The storms held off on Friday long enough for us to enjoy the SS Peter and Paul picnic. Maddy and Craig had a great time riding the rides. I was a bit perturbed at paying $25 for an all-day bracelet when there were only 4 big rides. But she had fun, and it's only money, right?
Last year, she went with Kelli and her friend Jayme on the Full Tilt. I wasn't sure if she'd be okay, as it was more intense than say, the Caterpillar kiddie roller coaster. But she insisted, so I let her go. They got all buckled up, and I could tell from her face that the over-the-shoulder harness was going to be her first clue that this ride might not be what she was used to. I saw Kelli patting her leg and talking to her, so I hoped Kelli could calm her down.
The ride started and she did okay, until the ride started to go up higher and higher. I could hear her screaming and so could the ride operator. He brought it back down and she could not get out of that seat fast enough.
So this year, she went straight to that ride first. I jokingly reminded her of last year's fiasco and she told me that she was older and she could do it. And she did ride it, all alone. My little girl, all growed up! *sniff* Craig rode with her a couple of times, and then toward the end of the evening she rode with a friend.
She enjoyed the funhouse, the ferris wheel, and she even rode the Sea Dragon. This ride is a huge boat that swings back and forth. She did get in line for it once, then chickened out before she went through the gate. But once she ran into her friend, they rode it together. She even had a plan to sit in the middle so it didn't go as high. She rode once, but she wasn't going to ride again. She could proudly say she did it, and she quit while she was ahead.
To reward her bravery, and to ease her pain of leaving early, we went to Dairy Haven and got ice cream. We managed to get home and get inside before the storms hit.
Next on our picnic list, Maryville Picnic. It usually has better rides, including the Scrambler. That's my favorite!
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