Friday, July 03, 2009

Gearing up for the 4th!!

Despite the misgivings that I have every year about hanging out at the carnival with the kids for hours on end, I pushed the memories of rickety machinery that gave me a concussion when I was 10 years old back down inside, and decided to bring them out for Wrist Band Day this afternoon.

By myself.

That makes ME and the three little Prickly (sleep-deprived) Princes, all going to the carnival via foot and stroller in our little town by the lake.

Insane? Maybe. Ill-conceived? You'd think so. Enlightened? Oh, yeah, baby!

We ended up having a lovely two and a half hours of repeated rides that culminated with snow cones for the exhausted walk home. Not only that, I got them all showered and bathed before dinner and then The Animal fell asleep at the table at 7 p.m. on the nose. Nodding away and almost falling out of his chair in his exhaustion. I carried him to bed and he's been down ever since. The other two happily snuggled in for Harry Potter book time at 9 p.m. (a vast improvement over the 10 p.m. start time of the last two nights) and were out before 10.

I wish Daddy-007 was here for the fun, too, but he was off having his own little carnival in Wisconsin. More like a festival of gun power, actually, as he and a group of buddies headed to the clay trap shooting range (is that what you call it?) to "blow shit up." His words, not mine. ;)

Here are some fun pics of the kiddos at the carnival:
The Yo-Yo

First time on the ferris wheel!

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  1. But what I want to know is why there are no picture of you on the rollercoaster.

  2. Uhm, you would not want to be below me on that yo-yo contraption; especially if I had just eaten a snow cone. The little cars are more my speed.

    Too late on the cards, I just got mine a few weeks ago. See ya at BlaaagHer!

  3. So we are totally gonna meet and er, DRINK while at BlogHer right? Right? I am not leaving until you say YES! you have an email for Uprint peeps? I wanna work with them...a promotion or something. I like them!

  4. That looks like ssssoooooo much fun! And snow cones! Ohhh...snow cones...which suddenly reminds me of the last snow cone I had...with my was blue...why wsa it blue? Because I was going to order red, but saw a fly at the bottom of the red true!

  5. Sounds like you all had a great day without too many tears or tantrums!

    Your older kids go to sleep later than I do! ;-)


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