"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Friday, July 1, 2016

Summer Bucket List: Go to a Carnival





There's just something about a summer carnival. And something even better about a summer carnival on a Friday evening. The sights, the smells, the sounds, and our cute little downtown as the backdrop. The Sturgis Falls carnival has become an annual stop for us every June, and I always make sure we go at night. The boys love a good ride (or overpriced treat) any hour of the day, but as the sun drops further and the rainbow lights on that ferris wheel shine brighter, my senses start to come alive in a whole new way.


This year we splurged on wristbands instead of tickets, as I did some quick math and realized we'd probably spend just as much on individual ride tickets and it'd be much easier to not have to count tickets in order to save a couple bucks. And though I briefly questioned whether we even needed to go at all this year, seeing as how Disney is just a few months away, I just couldn't take it off our list. It's my hometown, after all. And running into old high school classmates and their kids, feeling the pride in how special this place is and how loved this yearly celebration is... I can't stay away completely.

So we rode Jaden's favorite bumper cars. Brandon rode that coaster multiple times. Jaden rocked out to the music on the swings. We paid extra money for the beloved bungee jump trampolines. And then what made it all worth it... a 20 minute wait for a ride on that ferris wheel...






























I was actually pretty surprised that they both wanted to get on this thing, and I half questioned my motherhood style when I agreed to let them (they do inspect these things right?!), but it was pretty funny watching them climb to the top...


This progression of photos...



...we got thumbs down at the top, as the frequent stops to let new riders on made them a little nervous and a little anxious...




...turned to thumbs up once they got used to it all. :)






With how HOT the weekend was, it turned out to be the only bit of Sturgis we did this year. Hopefully those famous and thoroughly missed mini-doughnuts will make a big comeback next year! ;)