Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Our First Fair

On our return trip from Reno we ran into our first fair.  It was a small one and it wasn't crowded, maybe because we were there on a Thursday.  The kids each rode two rides.  Guy and Daisy were never on the same ride.  I think that is one challenging thing having kids with an age difference.

The boys wanted on the slide, which Daisy is too short for.

We found this one for Daisy. After the ride, she ran off with a big smile, yelling "Fun!"

We took a break from rides to wander.  Guy was able to be a game assistant.  His task was loading a plunger canon.  He was super thrilled about the experience, although I think he significantly delayed the show by not listening and just confusing himself in general.  Pretty sure he gets those wonderful attributes from me. His enthusiasm got him through.

Night rides!  Nels wanted to ride the roller coaster.  Daisy was tall enough but Guy was too tall.  SO MANY RULES!  I guess I support safety.

Guy wanted on one called the "Cliff Hanger".  It looked scary and when he was on it, I was very scared.  I was trying to judge the contraption on how many safeguards it had to prevent a child from falling out.  I didn't see any.  Hopefully it was just moving too fast.  Guy came out okay, so I'll try to focus on that.  But, wait!  As soon as he got out he must have been dizzy because he fell and scrapped his knee!  I guess this was my punishment keeping them out past bedtime.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Visiting Lil' Big Sis

We made a trip to Reno to see friends and also stop by Miss Lucy's resting spot.  Guy wanted to take her a rose and Nels and Daisy both wanted balloons for her.  There were only minor changes to the cemetery as we knew it.  As sad as it is to see new additions to the child area, we are glad they are there verses another cemetery.  More friends for Lucy.  We had a very nice visit and even Miss Daisy shed several tears when she realized I was making her leave the balloon there.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Shirley Jackson

I really enjoyed We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.  So I'm reading more.  She has a memoir, Life Among the Savages, which I read at the same time as a book of short stories, The Lottery.  Her memoir centers on being a stay-at-home mother which I can relate to but what I didn't think I could relate to was writing eerie things while taking care of babies.  Reading both books at the same time felt right, although sometimes I had to check which book I was reading.  She didn't necessarily tell spooky stories, she was just able to see that perspective.  Like a comedian can take anything and find the humor in it, Shirley Jackson could take anything and show the uncanny side.  I thought both books were terrific.

I plan to read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None next while I'm out of my normal reading genres.

Daisy's Cool

It's been hot but little Daisy knows how to stay cool.

Ride any crazy contraption that will get the wind through your hair...

Go boating and when that isn't cool enough, just dive out the side...

And mostly importantly, keep hydrated!