I have accomplished goal #8. Last year I entered my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding picture in a photo contest and I won $50. And this year I entered a few pictures in a another local contest and I won for 3 of them, with a total of $100 in gift cards to local businesses. Here are my winning pictures.
You have to check out these fantastic pictures of my cousin’s adorable babies. This woman takes amazing pictures! I hope you don’t mind me posting the link Jamie.
This gal does the cutest YW’s lessons, I have used another one of hers, and if I had to teach this week I would be using this as well.
So we have finally made it to my favorite part of the Carnival this year. As I mentioned in the post above, I don’t like to ride on the rides, only the Ferris Wheel, the others make me sick. So the first night we went with some friends of ours, and while they were on the ride I finally talked Johnny into letting us each spend one dollar, not on a ride, or a game, but to look at, “The Worlds Largest Rat”. Totally worth every penny. It was hilarious. It was behind his curtain, so you totally want to see if it is real or not, and it only cost $1, so why not, right? If you have ever seen the Princess Bride, it is one of the ROUSs-rodents of unusual size!! This stupid rat was the size of a Black Lab dog, it was huge!! So there you have it, my favorite part of the carnival, and it only cost $1. Plus the little old man was so nice, and so proud of his rat. Awesome all the way around.
Fair time was the most anticipated time of year in our valley, second only to Christmas I’m sure. It was right before school started again, and all the lucky kids got to wear their new school clothes to show them off to all of their friends they hadn’t seen all summer. It was a grand time growing up. Dad would give us each a little bit of money to spend on whatever game or ride we wanted. He always said that he wasn’t going to give us anymore money during the week, so we better make it last, he lied every year. We could always go running back for more money and without fail he would hand us over a few more dollar bills, the poor man about went broke during fair time with 7 kids. Rides make me sick, so I would always spend my money on the games. I would have my heart set on some mirrored unicorn picture, or filthy stuffed bear, and play until I ran out of money in a vain attempt to make those items mine. My favorite carnival game was Treasure Chest. Damn how I loved that game. If you haven’t seen or played it, you are missing out. You hand the guy your $5 and he gives you back a few tokens to put in their version of slot machines. You try to aim your tokens so it pushes off more of them and you can keep playing and winning the prizes. It was my favorite game one year at the fair, and I never saw it again after that, until the Carnival came to my new town this year. And that first night, as I rounded the corner, it stood there, beckoning to me, while rays of sun shown down on it’s striped top. I had to play this game again. And my nice indulgent husband, gave me $5 and let me play again. It was just like I remember, except that this time it was only fun for about 5 minutes and then I was shoving in all my coins to get rid of them as fast as I could because I was now bored, and afterwards my hands were black from touching all the yucky coins. Then we found a place to wash my hands and did something that didn’t make us bored, we ate carnival food!
Don’t miss part 3 or my carnival night, I have been saving my very favorite part for last!
I was super excited to go to the carnival this year so I could try taking pictures. Plus I love to see all the freaks and crazy people, who I swear only come out during carnival time, because I have never seen them before, it is almost like Halloween in July. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the carnival.