Each member of our family is so different, like individual components of a symphony. But, like a symphony, each part is important to the overall structure and sound of the piece. We all work together to make a beautiful sound...our family. Just as the Lord knit us together in the womb, He is now knitting us together as a family, for His glory, outside the womb.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Greeley Stampede

Last weekend we went to the Greeley Stampede. It was fun, Brad was a little nervous at first because he's never been to a fair like this, so he didn't know what to expect. The original plan was to watch the kid's rodeo, but that idea was out the window as soon as the kids saw the rides and games. One of the first game booths we passed sucked Brad in...the dart throw (he had to pop a balloon with a dart to win a stuffed animal). Brad was good at it, but the employee was a better sales man. He was talking fast and handing Brad darts and before you know it, you've spent $100 on two small stuffed animals (slight exaggeration). Brad caught on to the guy quick and was able to put an end to it before things got out of hand. From there, we bought tickets for the rides and went on our quest to find rides the kids were tall enough for. Finn was only tall enough for two rides, but the conductor let him on the train ride even though he was too short. Thank goodness! We would have had a mess on our hands if he didn't get to ride the "twain". Cadence had to stand next to the height chart at each ride to make sure she was tall enough. She would stand on her tip toes and then shout to the ride operator, "I'm tall enough!". Luckily, these carnivals aren't super strict with their rules. Next, we went to eat some yummy and overpriced carnival food. The kids had pizza and chose their favorite slushy color from the "Slush Factory" wagon. Finn chose blue and looked like a smurf when he was done with it. I don't know how he managed to get so much on his face, not just his mouth. Brad had to try a giant turkey leg. Next time, we'll have to get a funnel cake...Brad's never had that either. I had a delicious chicken gyro and some really good lemonade. Lemonade always tastes better at fairs. On the way out, there was a little monkey you could give money to and get your picture taken with him. We only gave him a dollar and he gave the kids high fives. It was cute and the kids really liked him. Many people have aspirations for their kids to be athletic or musical, we hope ours grow up to be hicks...just kidding...kind of.


  1. Musical hicks. ;)
    Oh that finners is such a darling boy loving the twains. He'll be an easy one to buy a bday present in a month.

  2. This sounds SUPER fun and I wish I'd been along for the ride! I laughed at the picture of Brad eating a turkey leg!
    Way to go! These family outings are so valuable and I admire you for making them happen. I love you!

  3. That was a good day. Turkey leg...yum... I agree musical hicks would be just fine with me! LOL! Great day. For the record I only lost 10 bucks at the fair and I got the guy to give me one stuffed toy for each of the walking children (C and F). He still came out way ahead, but I count that as a victory more so than a loss. Where are those stuffed toys?