Sunday, December 23, 2012

“holiday with lights” at wild waves

every year, in december, our local theme/water park gets all decorated up in christmas lights and opens the rides in the evenings. I went once, when I was in high school, but the park was much less “six flags” then, and I haven’t been back since. a friend of mine won some tickets to this from a radio station and wasn’t going to use them, so she offered them to me! I was so excited! I knew that everyone would have a blast (hard to find, with our 8 year age span). we didn’t tell the kids where we were going, but told them to bundle up good!

the view of the park walking in.230

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motor boats.018

hopping kangaroos.022

frog hopper.023

airplanes.035

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we had a few ‘minor’ issues… micah really wanted to go on the kangaroo ride, but wasn’t tall enough. and there was this kiddie train ride and he decided he wanted to ride in the engine. 2 other kids were ahead of him in line, and they got there first. I thought he might slug them! but instead, he rode in the caboose with layla and cried the whole length of the ride. sheesh. then he didn’t want to do anything. the rest of us were definitely not ready to go home, but I didn’t want to have to deal with sad, pouty micah the whole time either. dave was brilliant and took him back to the train ride, where he successfully got to the engine, rode the train, and was happy as a clam for the rest of the evening… go figure.

we all rode the scrambler repeatedly. that has always been my favorite ride. there are also the ‘paratroopers’, which layla and shane rode together, and then at the end, layla and I ran back up the hill so I could have a chance to ride. that ride has been there forever, and it was one of my favorites when I was a kid. (I was disappointed that the hamster wheel ride was gone, though.)

the downside of going on a saturday night was that we had to share the park with teenagers who were making out in line, whiffs of pot smoke wafting from the bushes, and a drunk guy barfing when he got off of the ride we were about to get on. (I would recommend going on a week night!) but, we all had a really good time, nobody froze, and we were able to plunk kids right into bed when we got home.

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{shane is such a good sport} ^^^^

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