We’ve been living it up here in Northeast Iowa over the past few weeks! We knocked a few Summer bucket list items off of our list! First up: The COUNTY FAIR!
We LOVE our county fair in West Union. They have made some major improvements over the last few years. They were able to book some HUGE country acts – Sara Evans and Gary Allen this Saturday! All of the carnival rides are always free. A bottle of water is only allowed to be sold for $1 across the fair grounds, parking is free. It’s a really wonderful fair and I took the boys this week! The boys LOVED the petting zoo! Look how happy Gannon is with the goat! Those cheese curds were only $3! Like I said, it’s so affordable so I always make sure to support the fair when I can!
Carver was SO EXCITED to participate in the tractor pull! Out of 20 some 4 year olds, he got 3rd place and qualified for state! He was so proud of himself. I am too! He was so proud of his ribbon.
We had a…strange experience at the tractor pull. Parents were literally jogging next to the tractor a few feet ahead of the kids just to get a video of the kids – just let the kid pedal! I could hardly get a picture of Carver with the winners holding their ribbons because there was a CROWD of parents trying to get pictures. I finally said, “Uhm..can we take turns?” I’m all for getting a picture but it seemed like these people were watching the whole event through a camera lens. Don’t get me wrong, I got a few pics and I can be guilty of being on my phone/camera too much but seeing it in other people was enlightening. (side note – reading this back sounds kind of judge-y and I don’t mean it to come off that way. I 100% need this reminder too).
Carver also biked our favorite bike trail – a whole 4.5 miles! I snapped this picture at the finish line. He was SO PROUD Of himself! He loves his “power booster” bike and totally rocked the hills! This was the same bike trail he fell in the river last year. We stay far away from that part of the trail now – you can read more of that here: A Wonderful Day and a Terrible Incident
Next week Carver has swimming lessons and camp Monday – Friday next week, and Craig has 2 days off next week and we are planning some fun family activities. In August we are planning on a trip the lake! I’m so excited! Even though it is just an hour from our house we’ve NEVER been other than a quick pit stop. We are doing our best to make the most of our summer even though it’s already the end of July.
Thanks for reading friends! What is left on your summer bucket list?