At the Iowa State Fair

Good morning! Hope your week has been off to a great start. sorry for the late post, but time just got away from me and well, life happens. I still did want to catch you up and what we were up to this weekend. It was a fun one! Our company provided tickets for the Iowa State Fair, so we headed that way on Sunday. Our Saturday took over Sunday’s responsibilities then so we stayed home and got ready for the week.

Olivia woke up early, so I hung out with her while having some coffee. She’s really getting into books now and we enjoyed this one that my mom sent her. So cute!

OMA books

Afterwards, I went out on a run and then got some groceries for the week and for Olivia’s baby food. Ryan and I made up a dew batches of zucchini, apple, pear, squash and carrots. It’s kinda of a whole process at first. but now we have a ton of food options ready for her, which is nice. On our appointment yesterday, the pediatrician did say that it’s good that we make our own because it also introduces her to different textures, instead of one sloppy mush.

Zucchini prep

Throughout the afternoon we also watched some Olympics. Specially, Monica Puig win her tennis match to give Puerto Rico it’s first gold medal ever in the Olympics. Yep, I cried. It was awesome! The match was amazing and she played to win. It was the first time ever that our national hymn, La Borinqueña, played in the Olympics. It was very emotional.

Puerto Rico wins gold

To end the night, since I had no desire to cook, we stopped by the St Jude’s Sweet Corn Festival to grab some grub and try out the baby carrier before the big day ahead. Once again, the food did not disappoint.

Corn Festival

Sunday, Olivia woke up bright and happy. Love it when she wakes up and just hangs out in her crib smiling and playing by herself. She just looks excited about life.

OMA morning

After feeding her and getting ready, it was time to hit the road and go to the State Fair. We have never been together and I hadn’t gone in a few years, so we were pretty pumped about it.

On the road to the fair

We walked around the fair checking out the animals for exhibition, the biggest bull ever and of course the classic butter cow.

Iowa State Fair sights

First food stop was a pork chop on a stick. Yep, it was delicious.

Pork Chop on a stick

We also spent some time in the exhibition garden which was nice and shady.

Master Garden

We took Olivia on the Ergo, in lieu of a stroller, and it worked perfectly. She took her naps in it without a problem.

OMA nap

And if we got a bit on the hot side, then we just carried her around. She’s at the perfect age when she can hold herself up pretty well while not needing to run around all over the place.

OMA w dad

Of course, Olivia wasn’t the only kid there. Ryan had to try out some carnival games. In his defense, he actually abstained himself from most of them.

Carnival games

We went to the snakes exhibit and Olivia seemed to enjoy it, at least the bright lights. I’m pretty sure she had no clue what she was looking at.

Snakes Alive

Some more pork for lunch.

Lunch

And a milkshake on the way out. This is why I come to the fair.

OMA milkshake

It’s safe to say that we all had a great time. Once back home, we just relaxed to regain some energy before the week.

OMA All Smiles

Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

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