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Blue Ribbon Day ~ An Afternoon at the OC Fair

Yesterday we ventured down I-5 and headed to the OC Fair. My friend Angela is well schooled in this fair and assured me it was bigger and better than our more local Ventura County fair that is also currently going on. She had gathered some budget friendly information for our trip, too.

1. Bring $5 worth of school supplies {with receipt} for entrance into the fair. Entrance also included one FREE ride. It’s a win/win.

2. Read & Ride Program {kids ages 5-11} ~ Read two books, fill out a form, turn it in and receive 3 FREE rides.

The kids obviously wanted to IMMEDIATELY hit the death traps…..I mean rides, but we encouraged {OK….MADE} them check out some animal exhibits and the area where the biggest produce is awarded and displayed ~ AKA lemons and avocados on steroids!

The girls then made leather cuffs and bookmarks. This was perfect for Elliott and she can never find anything personalized with her name. I thought this was a nice fair souvenir for only $5.

The mamas figured it’d be better to go on a couple rides BEFORE eating lunch. Holden was turned down for a ride that he desperately wanted to go on due to his height and a kind young man and his girlfriend handed over their 2 tickets so that he could enjoy 2 other attractions as they had purchased a bracelet for “daily unlimited death trap usage”!!

As you can imagine, pin pointing a lunch item can be difficult at the fair. I talked Holden out of a $13 smoked turkey leg and redirected him to a $6 piece of cheese pizza! I had spotted a place that sold sourdough garlic bread which you could order gussied up in many different fashions….I chose the buffalo chicken version and was NOT disappointed. They also had a Nutella/bacon option which I’m sure received high marks, but I went with savory and was glad I did.

After lunch the kiddos explored some sketchy fun houses and we eventually embraced redneckness by making our way to the Turkey Stampede. It actually was tons of fun and now I think the kids will be questioning what we put on the table this Thanksgiving. Immediately after that, we crossed over to the Pig Races and secured a seat in the shade. Holden was chosen as one of four pig coaches for the finals and his choice, Bob, was the grand champion! He was so cute getting the crowd pumped up and rooting for “his” pig which was #6 and wore a blue bib.

We then took our blue ribbon winner and the rest of our crew for their long awaited sweet treat for the day…soft frozen lemonade, shaved ice, deep fried Oreos and Dippin’ Dots. Believe it or not I passed up my sweet treat for an ice cold water and Diet Coke! I’d never been so thirsty in all my life. Calories saved, I guess…….

We closed our day with a bird’s eye view of the fair on the sky ride. I praise the Lord that they have enough sense to require an adult to go on this because there is NO way I’d let Holden ride with his friends. I winced the whole time watching the three 9-year old girlies in the chair in front of us, yelling at them, “Please sit back! Don’t lean forward!” Longest 8-10 minutes of my life!!

BUT, we had a great day and the kids loved it. It had been 6 years since they had been to the fair! We went to the San Benito County Fair in the summer of ’08 before we moved back to So Cal. Holden was just 18 months and Elliott barely over 3 years old!

Here are some iPhone memories…..



















Despite my newfound old lady fear of heights, I think we need to make the county fairs a permanent fixture on our summer bucket lists from here on out.

Missing the San Diego County Fair {or the Del Mar Fair for us locals} and the memories made there over the years…..

Don’t Be Immune To A Good Book


This morning was busy…drop-off, Book Fair, PTA meeting…

Elementary school is no joke!

I’m already trying to plan how I can volunteer in the classroom, help with PTA sponsored fun like the Father/Daughter dance, Jog-A-Thon, stay on top of homework and run a household.

Not to mention fitting in 20 minutes reading time each night.

I admit, we have not been the best book readers lately. We have oodles of good books and go to the library from time to time, but we need to be better about sitting down and logging reading hours this school year.

The kids {especially Holdy} will sit and read on their own, but I too enjoy a good children’s book. My current faves are the Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious series.

Elliott made her wish list yesterday when her class visited the book fair in the library. She copied the names of the titles she wanted onto a sheet of paper and I went and tracked down her book choices this morning.

A book caught my eye, however:


I was drawn to the darling title, but mostly the vintage inspired illustrations!

Not to mention that it’s the cutest little story.

With the varicella vaccine nowadays, our kids won’t experience this pesky virus like we did, but I was going to use this book as a way to explain how vaccines {and as our kids know them…”shots”} work and the benefits of them.

So, if you see this adorable title at your school book fair or know someone who has chicken pox, think about picking it up! It truly is a story that I’m going to have fun reading ~ rhymes that roll off your tongue accompanied by the tastiest illustrations.

As for me, my latest read is this:


Yes, I love Tori {and Dean!}. I’ve read her other two books. I refuse to buy them so I just reserve them at the library…they are super duper quick reads. My kind of books.

I don’t know how well I’d do in a book club.

Unless they like these types of mindless reads. And drink wine. And enjoy delicious little finger foods.

I could do that.

But yes, I am reading this now and plan to start Bethenny Frankel’s books next.

Love her, too.

Can you see a pattern here?

Reality TV junkie. {raising hand}

Nevertheless, we are starting to read AT LEAST 20 minutes a night here at Chez Aspiras.

We can become immune to chicken pox, but I certainly don’t want my little ones to ever be immune to reading!

What children’s books do y’all enjoy?

Always looking for some new ones…it’s much more fun to read to your kids when YOU like the book, too!

Am I right?


Happy Wednesday!