20 August 2006

Missouri State Fair

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The State Fair is our last big summer event. It signals us to get ready for fall. We love going to the Fair and have very specific things that we do there. I always head directly to the Varied Industries Building and the Commercial Buildiing. We look around and dream of owning a SoftTub, which always has a vendor there. We then usually split up, I head for the Women's Building to look at quilts, cakes and canned goods. Bob will head to the Missouri Wine Tent to taste the newest wines. We will meet up again and head to the 4-H building to see if any of our students have entered any items for competition. We will always go to the Agriculture Building to buy elk, venison, and buffalo sticks and Ashley will usually get Tiger Stripe Ice Cream there. I look at all the products that are made in Missouri. I also love looking at the butter sculptures and the biggest pumpkin prize! Bob will want to wander the strip, so I go to the Children's Zoo to look at the baby animals and then over to the Horticulture Building to see the flowers. We'll meet back up to go to either the Poultry House, the Pork Producers House or the Missouri Beef Council Restaurant for dinner. This year we decided on beef. It was yummy as usual. We always end the day with a country star concert at the Grandstand and this year was no different. We watched Big and Rich perform an amazing concert. We leave grabbing one of the best corndogs in the nation, no doubt. Its always a fun day !


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12 August 2006

Getting Ready for Fall!

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Fall is my favorite season. I love how the weather cools at night and how when you walk outside during the day the air is crisp and clean. I love the changing colors of the leaves and how the fields look after harvest. I enjoy driving to work with my sunroof open and the windows down, enjoying sunshine that doesn't hurt! I love Halloween and Thanksgiving and my birthday! Getting ready for the changing season, updating sweaters, planning for Mizzou tailgating, buying school supplies, are some of my favorite activities. Woo Hoo, it is almost here!

10 August 2006

Men of the Club

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Tonight was the annual fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson City. The event consists of men from the community who help raise money for kids in our community. There is food (always!) and drink, and then the men have three contests: swimsuit, evening wear, and talent, plus an interview. The entertainment was well worthy of the $20 ticket! Charlotte, Shanna, me, Linda and Glenda went together to cheer Glenda's son, Larone, to victory. We also cheered for one of the public school employees who won the talent contest with a song he wrote and played on the guitar and harmonica. It was a great time with friends!

06 August 2006

The Wien Picnic

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The Wien Picnic celebrated its 117th anniversary this weekend with its annual bash. The picnic consists of Bingo, a dunking booth, turtle races, a beer garden, a huge dinner, hamburgers on the grill, a jumping house, a merry go round, a country store and probably other things I have forgotten to mention. We have never failed to make it to the Wien Picnic, it would be like missing Christmas. Bob's childhood memories are wrapped up in the events of the church, with this being the candles on the cake! Ashley introduced Eric to the Picnic, who promptly won at Bingo and collected a fine set of BBQ tools as his prize. The dinner always consists of home grown foods: cucumbers and onion salad, fresh tomatoes, cole slaw, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, roast beef and fried chicken. There were over 40 different kinds of dessert to chose from. Quite the yummy feast! As usual, it was sweltering hot in the afternoon and we found ourselves in our usual position in Irene's house, soaking up the air conditioning, snacking on Irene's homemade cinnamon rolls. We weren't the only ones, as Gary, David, Jake, Amos, Janie, Jeanne, Joy, Susan and Kelly all found their way to the house! We certainly felt like the picnic was a success this year, lots of people came and the Bingo table was constantly full!