Tony and I are pretty insistent on consistent family traditions and so far, we can say two things with certainty. Since their birth, our boys have attended 4th of July fireworks and the Minnesota State Fair every year. We intend to keep it that way.
Isaac was kind of a grumpy pants for 80% of the trip, which meant all other time than spent at Machinery Hill, but what can you do?
We got a later start than most recent years, but scored on nabbing $9 prefair tickets for only $5/piece outside of the gates!
Gina was on hand to grab our awesomely awful 4th installment of a family picture in front of the Corn Roast. With out fail, this picture has been terrible, since the beginning with a crying Isaac, but I must continue it. ;)
I failed to immortalize every food choice this year, but we went a little lighter on our fare. We only got: a corn dog [Tony's first purchase, every year], roasted corn, turkey to go pulled turkey sandwich, milk, poutine, veggie fries, dole whip and strawberries & cream. It sounds like a lot more when you don't consider it was split 4 ways!
And then, after all of that fuss, Isaac finally laid eyes on his happy place aka the John Deere section of Machinery Hill.
I LOVE this shot of my guy! After 2 months of him insisting on wearing the same three shirts [green/soccer] and the same three comfy shorts, I finally grew wise to him and added this green #3 to a blue hoodie. :)
Awww, a big Fontaine hug, as we call them!
Ezra grew a little antsy pants after being cooped up in the stroller, so he enjoyed some time browsing Machinery Hill as well.
Gina peeled off to take some fun pictures of Levi & Bethany, since she'll be shooting their wedding in just 2 1/2 months and we went to check out the DNR building. Isaac asked if there were any whales in the tank.
Ezra thoroughly enjoyed checking out the fish too and kept squealing and pointing!
We couldn't decide on our final food purchase, so we made a quick loop through again and came across the kiddie midway. Isaac really wanted to try the new ride and Tony bolstered my confidence that it'd be fine, since Isaac had gone on the Tilt-a-Whirl with Tony's parents just a month earlier . . . too bad Mama knew better. If this picture doesn't just say it all?
Needless to say, Tony lost his appetite and we left shortly after.
Until next year!