The Fair & Father's Day

I love the County Fair.  I've been going every year since I can remember...  well, except last year.   We skipped it because I was broke but this year it was on!!
The first thing we did when we got there was eat.  Because of all the traffic it took us 1 1/2 hours to get there and park when normally it only takes 30 minutes so by the time we got there I was irritable...and starving.   At the fair everywhere you look there are people shoving food in their mouths and I couldn't wait to join in.  You pretty much sit down and eat anywhere you can so we sat in the grass and chowed down.  Every year Papa Gino's Pizza is set up in the same place and I always get the same delicious French Bread Pizza.  Mj got Chicken & Rice in a Pineapple.  Really.  Too bad I didn't get a picture of it.  Considering that they have things like deep fried cereal and deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches I think our choices were pretty good. 
We did a free wine tasting in the infield and then on our way over to BODIES The Exhibition we split a giant sugar twist doughnut.  I've always wanted to see this exhibit and it was there for just $7 extra.  They don't allow cameras or video inside so I couldn't take any pictures which is fine because I would feel really weird taking pictures of what is essentially a dead person.  The tissues and muscles are preserved in a way to prevent decay that allows real human bodies and skeletons to be dissected and displayed.  One man was literally cut in half and opened up so you could see a cross section of the internal organs and bones and what actually exists underneath our skin.   It's so strange that those are real people who were once alive.  I have no idea why they were selected but all the whole bodies are people from China who died of natural causes.  They also had individual organs and body parts like a legs and arms with sections cut out so you can see down to the tissue and bone.  They had half of the head of a baby with encephalitis on display and you could still see the eye lashes.  It sounds super disgusting but it's not.  I mean, it is a little icky but in a scientific way and it was really fascinating.

Then we walked around and looked at exhibits.  You can buy everything from rug cleaner to, a spa to an on the spot teeth whitening treatment at the fair.  I settled for some pretty sterling silver earrings.  No rides this year.  I now go to the fair and don't go on rides when I can still remember the days I used to live in the Fun Zone and the exhibits were sooo boring.  If I wasn't officially old before I am now!  We had a good time.  I'm so glad we got to go.
Big Sis, Dad and Me
Sunday we woke up super early so we could go to breakfast with my family for Father's Day before my dad went off to work.  It takes us about 45 minutes to get up there so we had to leave by 7:15am.   Rough for a Sunday but it was worth it.  Eight months after his kidney transplant my dad is doing so amazingly well.  It was worrisome at first because his kidney was slow to get to working but now it's fully functioning, he's handling all of his medications well and he's feeling good.  Instead of going to dialysis all the time he goes to the gym and he's back to working full time as a barber.  He really did get a 2nd chance at life and we're all so glad.  My dad went off to work and then we spent the rest of the afternoon at mom's house.

Here is my nephew.  He is the cutest thing ever!!  He's going on 2 years old now so he's not driving just yet but knows how to turn the wheel.


middle child said...

Sounds like an awesome fair to go to! Glad you had a good time but....well...I don't care for science, ya know? You can count me in for the food. I have yet to taste a deep fried Twinkie!
Glad your father is doing well. Peace.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Love going to fairs!!! The pizza looks so good!! Glad your daddy is doing so well..your nephew is too cute!

Amy said...

I went to the Bodies exhibit when it was in Houston a few years ago. I loved it, but then again I am a science nerd :) ps your nephew is such a cutie!!

Mrs. S said...

that pizza looks so good!

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

that pizza looks deelish!

i wanted to see the bodies exhibit for a while but it does kinda gross me out.

great news about your dad! so blessed to have a second chance.

Ameena said...

Great pictures...

Traffic and parking and the reason I don't do anything remotely fun. I get so frustrated so easily.

So glad your dad is doing well!

Faith said...

I love fairs too! Mostly because of the food, lol.

Now the bodies exhibit! I've wanted to visit one but then I kinda freak out. I am going to get over it because it really sounds intriguing.

Looks like a great Fathers Day weekend!

P.S. your nephew is such a cutie!!

CeCe @Frugalista Married said...

Fair food is the best!! Good thing it's only once a year. Yeah, the bodies thing is kind of gross in a way but it was just so fascinating. Definitely worth seeing.

Janna Bogert said...

That fair looks nicer than any I have been to! I haven't gotten to go in years (timing), but maybe this year...Prob is, I can't stand to ride the rides anymore, so I get stuck holding the "stuff" haha. Your nephew is PRESH!

CeCe @Frugalista Married said...

Yep, that's how you know you are getting older. You can't spin around on those crazy rides anymore without being ill or throwing out your neck. I used to love it but my body says no way now. Yeah, it's a really nice fair; not a little rinky dink one and it comes every year then moves up north.