Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Fast Forward

 

 

As in… tomorrow is officially Itty Bit’s first day of first grade, so this is the long overdue post of where on earth our summer went.

 

And to prove that we actually did have a summer… 94 degrees HOLLA!

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We’re in the 80’s now, with some gorgeous lawn crisping going on.

 

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Anyone recall that crazy redneck parade that happens here every year?

The one that Itty Bit ADORES?

 

Man… I totally jinxed the “I’m not going to cry before my baby goes back to school” thing when I went back looking at parade day pictures through the years.

 

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          (you know you’ve been around here for awhile when you remember this

original introduction of Itty Bit’s double eyebrows!)

 

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(you might think the noteworthy thing here is that he could still fit into those glasses and hat the next year.  but women everywhere will understand when I say, Thank You Jesus for that little head!)

 

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What on earth would make a kid freak out like that?  Umm yeah.  The same thing as last year and the year before and… ad nauseam.

 

THE MOTORCYCLE

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Are you guys getting this?  Because the dude has a busted foot and he’s driving that monster with a CRUTCH on the gas pedal.  Holding the crutch with his right hand and throwing candy with his left.  We live dangerously around here.

 

And who doesn’t love a good ol’ burnout?

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That might have had something to do with why we had the obligatory horse-that-sidepasses-the-entire-parade.  Remember this one?

 

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Speaking of horses.  Remember that super-sekrit post about our neighbors and their *ahem* questionable horse smarts?  (Caution – that post is also otherwise known as The One Thousand Ninety-Six comment Facebook status, no joke.)

 

Well… I’ve tried to catch them on video a time or two while they are “training” their horse to dance.

I can respect culture… I just can’t handle watching someone tie a horse down and beat its legs with a stick to make it “dance”. 

This post wasn’t supposed to be a downer – but watch what happens when these guys see me standing there with a camera on the parade route? (Because they quit hitting the horse every time they see that camera otherwise):

 

Go ahead… just watch the expressions – dare you not to giggle.

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heeeyyy!  I’m in a parade!  Isn’t my horse gorgeous?

 

 

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Wait a minute.  I know you!

 

Hey guys.  Guys!  Don’t look over there.

It’s that crazy woman with the camera.  Don’t look at her!

 

 

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And just because I can.  Seriously… look at their faces!

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Scared of little ol’ me?  Pshaw.

 

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Back to the craziness of the redneck parade.  Does yours have random Darth Vaders and biohazard suit guys on bikes?

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Or the parade grand marshal, Chewbacca?

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Or GRANDMA?!?!  Yeah… in the red shirt with the puppet :)

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Next on the list was the county fair.  Where Itty Bit forsook all other rides and only wanted to bounce.

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Don’t you love it when you get home and you realize that there is a whole story going on in your pictures and you had NO CLUE at the time?  The guy running the trampoline was a hoot!

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Then somebody had a birthday.

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If you guessed Itty Bit, you’d be wrong.  The man of the house is the one who can’t stop quoting Kung Fu Panda.

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My parents write the funniest stuff on giftwrap. (Remember the legendary one?)

 

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“We luv u, Son, and you can have our Bud-Light”

 

I promise, we didn’t let Itty Bit drink it.

 

In fact, it’s still in the fridge.

It’s just wrong to drink alcohol from your parents, right?

 

And in ultra-redneck news, check out the celebratory plate…

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Mom, that was a chocolate éclair with a candle, right?

And some kind of smoked salmon hotdog thingie?

I’m still kinda disturbed.

 

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I reeeaaaally wanted to get these for Mr. Daddy’s birthday:

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(squirrel insanity here)

 

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Then we hit up another county fair.

The difference between state fairs and county fairs is right here folks:

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Them are some first class hogs.

 

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Mr. Daddy shelled out 30 smackeroos for Itty Bit to win a $5 Minion.

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A creepy McCreeperson guy dressed as a geriatric Captain America approached Itty Bit at that junction.

 

I thought, “duuuude… six-year-old with a sharp object… creepy guy… you’d better run

 

But the thirty bucks?  Worth every penny.

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I promise, not much longer…

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Another important element of redneck fairs?  The antique tractors.

 

Picture #1:  He makes vroom vroom noises.

