Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Mexico State Fair

I decided I better hurry and post all of my Fall "to-be-posted" posts quickly before Christmas sneaks up on me and then I'll be behind on those too! I previously posted about our trip to Albuquerque, NM for the New Mexico State Fair last month, and shortly after that is our local New Mexico State Fair, which is another of our favorite Fall family activities! It's become a trend that we go to our local fair twice while it's going on, and this year was no different! We went the first time with some friends and their kids, and Aunt Melissa (and baby Landon to-be). Then we went again with my mom, dad, sister, and cousin Aubrey! (And unfortunately, all I had with me both times was the camera on my phone :(. And for the second time around, my phone was dying, so I didn't get nearly as many pictures as I would have hoped, but these are some of my favorites).

NM Fair, here we come! Jaden's was super excited, and clearly Elijah was just as enthused!

Jaden got to ride on a select few of the carnival rides. This kiddy train was his favorite, along with his friends Abbey and AJ.

Elijah was thrilled looking at all of the different projects that the local school kids created...

...and was much less excited looking at (and listening to) all of the show animals! My little Mr. Independent was suddenly clinging to Aunt Melissa as if his life depended on it!

The goats were so friendly and the kids loved feeding them.

State Fair, Take 2
This time, Daddy and Aunt Angie were the lucky riding buddies.

Those goats have got to be pretty full by now.
Jaden was shocked to actually hear the cows "mooing" up close and personal!
You just can't go to the State Fair and not go on a pony ride!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Amigo Airsho

The Amigo Airsho is one of our favorite October events here, especially having two little guys who absolutely love airplanes! The shows that the different airplanes put on are absolutely mesmerizing and have a way of making us feel overwhelmingly prideful of this amazing country we live in! In addition to all of the airplanes, Jaden was definitely in awe of all of the soldiers that he saw and must have pointed out every single one.

At last year's show, we got to see the stealth bomber fly, which was amazing, and amazingly loud! Jaden liked it from a distance but was terrified by the noise. This year, he kept reminding me that he's bigger now ("I'm four now," he kept telling me - Even though he knows he's still 3 for a little bit longer, he's insistent that we should just say he's 4 already). And along with being "4" comes an immunity to insanely loud airplanes. So since I didn't have to worry about Jaden, I tried to get Elijah to keep earplugs in his ears before the Thunderbird's show began. He wasn't having it, so I left him unplugged and figured that the Thunderbirds probably wouldn't be too loud. Boy was I wrong! My mom and I jumped out of our skin when we heard the loud rumble of the jets as they flew by, but not Elijah. When he heard the jets, he started... dancing! Now I know there isn't a noise that little boy won't dance to! Both boys loved the show and I enjoyed the time together with family.

Jaden had to take every plane he owns with him to the Airsho and whenever we saw a plane flying, he'd fumble through his bag to find a plane that resembled it the closest, and then imitated the airplanes actions with his own plane.

The Thunderbirds Show

The boys got to take a picture with one of the paratroopers. You can imagine that was the highlight of Jaden's day. Elijah was just happy to have his socks and shoes off!

Airplanes up close!

These two cuties had so much fun!

Here are a couple of videos I took at the Airsho. (Too bad I didn't get Elijah dancing).