{Explore Southern Oregon} Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair

Okay, technically Tulelake is in California, not Oregon… but its only 25 minutes away from our house, so for the sake of us exploring our local area, it makes this post series.  Brandon’s dad grew up in Tulelake, which hosts one of the best local fairs around.  We skipped the carnival side of it all because Capri is so young, and we thought Shiloh would enjoy the animals more than rides.  Be prepared to see a lot of pictures of farm animals.

Shiloh got to ride a pony named Sparkle.  She insisted on me holding her hand the first 5 times around… but then shoved me away.  Little Miss Independent.  She made me so proud to see her riding all by herself.

We got to tour through the different barns- beef, swine, sheep, goats, etc, and see the prize winning livestock.

I think Capri yelled at almost every living animal with 4 legs.

Despite the fact that this was not a petting zoo, and no one had food to feed the animals, some of them sure got friendly with us.

My favorite part was the pig races.  How can you NOT laugh at tiny piglets racing around a track?  And some of them jump too?  Amazing.

A fair is a great excuse to eat really REALLY unhealthy food, right?  Shiloh got her introductory taste to the world of corn dogs.  She’s a fan.  Brandon and I enjoyed some good ol’ fashion bbq sandwiches.  They must put something special in fair food, because everything tastes so darn good.  Am I right, or am I right?

This little lamb/sheep/ewe, was named Polka-Dot.  Her 8 year old owner told us all about her while her mom gave her a trim.  Polka-Dot was sleeping mind you, the entire time.

Have you ever seen a white turkey?  We hadn’t. Never even knew they existed.

These little piglets were 9 days old.  And below, 9 day old calves.  Crazy the size difference.  But the piglet breeder said that they would grow to be 800 pounders.  800 POUNDS?!?

We met up with cousin-friends.  And ended the night running around and hanging out together.

The fair was one of the best evenings we have had.  It was really fun to see a fair through the eyes of our girls.  The Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair lasted 4 days, and was complete with so many activities that we didn’t get to see because we only went one evening.  They had rodeos, greased pig competitions, tractor pulls, a parade, auctions, live music, and so much more.  We are already talking about going again next year.

September 9, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Jessie - The jumping pig made me laugh. That’s amazing! We just went to our county fair a few weekends ago. We bypassed the rides too and went straight to the 4H animals. Sooo much fun for the whole family!

It Can Wait

I have had so many days lately where I run around rushing.  Got to clean the house.  The bathroom needs to be wiped down.  The laundry is piling up.  The clean clothes are folded but not put away.  The floors need to be vacuumed and mopped.  We still have boxes that haven’t been unpacked.  So much to do and not enough time.  But you know what?  It can wait.  Because these little girls of mine need me.  They need to be loved, touched, hugged, taught, played with, inspired.  They need to dance around the house.  They need to laugh.  They need to curl up next to me and fall asleep.  They need to talk and listen to me talk.  They need to run around the front yard. They need to get dirty.  They need to splash in the bathtub.  All my worries about keeping everything perfectly clean can wait.  It can all wait.  I would rather not let these moments when Shiloh and Capri are little to pass by because I care about having a perfect house.  And when I am dancing around the house to Justin Timberlake while laughing and singing at the top of my lungs with Shiloh, I can’t worry about vacuuming.  It.  Can.  Wait.

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”  ~Matthew 6:27

September 7, 2013 - 7:54 am

Jessica - Your children are precious and sleeping kids are the cutest. and yes some things just have to wait in order so that we can actually experience and feel the world around us and spend time with those that matter most to us.

Have a blessed Saturday!!
I am visiting from Casey Wiegand’s link up.


September 7, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Jessie - What a BEAUTIFUL blog! I am so glad I stumbled upon this. You just echoed one of the same lessons I learned a few weeks ago. My house will forever be a mess with two little boys. They need me now.

September 8, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Katie Poe - Such a sweet, sweet post!
Ok, so I nominated you for the Liebster Award! If you accept, you can check out my blog post and join in:
So excited to have found your blog!

{Explore Southern Oregon} Howard Prairie Camping

Our family took off for a 4 day camping trip this weekend.  We decided to only go up to join them for a day.  It was heavenly to get away, be outdoors, walk around the lake, explore, catch bugs, eat camp food, and the best was spending time unwinding with family.  Brandon remembers when he was a kid, going camping almost every single year.  Its those memories that bring him so much joy now in life… remembering fishing with his brothers, his dad teaching them how to do it, bike riding, and chipmunks.   We want our family to make memories that last and that Shiloh and Capri can one day sit around and remember the fun and joy together.

September 6, 2013 - 7:42 am

katie - i grew up camping several times a year with my family and they are some of the BEST memories that i have! i’m excited to pass on my love for all things outdoors to my boys. 🙂 glad to have found your little space!

Friday Photo Dump

Hey!  Its Friday!  Fridays are slowly becoming my favorite days.  I meet up with my cousin and we take the girls for a long walk in our strollers while we catch up with each other.  I look forward to it each week.  But that has nothing to do with these pictures.  They are just random ones taken lately.

{Explore Southern Oregon} Bonanza Chili Cook-off & Car Show

Yesterday we attended the last day of Bonanza’s Chili Cook-off and Car Show.  It was an unexpectedly fun day.  I mean, we knew it would be fun, but we had no clue we’d enjoy it as much as we did.  Since Brandon grew up here, I think its easy to forget how great some of the annual and local things truly are.  The Cook-off was decked out with bounce houses, Civil War Society reenactments, crafters, a bbq, local booster clubs, live music, cars, and of course, chili.

And apparently my youngest has an insatiable appetite for chili.

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