Monday, October 25, 2010

L.A. County Fair

So, it seems we've been spending lots of time in L.A. County. Actually, the L.A. County Fair is nestled in the Pomona Fairgrounds on the easternmost part of the county; only a hop and a skip away from our lovely city. Anyway...

We were able to secure tickets and a parking pass for FREE because a friend was leaving town and wouldn't be able to use them. Lucky us! We met our neighbors, the Ingrams, there. The had also conveniently scored some tickets and with them came Ben's best friend, Ava.

That day there was one of those amazing end of summer thunderstorms. You know, the kind that is warm and windy with scattered showers but makes the sky look like someone threw paint at it. This is what we saw:

It was beautiful. That streak of light reaching the mountains is actually a rainbow, but these were taken at sunset so the colors were insane.

The first stop we made was to see the animals, which just so happened to be on the opposite side of the fair (lucky us).

Ben's reaction was mixed with delight, fear and reservation. He liked to touch animals if and only if they were on the other side of the fence, Ava was touching them, or he was being held. He had a deep respect for them.

As you can see, he was a little afraid.

Yep. Still a little afraid.

Sophie enjoyed her outing in the stroller.

Ben and I went down a slide together. One of those huge carnival slides. The kind that you look at and realize that it had been disassembled and reassembled recently and then wonder how safe it is and how healthy it could possibly be for a slide to be disassembled and reassembled so often. Nevertheless, we went down together. He was delighted and I was afraid.

Going down together.

The only picture taken of me that night... Ben's thinking, "Mommy, what's wrong with you?"

Ben, of course, wanted to go down again but we were conveniently out of ride tickets.

Ben's favorite FAVORITE part of the fair were the trains. Pomona Fairgrounds has a permanent train display of retired engines and coaches. He and Ava love Thomas the Tank Engine and they love trains. They can't get enough and run around our houses screaming, "Choo choo! Choo choo trains!" They got to go in the cabs and look inside the trains.

We had a great time.

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