Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My 4 Year Old is an Adrenaline Junkie

On Saturday, we decided that we would brave the heat, and the crowds, and take the chitlins to Busch Gardens.  The last time we went was in November, and Cam was itching to see the elephants, and since you can pay for a day and go all year for free, we thought, meh.  Why not? 

It turns out that there are a lot of new sights to see at Busch Gardens this year.  Kangaroos being one of them.  The rule is that you have to be at least 5 years old to see the Kangaroos.  I don't like rules much, so with Camdyn grinning, and showing her toothless smile, we walked right past the attendant at the gate, and I let my 4 year old pet Kangaroos.  Shhhh.  Don't tell.  Chloe & Daddy had to wait outside the gate. 

Cam just happens to be working on the letter "K" at school this week, so I took lots of pictures of the Roos and will print them for her class to make "art work" out of.

See how they can fit their whole heads & necks out of the fence?  Maybe that's why little ones can't be in there, because they could get bitten, or they could pull the kangaroos ears....I'm not sure.  I should google it.  Rules. Ah.

And, then we headed to the new Sesame Street section for kids.  Cam rode a roller coaster and I put Chloe in her swimmies so she could get wet.  She loved it!  This is her excited face!  It's, not her "OMG I'm going to cry" face.  The girls played in the water for about 45 minutes, and then I realized it was 1:00 and they must be starving!
So, we headed for the A/C and opened up the cooler.  That's right, they say no coolers, but you know I don't follow rules that much, so we pack one every time we go.  They've never said "boo" to me about it, even when they inspect it at the gate.  See why I love this park?  So, we lunched and then we rode the carousel.  This picture of Daddy snuggling Chloe is so precious, although the carnival lights made it a tricky edit....they look a little orange, although in B&W I'm sure this photo would be hang-able for me...I love a good picture of daddy & his girl.

And, Camdyn was riding the horsey next to me.  So, I snapped a picture of her too.  She kept telling me to hold on.  She was afraid I would fall off.

And, then the Hubs asked Camdyn if she wanted to go on a Loop de Loop roller coaster.  Her response, with a shrug of her shoulders, "Sure Daddy."  So, off they went.  I stood at the base of the loop, my hands were trembling.  She's 4 y'all! She barely makes the 42" height restriction.  There isn't a harness for this ride, just a lap bar.  I was afraid this would scar her and she would detest all roller coasters from here to eternity, and would never trust a word we said again.

She loved it.  She wanted to go again, and again, and again, and again and again.  My kid loves the rush.  My kid is fearless.  My kid is an adrenaline junkie.  My kid is so proud of herself.

And, then we went and saw some hippos.  I'll post more of those pictures through-out the week.  Daddy took this picture of me and Belle da Boo in the hippo cave.  The blue reflection from the water is over-taking this picture.  I like it well enough anyway.

Not counting the tickets, we do Busch Gardens for less than $20, and that includes parking.  It's fun on a budget, and this park is so big, we do something different each time we go.  And, that was Saturday.

On Sunday we were all an exhausted mess and Monday was the best day by far.  It was relaxing, and uncomplicated, I made cupcakes, and we rode bikes.  It was everything a holiday should be.


Liz said...

I love the picture of Chloe in the water .... she looks like she is having a blast! It looks like you had a fun time, I can't wait until we can do this together! :)

Liz said...

By the way, I hope you are using that pic in Paper Mama's Challenge. It fits perfectly! :)

Britt said...

GREAT pics!!! I'm jealous!

TV's Take said...

Great pictures! I love the one where Cam is telling you to hold on, you can tell she's concerned about you. Sounds like a great day!

Kate said...

OMG! Which roller coaster? Those are the colors of Sheikra, and I won't even go on that thing! Great photos, too, I loved them all. We'll have to meet up at BG sometime. It's about 10 minutes from our house, but I refuse to go back until November. TOO HOT.

Nessa said...

1st Roller Coaster!! Love it. What a great day... and on a budget.

LeeAnn said...

What a fun day! That is so awesome that Cam loved the roller coaster! I hope my kids are like that, because Brian and I love coasters!

We haven't taken Rylie to BG yet. We should definitely meet there sometime...when it isn't 700 degrees out!

ElissaM said...

what a fun family! You guys seem so exciting and into each other...so awesome! What a big girl to do a loop rollar coaster! Yikes! Following you from the Photog Class!


torie@Life With Rylie said...

We've been wanting to go to Busch Gardens since we have free passes and all but we can't muster up the time to make the drive.

I love the picture of Chloe in the water! So priceless!

Nic said...

Taking in a cooler and letting your 4 year old pet kangaroos?? You are such a rebel. lol.

I can't believe Cam rode that roller coaster! That's awesome. Reagan freaks out on elevators half the time so I know she won't be getting on any coasters with me.

Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

What great photos as usual are you sure you need to take a class?

They had kangaroo's once I think at the zoo. We went walking inside and as soon as Buddy saw the kangaroo's were not behind anything he bolted for the door. The poor kid loves animals, as long as they are behind bars!

Eastlyn and co. said...

You get a hip, hip hooray for a fun yet non-harrowing holiday weekend. Busch Gardens sounds like tons of fun. My hubby likes to get season's passes to Six Flags every couple of years, but I'm biting my nails now because I'm sure my kids will soon want to be "dorpped off" with their friends and not have mama hanging around :( *sniffle* Cupcakes are the best. We had some tonight, too, just because.

Jennifer said...

Wow...what a great trip. It seems like you have some little adventurers on your hands. I can't believe that Cam went on that roller coaster!! She is a brave girl :)