Monday, June 14, 2010

Off to the Fair

On Saturday, my little family and I went to "Taste of Omaha."  Basically, it's a little outdoors event held on Omaha's riverfront where you buy tickets and then walk around tasting food from various restaurant booths that have been set up in the area. 

Or, if you're like us, you buy tickets and then go "Holy crap, it's hot out" and then go eat inside an air-conditioned restaurant instead.

It's never too hot for cuddles.

After lunch, we went back to Taste of Omaha and tried to figure out something to use our tickets on.  We settled on carnival rides and smoothies. 

Parenting Question of the Day:  Is it okay to trust a scary-looking carnival ride-operator when deciding whether to let your 4-year old daughter go on a roller coaster by herself? 

Answer:  If your daughter isn't scared of the carnival man, she can probably handle the roller coaster. 

I'm not scared.  I'm just...concentrating.

It's a good thing we didn't try to feed the kids lunch with the amount of tickets we bought.  Even the smoothies were astronomically high-ticketed!  Apparently inflation is hitting the tasting industry hard.

Aidan, sipping away at his college education fund.

After the smoothies, we only had enough tickets left for a little train ride.  Ashley was seriously the cutest.  She was first in line and wanted to sit in the front engine, but decided she needed to get the boys situated in the middle cars first.  She was actually trying to buckle Aidan in all by herself before the carnival man took over.  

 The boys all set to choo-choo.

By the time she was ready to find her own seat, all that was left was the caboose.  But my little Ashley rode that caboose in style.

Ashley, chillaxin' in the caboose.

By the way, we also advertised a home security business the whole time we were down there.  Give my kid a feather and they'll hawk your product, no problemo.  But they might sleep on the job.  They are only 3, after all.

Owen, violating child labor laws.

Anyway, we had a blast.  I summer.  Even though it's really hot.


wonderchris said...

Those red cheeks - TOO CUTE!! Looks like you guys had fun. Ashley liked the roller coaster?!

Ms. Understood said...

Great pics!!! What kinda camera do you have? Great summary. LOL @ the economy affecting the ticketing industry. Looks that it was lots of fun.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I can't help but want to squeeze your kids' cheeks! Such cute pictures. And now I have to go find a smoothie...

Duchess said...

Aww they are so cute! Looks like a fun day :0)

blueviolet said...

Carnivals are such a great part of summer!

Megan said...

WonderChris: She loooved the roller coaster. She was a little startled when it first started and was stone-faced throughout, but wanted to go again the minute it stopped. Too bad she has parents who are stingy with the tickets.

Ms. U: Thanks! I have a Canon Rebel XS. I love it and it is very user-friendly for a DSLR.

Thanks everybody else!

liz said...

I would have opted for the A/C filled restaurant as well. Haven't done the carnie thing yet with the girls.

Katherine said...

So cute! I'm impressed your daughter got on the roller-coaster. Mine are still way too chicken.

Brandy said...

aawww cute pictures. and what a helper your daughter is.

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!!! great pics :) sorry about the expensive slushies :(

Kristy said...

Great pics! And what a fun day! The best is all the tuckered-out-ness in the car!

Erin said...

they are seriously adorable---love all your photos and looks like they had a ton of fun!
we did something similar in new orleans a month ago for my mom's 60th birthday. couldn't believe my twins rode the kiddie coaster, and one of them LOVED it! the other didn't like it, but didn't cry. I was so proud!