Loosened from the mud, I find myself floating in a world of possibility.

So can you.

back to the state fair

I never thought we'd be the parents who would indulge their child in this manner. I never thought we'd be the family that would visit the MN state Fair twice in one season. Usually we are a once every other year family but exceptions always need to be made when there is a child involved.

This time around it was all about the rides.

It's heartbreaking to realize how much my kid has grown. My heart clenches up when I imagine her on the puppy roller coaster all by herself. My heart clenches because I think one of us should have been on that ride with her - it was moving too fast for photos. She is so daring, so brave. Her smile never once quit on that fast ride.

It is mind-boggling to realize that the kiddie rides are too slow and too tame for her already.

I don't understand this heart clenching I'm feeling as I look through these photos. I only know that it is the most glorious and the most painful feeling today.

My brave, bright, beautiful girl. My love.

We began the day on the big ferris wheel.

I didn't have a panic attack which was totally awesome.

We arrived at the Fair crabby and bickering. While the ferris wheel did snap us out of our foul moods, we quickly returned to the bickering and I realized that we don't know how to interact with each other in the city. We don't do much together as a family in the city and all three of our personalities are drawing us into disparate directons.

Ice cream focused us on togetherness especially since we had to huddle together to share the cup.

Sitting in the sky ride helped us focus on togetherness. But, damn, we look old(er).

My man with cream puff all over his beard.


My love.


  1. I love this series! I was at the Fair yesterday too -- by myself taking photos. I even rode the giant slide by myself!

    1. You are brave, Jenny. I couldn't do the big slide, but Niobe loved it! There is still so much more to see. I hope you had a great time taking photos and being by yourself!


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