Monday, October 15, 2012

She's a city girl.

We're all fair-ed out at the Elsea household.  I could go for a few more sausage sandwiches (which apparently they sell at Krogers. SCORE!), but I think everyone else is done. Especially Monkey.

Friday afternoon (the first day we didn't go to go the fair) we packed up our stuff (diaper bag, pump, etc) and loaded up to go see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan speak smack dab in the middle of town.

Since Monkey was just a day shy of turning 3 months old and we'd have to stand around for a few hours (with no where to change or feed her) we opted for C's office as our viewing location.  

At first Ainsley seemed excited. 

Then, as time went on, not so much.

We left a bit early to beat the 8,500 people (and motorcade) so that we didn't get stuck in traffic. We ended up at Roosters where waited and waited and waited for a non-high top table. Once we got out non-high top table we also got two free appetizers.  It was at this point that Emily and I taught C the finer points of milking free stuff for all it's worth.  For example, you do not order the $2.49 Rooster Chips, you instead get the $5.49 Potato Skins and $4.80 Mac and Cheese Bites.

(We did let him get the chips, we just paid for those.)

After Roosters we went home and watched the Cardinals game.  Well, C watched it. I slept from innings 3-8 and woke up for inning 9 (which is all that really mattered).  Monkey also woke up in the 9th inning thanks to C's excitement.

We all slept in on Saturday. Then we loaded Monkey up and went to the fair one last time.  And it was during this trip that we confirmed that Monkey is indeed a city girl.  We went to visit the cows (at Emily's request).  This was the second visit for Monkey who was less than thrilled to be in the cow barn.  Upon entering we got this weird look on her face (probably once she smelled the putrid manure smell) and immediately started fussing (just like she did the first time we went in).  Once we were back out in the fresh air she was fine.  She also was less than pleased with the horses and was happy when we were walking back to the house and away from the fresh, farm air.  Looks like we've got a city girl on our hands.

After some naps we loaded up (again) and went to Jimmy Johns for dinner (we're worried they aren't going to make it so we're giving them as much of our money as possible). It was during this trip that I realized that Jimmy himself has ordered that alfalfa sprouts be permanently removed from the menu which caused me to briefly question the meaning of life.

We also went to the mall to have my rings checked (gotta keep that warranty valid) and I also took the time to show C what is on my dream jewelry list. The key here is that the diamonds go all the way around (or in this case, almost). I wasn't told that it wasn't ever happening, so I chalk it up as a success.

After we got home we were able to Skype with the Olson clan in Minnesota and also watched the Buckeyes game.

After church on Sunday we had a youth group lunch meeting (at where else other than McDonalds) were I won a free breakfast sandwich and fries and C won a double quarter pounder with cheese (we're well on our way to being able to eat all of our meals for free for a day at McDonald's).

Then we went to Pickerington so that C could sit at Barnes and Noble and read while I went to Babies 'R Us to spend a gift card and Sam's Club for some necessities for Monkey's bottom. Only after buying 208 diapers did I remember I had signed up for a diaper study this week that will give us free diapers for two weeks. Let's hope she doesn't suddenly jump up to the next size in the next few weeks.

After we got home I went to JoAnn's to pick out Monkey's Halloween costume which my mom is making.  It is next to impossible to find a costume (for under $50) for a 0-6 month old baby.  In fact, JoAnn's only had one pattern that could be turned in to four different things (a pumpkin, chile, strawberry, or pea pod). Stay tuned to find out what she'll be.  I'm sure the anticipation is killing you.

We ended our weekend with a Cardinals victory and Monkey sleeping for SEVEN hours straight.

It doesn't get any better than that.

Unless it's an Indians postseason victory.

But that's not happening any time soon.

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