Who’s up for a sand castle building contest??

Well, it’s hard to believe that I am still posting every day this week considering how crazy my life is right now!  My youngest son is in baseball playoffs, and we move my oldest son into his residence at college this Sunday.  Plus the day before yesterday we had the big “how much is it going to cost?” orthodontist appointment for Daniel and college orientation for Bryan, so my husband went with Daniel and I went with Bryan.   The only good thing is that I am so busy I haven’t had time to cry yet, but trust me Sunday will not be good :(.

So, please forgive me for still posting pictures of the CNE, but I just have to keep going with the flow right now until I have more time to sit back and think about some new and interesting blog posts.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the CNE is not just rides and games, which to me is what makes it so worth the money.  They have some of the most unique competitions that I have ever seen.  One that really fascinated me this year was the International Sand Sculpting Competition.  Each competitor worked with 10 tons of sand from which they created their own indigenous sculpture within a six day time frame. The six competing countries this year were:  Belgium, Canada, Holland, Ireland, Italy, and the United States. Here are photos of what they looked like the day we were there, but keep in mind that they were still works in progress at this point.  It was incredible to watch them work – their talent was amazing!!

This last photo is the sculpture from Holland which was the winner of the competition.  She was only starting here, and the finished work (which I saw on the internet) was just beautiful!

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22 Responses to Who’s up for a sand castle building contest??

  1. Good luck Sunday, Cindy. My son called yesterday and said he wished he had waited to go back–so do I!

  2. bulldogsturf says:

    Wow this is fantastic work…

  3. beckyday6 says:

    Wow they are amazing! The middle one kind of looks like Hogwarts hehee. 😛

    Good luck with all the big changes going on! I’m sure it will be hard for both of you. Is your son going quite far away for collage?

    • Thanks Becky. I appreciate that :). Bryan is trying to be very grown up and independent and says that he won’t miss us and won’t be coming home very often, but I secretly think he will miss us after a week or so. His college is an hour and a half away, so he could easily come home, but I do want him to concentrate on his classes, so I’m not going to push him to come home. It’s going to kill me though because him and I have always been close :(.

      • beckyday6 says:

        Ahh, I get that, he wants to see if he can make it, step up to the challenge etc. 🙂 I kind of feel like that about going off to Uni in less that 3 weeks. I have no idea what your son is like, but I think he will definitely miss you. 🙂 It will be so strange being away from home and I think it probably hits everyone, even the most confident people.
        Not to worry though, kids always come home when there hungry. 😉 There’s nothing like home cooking. Teehee!

      • Yes, I think he will get sick of frozen dinners eventually and miss his daddy’s home cooking LOL. My husband is an amazing cook!! Thanks for the kind words – it means a lot to me :). And good luck to you at Uni. I know you will do amazing!!

  4. Colline says:

    These are really talented artists – what a pity they are not rendered in a material that is more long-lasting.

  5. sayvan says:

    Well you will be glad to know we settled the College contract today and avoided a strike so he will get to start school on time….

    • That is fantastic news!! I was getting a little bit concerned because that would not have been a nice way to start of his college days! Thank you for whatever part you played in avoiding a strike situation :).

  6. ladyfi says:

    Wow .. those sculptures are just gorgeous!

    Good luck on Sunday.

  7. dorannrule says:

    I always think of sand castles as dreams. These are spectacular sculptures from somebody’s fantasy! Thanks for sharing them Cindy and chin up! You can always send Bryan care packages and stop in for impromptu visits. An hour and a half is about as far as our granddaughter’s college and we go to pick her up for getaway weekends away from school pressure and then take her back in good time. I also give her a big bag to fill up at the grocery store to take back with her. Bryan will love these kinds of stops at home. 🙂

  8. Gilly Gee says:

    The fairytale castle wins for me!

  9. These are so beautiful. I really wish I could do things like this. The artists make it look so easy!

    • I do too :). It was so fascinating watching them work. You know, you think of slapping together a sand castle on the beach and it’s just a fun summer activity, but these guys took it really seriously. To them they are serious works of art, and they were incredible!

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