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Monday, September 19, 2011

An Amusing Adventure!

After a three-year break, my family just couldn't stay away.  We made the hour trek to a local amusement park.

Mase was our official tour guide.

  My oh-so-shy daughter Evie was meeting her best friend for the day.  So, as expected, when Evie saw her friend, she frowned and nearly ran the other way! 

It only took THE ENTIRE DAY for Evie to warm up to her bff.  But in the end, they were best buddies again.  

Early on, Dax had only one mission--a stroller breakout!

When I obliged, he was temporarily stunned by his freedom and even posed for a photo.

Then took off!

And decided to join another family. 

Later, he was also caught stealing drinks.

Here's a random bad picture of my husband immediately after he asked me in a panicked voice, "Where did we put the backpack?"  It wasn't hard to find.  Note the location of the backpack. 

Also missing?  Mase.  
He followed his Dad to a ride, instead of staying with me and I didn't see him go!  Mase was only displaced for about sixty seconds, but I think I aged another year!

Now onto a lovely shot of how Dani spent her first big roller coaster experience.

And finally, our adventure wouldn't be complete without a scuffle.  Evie won a cheap-looking red shark.  The cheap-looking red shark then became the coveted possession of the night.  Evie happily played keep away.  

Mase did not play so happily. 

The end.

Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Appreciating my adventurous amusements.

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61 Comments:

At September 19, 2011 at 7:41 AM , Blogger stephanie said...

it doesn't look like they had any fun :) ha!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 8:11 AM , Blogger GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

I also think I aged a year when Mase was gone even if only for a second... He is too fast.

I'm adding to your goal of the day: Buy 2 child leases for the 2 escape artists :) hehe

 
At September 19, 2011 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Laura@livingabigstory said...

You are SUCH a brave woman -- I *dread* those kind of adventures (am I mean?)

 
At September 19, 2011 at 8:41 AM , Blogger RoryBore said...

looks like a pretty good day - escaping children and drink theifs and all other things considered -- but the real question on my mind:

How'd you get hubby to carry the pink flowered backpack in the first place?

If I used that, it would be lost indeed, because he wouldn't touch it even if a babies diaper had exploded from arse to neck, and the only thing between himself and starvation was a stale packet of goldfish crackers!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 8:45 AM , Blogger LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

One time I went to a pool with my daughter and 3 cousins alone. Wow! Can you say chaos? I have a lot of respect for mommies with big families :) I just kept saying, "1,2,3,4" every minute to make sure I knew where they all were. LOL!

Blessings!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 8:58 AM , Blogger Greta said...

Okay, I seriously LOVE the first picture! That look of concentration as he's reading the map?? Priceless!

Looks like you had a lot of fun (and a little anxiety!). I love how you seem to always have your camera and can catch everybody "in the act"!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 8:59 AM , Blogger Danielle said...

Adorable! The backpack thing cracked me up! What's one less year of life when you can provide your children with a red shark to fight over for eons?!

(Speaking of red, I just realized that Dani's not a redhead!)

 
At September 19, 2011 at 9:01 AM , Blogger Lesley said...

What great photos! It looks like you had an awesome time and your family is gorgeous!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Lesa said...

I'm glad all backpacks and kids had a fun time!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Those pictures are too funny, especially when your son joined another family. I have to say that your husband is a much bigger man than mine who would never cart around a pink backpack for me. ;)

 
At September 19, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Blogger An Imperfect Momma said...

LOL! Love where the backpack was. Have had many issues like that with Mr. Man :). Glad you guys had a great time :) Your kids are adorable btw

 
At September 19, 2011 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Charlotte said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. The best thing about Amusement Parks is that the adventure gets more fun as the kids get older.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 9:51 AM , Blogger Crystal Jeffers said...

ha ha! You know we have not ever taken our kids to an amusement park. We have gone to fairs but that is as close as we have come. I have teens so the price would be a bit high Im afraid. We are talking about planning a trip to Disneyworld sooner or later though.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM , Anonymous Jill @ Mommy Inconsistent said...

