My kids love "Prairie on the House" as they've always called it. When my kids were little, they played Prairie on the House by wearing long dresses & bonnets, & each of them played the same role. Amazing Grace was Mary. Blondie was Laura & Ginger Girl was Carrie. If they were playing this game at my parents' house, my mom was Ma ("Maw" as Ginger Girl said it when she was 4 & 5). Boy Teenager was Almonzo & was always off hunting for dinner. I guess when you're a prairie girl, the only use you have for any males is to provide you with food.
My girls played this all.the.time. Seriously. On our farm, they had a whole tiny town set up in our field. They would go play in that for hours. If my parents were babysitting, it was not difficult to talk Grandma into playing along in the garage or barn or kitchen. At home, it was not uncommon to have a child run up to me to tie an apron over a dress, while they were wearing boots & carrying a basket with books & a piece of bread in it. I'd go in their bedroom or the basement or the bathroom, anywhere, to find them making bread over a fire they fashioned out of colored paper & sticks or bathing "Baby Carrie" in a big tub with a holey rag as a towel (because apparently towels you couldn't see through didn't exist in the olden days).
Little Blondie has asked at least once a week since school let out, what day we were going. I always told her, "The last Saturday in July." The last Friday of July, when hubby picked her up, Little Blondie burst out, "Is tomorrow the last Saturday in July??"
|On our way.|
Yes, it's the end of
July & she's wearing
a jacket. Brr.
About 16 hours before we were to be at the event, Little Blondie dropped a bomb on me. She wanted to be in the costume contest. She wanted to dress just like Laura Ingalls. She wanted to win first place. And I had 1 night to accomplish this. Thanks, child.
But like any other good parents would do, hubby & I took Little Blondie on a shopping trip to find the perfect outfit. Of course, at 6:00 a night, there aren't a whole lot of options when you've only got a few hours till stores close.
Now that Little Blondie has given me a heads up that she wants to be in the costume contest again, I have a full year to plan & put together next year's costume. No last minute shopping trip for me next year! Famous last words? Time will tell.
It just happened to work out that 5 of the kids could not possibly go with us that day so it was just 3 of us. I missed having all of the kids with us. It just felt so weird to go from 6 kids to 1. I'm not used to that at all.
The morning of our fun day, Little Blondie was literally vibrating with giddiness, she loves this family tradition so much.
Little Blondie loves the boat hanging above the entrance & asked if she could take a picture. Something about that hanging boat has always fascinated her & she was so excited to get this picture. It was like she got away with something when she handed me back the camera, giggling & looking around to see if anyone saw her do it.
When I told her that she'd be able to see me the entire time, she took it quite seriously. All the way around the huge circle of parents watching, she never once took her eyes off of me.
|Lining up for pictures.|
|Lined up for judging. Isn't she just the cutest??|
|I just like this picture.|
|Little Blondie with her|
|Contemplating where |
each "log" goes.
|Her log house.|
|You definitely don't want to|
mess with that teacher.
|Hubby's turn to |
read a chapter.
|Writing a math problem on her slate.|
|Answering questions, old|
|Grinding wheat by hand.|
|Washing clothes by hand.|
|She actually enjoyed this!|
|She laughed more than|
I got probably a hundred pictures of Daddy & Daughter dancing together. It was so cute! You couldn't have gotten the smiles off either of their faces if you'd paid them to stop smiling. I loved watching them.
|Laughing at the directions for the|
|"This is how we say 'cheese'."|
|I've got another Goofy Picture Poser!|
|...there we go.|
At one of the events, we could try on a yoke to practice carrying water from a creek. Little Blondie was not impressed with the idea of doing that every day for daily water & how many trips it would take to supply our family with water.
|You carry that water,|
|This is becoming a habit.|
...& before we got on the bus at the end of the day I should have learned my lesson...
|He thinks he's|
What is up with this boy sitting somewhere else when I make room for him & then acting like he has no clue that he was to sit by me?
|...and thought it said the bus held 647 passengers.|
(yeah, it was a bouncy bus)
It's best if I not sign any important documents or make any life changing decisions when I've had a long day. If I can turn to hubby & exclaim, "What, are they stacking people to pack that many in here?!" while in a school bus, then I clearly need a nap.