Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Goodbye Summer

Here I sit with my cup of hot tea trying desperately to keep myself warm. I guess it is a good sign that we've had a wonderfully hot summer when 60 degrees feels very cool. It hasn't gotten over 65 degrees the last few days, a sure sign that fall is here. It is strange really, because one day last week it was 84 degrees and super humid and sunny, and the very next day it was 54 degrees, brisk and cool and crazy windy. It happened just like that. Goodbye summer. Hello fall!

This past weekend we took part in one of our favorite summer traditions and we went to the county fair. Another sure sign that summer is over, but we enjoyed it all the same. It was probably the most fun we've had at the fair in the last 8 consecutive years we've gone.

Of course we took the obligatory pictures of the boys sitting on the huge tractors. That is always a highlight of theirs. But what got me the most were the ride pictures.

The very same rides that terrified them last year were exciting and fun this year. The giant slide that I begged the boys to go on last year was ridden with ease. I thought my cautious boys would give those rickety old steps some pause when they saw how high up they were but they didn't even seem to notice as they climbed up the slide and were all too thrilled to race each other all the way down to the bottom.

Last year I rode this ride with them and they were full of nervous energy and screamed at me when I spun them too fast.
This year they wanted to do it by themselves, spinning faster and faster and laughing the whole time. I was so proud watching my three little guys branching out on their own.

Lucky for me, there were a few rides that they still needed me for (only because they weren't tall enough). I was happy to assist,
even though I got a little squished.
Maybe next year they'll even go on the Zipper with me. They were up for it this year but were just a bit lacking in the height department.
The whole time Todd and Grace were all too happy to wait patiently as we ran from ride to ride. And I must admit, there is something so sexy about a man pushing a stroller. And a pink stroller at that.
We had such a great time. And I'm happy to see that I will not have a shortage of thrill seekers to accompany me on any type of ride in the future.
If summer has to come to an end this was a great way to end our lovely summer and to welcome in fall. I have a feeling I'm gonna like fall.


Linda said...

Oh, you are a brave woman! I've never liked the rides!

Mom24 said...

Well, with a kick-off like that how could you not?

Happy Fall!

Chrissy said...

Looks like lots of fun. I want to be happy about fall, but I'm such a fan of summer, I end up being melancholy when it leaves. Of course down here in the south, that won't be for another six weeks or so. :)

Cassie said...

Whoa fun! We just got back from Universal Studios...I had to go on all of the rollercoasters by myself b/c my husband was too scared! LOL

Jaysi said...

I do love a good fair! Looks like you guys had fun!

Dawn said...

Cute pictures! I would love to make it to the fair this weekend. I'm a little sad to say goodbye to summer, but there are some very good things about fall to.

Jill said...

Looks like a blast - fun photos!

And totally off topic, but boy does your hubby have a great head of hair!!

Elaine A. said...

Y'all are just such a cute, sweet family. What a great time!!

Do you know what Grace is going to be for Halloween yet? Bring on Fall! :)

Karen Deborah said...

your hubs is just plain gorgeous girl. i will be so grateful to cool off. sounds like a lot of fun at the fair. i can't get over baby ben getting so big!

Putting the FUN in DysFUNctional said...

You all are a truly beautiful family.
Happy Fall!

Kat said...

Linda- My hubby used to love to ride the rides with me but now he isn't so sure that his stomach can take the spinning ones. Glad I've got my boys to help me with that! ;)

Mom24- I know. It was a great way to say goodbye to summer. :)

Chrissy- I love summer too. My absolute favorite. But once school starts we don't get to do too much summer stuff anymore anyway so I might as well enjoy fall. Fall is so beautiful around here it is hard not to enjoy it. Though I do always get pretty melancoly every fall.

Cassie- My hubby loves rollar coasters, just not rides that spin. HA!

Jaysi- We had a blast!

Dawn- Yep, very mixed emotions for me too.

Jill- Yes, hubby has lots of thick hair. Though he is a bit chagrin over the fact that it is getting so gray. I think it looks great!

Elaine- I don't know what Grace will be for Halloween but we are already starting to look at costumes. :)

Karen- Hubby is definitely a hottie. :) And Ben is huge! He is as tall as some of the four and five year olds in school and he is only THREE. A very tall boy!

DysFUNction- Aww. Thank you! Happy Fall! :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

You are amazing! I got so sick the last time I did carnival rides with my kids. I tried my hardest not to barf while they were in 7th heaven spinning and speeding around!

April said...

TOday is cool and beautiful and I LOVE it! I'm such a Fall girl. :-) We are going to our first fair of the season Friday night and I can't wait to bring Hunter now that he's big enough to really look around and enjoy himself!

Emily said...

Wow...and I was thinking that our 85 degree weather was a nice break from the heat! ha! Glad your fall is off to a fun start!

Midwest Mommy said...

I love fall. It is so chilly here right now. I swear summer disappeared overnight.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Oh, I am SO ready for fall!
I love the pics-and seeing y'all have such fun together. It's a great reminder how important it is just to take time to play with those who are so important to us!
Y'all are all just beautiful.

Jessa (bipolararmywife) said...

I can no longer ride those types of rides or roller coasters or anything. I apparently inherited my moms queaziness for all things. *sigh* It has only been in the 80's here recently so I guess this is southwest fall. It's weird.

Kristen said...

Love that you are the one to be riding with them. How fun!! And yes kinda sad when they don't need your help anymore.

And I agree with you. Where did Fall come from. I swear we were swimming like a week ago? And now we have already gone through two loaves of pumpkin bread!

Loving your Fall background as well. Might have to steal that one! :)

Hilary said...

What a fun way to end the season.. your kidlets' faces are priceless!

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Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
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