Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Happy Hollow again

The kids had so much fun at Happy Hallow park and zoo the last time we went exchanged our day tickets for a season pass. The kids don't have school on Tuesdays or Thursdays. I love not rushing in the mornings and taking our day for fun outings like Happy Hallow.

The kids are secretly watching the meerkats did their tunnels.

Evie is uncovering a large dinosaur skeleton

Surprisingly we didn't make it to some of the areas last time we were here so this time Evie wanted to make sure we saw the crooked house. Unfortunately it was boarded up. It looked just a little too crooked.

We caught a little puppet show. It was a bit silly but the kids were totally into it. This fox gave his blanket to a rock and then decided to take it back when he got cold, since the rock was just a rock and didn't need it. The rock wound up rolling over the fox and squishing him flat...the moral of the story...once you give you don't take back...

Last time we were here the line for the roller coaster was too long so we didn't do it. This time there were no lines so we did it again and again and again. At one point we went 5 times in a row. Evie was brave and rode by herself. I had to ride with Ethan because he just met the height requirement. Sometimes Evie rode with another parent and sometimes solo. She is excited to be in the front row.

At first Ethan wasn't brave enough to raise his hands even with his big sister doing it in front of him but the last time we went he kept his hands up the whole time.

Evie is so sweet to Ethan. Here she is stepping aside to make sure he went first up the steps and that he made it to the top. She is a good big sister.

It's moments like this when it hits me that Evie will soon be too big for these rides. She still totally loves playing but she is almost too tall to go on these kiddie rides.

And this is our stint of 5 times in a row on the roller coaster. I was happy to go but also happy when they were ready to do something else. There is a short video at the end of this post.

Ethan and mommy
Evie behind Ethan and I. She got to ride with someone this time.

The kids got to share a Popsicle on our walk to the exit. They really share so well. We got one of those types of Popsicles with two sticks in it and cut it in half. They never fuss for more or for something different - they were just stoked there was a stick for each of them.

And...Danny the dragon was there to tell us goodbye.

We stopped to get a few birthday presents on our way home. Ethan really wants this motorcycle for himself. He held it on his lap the whole way home. Hopefully that's a good sign the little boy it's for will love it too. Ethan is totally sacked. The kids played hard.

And Evie, who never naps said "mom, I'm pretty tired. I think I'll take a nap". And she fell right asleep. She and Ethan both transferred to their beds and slept for another hour after we got home. I love it when they play hard. It was a fun day for all of us. (except daddy. hopefully he can come next time)

VIDEO: Evie and Ethan on the roller coaster. Evie held her hands up every time but Ethan was more nervous until the last ride we did. Evie is sitting in front of Ethan and I with her hands up. I wish I could have seen her face. I'm sure it was a huge smile.

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