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Fair Game

Rise and shine!!! Trust me. I know it’s hard on a Monday morning. I’m feeling the pain of that statement right along with you. I even decided to sleep in an extra hour later than normal because I couldn’t peel my eyelids open.

Likely because I had such a fun-filled, but a little tiring, weekend. You already know that I ran a 15K race. Now, let me fill you in on the rest!


I didn’t get any rest after my race Saturday. But I didn’t mind! We had a fair to visit!

The reason why I love the fall so much is easily because of the many traditions and activities we do together this time of year. This weekend kicked it all of with the annual fair in our area. Smile

Last year, I was pregnant and Makenzie was so much smaller, so we had big hopes of lots of excitement at this year’s fair. And it (mostly) lived up to it!


You should have heard the excitement in her voice!!

Our first order of business though?


We held off on an afternoon snack because we knew we would have to pick up one of these at the fair. Since it was already 4 o’clock by the time we got there, Peter and I were both hungry and ready to partake in our once a year maze of fried dough.


And now I wish you could have heard the excitement in Peter’s voice. Winking smile

Once we shared that part of our little family tradition, we then got started on all the rides. Our first attempt at rides almost resulted in a meltdown. I thought my little M had reached 36 inches tall by now…but apparently not. She was not thrilled when told she couldn’t ride the kid train.

We diverted the crisis by finding all of the 30 inch tall rides and the ones she could ride with a parent. I think we made out well.







Poor baby B had to chill on the sidelines for it all.


He didn’t seem to mind too much. Peter says he is going to be an engineer with how interested he was in all the machines.



He had a taste of freedom at the end of all the ride fun. We spent our last bit of time at the fair, perusing the sights and displays.


There were some interesting ones. Do you think I should have picked up some filet mignon and lobster for dinner at the fair?


Or how about feather hair extensions?


They did have some good finds, though.


And I seriously wanted to give this little activity a try!


That would be people in blown up balls. On water. Bumping into each other. It’s like water bumper cars but in a bubble! How cool is that?! Open-mouthed smile

Needless to say, we had a GREAT time. I think the overabundance of pictures can tell you that. I know I just picture loaded you. Allow me one more, though. I just love this one of Makenzie and I getting off a ride too much.


I don’t know why…just feels like it captures one of those special mother-daughter moments so well. Now, I can’t wait to take her to Disney World!!! Although, the kid has to grow a good 6” first.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend as well! And here’s to making it a great week ahead. Have a good one. Smile

  • Do you have a special tradition food you get only at certain events?
  • Do you like riding rides? Low-key ones? Rollercoasters? Spinning ones?

Posted by on October 17th, 2011 58 Comments

My Irrational Fear

This post is a pretty serious one. If you’re looking for more light hearted reading this fine Monday morning, check these out from the weekend:

I like to think of myself as a positive person. I trust that God loves, cares, and provides for me. I have faith in His plans. I believe in hope and generally approach life with an optimistic point of view. With the exception of one thing – my irrational fear.

With Peter out of town this weekend, I found myself engulfed by my irrational fear, just as I do anytime he goes away. Anytime he runs late without letting me know. Anytime I get behind the wheel of my car.  Anytime I see some changes in a mole or freckle.

I spent Friday night bawling like a baby at times on the couch while watching NBC’s special on 9/11. The testimonies, especially those of women who had young children and suddenly faced single motherhood, really hit me hard. I get this overwhelming pit in my gut that I will face something similar one day. 

I don’t know why I’m such a pessimist in this way, but for as long as I can remember I have had this almost instinctual feeling that I will one day lose someone very near and dear to me unexpectedly from a bad accident or incurable illness – Peter or one of my kids – or that I will experience one myself and have to leave them behind.

I don’t quite know where this irrational fear comes from, but I can never seem to fully shake it. It doesn’t make sense, but it’s always buried somewhere inside of me to come out when I’m vulnerable. Like when I don’t have Peter around or when hearing other women’s testimonies of such things as 9/11. I just sit there and think “could I ever survive something like that?”.

I know those thoughts and worries are nothing compared to the heartache others go through in reality (not just inside their nightmares), but I needed to share the emotional mess I felt this weekend. I guess I know how much pain life can bring as I felt it in previous parts of my life. I almost wonder how things can be so good now….and how it could possibly last forever. 

I don’t quite know where I’m going with this post. I know it’s pretty depressing and I apologize for laying it on all of you. But if there is one thing I do, it is write what is on my heart and my irrational fear weighed on me a lot this weekend.

And because optimism is what I try to do, I can at least see some good coming from this deep gut feeling I can’t seem to shake – It makes me pray for my family’s safety and health every day. It makes me cherish the time I have with them because we truly never know how long it may last. And it helps me know that I don’t have control over everything, only He does…and even when we don’t understand, His control is for the greater good.

  • Do you have any irrational fears or worries?
  • How do you vent the things you feel you HAVE to get out of your thoughts? Obviously I blog mine out. I promise to be back with my more upbeat attitude later!

Posted by on September 12th, 2011 92 Comments


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