First of all, thank you to everyone who responded to last Wednesday’s post! I think my friend appreciated it, although some of it may have been difficult to read. Again, thank you!
We had a long weekend this weekend, which started on Thursday afternoon. Before I get to that though, a few pictures from during the week!
This week was the National Baby Food Festival in Fremont, my hometown. When my girls got wind of this, they just had to go. I hate to say this, but if you’re ever in Michigan the 3rd week of July, the Baby Food Festival is not a must-see. In fact, a few years ago Reader’s Digest listed it as the “#1 summer festival to avoid.” There are some interesting things such as a baby crawl, baby food eating contest, and baby food cook off…but overall, it’s just a lot of fried food and carnies who haven’t had a shower all summer.
Oh, and if you’re reading this, and you’re wondering why in the whole wide world Fremont has a baby food festival, it’s because Fremont is the home of:
Ok, on with the pictures!
The girls painting on a giant mural which was in the parade on Saturday:
The girls on some of the carnival rides:
Shawn took the girls on the Gravitron, although Alivia had actually been on it 2 years ago at a county fair. We were a little worried about Lainey, but she did great. However, there was a fat boy who rode it at the same time, and promptly threw up everywhere after he got off!
In case you can’t remember what the Gravitron is, it looks like this from the outside:
It does look like more of an adult ride, but I assure you that my children met the height requirement!
On Thursday afternoon Shawn and the girls picked me up from work and we drove to Ohio. That evening there was a baby shower for Shawn’s cousin’s wife who is having twins in October. Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures at the baby shower. Then, on Friday we were going to go to the zoo but it was 95 degrees with a heat index of 110, so we decided against it. Instead, we went to the Imagination Station in Toledo. Before the Imagination Station, Shawn excitedly proclaimed that he had some place to take us to lunch. He said it was even famous!
Tony Packo’s! Guess what? I went, I ate, and I still have no idea why it was a big deal. There were autographed hot dog buns on the walls, and seriously, does it get any better than that? If you’re not picking up on my sarcasm, then you might as well just leave now.
Shawn of course got a hot dog
which made me want to vomit:
and so did Lainey:
I opted for a chicken sandwich and Alivia got the mac n’cheese, which looked delicious, but she complained about it the whole time!
After our wonderful lunch, we headed to the Imagination Station. We all had a great time, and I would highly recommend it!
Lainey inside the hurricane simulator:
There was a pretend grocery store, and a pretend hospital, which was one of Alivia and Lainey’s favorite areas. Alivia was especially thrilled with the doll she found in the hospital which had a penis:
This is actually really funny to me because when I was in 3rd grade I went to my friend Trincie’s house and she had a doll with a penis. I was so excited that I told my Mom all about it when she came to pick me up. I think Trincie’s Mom was mortified! I’m glad Alivia shares my love of dolls with peckers!
Playing tug-of-war with Dad:
This was one of those no-gravity-tippy rooms:
On Saturday, Shawn and I went to a wedding, which was actually the whole purpose of this trip! We had originally planned on taking the girls with us, but when Shawn’s aunt offered to keep them for us, we took her up on it! They love staying with Shawn’s aunt and uncle…they picked sugar snap peas from the garden, did science experiments, had a water balloon fight, went to church, and then had Wendy’s for supper.
The wedding we went to was for one of Shawn’s best friends from college. It was in Hicksville (yes, Hicksville!), Ohio at a restored Opera House. The location was really cool, although I didn’t get a lot of pictures because I couldn’t figure out the best setting for my camera :(
Their children were the maid of honor and best man, they were so cute!
Ang walking down the aisle:
The end of the ceremony:
The reception was at Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village in Archbold. The decorations were so beautiful!
Shawn and I actually ended up sitting by ourselves, so I told him the cake in the center of table was all for me!
When they cut the cake, instead of feeding the cake to each other, they threw the first piece at the photographer!
You can also see the back of Ang’s dress in this picture, it was so gorgeous!!
Shawn and Ang:
I also got my picture taken with Shawn and Ang, but I decided I looked morbidly obese in that picture, so here I am sitting down:
Ang told us when we left we should take the cake on our table. She really had to twist our arm, because I hate chocolate cake…
I wasn’t really going to take a bite, but who can ride a half hour holding a chocolate cake on their lap without taking a bite?