Category Archive:County Fair

Summer 2016 Odds and Ends

Here are some of the little things that happened over the summer that I don’t want to forget:

Novalie did Up With Kids summer camp again. She got to be Maleficent which she loved playing. All the little kids loved her and she just shines so much when she is on stage.

She was the perfect villain.

She had to wear this dragon costume and a bunch of little kids were following her holding it up. Cutest thing.

Taking a very well deserved bow. She said that playing a villain is her favorite person to play.

Off to Girl’s Camp! It was a short (2 nights) ward camp this year. Her favorite part was canoeing.

Olive got her first ever Bark Box. She is a fan. I am a fan of Bark Box.

Archery practice.


And more archery. Lots of practice hours logged over the summer.

Trips to the park.

All the floats in the Pioneer Days parade were on display for the public to go look at. There were some impressive floats. I was slowly getting out and about by mid July. I could handle small outings like this one. Anytime spent with Novalie was healing.

I mean…..those are some massive shakes. So yummy.

Time for braces! She was nervous in this picture, not quite sure what to expect.

She is just the cutest thing in her braces. We have hit full on teenage mode.

A trip to the State Fair. Always a good time. My kind of place to be.

I saw people walking around with these turkey legs and I was on the hunt to find one before we could leave the fair. I found one. It was huge and delicious! These cute girlies didn’t know what to think of that thing!

This was my view many, many, many days during the summer. Novalie got a season pass to Lagoon with a couple friends and it was a lifesaver with the kind of summer we had. She LOVES the ride Wicked. They once went on it 30 something times in a row and were sick. Funny girls. It is nice to have this option of entertainment so close by.

Visit to Montana

Your #1 Fan post on September 6th, 2013
Posted in County Fair, Cousins, Fun Activities, Novalie, Vacation

We took a quick trip to Stevensville to visit my little sister and her family.

We had four fun filled days.

The fair was going on in Missoula while we were there and I sure do love me a good fair.  The only downside to the Missoula fair was that rodeo tickets were pricey.  We choose instead to let the kids ride the rides all day.  And they sure rode those rides all. day. long.  It was hot, sweaty, smelly and fabulous fun.


My country loving girl.


Novalie and her cousin, Kameron.  He was her shadow the whole trip.


Novalie and her cousin, Zachery.


They went on this ride at least a dozen times.


Bumper cars were are definite favorite.  Kameron just laughed and laughed.


We had been at the fair since 11:30 in the morning, so around 7 pm. we told the kids to pick one finally ride to go on.  Just as they were finishing up, a huge storm blew in.  Super, super, windy.  Things were flying around the fair, workers running everywhere trying to bold things down so they wouldn’t blow away.  We hurried to our car, but were covered head to toe in dirt and dust.  It was crazy.

We brought a tent to sleep in as Novalie is both allergic to dogs and terrified of them.  The first night, I was bolted awake by a huge burst of thunder at 2 am.  I sat up and waited a minute to make sure thunder was what I had heard and within seconds a huge bolt of lightening lit up our whole tent.  I woke up the kids that were sleeping out there and we dashed inside to be safe.  Our tent was under a big tree and I was not taking any chances.  Novalie and I sacked out on the couches and she had 3 doses of medicine throughout the rest of the night to breathe.  The next day, we moved the tent into one of the boys rooms because the weather called for thunderstorms each night.  It worked out great because no dog hair and she had a place to play/stay away from the dogs.


Waking up in the tent.


I had my birthday the day before we left and I brought my cake.  These kids enjoyed it when we arrived.

The rest of the days were filled with free kids bowling, swimming, going to the movies and playing lots of games.



The only picture I got of Zane.  He was rocking out in the hallway.  Which turned into a late night dance party for all the kids.


Like I said, this sweet little Kameron was Novalie’s shadow the whole trip.  Never left her side.  Novalie loves her cousins.  A lot.  I love that she loves her cousins, so she can have a shared history with kids.  She loves being around them.  Novalie is also an only child.  She is used to quiet and having her own space.  Although, she loves noise and chaos and parties.  So, it was interesting to me, that on this trip, it was the first time she has had a meltdown because she just needed some quiet.  That has never happened before.  Or maybe it has and I just didn’t recognize it as needing some quiet time.  Novalie is loud and energetic and go, go, go all the time, so I never knew she needed that down time to just be still.  On the fourth afternoon, Novalie was just being irrational and getting irritated by everything and was saying no to Kameron a lot…meanly.  That is when I noticed it and it just clicked in my brain, she needs quiet.  So, we took an hour long car ride.  Her sitting in the front seat with cold air blowing on her face and just absolute quiet and stillness.  She made the comment many times, “this is just so peaceful.”  She needed to step away from the chaos and other kids for a bit and regroup.  I learned this about Novalie this trip.  It opened my eyes to a new part of Novalie and I am so thankful because I know it will be useful information going forward.  Novalie is an emotionally charged child and it is so nice to know that she can step away from a situation for some quiet time and come back stronger and better then before.  Novalie is an interesting puzzle and I feel like I just got a piece in the right place.

It was a great, fun trip!  I just love Montana.

Mediocre Fair

Your #1 Fan post on September 22nd, 2012
Posted in County Fair, Novalie

One of our favorite things back on the Palouse was the county fair each year.  Novalie would enter artwork and she loved to go see it with her ribbons.  She would equally love the check for a few dollars she would get in the mail based on her ribbon placement.  She would ride the carnival rides until her heart was content.  We would enjoy the evening rodeo and we would enjoy elephant ears, snow cones, cotton candy and anything else that was unhealthy fair food.  We would stroll through all the animals and visit with friends.  I LOVE the county fair!  Seriously love.  The atmosphere, the smells, the confidence in the air of the kids participating, seeing all the ribbons, the baby animals, little kids in cowboy boots and cowboy hats.  Love it all.

Enter our new county’s fair.  I will just say that they could use some advice and lessons from the Palouse County Fair.  Novalie could have entered artwork, but the fair here is a lot earlier than the one we were used to, so I thought we had time.  Not until her friend said that she would be at the fair did I realize that it was here.  I will remember that for next year, so she can enter something.  They had one barn with animals.  What?  One barn?  It was tiny.  Novalie could have entered artwork and that would have sent the number of entries to 5.  The carnival rides were just the toddler ones.  What did the fair have?  Every home business under the sun had a booth set up to SELL you stuff.  It was a strip mall in a cow pasture.  So disappointing!  I am not even sure why I am recording it here.  Probably because I am feeling nostalgic for the Palouse in September.  I did however get cute pictures!

Next year, we are going to try out a neighboring county fair and hope it fulfills my love for county fairs!