Family Time at the Fair

Hope you’re all enjoying the start to a beautiful October!  We are having some stellar weather here in Georgia and I could not be happier to have the heat and humidity on the wane for another season.  I always look forward to Fall and all that it brings, but especially the cool and crisp air that accompanies the Autumn time of year.

Lauren and the girls were home over the weekend for a fast visit and our North Georgia fair was happening too, so we planned an outing to go to the fair and have some family fun.  It was a great time and beautiful weather.

Parker was pretty excited about the fair.  I remember being so excited to go to the fair too and it’s been a part of all of our lives for a long time. Nothing like the smells and sights at the fair!

We rode some rides and took in some shows, like the alligator show.

Parker got to pet a sheep.

And ride a pony. She’s been fascinated with horses ever since she got to ride horses at my uncle’s house in Florida.

Of course, it’s not the fair without fair food and junk like this….funnel cake.  I didn’t eat it all by myself, I had some help.

We saw a neat horse show.

That’s Parker’s head in the middle down there, front row, sitting in the sawdust.

We rode the carousel.

And a couple of kiddie rides, the view from the top.

We stayed til the sun was going down and all the neon lights were coming on.

The fair is so pretty at night with all the colored lights and the sounds of people having fun.

Little Iris was having fun. She’s wearing overalls that her big sis wore a couple of years ago.

Here’s Parker and Daddy 2 years ago in the garden.  Those girls are so cute!

It was a fun fun time at the fair!

My sister cooked dinner for everyone on Sunday and we all enjoyed getting together as a family.  When Lauren is home, it brings us all together and we love getting to see those baby girls too.

Dad is doing pretty well right now.  He’s on another round of antibiotics and we have an appointment this week with a gastro doctor to determine if he’s a candidate for the fecal transplant. We are hoping to get this treatment to get the c diff stopped because it’s just a vicious cycle of coming back again and again.  I’m sure it never really goes away, it’s a matter of keeping it at bay. I know you all like to hear what’s going on, so I wanted to share with all of you too.

Baby Iris was enjoying her corn on the cob.

The hit of the weekend was my sister/BIL’s new dog, Bailey. He’s a Shorkie (Yorkie/Shih Tzu) and the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.

Couldn’t you just eat him up??

I’m in love with this little guy and he’s so sweet and cuddly.

Of course, Parker was all over him too and had so much fun playing with him. He would chase her around the house and it was so cute. Don’t you love her dress and shoes?

Mark loved him too, he’s had Yorkies before so had a good time with Bailey.

They were all playing hide and go seek, one of Parker’s favorite games.

Parker loves to dress up in costumes, so put on her princess dress.

Trying to get a picture of these 2 now is nearly impossible.  Iris won’t pose and Parker is good for a few seconds.

Mom and Parker.

Mom and Iris.

What a fun family time it was. I’m so glad I document these visits and family times on my blog because we have a record of our times together and it will be fun to go back and look at these pictures later.

I love sharing with all of you too, so thank you for indulging me with family pictures!



- Rhoda


  1. Judy Clark says:

    My favorite picture is the one with little Parker in the garden with your Daddy. Nothing like that red Georgia clay between your toes and the smell of vegetables on the vine. GA roots, nothing like them!
    Isn’t it wonderful to be with family?

  2. Andrea Corley says:

    What fun! Girls are growing fast and so glad to see your dad looking better. Praying for the Gastro appt this week. I love the ending picture with Iris cutting her eyes….. Miss you!

  3. Your mom’s smiles in these pics! I bet there was a time a few months ago when she wondered if there would be times like this again. Thanks for sharing.

  4. It looks like you had a great family visit! I’m so glad your daddy is doing better – it’s so stressful when your parents are sick – I hope he will continue to improve !

  5. good times after bad times—worth fighting through!!!

  6. Brenda Dodd Smith Swindall says:

    Love you Sharing your family photos.
    Such a loving family. So great to see all together. Grandchildren at this age are such fun. So wonderful your parents got to come and enjoy. Praying for your dad. May you get answers for his complete healing.
    Love the photo of your Mom & Parker.

  7. Melesa Garrison says:

    Your precious nieces have grown so much! Your Daddy is looking really good! Good to see color in his cheeks and I know your parent’s really enjoyed having all their grands with them. Bailey is a cutie too! Hope all goes well with your Dad’s Dr. Appt.

  8. Such beautiful and precious pictures of your family! The one of Parker and the sheep should be painted, it is just darling! So thankful your daddy is better, you mom’s smile says it all!!!

  9. Darling pictures of your nieces and Bailey is a cutie alright!!! Prayers for complete healing of your Daddy!

  10. Cannot believe how much Iris has grown!! She’s not a baby anymore – wow! So good to see your Dad up and about. Thanks for continuing to share your lovely family with us!

  11. Love hearing about your family and seeing all the pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us. You are truly blessed

  12. Your blog is such a sweet reminder of what is most important -family! Thanks for the day brightener Rhoda.

  13. Thanks for sharing, it warms my heart to see so many generations enjoying such special moments together. Your mom looks so pretty in these photos and I am glad to hear that your dad is holding his own. The two little ones are just so precious – I bet their visits really liven things up!

  14. Great pictures. Happy you were able to spend time together again. Your dad looks great in spite of the recurrence. Iris is especially noticeable in her growth since last time!

  15. Looks like a wonderful family time. I can’t get over how much Parker and Iris look alike, and your parents look great and healthy. Of course, I’m absolutely crazy about the puppy!

  16. Mica Craig says:

    Iris is looking so much like Parker! Wow! Thanks for sharing.

  17. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Such cute pictures of your family! It’s always so nice to be able to get together with family. Do pray that all this works out well for your Dad. Thanks for sharing them with us. Those little gals are so cute! That new little dog is such a cutie! I know it won’t be long before you and Mark get a cute little fluff ball, too! Blessings! Have a great week!

  18. Precious pictures from this family weekend! Those babies are growing fast! Your mom looks like she’s in heaven playing with her great granddaughters!

  19. Diane Dahl says:

    Great pictures! I was curious if Parker’s dress was made with vintage fabrics and needlework. I have seen some and hers is super cute. Praying for your dad.

  20. Rhonda Tillman says:

    Oh my how Iris has grown! These little girls are growing up way too fast… Praying dad is a candidate for the treatment and gets to feeling better real soon. Thank you for sharing your family with us : )

  21. Love seeing your sweet family. Your nieces have gotten so big. I do have to ask, whatever happened to Phillip, you never post about him anymore. It’s none of my business, I just feel that I know you like an old friend from reading your blog.

    • Hi, Janet, Philip is doing just fine! Lauren comes up to visit with the girls more often than he can, so he stays home and lets her come to visit as often as she can get away. He’ll be here with us for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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