Tuesday, October 6, 2015

State Fair: 2015

It's that time again, the state fair!!!!! 

This is an annual tradition for us; something that we look forward to in the Fall but also learned to curb our expectations as well because every year is different. Some years we have a great time and some years it's okay. 

Did I mention that one year we showed up on the same day as the Jonas Brothers? We had no clue who they were and kept wondering why was it so crowded with so many tweens who were bouncing off the walls. We later found out while watching the evening news. Needless to say, when it is that crowded, it's certainly not as fun. 

Then there's that year when Oprah showed up at the fair, hahaha! Anyways, we didn't encounter any celebrities this year. The crowd was reasonable, and we had a blast! It was definitely one of our best fair days.

The petting zoo is always a favorite with kids. Thankfully the crowd was light, and my kiddos got to see and feed some animals up close. 

Before we went in, we saw some pigs being herded out of a trailer. They didn't want to come out at all. My husband remarked that he didn't blame them because there's a huge sign by the trailer that read "bacon wrapped turkey leg"  :) 

Once inside, we saw and fed lots of different animals. My favorites were the piglets. They were so cute; I wanted to take one home with me. My kids were crazy about the lamb and pony.

There's a lot to see and do at the fair for all ages. We visited a pretend farm where they let the kids plant vegetables, milk cows, drive a toy tractor, feed chickens, etc. At the end of the display they got a pretend dollar in which they redeemed for some real snacks!

The fair is not complete without seeing Big Tex as he's located near our favorite corny dog stand. He talks, and his mouth moves; that still creeps me out every time.

Big Tex: "Howdy folks, welcome to the state fair of Texas!"

Last but not least, a ride on the ferris wheel. A nice end to a wonderful visit to the fair. The kids had such a great time that they didn't want to leave.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tech Thursday

image via engineering.com

Some tech related reads of interest...

* Yikes, did you know that the state of Indiana tried to eliminate the requirement for engineering licensure? With the help of the local P.E. society and NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers), this effort was rescinded. More on that here.

* I never realized that Airbnb uses an algorithm for pricing. I guess that makes sense to adjust for location and season.

* Alan Turing, who's considered the father of modern computing, had some interesting thoughts regarding AI (Artificial Intelligence) and people's alarm towards the concept, more here.
It's a polarizing topic among many scientists/engineers whom you'd think would be okay with it. How do you feel about it? I'm still undecided, but I always feel differently after I watch a sci-fi movie about it, haha!

image via spectrum.ieee.org

* One research used a robot to show that babies are "actively plotting" to make you smile, more here. It's interesting. And about the robot, Diego-san, that was used in the study, OMG! I can see why some people may have concerns regarding AI.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My kids are growing up, and I’m okay with it (I think)…

Don’t get me wrong, my heart still aches whenever I see baby photos of my kids. I miss that newborn smell and those cute gummy smiles. I miss all those baby firsts and that look, that look they get when they first realize the world around them as they slowly emerge from the newborn phase, but time marches on, so I might as well enjoy the present…

=> I don’t miss changing diapers. I’ve changed my share of diapers, so much so that it doesn’t even phase me anymore, but I still don’t miss it.

=> I don’t miss all the baby stuff that invaded the house and have to lug around whenever we go out. Wipes, diapers, bottles, pacifiers, bibs, blankies, pack-and-play, high chair, etc.  I didn’t realize that babies have so much stuff until I became a mom, no wonder we needed a mini-van :)

=> I don't miss all that child proofing stuff around the house. We child-proofed the house so well that I had trouble getting out of the house between the gates and the safety knobs when I'm in a hurry. We still have some of that stuff, but it's becoming less and less especially since they've figured out how to open some of that stuff all by themselves effortlessly.

=> I don’t miss feeding. It was very cute, and I went crazy making all sorts of baby food for them, but I like eating with them better. They’re eating by themselves except when they want to try a bite of my food. They eat. I eat. Hubby eats. We all get to eat at the same time. 

=> They get dressed by themselves. I lay the clothes out the night before, and come morning, they’re dressed. I get an extra couple of minutes of sleep while they get dressed. That may not sound like much, but at 5:30 AM, every minute is cherished.

=> They are playing well together and communicating with each other better. My husband was just telling me the other day that it was strange seeing them chatting, entertaining each other, and not fighting for his attention or with each other. I overheard them telling each other jokes the other day, and I just couldn't believe it. Believe me, there are still fights but far and few in between.

=> I don’t miss the tantrums. You know what I’m talking about, those epic ones that tend to only happen in public with tons of people staring and some women giving you that look of disdain. The ones where the child screams and cries and throws himself/herself on the floor in a crowded store with strangers dodging around you. We still have tantrums once in a blue moon, but they're nothing compared to before.  

=> I don't miss the sleepless nights and the midnight feedings and the 3 AM feedings. I never realized how sleep was a luxury until it was gone. I was viewing the world through a haze and didn't even know it until I started getting more sleep. Then I realized that I desperately needed a shower, haha!  

Some days were long, and some years were short, but they were all precious nonetheless, and they still are and will be forever. Of course, they'll always be my babies, but I'm also glad that we're entering another phase now.

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