All the fun of the fair!
I was invited by my friend Alicia, one of the mums from Morayo-Hope's school, to a fair at one of the local churches. (Yes, I'm making friends!) It was nice to have something to take the kids to that was guaranteed to have them passed out in bed without a problem! It was a fun evening for all! The usual playground rides were there in full force being operated by guys that looked like they were seriously considering throwing themselves under the little train. "Is this really my life?", seemed to be the look du jour. Lined up along one side were the usual fair games, (that we all know aren't fair at all - and these were being run by an external company), guaranteed to weedle every last dime from your purse, a bit of sweat, and quite possibly a drop of blood just to win a soft toy that you could get from the dollar store. Not possessing the weaponry of Gru from Despicable Me, we strolled swiftly past them to be confronted by the candyfloss stand which we continued to pretend to ignore. Especially me. I love can-dy-floss and i cannot lie! Anyway, I had to look & act responsible and not be that mum that shows her kids up on a sugar high at the fair. There probably hasn't ever been one, but I'm sure I'd be the one.
There was an amazing food tent, with food being served completely by church volunteers. (It was so good I forgot to take pics - sorry!) I'd been having a hankering for beef since Wednesday so I chowed down a burger. Morayo-Hope had a hot dog - her new favourite American food! Judah had chicken fingers. Side-note: not sure why they call them fingers, they should be called hands they are so huge! Anyway, in true Judah style, he dealt with those "fingers" like a champ. Alicia & Madeline had doughboys. I've been introduced to a New England classic! Those things are delicious! Tempted to go back to the fair just to buy a dozen (6 savoury, 6 sweet), come lie on the floor, eat them in quick succession and pass out.
The kids got to try out some games in the tent - they were run by the church and were therefore a little fairer. Maddie was awesome on the American football game - aiming the ball through a tyre. You had to get a certain number in to win a soft toy. Morayo-Hope wasn't so great.....she looked like she was aiming for the tyre but her arms acted out a scene from a different script. That ball headed for the moon and stars, got a high five from Jesus and was sent back. A little boy in a Tom Brady shirt came and showed us how it's done, then gallantly gave Morayo-Hope his prize Racoon....after a little nudge from his dad who clutched evidence of a prior conquest. I should've taken that little boy's name - he's destined for big things! Maddie went on to win on her second attempt and walked off with a pink and green lizard.
We left the tent being serenaded by 2 elderly gents on saxaphones and danced elegantly towards the exit. The girls got to have a final ride on the train where the guy actually looked like he would enact his death wish on this next round. Thankfully no such drama occurred. Well, no drama - except Alicia and I losing our formerly held "most elegant dancing mums" title as we dragged 2 protesting girls from the church grounds.