On Tuesday night, we had the perfect a-fair ;).
We headed to the State Fair of Texas for our annual visit!
Now, if you’ve read this blog for at least a year then you know that the State Fair of Texas is a benchmark in my life. Over the years, the Fair has represented my journey to becoming a mom. A very long, sad, complicated, tiring, emotionally draining and precious journey to being these three kiddos’ mommy.
Back in 2007, I was standing in line ordering onion rings at the Fair when my doctor called to tell me that my 4th IUI hadn’t worked. Awesome. Trying to get pregnant sucks.
That day at the Fair was probably one of the lowest days for me. It’s so defeating to hear the doctor say over and over again…nope, not pregnant. There was really nothing I could do about it. It was out of my control and even though I was trusting in God…it still hurt. It still broke my heart into a million pieces. It still made me sad.
So, the next year, when I showed back up at the Fair with my one month old miracle baby…the Fair took on a new meaning to me. It showed me hope. It reminded me that God is in control and his plans are greater than ours. And then the following year, I showed up at the Fair with my 13 month old AND I was about 7 months pregnant…God’s funny like that.
So, over the years, the Fair has always reminded me about how God built my family. Last year when we went, we knew who Ashby was…we had three little pictures of her…but we didn’t have her and our hearts ached. We were worried about her, concerned for her…we wanted her. And then this year, we had her :). Three sweet kiddos…after a very long path to motherhood. And I wouldn’t change the journey for the world.
We showed up yesterday afternoon after school. We always love going to the Fair in the late afternoon into the evening because it’s less crowded.
These two :).
Last year, my kids wanted to ride the Haunted House ride and were TERRIFIED when it was over. Here they are in front of it joking about not going back inside. A year later and at least they can laugh about it now :).
Our view for most of the day. Kensington took lots of pictures!
Right after we took this picture, Smith said he likes being our favorite. Ha! That kid is so funny!
Howdy Big Tex!
Ashby’s pointing at Big Tex!
The onion ring stand is directly across from Big Tex. Eight years later…and look what God gave me. Who would have thought? Not me. God is so good.
The car show is always a big hit with my kids!
I’m trying to get Ashby to look at me and smile. Look how she’s looking sideways trying not to smile…
…so then I came around front and she’s trying so hard not to smile…
…but she just can’t help it! She’s all smiles!
Smith says he wants a Jeep when he grows up. He needs to start saving now :).
Dancing in the bubbles!
Love having her with us this year!
Enjoying her very first Fletcher’s Corny Dog!
We always love feeding the animals at the petting zoo!
Ashby gave up on the shovel and just let the goat stick her head right inside the cup ;).
And winning awesome Fair prizes ;).
It looks like they’re all hitting each other (which is always entirely possible), but they were chasing bubbles instead.
Three Shull kids on the whale ride!
Five Shulls at the Fair…one of which is eyeing the next game instead of the camera ;).
This year, Andrew went down the giant slide with Kensington and Smith went down by himself. There they all go!
Ashby had a good time at the Fair :).
I rode the carousel with them before we left and Andrew went inside the snake house with them…that’s teamwork right there! #nothankyousnakes
She made me a mama :).
Ashby’s first Fair :).
To see my previous Fair posts click below…
Dinner tonight is just what you need on a busy weeknight…
I’m telling you…dinner made simple right here!