Clark County Fair, with Twins

Two weekends ago, we decided to brave the Clark County Fair. It was our first big fair experience, and it was certainly an adventure!

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First, thank goodness we brought the stroller. (I recently got a double umbrella stroller, which is perfect for this kind of thing!) We weren’t sure if we would need it, because you know, toddlers walk everywhere anyway, but we brought it just in case.

Obviously we are newbies at this, because a stroller was totally necessary. There was a long walk from where we parked to the entrance, and if they’d been walking on their own, I’m sure they would have run all over the place in opposite directions and gotten swallowed up by crowds. So it was a good containment device when needed.

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We went on Saturday of the second weekend of the fair, in the early evening. The traffic was ridiculous getting to the fairgrounds–not sure if it’s like that all the time. That meant that by the time we finally parked, walked to the entrance, and waited in line to get tickets, it was past dinnertime for the boys, so they were cranky. They kept wanting to go look at the Ferris wheel and were very whiny, but mostly they were hungry. We got a smoothie, hot dog, burger, and curly fries to share between all of us.

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We didn’t end up doing or seeing any of the kid-specific or animal stuff. We did pass the sealions, which definitely intrigued the boys. They were so focused on the rides and the kiddie stuff was off to the side and must have closed around dinner time? We didn’t leave until after 8pm.

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The first stop after getting food and ogling the Ferris wheel was the carousel. Of course they loved it and wanted to stay. However, we lured them out with the promise of checking out other rides.

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Since they were 36″ inches, there were a few little rides they could do–a tiny rollercoaster, flying elephants, and the “car-driving”. The first two looked a little bit intimidating for our toddlers, so we tried the cars. Of course they loved it. They looked around at the other kids, they waved at us, they ‘drove’ their cars.

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The number of tickets worked out exactly so that they got to go three times! The last time they shared a car. 🙂   DSC_1283_WEB

I was struck by the realization that they’re only going to get bigger and older and more independent and more capable. I couldn’t believe that we had kids big enough to go on a ride all by themselves! Even though it was the dinkiest ride possible, it’s still the gateway, if you will. Before I know it, they’ll be running off on their own to go on the highest possible roller coasters, wanting nothing to do with their dumb parents.

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Naturally, they were not happy when it was time to leave the ride for good.

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It was a beautiful night and we were glad not to be in the long lines for the big rides. DSC_1297_WEB

I couldn’t leave without getting an elephant ear, so I left all the boys to explore the the John Deeres while I got my treat. Once again, they would have stayed at the tractors all night long. They climbed up and down most of them, big grins on their faces. DSC_1336_WEB DSC_1348_WEB

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Final thoughts:

1: Going to the fair is EXPENSIVE. Parking, admission, food, ride tickets–it adds up really fast.

2: They’re at sort of an in-between age right now. Next year when they’re 3.5 they’ll be so much more capable and ready to do more exciting rides.

3: It was a lot of fun watching them explore and be so excited! I am already looking forward to our next time.

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Monday Cuteness

Last night we had one of those major moments where you just go Awwwwwwwwww but you can’t quite put into words the ‘aw’-ness that you feel as your heart expands and melts. (We actually have this fairly often when they do things like spontaneously give each other a hug, or tell one of us that he loves us, or just have a funny conversation between them, or similar.)

Anyway, after dinner we were at the big Mt Tabor playground and Emmett decided he wanted to go for a walk. So I walked with him up the road and then up to the summit, and M and Andy came up too. The sun was setting and Malcolm noticed a group of people. “What they doing?” he asked “They’re doing yoga,” I said, and Andy added, “It’s kind of like stretching.” We had this exchange about a dozen times and M kept staring at the group, before I finally got him and E over near them so we could try it out. I started copying what they were doing and encouraging him to also. By golly, he was totally watching and copying them. It was SO FREAKING ADORABLE! He actually kept up pretty well and just kept going, so I was able to grab a few phone shots. (E did a few of the moves too, but then he got distracted by other stuff.)

I was really impressed, and hit with cuteness overload, and like I said, in a big ol’ puddle. Toddlers are awesome*.

*Earlier tonight before dinner, there was like 15 straight minutes of screaming as E kept smashing M’s magnatile creations, which greatly upset M of course, and we put E in timeout a couple times which also caused screaming. And because he was crying so hard, M also kept being bothered by snot in his nose (so he kept screaming, “More snot!”). Toddlers are a handful sometimes, to say the least. But dammit if they don’t do fun and interesting things like this too!

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