You've really captured the day with great pics! Love all the explanations that go along with them too...an amusing adventure and I'm sure an exhausting one too - for you and your hubby!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Natalie said...

Ha ha! Looks like an eventful time at the amusement park! I'm sure everyone was exhausted and went right to bed!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM , Blogger LOVE MELISSA:) said...

I dread those adventures. Looks like a fun time!Happy Monday!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 10:45 AM , Blogger sarajo said...

You are a brave woman! It's such a chore to go to the Zoo with our family. Glad y'all had fun!!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 10:52 AM , Blogger Abbie said...

Great shots!

What a wonderful day!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 11:49 AM , Blogger Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace said...

You are a fun and brave mama! Looks like fun and not even too hot!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 11:52 AM , Blogger Mikailah said...

Fun... Haha, love the escapee! ;)

 
At September 19, 2011 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh you're brave! We haven't done an amusement park yet - just the fair!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM , Blogger Kelley said...

These pictures made me laugh! Such cute children!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 1:06 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

Based on your adventures at home I think you should just make your house an amusement park instead of taking the kids out.

The backpack line was hilarious. I do that all time.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 2:21 PM , Blogger Jen said...

Great pictures!! We haven't done an amusement park yet, maybe next summer? Glad you had a fun adventure!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 3:34 PM , Blogger An Irish Italian Blessing said...

You are one brave mama for bringing the littles to an amusement park. I'm thinking of making a wise investment before I take mine....kid leashes :)

 
At September 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM , Blogger Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

looks like a fun trip for all

 
At September 19, 2011 at 3:40 PM , Blogger Vivian said...

You are BRAVE! Lagoon will not see my face or the face of my family for many more years to come. Where is the backpack? hahahahaha sounds like something my husband would say.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM , Blogger Emmy said...

Sometimes being brave pays off. Cute pictures. Looks like it was good overall.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM , Blogger Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

OH MY! You must have been exhausted by the end of that day! Buggy is starting in with the stroller jail break as well. It makes for interesting trips to the zoo considering he wants out of the stroller but can't completely walk yet.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

I need a nap after just reading this! You are brave my dear. Dax & Jax just don't sound cool together, they would so get along and get in so much fun trouble together!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 5:13 PM , Anonymous My Inner Chick said...

---Love your fam!
That red hair...OMG.
The end photo is unreal & gorgeous.
They all are.
Thanks for sharing :))) xx

 
At September 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM , Blogger Jess said...

The first picture is definitely my favorite... hilarious.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM , Blogger ohkeeka said...

That picture of Dax on the bench is so funny--that look on his face! It sounds like a chaotic day, but I'm sure the memories were worth it (right? RIGHT?). :)

 
At September 19, 2011 at 7:21 PM , Blogger LeAnn said...

The end to another wonderful fun filled post.
I LOL and just enjoyed reading the whole thing. The pictures of course were priceless.
Just keep one enjoying the family moments!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 7:40 PM , Blogger tessica said...

I've only got one and the amusement park scares the pants off me! How do you do it!!?

 
At September 19, 2011 at 8:20 PM , Blogger Sandy -- As Told By Mommy said...

Fun day!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 8:24 PM , Blogger Rach (DonutsMama) said...

Little Dax cracks me up! You're braver than I am--I would've stayed home, lol!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Texas Type A Mom said...

Poor Evie! My daughter is pretty shy too - I can imagine her doing the same thing with her friends.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 9:10 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

Great post!! I love the babies face as he planned his escape!! You have the cutest kids!! I do admire you for going, you are a brave woman!! Always fun to spend some time with your great family, thanks for sharing them with us!!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 9:15 PM , Blogger Help! Mama Remote... said...

They look like they're having a good time. LOL at your Hubby and the backpack.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Small Kucing said...

