Weekend plans include...
- tutoring 10-12:30 this morning
- going to my tailor to get a dress hem fixed, a lining added to a (see-through) skirt, a pair of jeans hemmed, and an old Gap maxi dress made into a skirt! hopefully this won't cost me too much!
- work out today, yoga tomorrow
- maaaaaaaaaybe going to Ben's race tomorrow...but it'd mean leaving the house at 7am and not returning until 7pm...so the jury's still out on that one.
- cooking! i'd like to make tacos tonight! and perhaps a PIE! :-D
It started with a quick stop at a gas station that advertised Dunkin Donuts on it's sign! Low and behold, I was able to create my own Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, right inside the gas station. AMAZING.
|cawfs + ice + a little skim milk = heaven|
We took 8 students, and there were 4 adults...which turned out to be the perfect ratio of child:adult. We took blankets and chairs and the event supplied a covered tent for us to set up camp for the day. The event was held at one of our county's high schools, out on the football field. There was an "opening ceremony", in which each school lined up and carried it's flag around the track (about 200m) and onto the football field. The mayor of Sanford was present, as well as our school's superintendent and many school board members. The high school's marching band played the National Anthem, we said the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Special Olympics Oath. Then, it was finally time for the games!
Each of our students participated in two events. The choices were: 25m run, 50m run, standing or running long jump, softball throw, and frisbee throw. They also had a 200m run for the 18+ crowd...but our little 3rd graders were content to run 50m. Our students did wonderfully! They ran their little hearts out, and every student was awarded a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or participant ribbon...so each student went home with 2 ribbons!
Around 12:00 the games finished, and we made our way back to our tent to set up for lunch! Hardee's donated sack lunches for the kids, including a burger, a (single-serving) apple pie, and a little bag of potato chips. One of the teachers from my school got the adults Subway, and we sat down for a picnic lunch!
Overall, it was a WONDERFUL experience. This was my third year participating in my county, and it was by far the best year. The event was well organized, there were plenty of helpful volunteers, and it was a beautiful day! Success. :)
I made it home around 4:00, took a quick shower, and CRASHED. So tired!
I napped for about two hours, caught up on my day with Ben, and then we decided to head out for dinner.
I had heard about the Got to be NC Festival happening this weekend at the Raleigh fairgrounds, and it seemed like a cheap and entertaining event.
We drove to the fairgrounds, and were pleased to find that parking and admission were FREE! We grabbed a map and a brochure, and started wandering in search of dinner. I had heard on the radio that there was going to be a Shriner's fish fry, as well as fresh BBQ. We walked past many carnival rides, games, and fried food...and finally found the Food and Wine expo! It was $2 to enter, and there were plenty of freebies to nibble!
|bbq sauces! SPICY!|
|Muscadine Grape slushie! well, that was $3. BUT SO GOOD.|
|several wine vendors! all local to NC! :)|
We decided to purchase two bottles, and the workers were pleasant and helpful!
|can't wait to get home!!!!!|
|hellooooo fried seafood!|
After satisfying our hungry bellies, we wandered around a bit more and found a petting zoo! My heart strings always pull when I see farm animals in captivity at the fair...but these little guys seemed very well fed and had plenty of water and room to roam around their HUGE pen. It was free to pet, and you could purchase a baggie of chopped carrots to feed the animals for $1. There were so many families trying to squeeze in, I just watched from a distance and awwwwwed at the goats.
|taste testing at home|
Time to get ready for my day!
Have a great one, friends!