Monday, September 19, 2011

a veritable smorgasbord

We are not known for our spontaneity around these parts, but I did talk Mr Renn into spending his day off at the State Fair last week.  My dad was working in the emergency preparedness booths (he basically IS the UEARC), and had free tickets for us.  We managed a pretty frugal outing at the fair.  Two $1 hot dogs, one batch of tickets on the giant slide (that came out of my wallet, I just couldn't handle the sensation that I was torturing my children with all this "you can watch, but you can't do...") and one $3 round inside the all-you-can-eat ice cream tent.  I'm pretty sure each of those involved a potty emergency.  Somehow kids can just sense when there's no convenient way to take them to the restroom, they wait for these moments and then they strike.



Luckily there are actually things to see and do that don't cost more than the price of admission.  We checked out most of the livestock, the produce, the honey bees, the photography, the floriculture, the paintings, sculptures, the "home arts" (free popcorn demonstration!), and the perennial favorite, the kid's farm exhibit.



 By the end our kids were so over-tired and over-sugared that there was naught to do but collapse in the car and head home.  There was fall-out from both the staying up late and the "essentially having ice cream for dinner."  I'm glad we don't do this more than once a year.  But I have to tell you, they had Aggie ice cream AND BYU Creamery ice cream.  And all that awesome in one melting pile in front of you almost brings you to tears.  (and a sugar coma)


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