Saturday we got up early and headed out to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It was a beautiful day, even got some sun. We started out visiting all the livestock, the kids loved seeing the horses, cows, pigs, chickens & baby chicks, bunnies, goats, and even a bee and worm exhibit. Colin went on a pony ride, which he loved. They played on the tractors and even bought candy at the candy booth.
Then we went outside to the carnival. First we went through a Farmers market, where the kids had to collect (fake) eggs, milk, corn, fruit to then sell at the farmers market. With the "money" they earned, they were able to buy a treat (crackers and rice krispie treat). Then it was off to the carnival rides and games. Katherine really enjoyed the carnival games this year, winning more stuffed animals (as if we don't have enough of them). Colin was more into the rides, but he is too small for a lot of them, but luckily we found a few that he could ride. He reminded me of the movie Big, in the beginning where he is in line but he is "too small" to ride with his friends, making him wish to be big. Colin would run and point to a ride but the height requirement was 36 inches and he is 32… hopefully next year. But we did go one the carrousel, a carnival ride that spun us around( which he loved) and a two story slide (which I am not sure how he felt about it, but he didn't cry). On the other hand, Katherine the fearless has now discovered FEAR. Rides that she has done the last two years in a row, she was scared of. She loved the big slide last year, this year when she got to the top, she started crying and would not get on it. So I took Colin down, then had to go up and get her and bring her back down. She also cried on another ride, which she did the previous year. This year was NOT her year for rides :) But she had a great time otherwise!
We also visited a new exhibit this year , which was by far the highlight of our day, the Butterfly Tent. They enclosed you this large tent, where hundreds of butterflies were flying around. If you stayed still long enough, several would land on you, we were even amble to stick our hands out for them to land on us. The kids loved getting to be so close to the butterflies. It was amazing to get so close to them. They are beautiful creatures!
Of course we pigged out on carnival food! For lunch, we got a LOAF of fries, it was huge! We also had pretzels, funnel cake, and of course the kids chowed down on some cotton candy. Colin was shoveling it his mouth so fast as if someone was trying to take it away! Katherine got a cowgirl hat and lasso, which has become her new favorite toys this week along with all the stuffed animals she won.
We were at the rodeo for 5 1/2 hours, the kids slept ONLY 15 minutes on the ride home, then were wired for the rest of the day. I was exhausted, why don't they take naps! I like naps.. They should too! My mother-in-law said it was all the cotton candy :)