We went to the Orange County Fair today. I love the fair. When I was a little girl, we went to the Del Mar Fair every summer. I remember those days in vivid detail. The heat, the noise, the livestock barns, riding the Scrambler with my Dad, or my favorite, the swings. I remember getting fudge, getting tired, getting wet on the log ride. I remember wanting a spa like those on display in the garden exhibit hall, wanting every kind of fried potato product, wanting to win a ribbon in the art show. One year I even showed my rabbit. Another year I worked with my Dad in his art booth.
The fair is in my blood.
And now, after our 4th summer going to the fair, it's in my kids' blood too. James declared that today was the best day of the summer. And he's already planning next year's visit.
I took a zillion pictures. Next year I think I'll have to go by myself for a day just to take photos. I could have taken a zillion more. Here are a few.
Of course, my favorite part of the fair is housed in a little booth. It costs 5 dollars to get in and it is worth every penny. I'm talking photo booth here. The first time we took the kids to the fair, 4 years ago, William was a few months old. We did our first family photo booth shot. We've done it every year since. We really had to squeeze in this year. 5 will fill up a photo booth.
And these photo booth strips are not only my way to bribe Aaron to go to the fair with us (he's not the big fair fan that I am), they are also some of my most treasured possessions. They're on my fridge and I look at them every day. I'm sure there will come a day when someone will be missing from our family photo booth shoot, off on a summer adventure. Until then I will make sure that we squeeze into that booth every year.
If you want to see a photo booth family shot retrospective, I am posting them tomorrow over at Lilly and the Brothers. They are pretty much a whole lot of fun.
And I can't do a post about photo booths without mentioning one of my blogging inspirations, Girl Hula. That girl really loves her photo booths.
And also, Inchmark Square Space, whose most recent post is eerily similar to this one. In fact, I commented that I felt as if Ms. Inchmark had written my blog for me. Check her out; her craft projects make me giddy.
As to the zillion photos, well, I will be posting more on Flikr. Now I've got to sleep off that funnel cake.