05-13-17 The Carnival

We got home this afternoon, and after a brief rest, we decided to get out of the house. We remembered that there was a small carnival going on down at the boardwalk, so we decided to head down there and check it out. When we got there, we bought some tickets and took turns taking the kids on their very first roller coaster (it was a tiny one, but they loved it all the same.) As I stared at the kids, I realized that this was a perfect opportunity to build some memories. We’ve had a rough winter, and our kids missed out on a lot of activities. We’ve been bogged down with sickness and crazy schedules, that it seemed like maybe tonight would be a great chance to just forget about all of that and just have fun.

So Tim and I did something we NEVER do. We bought the older kids the bracelet passes that would get them on any ride all evening long. Tim bought one for himself as well because they were too small to go on some of the rides alone. We don’t normally spend that kind of money on an outing, but tonight it just seemed like the right thing to do for our family, an opportunity to relax and let go. And the kids enjoyed nearly every moment of it. Baby E was a bit challenging because he wanted to ride everything, but we compromised and let him ride the little train a few times, and then I let him walk around and splash in all the large puddles he could find. Sure, he was a mess, but it was a free activity and it kept him happy! As night was falling, we piled into the van and went to a local pizza place to end out our evening in grand style. Poor Big E fell asleep at the table, and Baby E scarfed down his pasta with a glazed over look in his eyes. Needless to say, they were all ready for bed when we got home!

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