A visit to the Dutchess County Fair is an annual tradition for our family, the kind of tradition like putting up a Christmas tree… you never skip it! Some of my fondest childhood memories are from my days spent enjoying the fair, and I love making similar memories with my children. It’s not all about the rides either. (In fact, I don’t like rides in the least. I get motion sickness on carousels!) There are great educational opportunities, yummy food, sunshine, and fun.
This year was fantastic. The weather was perfect with a high of 88 degrees and a gentle breeze. It did get hot, and being pregnant I feel like a human radiator, but it could have been so much hotter! We arrived at the fair early and enjoyed a few hours without large crowds or a blasting sun.
Drake has a blast. He loved walking around, the food, the animals, the antique wood chopper show, and the dock dogs. He got overstimulated a couple of times, but having him ride in the stroller instead of walking or visiting a less crowded area helps center him again. Overall, Drake is flexible and resilient in large crowds as long as we watch for clues that he needs our support or a break. We are very lucky.
Devin also had a good time taking in the sites and riding in the stroller, but he isn’t at the age yet to enjoy the fair the way he will when he’s older. His favorite part was probably the ice cream cone he ate while Drake did some rides with Damian on his own.
Damian and I always enjoy ourselves, and this year was no different. We had the best barbecue from Handsome Devil, and watching our kids have a blast is always heart-warming. By the time we left, the whole family was exhausted. Being pregnant, I was extra hot and extra tired. Damian shouldered the bulk of the stroller pushing and kid carrying which would wear anyone out, and the kids spent from a day of excitement. They both fell asleep in the car before we even left the fairground parking lot.
I can’t wait for next year!
The Reading Nook is a series of posts that feature my kids’ favorite books! They are not intended to be full reviews. Instead, they give my general impressions and my kids’ reactions so you can decide if your little one would like it too.
I’ve never met a kid under the age of 3 who didn’t appreciate a dramatic pretend sneeze. Chu’s Day and Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman, Devin’s absolute favorite books, make good use of this love. The main character is an adorable panda bear named Chu whose sneezes have big consequences. There is a slow build up to the sneeze, and it delights both Devin and Drake when it finally happens. Their anticipation and excitement for the sneeze is almost tangible.
The illustrations by Adam Rex are beautiful, detailed, and funny even to a 16 month old. As a mom of littles, I also appreciate that there is just the right amount of words on each page so we can both read the words and talk about the pictures without the kids losing interest (and sometimes I can just speed read when it’s the 11th time I’ve read the book that day!).
I plan on adding Chu's Day at the Beach to our collection soon. We borrowed Chu’s Day at the Beach from the library and it is just as good!
I first came across frozen watermelon on Pinterest, and I immediately wanted to try it with my boys.
As an adult, the frozen watermelon is okay, not my favorite, but not bad. It loses the crunchy, juicy texture I love in fresh watermelon. But, the kids LOVE it. They love watermelon in general and the frozen kind is no different. We took some on our trip the beach, and it made for the perfect snack. You can even rinse sand off of it easily!
It is healthy and easy
It cools the kids down
It stays frozen in the cooler
It acts like an ice pack.
It isn’t as messy as a popsicle
It is an easy way to store watermelon after it has been cut
It’s not really difficult to do, but Cookthestory.com has detailed instructions if you need them and lots of beautiful pictures.
Welcome to the family!
We are a laid back, fun, family of four living on a dime in 700 square feet. Life might not be perfect, but every moment of every day, it is beautiful.