{Texas State Fair // 2014}

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The weekend before last we went to the Texas State Fair. It's a family tradition for us to all go together with Nate's family. We went on Sunday morning when they first opened to try to avoid some of the long lines. We always park in the back, close to the rides. We let Mason ride all of the kid rides first while we scope out where the new fried food stands are. Priorities!

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Mason rode 5-7 rides and then we headed over to play games. We were trying to find a game that Mason could win on his own, and we did. But then Nate started playing a game to try to win Mason a giant Sonic the Hedgehog. It only took $30 bucks, but he won! I think that was the most expensive stuffed animal we've ever bought! But the look on Mason's face was priceless! 

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After games we made our way to the indoor green-house area. They have trains that circle the center of the building and Mason always likes to see those. They also have a guy carving out huge pumpkins...but it was so crowded we couldn't make our way over to it.

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While walking back from the greenhouse we spotted a Fletcher corn-dog stand. Always a must when we're there! Fletcher corn-dogs are a Texas State Fair staple! And always so delicious! We ate our corn-dogs on the go while we trucked over to the Texas Bluebonnet Stand. It was one of the award winning fried foods this year and it was by far our favorite! Below is a description from their website - 

Deep Fried Texas Bluebonnet by Isaac Rousso
The Deep Fried Texas Bluebonnet is a blueberry muffin, scone-style batter that is stuffed with cream cheese, blueberries and sweet morsels of white chocolate. It is baked and deep fried to a perfect golden brown. This mountain of flavor is topped off with whipped cream, chopped white chocolate morsels, powdered sugar, blueberries, and a delicious blueberry glaze.

So dang good!! We found some tables in the middle of all of the food stands, so we parked it and tried a few things. We were right by the #dallasbig sign so of course we had to get pictures...

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Nate grabbed us a churro and a drink while others opted for fried milk and cookies. The churro was great, the fried milk and cookies not so much. Later we tried the funnel cake ale - it was actually good. I don't normally like beer...but this one had a great aftertaste! Nate also tried the fried cuban sandwich and others tried the fried gulf shrimp boil. The foods are always interesting!!

After stuffing our faces we headed over to see big Tex; another Texas State Fair Staple. We were among the other 5000 people trying to get a picture! ha.

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Next up was the cars!! We always love checking out the new cars & trucks coming out!! Mason likes to "drive" them, too! This area was pretty crowded, but we managed to see what we wanted to see. 

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Then we started making our way back towards the parking lot...using up our tickets as we went. Which meant more food! Oh and my MIL and I checked out the Cupcake Winery truck! 

Such a fun day and so many great memories made. 

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Have you ever been to the Texas State Fair? What's your favorite part about it? The rides? The food? The shows?

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{A Grateful Heart // VOL 9}

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Monday! 

It's been almost a week since I posted here! Not for lack of having anything to post about...but actually the total opposite. I'm overwhelmed. Last week was a busy week and I had absolutely no time to post. I've spent hours upon hours editing hundreds of pictures between my phone and two different cameras. It's quite the task! 

In the time I've been away from here we've baked some yummy Fall goodness, crafted, went to Jellystone Park for Fall Fiesta, visited the Pumpkin Patch, got Mason a costume, etc. Lots to catch up on in the coming days.

But for now, it's time for A Grateful Heart Monday...a link-up with Ember Grey. But even amidst the chaos there is so much to be grateful for.

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This week I am so grateful for Grandparents that are present. Mason is blessed with some of the greatest. My parents are amazing and my in-laws are amazing! Nate's parents booked us a camping trip to Jellystone Park and it was this past weekend. We love it during their Fall Fiesta time. There is so much to do and Mason has a complete blast. I am so thankful that they carve out a weekend to spend with us. I can see how much it means to Mason and in turn it means even more to Nathan and I. We make memories that I know Mason will always remember. 

I am grateful for...

+ grandparents that are present
+ great weather
+ seasons
+ nana buying and reading a new halloween book to mason in the dark with only a flashlight.
+ family time
+ good camping spots
+ making memories
+ having a day to catch up
+ fresh baked goodies

What are you thankful for this week?

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{Currently // Vol 2}

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Reading // Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - I'm only about 6% into this book. I don't know if it's because I am exhausted when I finally get to read a bit or what, but the book seems very hard to follow so far. I've had to re-read some parts of it. I'm not giving up though. I've heard good things about this book. 

Feeling // Grateful, yet undeserving. {always}

Eating // All things Fall and fried! ha. I say fried because we went to the Texas State Fair over the weekend and of course we had to try all of the new award winning fried foods. I'd say it was unanimous that our favorite this year was the Texas Bluebonnet. Other things tried by the family were the Funnel Cake Ale {actually had a good after-taste for a beer}, Fried Cookies & Milk, and Fried Gulf Shrimp boil. Of course we had to get a Fletcher's Corn dog...it's tradition!

Thinking about // This ebola break out and how a nurse is now infected with it after caring for the man that died of it last week. It's so scary and so sad! Prayers are with them all...the infected, those that cared for them, the families, ALL of them! 

Looking forward to // Jellystone Park this weekend for the Fall Fiesta! We may be knocking another thing off our Fall bucketlist as well!

Praying//  Lots of things! So many on my prayer list. Can I pray for you?

Listening //  Greater by Mercy Me has been on repeat lately! I just love it and the lyrics...man are they true?!!! 

Watching // Tons! I love that Fall shows have started back! Right now I am loving the Walking Dead, Grey's Anatomy, Parenthood, Scandal, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Resurrection, Forever, BlackList, Nashville, and Manhattan Love Story.

Loving // Life lately. I'm so blessed and just thank God every day for all that I have been given. I have a sweet little boy who fills my heart with so much joy, a husband that loves me something fierce, an amazing family, I work from home, Mason's school is awesome, our church is awesome. So much to love!  

What are you up to lately? If you've written a 'currently' post lately leave the link below! I'd love to read it.

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