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the Fair, family, food… & goats?!? :)

I love birthday celebrations. I like my birthday… but what I really love is celebrating birthday weeks with my family.

Last year, Nathan turned 30 and we had some pretty serious blowout parties. This year, the week was much more relaxed… but I did have one big surprise for Nathan. At the culmination of the week, I planned a weekend trip for the family to Louisville. Nathan loves state fairs, and neither the kids, nor I had ever been to a big one… So we headed out on a roadtrip :)

I drug my camera around with me on Day 1 so I could have a few images to commemorate the event. (Didn’t happen on Day 2… that camera is heavy, and I was over it by that point:))

I loved seeing my kids have the opportunity to interact with tons of farm animals up close.

A few random details… mule eyelashes, snow cone splatter, Addy’s shoes,  & giant watermelons…

One of my favorite things about the fair is the crazy weird foods that are offered. I don’t necessarily want to eat the weird foods… I am just amused by them. The only food that tempts me is the amazingly delicious (and ever so fattening) cheese fries. Yum.

Really? Krispy Kreme Cheeseburgers?

Addy and Austen were both completely infatuated with the goats. Austen even said he’d like to have either a goat or a rabbit for a pet. Funny choices :)

I was completely entranced by the chickens. There were so many crazy different kinds, and they were all so weird looking! Addy didn’t enjoy the birds quite as much… she got too close to one of their cages, and one of them “got her”. She preferred the “nice goats”.

This guy was my favorite, by far :)

We’ll round up the animal portion of the blog with a couple of cows… just so they don’t feel left out :)

After we had our fill of farm animals… we headed outside to ride a few rides. So much fun.

I love seeing my family so happy and excited. Check out Nathan, Austen, and Addy in these respective images. You’ll see an awesome genuine smile in each one.

The kids rode some really cool slides… I love their expressions in these.

And finally a few images that show off just how fun and colorful and beautiful this experience was. Such a great time.

Nathan… Happy Happy Birthday. I hope you have a wonderful 31st year. I love you… no matter what.

-all my love,


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  • August 26, 2010 - 7:58 pm

    kathy groves - fun birthday!!! love all the random animal pictures! your next home needs to have kudzu==goats love it and no yard work for you all and Austen will be a happy camper!

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