Every year our Stake (a group of neighborhood congregations in our church) does a Harvest Fair. In the past my girls and I have really had fun competing in the cake decorating, canning, and produce competitions. It's fun to say in passing "my prize winning tomatoes"...""my prize winning chocolate cake"..."my prize winning daughter"...
This year was a hard year for us. We all had a million places to be that day. Ari had been planning a flower arrangement though for a while, so she made that, I threw some tomatoes on a platter, and we rushed over -just her and me. We were too late to be in the judging, but I was still glad we went.
My friend entered his wood sculpture. He designs them on a computer, and then, as he puts it, uses "every woodworking tool and machine known to man" to make them become a reality. This is him with his daughters.
I have another friend who enters a metalworking project every year. Pretty impressive --last time it was chain mail.
There were pony rides for the kids.
These ponies --only as big as large dogs!
Face painting and kids crafts,
A one family bluegrass band. I'd heard these guys before at a park concert and they never disappoint!
I was so excited to hear "Devil went down to Georgia". Been a while!
Gardening demo ladies.
Chick loving girls.
Here was my tomato platter. Fancy. Ish.
Ari's flower arrangement. She bought the water crystals, and a flashing color changing LED light for the vase with her own money.
We didn't stay long at the Harvest fair, because I was due up the canyon for a girls' weekend. Oh my gosh I needed this! My friend was moving back to California, so one of our group borrowed a cabin for us to stay in for a night as a going away thing. I was so excited to get up there, I drove without thinking right into BYU game traffic and was stuck an hour in Provo. I was not happy. I hated BYU, football, the entire city of Provo, the guy in the car in front of me (you were lucky you weren't a passenger in my car or you wouldn't have escaped my wrath either).
But I finally made it, and it was worth the wait. I have to give you a tour of the "cabin". It was like going to a parade home. The bathroom was the cutest. In fact we wanted to take the group picture in the bathroom because we all loved it. Weird I know, but do you see that tub and tile?
Adorable kitchen with our plethora of snacks.
Cozy living room.
We ate (of course), and then furiously played games for hours.
and I mean furiously!
We talked and talked, and I loved it. So many stories. I was chatting with one of my friends later, and she commented on how cool it was that the conversation never dragged into gossip and criticism of people. These are nice girls. Of course we didn't go to bed until like 3:00, but it was worth the missed sleep. My sister always says, that talking and talking about your feelings (and listening and listening to them) is not a husband's job, it's for girlfriends.
The next day my fantastic friend made crepes for all of us, and we ate them with hot chocolate and herb tea.
It was raining as I drove back down the canyon for church, but it only made the canyon more beautiful. A great memory.