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Monroe County Fair and Super Why!

Tonight was kids night at the Monroe County Fair and Super Why was making an appearance for the special night! We were so excited to take you to see them. WTIU Kids was sponsoring the event, and they had several educational booths and shows going on. Your favorite (other than Super Why of course) was the bouncy house. We had a really hard time getting you out of there! You made a cow mask and even got to play in front of a green screen.

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Of course, who can go to a county fair and not look at all the 4-H animals?! We quickly learned that your favorite building was the horse barn. We went through that one twice! Their size did not seem to scare you at all, but you were a bit weirded out in the poultry barn.
You seemed to have had a great time tonight, and when we got in the car and asked you if you had a great time you said, “Yeah!” In fact, I think you had such a great time you completely wore yourself out and was asleep by the time we got home.

Fourth of July

Mommy and Daddy were very much looking forward to this weekend. This year July 4th fell on a Monday, which was nice so that it gave us a 3-day weekend. We kind of just hung out here at home on Saturday and Sunday. Since Neika is so scared of fireworks, it makes it very difficult for us to be away from home after dark with everyone in town setting off their own fire crackers. Here is a video of you and Daddy playing with Neika. You just love to hear her “talk” to you!

On Monday after we slept in, which Mommy very much enjoyed, we decided to make a trip up to the Indianapolis Zoo. In April, we took you for your first zoo trip. You kind of took notice to the saltwater fish and the penguins on that visit and slept the rest of the time we were there, but on this trip you had a much better time. Your favorite exhibits were still in the Oceans building. You loved the tropical fish and the big dog shark petting pool.

Here is a picture of you and Daddy watching the sharks as they swim by.

This is another picture of you and Mommy admiring all the pretty fish. You could have stood there all day just watching them swim by!

We had a great time at the zoo! We will have to remember that July 4th is a wonderful day to visit the zoo. Since everyone was home getting ready for BBQs and fireworks, the zoo was not busy at all, and we were able to truly enjoy it!

Storms, Storms Go Away!

Whew! Thank goodness we are all safe and sound today. I think Daddy and I have forgotten how scary Indiana storms can be. See, Mommy and Daddy lived in Michigan for 6 years before you were born. Even though they get storms in Michigan, the threat of tornadoes is pretty much nonexistent, and yesterday was a day of constant thunderstorms here in Indiana statewide with tornado sirens in town going off several times. I was frequently watching the radar while I worked and you slept soundly in your swing unaware anything was going on. Several times red patches of storms would come marching the screen toward Bloomington, but inevitably they would split right before they got to town, with one cell going north and another south with us sandwiched in the middle thankfully. Daddy even came home from work at one point in the afternoon when it looked like it was going to get really bad, but once again that storm divided and really turned out to be not that bad. I was so thankful because we don’t have a very good place where we live to take cover if a tornado is coming.

Later that evening around 9ish here comes another line of storms, but this time it was showing no sign of splitting. Out power went out and didn’t come back until 3 AM. In Bedford, about 20 miles south of here, they had reported a confirmed tornado touchdown and hail the size of tennis balls!! Aunt Malena was still on campus working late and called and said things were a mess on IU’s campus. Trees had blown over, even in some cases uprooted. You didn’t seem too scared during the storm, just a little startled and bright eyed with some of the loud claps of thunder.

Here’s a picture of the “unidentifiable metal object” Aunt Malena saw when she was leaving work.  Dan, Daddy’s coworker, took the picture.