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Picture #2:  He discovers the seat is wet.

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Small town summer days include the fire truck showing up at church.

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Honey?  Better get away from…

 

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Oh Butter.  Ohhhhh Butter.

 

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And on a beautiful day when Mr. Daddy had saved up some energy – we hit the harbor for some fun.

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(remember Dana telling the whole world that Mr. Daddy had crabs?!?!)

 

and then Mr. Daddy had his fingers smashed approximately 42 times by a miniature hammer in the kid craft zone.

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Gratuitous gun show shot.  You’re welcome.

 

 

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But the real fun?

 

Was another kiddo outgrowing a toy.

 

And not being able to keep a secret long enough for us to get a proper helmet for a certain thrilled speedster.

 

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Umm yeah…

we found a full racing helmet pretty darn quick after this:

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(Gas engine + gravel = crash.  It was only funny because he and the fence and the quad were ok!)

 

 

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29 comments:

Angel Shrout said...

Well obviously your parade entrants have been privy to some of our parades in my hick town. I did tell you our mayor was Ronald McDonald right?So not kidding. Which makes for an interesting parade when he has to be the grand marshall then disappear to change into costume and toss out candy. I love the pics you take and sorry if I saw them beating the horse I would have to beat them, that's just me.

Kmama said...

It looks like you guys had a great summer!

The expressions on those parade guys' faces are just priceless. I'm so glad you captured them for us!

Jenny said...

Ouuu excellent shots of all the events. But, i gotta say a full face helmet and a "Bubble Wrap" suit if Itty Bit has any of his Mama's accident prone gene's. LOLOLOLO Sorry i had too.

Jenny said...

You know what I really loved about this post?

That you were out enjoying everything with your lovely family and not just blogging about them!

First grade!?!

That feels so hard...like they're still too little to be in school.

Love all your pictures and writing on gift wrap is genius. I am soooo stealing that idea!

Have a happy week!

Kameron said...

The nice warm weather is a break from rain! I don't know how you guys handle all of the rain! Yay for IB on his entry to first grade. Why do I feel like just yesterday we were looking at our 2 & 3 year olds and now we have K and 1st graders?? Way too fast. Damn time!

Bethany said...

hugs! I can't believe your baby is heading to school. Hope you have a wonderful full day his first day.

Love your summer. Love that you were able to enjoy parts of it. Praying like crazy for you all!

And you've got to win the award for craziest town ever. (I think I want to live there.)

Tiffany Bleger said...

Had a big 'ol grin on my face the entire time I was reading this. So glad you guys were able to get out and enjoy yourselves this summer.

BTW, you should be receiving a package soon...

Angie Vik said...

One year we had the UPS man as our parade marshall. Enjoyed reading about your fair and all the cute pictures of your little guy.

robin said...

All that seems so much more fun with your humorous commentary!!! Love the pictures and stories within! :)

SHANA said...

OH man, I loved going to the fair growing up and this year we will take Blaze too. Ours is mostly rides though. We like to check out all the animals though. I can't believe how Itty Bit has grown, it is crazy isn't it? How is he liking 1st grade? I hope it goes well for him. Love the quad photos too. He looks beyond thrilled about it and I can't blame him.

sara said...

these pictures scream FUN! love the one where Itty Bitty got soaked..the look on his face, priceless!

As we both enter new seasons in our lives..praying for you!

keep cherishing those moments with pictues!!! you'll be so glad you did!!!

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

Your pictures always make me smile, and you never fail to make me laugh! I hope Itty Bit has a great first day of school!

Dana Suggs said...

So many comments....so MANY comments....

But I'll leave it at: you made me cry. I miss you guys.

We really do need to live closer.

Emmy said...

Crazy how much those booths rip you off- but yea for Minions! Glad he was okay after crashing. He got soaked by the fire truck!!
Happy Birthday to your hubby!

danette said...

Love the parade photos, reminds me of a Christmas parade I went to w/ dh in his hometown (a small town in West Texas). Admittedly, there was no Darth Vader or Chewbacca, but they did have at least a couple of people walking dogs in the parade with Christmas lights wrapped around the leashes. Hope Mr. Daddy had a fun birthday (love the cake!) and glad Itty Bit was ok after his crash. :)

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