On Wednesday morning, we woke up to celebrate this special girl turning TWO!
She was asleep and we were all peering over to stare at her.
Her birthday breakfast? A pig in a blanket and donut holes.
And then we got dressed for the day :). Our big two year old girl!
So, later that day, we left for the State Fair of Texas. We always prefer to go in the evening because the crowds are down and the weather is usually a little better. This year was no exception! We didn’t wait in any lines and had plenty of room to check it all out. The fair is always so special to us, and since it was Madeley’s first year to go, we decided to combine the two: Madeley’s birthday and our annual trip to the fair.
Here we are walking in! In Texas, you never know…some years, we wear jeans and light jackets and other years, we wear shorts. Our weather is crazy unpredictable. #sigh
Lovie, Papa Jay, Sean, Catherine and Samuel met us at the fair too!
Ashby and Papa Jay were being silly.
Hmmmm…where is his lower body???
Samuel was lookin’ ever so stylish.
We all picked out our favorite cars at the car show.
Catherine and Smith both wanted the Jeep without doors :).
The kiddos did the obstacle course.
…we didn’t think Ashby could participate, but this sweet guy here helped her all the way across.
Love my big girl.
Madeley and Samuel were comparing notes on their first fair experiences. They both gave it two thumbs up!
You MUST eat a Fletcher’s Corny Dog at the State Fair of Texas. Madeley loved hers!
Three kids and three corny dogs!
Papa Jay and Lovie with four out of five!
Ohhhhhh! I love fair food!
Caramel corn, check!
The petting zoo is always one of my favorite things!
Uncle Seanie petting a cow.
Two bow heads and a goat.
Two bow heads and a lama.
I say this every single year, but it’s always a testimony of mine and God keeps making it better and better. Nine years ago, I was standing in line right here in this very spot getting food when my fertility doctor called to say yet another IUI had failed and once again, I was not pregnant. I stood there so defeated. Then the next year, I showed up with my surprise baby Kensington. Then the next year, I showed up very pregnant with my other surprise baby. Then the next year, I showed up with two kids! Then last year, I showed up with Ashby and then this year, I showed up with Madeley. All I ever wanted to be was a mom…and on that day, nine years ago, I just wasn’t sure if that was going to happen for me. God is so big. He knows what we need even when we don’t. I never would have imagined this nine years ago…it’s better than I ever could have imagined.
God can do anything you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams.– Ephesians 3:20
That’s exactly what I look like when someone hands me a chocolate and nut dipped ice cream bar 😉 .
Hey, where’s my cotton candy?
We always end our time at the fair with games on the Midway.
Smith won that frog and gave it to Ashby 🙂 .
Kensington, Ashby and I rode the scary haunted house ride (please note, Smith did not want to ride it 😉 )!
Catherine and Papa Jay rode right behind us!
Uncle Sean shootin’ hoops.
Because we needed a loud horn.
There goes Smith down the carpet slide!
And Kensington and Andrew too!
I rode the carousel with my four babies.
Love that sister of mine!
The State Fair of Texas is just magical.
And we faired hard on Madeley’s second birthday.
Another great year at the State Fair of Texas in the books.