We have been going to Oremfest (I guess it is actually called Summerfest...but we've always called it Oremfest) for 10 years straight. We've gone HUGE pregnant we've gone sick pregnant, we've gone with BRAND NEW babies...I even went alone when Cortney had been hit by a car days before. We are committed to it. Honestly....I have always loved fairs but it is more of a pain than it is fun. hahaa. This year was perfect though. Even though we have so many kids we are getting better at it and know more what to do.
We always try to go Friday right as the rides open up. We had the PERFECT weather this year. It was in the 70's...usually it is steaming hot or raining. We met up with Angie and Qianna. First thing we got the rides out of the way. We sent our 3 oldest boys on their own with some tickets and took the babies on the baby rides. We set up a meeting place in an hour and surprisingly the boys showed up right on time.
I loved seeing these 3 jammed into one seat. Plus the carnie was really digging Angie. I thought he was going to ask to be her boyfriend right there. hahaa.
Henry sure looks bored here. haha.
After rides we went around and scoped prices for the best treat. We got the kids 1 dollar pineapple ice cones that were so good. The icecream was supposed to be like the dole whip ice cream at Disneyland. It was a GREAT deal...which made me happy. Then we each got a huge bag of cotton candy. The kids were thrilled.
Henry had a cotton candy beard and he told me "I look like Cortney". haha funny kid.
I don't know how we didn't get a group picture before Angie left but here are our 10! It can be pretty hectic, but it is getting easier as we have older boys to help out.
LOVE Fiona in this picture. hahaa.
The big kids had just BARELY gotten home from Nauvoo. It was good to have them back but look at these weirdos. haha.
I sure missed my baby.
The next day we headed to our seats for the parade. We had saved them the day before. It is a mad house. People everywhere.
Cali and I were sitting there and she just had a sudden distinct impression to look for Fiona. Fiona was supposed to be on the road with the rest of our kids. Joey Ran up there to look for her but she wasn't there. That is the worst feeling in the world. Cali took of up the road, Cortney went down and Joey took went down front practically in the parade. I stayed on our blanket praying and looking left and right. After like 5 minutes Cali found her...she was walking with a mom who had seen her way down the road. This was our 3rd kid in 10 years lost....it is the worst. There were 2 other mom's looking for their kids at the same time. It is just mayhem.
I included these unflattering pictures because they are funny. I am making crazy mom faces...Cali is adamantly telling Joey something and he is just looking at his phone. Funny.
We had just found Fiona at this point.
you can get an idea of just how many people there are.
I am including these pictures not to be vain...but because I am never in pictures with my babies.
Darling darling THEO. I love him. (he totally looks like me....hahaa)
We left before the parade was over and got out of there before the traffic got bad. It amazed me how many people said stuff to Cortney about his beard. It was crazy.
It is a hard tradition...but I am always glad we go. I am wondering how many years we have before our kids out grow it....not too many I imagine.