Every year in the Fall, the carnival comes to town. On opening night, the carnival holds a "family night" and all the tickets are super cheap. So, we always tell our kids that when the carnival comes to our town, that's when they get to ride the rides. THIS was that lucky night!
The first ride on Nathan's agenda was the merry-go-round. Jeremy opted out and forced me to ride with the kids. Ooooh, this ride makes me so sick! That's why this happy, smiling picture was shot before the carousel started up.
Next up, little cars! The funny thing about this ride is that I think the kids truly believe they are driving these cars. Every time a turn comes up they frantically turn their steering wheel to avoid a collision.
Nathan and Alexandra are taking it easy on this little train ride. I think it's boring, but it seems to be the best thing that ever happened to them. I just make sure to be on the same corner whenever they come around so they can watch for me and call my name as they pass.
The climbing "ride". This year Nathan enjoyed climbing with the girls. I used to feel like this was a waste of a ticket, but for some reason the kids look forward to this "ride" every year. I need to lighten up a little and let them have their fun.
Here are two sisters who have made a very grown-up decision to go on a BIG ride and are watching in anticipation for their turn to try it out.
This is the ride. I can't believe how big my little girls are getting! Here they are sitting with all the teenagers.
While Athena and Samantha were riding their grown-up ride, Nathan and Alex decided to ride a grown-up ride of their own. Nathan was a very nice big brother and offered to take Alex on the dragon roller coaster. Neither of them were very sure of this, but Nathan stepped up to the plate and helped Alexandra get settled and comforted her as the ride got going.
As soon as momentum hit, however, it was everyone fend for yourselves! Poor little Alex was really freaking out and as you can see, Nathan was no longer much of a helper. Somehow they made it through the 4 times around the track.
We had to hit more calming rides after that, so . . . back to the climbing "ride". Alexandra decided to try it this time and couldn't make it through most of the obstacles because she was too little. This very nice little girl saw her plight and ended up helping Alex all the way to the end. CUTE!
Now this is little girl heaven!
Our kids all had a great time at the carnival and Jeremy and I had a great time watching them. When it was all done we ran home to watch fireworks in our backyard with all of our cousins who came over to join in the fun. Then we ate our annual root beer floats.
I think I'm hitting some "old" milestones. I've hit the stage where it's more fun to watch my kids go on rides than to go on them myself. I'm more than happy to sit by and watch, and it is actually fun to see them enjoying themselves so much. Time spent with family is good time.