Friday, August 29, 2014

Our 2014 County Fair: Part II; The Amazing Arthur

Benjamin got to perform as side-kick to "The Amazing Arthur"!
When the crowd was asked to supply a $20 bill for a trick, David offered and Benjamin got selected to be the magician's assistant!
This was no ordinary magician! This guy, Amazing Arthur, really was amazing! And he was HILARIOUS to boot!
We are still marveling at his world-class magic tricks! We are also rubbing our cheeks from laughing so hard!
Benjamin hopped up on stage, introduced himself, and told everyone, "Today is my birthday, so now I'm five year's old!".
Ben was the perfect side-kick! He added comedic comments and gestures to everything Amazing Arthur had to say!
We tried to take pictures and video, but were laughing steady through the entire act!
Ben was at his cutest!
Ben knew he was at his cutest!

When told, "Okay kid, you stand over there", Ben stood with his foot raised, his arms spread out and his tongue out.
Ben giggled on cue and improvised as well.

The audience lit up for them both!
Ben received a nice round of applause and a balloon hat.
The end result was one VERY HAPPY birthday boy!

Our 2014 County Fair: Part I

Elephants doing hand stands!?! Oh, yeah! Ben's impressed!

Ben met some Cow friends!

He petted many Goat friends!

He joined a group of children who were chasing bubble-blowing clowns!
Ben wanted to see the "gears and motors". He had a lot of good questions!

Luckily, his Daddy had a lot of answers for him.  "That there is a stick-out son."
The stinkier the motor, the more Ben liked it.
Ben thought the older motors looked like something he could build out of legos.
This is my fried neuron treat. They called it a "funnel cake" on the menu, but I know better. My own baking experience makes me question the name considerably. However, my own sweet tooth kept it all from going to waste.
Under the Big Top, Benjamin got to play side-kick to the funniest comedian/magician we have ever seen! These are our keepsakes. It was such a great experience that we are posting it as a separate blog post (click here to read it).
Benjamin was quite brave at the carnival this year! This is the "Raiders of the Ark" climbing sliding thingus he scaled 30 or so times.
This is the "meat grinder" portion of the creepy "fun house" Ben powered through 50+ times. 
Just how brave was Ben this year? Well, Let's just say... that is his blue shirt streaming down the mountainous Super Slide all by himself!
He made it! He even climbed up to do it again! However, the second time he got stuck and came back down the stairs. That's just a sign of intelligence if you ask me.

We spent time on some old favorites.
We spun him around and he kept his lunch down. He kept telling Dad to spin faster!
He rode a Dragon for the first time!
It looked pretty scary, but he hung on tight without a complaint.
We all climbed on the Carousel together. We took a break for dinner and went back for more rides with all the "pretty lights" lit.

Our tired little race car driver climbed in his favorite car.
He had a go at many other models too.
The house of mirrors was full of pretty girls to follow.
And with all that to think about, we tucked him in to bed, exhausted.
Happy Birthday, Benjamin Jon; you brave, outgoing, fun, funny, friendly, five-year-old boy! We love you!

Happy 5th Birthday, Benjamin!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

August showers bring fungal towers!

The Mushroom hunter went out dressed for success!
He found King Boletes popping up all over our Aspen stand!

Some lucky deer found this big Bolete first. This fluke was about a foot wide!
Did I find an Oyster mushroom, right in my own yard?!

We are still trying to identify this one. We are pretty sure it is poisonous.

Benjamin was singing in the rain.

Benjamin sang his "mushroom song" all the way back to the house.

My Dahlias like the rain!

Back at the house, we dried off, researched our Boletes, and prepared to cook our wild crop.
Ben had a good time dissecting the sponge-like layer of Boletaceae tubes.