Who by the way had a calf this week.
Here are a few more pictures from this trip to the farm.