Monday, May 25, 2009

Lions and Tigers and... Carnies...

Over the long weekend the carnival rolled into town...


Carnival!


Ah, the carnival. Fat-fried food, rickety rides, surly carnies... What is it about this combination that draws children like moths to a flame? This is a little operation that typically rolls into town over the July 4th holiday; I'm not certain why they chose Memorial Day weekend. They set up shop in the stadium the city next to us used to use for their high school football games. It's right across the street from where Mrs. G. works, and when she saw the Ferris wheel going up she knew we had to take the kids...


TheBoy

Because, really, what would a long weekend be without a vomit-inducing ride on "The Sphinx", a pendulum-like ride designed to maximize the distance your corn dogs and fried dough travel in your stomach before your body decides to reverse gears...

(Quote of the night: TheBoy gets off one of the carnival rides and comes running over to us. "THAT WAS AWESOME!" he exclaims breathlessly. "A kid THREW UP!")

BabyGirl G

Yes, there was even a roller coaster, a small one for the little ones. BabyGirl G. is apparently every bit the thrill-seeker her daddy is - which portends well for Disney. I hear they have a ride or two the kids might be interested in...

They CAN peacefully coexist!

And yes, they were able to go on rides together. I was surprised by how mature and caring TheBoy can be - he helped her onto and off of several different rides, making sure she was safely buckled in before getting himself ready on a couple of rides, and checking to make sure she got off safely when the ride was done. It really made me proud how much he's growing up...

Oh, sure, for a bit they were squabbling and we used the time-honored "divide and conquer" method - I took TheBoy and Mrs. G. took BabyGirl G. We wandered around the carnival, stopping to play a game here and there, grabbing some fried dough or cotton candy for a treat. It's amazing just how much food a kid can put away when it's of the greasy, sugary, fat-fried variety...

And for once, both kids slept late yesterday morning. That alone was worth every penny...

That is all.

6 comments:

JD said...

When you get to Dinsey you MUST do Rock'n Rollercoaster in Disney Studios. . .

SCI-FI said...

Awwwwwwwwesome....

Christina LMT said...

As long as there weren't any clowns!

Clowns are creeptastic.

Old NFO said...

Nice! And good to see the boy taking more responsibility for his sister!

agg79 said...

Sounds like a warm up for your Disney trip.

Try the Tower of Terror as well.

Jay G said...

JD,

I've heard that, actually. I think that will be our first "Fast Pass" on the day we go there...

sci-fi,

Heh. Glad you liked. It was the very epitome of carnie...

Christina LMT,

No, there weren't any clowns, actually. Which is good, because BabyGirl G. shares your opinion...

Old NFO,

Yes, it was very heartwarming to see him looking out for his sister. As opposed to the normal state of affairs where he has to be reminded to leave her alone...

agg79,

I'll wager there will be more teeth at Disney... ;)

Tower of Terror. Check.