Avery has looked forward to this year's trip to the Fair the minute last year's trip was complete! On opening weekend, we loaded up the kids along with our friends Dawn and Chris, and headed that way. Avery was so patient because it felt like it took a while to get going.
When we got inside the gates, Kenny headed toward the barnyard animals; he knew Avery and Braden would enjoy seeing them. Of course Avery saw all the rides the minute we entered the Fairgrounds, so she had her mind set elsewhere.
Once we perused through stinky territory, we told Avery it was time to get her wristband so she could ride the rides. After waiting in that line, we were told we had to go wait in another line to sign a waiver since her arm was in a cast. So, after treking back and forth across what felt like the entire length of the park three times, we were set to ride.
Avery picked to go in fun house first. Of course she was content to go through that a million times before we reminded her that there were several other rides she could go on as well. All of the favorites from years past were chosen: the caterpillar roller coaster, balloons, merry go round, cars, motorcycles, big slide, and so much more.
We decided the height requirement had been raised this year because she was barely able to sneak on several rides that we know she rode last year. Poor Braden will just have to wait longer now to enjoy the fun that Avery enjoyed earlier.
There was a new experience that will probably be the first and last all in one. I don't remember what it was called, but it was the mini version of the ride that takes you to the top, then drops you. I was concerned that she would not enjoy it, but she said she would be fine. She looked so tiny in the big seat, and I'm sure she felt like she was a million feet up in the air. When it took her to the top, her face was happy. As it dropped, her eyes showed concern. Then as it continued to raise and lower very quickly, she started crying and screamed, "I want this ride to be over!!! Now!!!" The girl next to her was much older, and was very sweet to console her. If the ride had not ended when it did, everyone would have seen a crazy momma climbing and grabbing for her baby.
By the end of the night, Avery was pooped as was Daddy. This year he drew the short straw to have to ride all the rides. He wanted to spend the time with Avery, but he didn't want to deal with the effects of dizziness and upset stomach. I loved watching them together, and I know he had fun.
Braden was perfect little Braden the whole time. He was content to sit in his stroller and enjoy the lights and sounds, but we got him out every now and then to play. I think he enjoyed being at eye level better than knee level.
It was a night jammed full of fun and entertainment with friends and family, and we all look forward to next year!