Hi! Coming here via VB

Great snaps shots :)

The kids sure had loads of fun there.

kathy
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At September 19, 2011 at 11:34 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

You're a brave woman! The backpack cracked me up. I do that with my stuff all the time!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 11:54 PM , Blogger Mom of 12 said...

That's awesome! I love Lagoon, I just can't afford it.

Did you see that my son was on CNN today? Google "132 merit badges." His story is popping up all over the US. It's crazy! I guess that's what they mean by "going viral."

Sandy

 
At September 20, 2011 at 1:36 AM , Blogger Kiddothings said...

Mase in the first picture totally cracked me up! He looked so serious with his eyes frowned like that!
Your hubby's question about the backpack - hilarious! Men!

 
At September 20, 2011 at 5:00 AM , Blogger Mercy D'souza said...

Sounds like an adventure.

 
At September 20, 2011 at 5:36 AM , Blogger Optimistic Mom said...

Your photos caught some great memories. I especially like the BFFs. LOL
My son was displaced for about 60 secs before, I am pretty sure I had a near heart attack that day.

 
At September 20, 2011 at 6:23 AM , Blogger JennyLynn said...

I am usually the one with the backpack on my shoulder asking where it is. That cracked me up. Then the stroller break out....awe I had many of those moments.

 
At September 20, 2011 at 7:36 AM , OpenID yummychunklet said...

What adorable photos!

 
At September 20, 2011 at 8:09 AM , Blogger laughwithusblog said...

Oh how fun! I can relate to the "misplaced" backpack--ha ha! Also losing a child, even for a second, it's awful, just awful!

 
At September 20, 2011 at 11:04 AM , Blogger m&msmommy said...

Looks like fun!!!! :) Great pics!

Manuel is the EXACT same way Evie is (although I guess it's a little more "acceptable" for little girls)...he could see his friend Alex since he's known since birth (pratically! ;) and he is SO shy!!!! I'm glad he's not the only child like that!!! :)

 
At September 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM , Blogger Lane said...

Nice lol. You are describing me and my family in so many of what you said about yours. I am always asking where something is, only to realize I'm holding it or my daughter wants out of her stroller only to barrel off in another (wrong) direction. She even steals other people's drinks. Cute kids btw!

 
At September 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM , Anonymous Tauna said...

Those pictures are priceless!
Love the man with a pink backpack!

 
At September 20, 2011 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous Cam - Bibs and Baubles said...

love the pictures. the first and last are my favorites. could he be anymore intense looking at that map?

 
At September 20, 2011 at 5:04 PM , Blogger Liz said...

Mase either looks like he's pissed at the quality of the map, or he's committing it to serious memory.

Glad you guys had fun!

 
At September 20, 2011 at 9:00 PM , Blogger Tatiana said...

So I feel like my day is crazy... and then I read your blog. Haha.
I think if I've misplaced my child for 60 second I would age a decade. There are SO many crazies out there!!! Your mind can't help but wonder. And did Dax adopt a new more, umm, ethnic family?

 
At September 21, 2011 at 3:20 AM , Blogger Colleen said...

Your kids are amazingly cute!:) These are wonderful pictures, they make me smile.:)

 
At September 21, 2011 at 3:35 AM , Blogger Mommy's Paradise said...

You did this trip with how many kids? I used to be totally dead without any.
Maybe I should give it another try with my tot and my Hubs. Then I would have two kids with me. ;-)

 
At September 21, 2011 at 6:37 AM , Blogger Caity said...

Your kids are absolutely adorable and it looks like your family had a wonderful day out!

 
At September 22, 2011 at 5:47 PM , Blogger Lindsay said...

I love amusement parks. But they're so exhausting with kids. Looks like the kids had fun!

 
At September 22, 2011 at 11:10 PM , Blogger Branson said...

I am glad to see mine is not the only hubby seen sporting pink bags ;) and your little escape artist joining another family made me laugh out loud!

 
At September 27, 2011 at 10:16 PM , Blogger Camie Rae said...

Um I love your backpack and need it in my life IMMEDIATELY!!

 

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