Friday, September 18, 2009

County Fair

This time of year always make me nostalgic for the country fair.
The county fair is such a special tradition in my hometown that the local schools celebrate "Fair Day" and let kids out of class for opening day. Growing up on a farm, the fair was a family event. I remember the year my sister, Hilary's pig was crowned grand-champion and she won a belt buckle almost as big as she was. I remember the year my sister Holly grew the largest zucchini in the county. I remember getting up early to ride with dad in his old truck down to the fairgrounds to check on our animals before school. I remember mom's frantic warnings about "carnie's" and the warm, delicious funnel cakes with powdered sugar. And no one will ever forget the year Grandma B rode a pig and broke three ribs!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Summer on the farm

Although I live in Los Angeles now, I love taking my girls to spend the summer at Nana and Papa's farm. I like to think my little chicks get the best of city and country living.

The garden where E and L love helping Nana and Papa pick fresh tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and herbs


The famous rope swing!

Fun in the sprinklers

The party barn!

Not only do I love spending time with my family, but watching my kids play at the farm with their cousins is like reliving the very best moments of my childhood. Thank you Nana and Papa!

Monday, September 14, 2009


August 2009
Originally uploaded by sarahamina
In Germany there is a tradition that parents give their children a schultute or cone filled with school supplies and little treats before school starts. Always on the lookout for new traditions in our family, I thought this was a great way to usher in a new school year.