Friday, October 12, 2012

Family Fair

At lunch yesterday Stacey suggested we make homemade corn dogs for dinner and have a little family fair night. I thought that was an inspired idea from the hubs so that is exactly what we did. It was VERY impromptu, as you'll see by the signage, but super fun and the boys LOVED it!!

I had a few helpers in the kitchen, I'm sorry make that the Food Court. :) Ally and Ryan were over for a bit too and we decided next year we might need to make it a cousin carny event with the whole fam.

Carmel apples!

I'm pretty sure the State Fair and the H.O.T. fair will want to serve this little bit of deliciousness as soon as they hear bout it - Fried Pimiento Cheese!! YUM. Don't let the fact that it is oddly the exact same color as our floors worry you, it was tasty!
Q: "What color did you guys decide to go with on your stained concrete?"
A: "We went with Corn Dog Batter, we just loved the deep fried hughes."

Since I've totally derailed, our floors are also the EXACT same color as scorpions, but that is for another post.

 Carmel apples were a hit all around. We couldn't even wait for them to harden.

Not sure, but I think he liked it. :)

Everything, including all the food, cost a certain number of tickets (small piece of paper). They got 10 free tickets to start the night and then had to "earn" the rest, by picking up toys, brushing their teeth etc. Whenever they ran out they would run do something to earn a few more and by the end of the night they were all ready for bed. Perfect!

Had we planned ahead a little more we could have let them earn tickets all year.

Jack-o-lantern decorating, otherwise known as coloring an orange with a sharpie.

Bobbing for apples. I got a little overambitious and used all the apples making carmel apples so we just bobbed for carmel apples. Such a waste of good carmel. And a little gross, but we never said the Family Fair was going to be pretty.

Angie I thought you would really love this event. HA!

Somebody (Coyt) got a little overzealous about bobbing for apples and dove face first into the water bucket. I had to bust out my super Mom skilz (yes with a Z) and grab him out of there with humanoid speed. 

Just a wee bit wet.

Perfect timing for our next activity:
Which was made all the more challenging by the twin decoys and the fact that all I could find for "ringing" the ducks were hair rubber bands.
Can you guess my weight?? Nope. Who knew BOTH boys weigh exactly 50.5 lbs. The Carny was way under.
And finally for the grand finally, a fair favorite that we had shipped in special for our own private viewing, The World's Smallest Horse.

This was Stacey's idea and it was hilarious.

I had the boys all prepped. SIX tickets taken and warned them that he could be a little skittish so they had to be very quiet and calm and oh what a privilege, yadda yadda yadda.
This picture is terrible but you get the idea of their reactions when they opened the door expecting to see the World's Smallest Horse only to find Jack in a Pack-N-Play. Hilarious. Good one Daddy.
Such a simple thing and such a fun night.

Stacey and Wyatt went to bed listing off their favorite activities which included all of them.

And isn't is just life that you can plot and plan for weeks about something only to have your kids role their eyes or complain about what you envisioned as a super fun treat and then other times you can bust out a few sheets of orange card stock and fly by the seat of your pants and end up with a new fall family tradition.


Shannon said...

I want to be a Smith. You guys are so much fun and I just love the on the spot/by the seat of your pants planning! Only you could pull that off! Love you and miss your sweet family.

Laura said...

Completely agree with the above statement! So much fun!

Katy said...

I am dying at the world's smallest horse!!! What a fun night!!!! :)