A Day at the Fair

August 6, 2016: Connor’s first county fair. We’d missed our own county’s fair, so we took Connor to the fair in the next county south, in the town where Aaron and I had both attended college.

Wood County Fair, 6 Aug 2016

We arrived and parked in the field across the street. The afternoon started out rocky when I realized that I’d applied sunscreen to Connor’s neck at home, then put the sunscreen back down on the counter instead of in my purse. We also had only a certain amount of cash on hand, hoping that would be enough.

Connor had some preconceived ideas about what a fair was all about: some animals, but mostly rides and balloons and snacks. When we stepped out onto the midway, he was clearly overwhelmed. We managed to get him to walk through one of the barns and look at the cows, but he really only had eyes for the Ferris wheel.

We purchased enough tickets to get him a few rides, then he picked Daddy to ride with him on the Ferris wheel.

Wood County Fair, 6 Aug 2016
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To Grandmother’s House We Went

As my mother repeatedly pointed out, Connor had a lot of “firsts” during our trip to Dayton last month, not the least of which was his first overnight stay in a hotel.

Mom arrived at my house around 9am on Thursday — it takes her just about as long to get to my place from hers as it does to get to Grandpa and Grandma Cook’s house from mine. We packed up the Sportage (which Aaron had thoughtfully gassed up the night before), loaded up all our drinks and snacks and road entertainment, and headed out for an uneventful drive to Dayton.

Connor, of course, needed to potty about an hour into the trip, so First #1 was his first truck stop. His quotable upon entering: “It’s a store, too?!”

We arrived at Grandpa and Grandma Cook’s house at noon on the dot. (First #2: First visit to Grandpa and Grandma’s house.)

Visit to Dayton

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First National Bldg, Ann Arbor

First National Bldg, Ann Arbor
[Taken 16 October 2010 | modified Holga 120N | f/cloudy (~f/8)]

Finally mastered the Holgamod light leaks with gaffer’s tape! See more on Flickr.

(Note: I scanned these while still in their nifty negative storage sleeve, so I picked up a lot of dust and cat hair and other indignities, of which I only removed the most offensive. If I ever decide to print them, I’ll rescan, but not until.)