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Thursday, August 31. 2006
Today, our family took what is becoming our annual journey to the State Fair. We had a great time. A-girl was very quiet and often had a serious look on her face, as though she wasn't sure what to think of everything yet eagerly took it all in. The other two bounced from ride to ride, activity to activity as though they were being reuninted with a long lost friend. Lots of excitement and energy. L. told us it was the best day of her life.
S. usually takes a partial day off, we hit the "Kidway" early while the rides are one ticket cheaper than later in the day, check out the Little Farm Hands display and also the Miracle of Birth Exhibit. Then we add in food, other things to do and see along the way and its a full day despite it only being a few hours. Today, S. took the entire day off and had an appointment late afternoon so we stayed longer than usual and everyone had a great time. At one point A-girl fell asleep in the back pack on S's back and was drooling down his neck. How anyone could sleep that soundly in that position was amazing.
Our kids are fascinated by the Miracle of Birth Exhibit. This year, it moved to a newly renovated larger space. I had visions of not being crammed in and actually able to see something. That was not the case. It was a sea of people all crammed around pens of animals with new babies or viewing the live birth (in our case of a calf). We ended up watching the birth on a monitor. The calf was born breech and had a lot of breathing issues initially and required CPR. As the vets tended to the calf and one breathed air into her nostrils, I wondered if it was a good idea to have the kids watching this. They had just watched a sheep who had give birth a couple of hours earlier eat its afterbirth and I was thinking this may just be a little too much of a "learning experience" and I am still waiting for descriptions to come spewing forth when we are out with others for a meal or an equally inopportune time. I figured it was a little too late to leave then though as L was filled with questions of what was going on, why the baby calf was just laying there and why they were doing "that to its face and body". As the minutes seemed to drag on and the lifeless form of the calf just layed there in the straw I started to worry that this amazing miracle of birth would also be a tough life lesson. Luckily the calf started breathing on her own and the kids thought we could finally leave the building and head for home.
We munched on a few more "Sweet Martha's Chocolate Chip Cookies" and got to the van just as fatigue hit and the behaviour started to fall apart. It was a great end to our "summer traditions."