When is the carnival?

Each May our town has it’s special festival–almost every town has their thing, and ours is the third weekend in May. As part of the festivities, they bring one of those chintzy carnivals to the Target parking lot. You know the ones–rides that can fit on semi-trucks that last 22 seconds and cost $4 per person. Elephant ears for $6. “Prizes” that probably cost 6 cents and are broken before you get back in the car. Well, Carson? LOVES THE CARNIVAL. I am not kidding you when I say he started asking in JUNE of last year when the carnival was coming back. I remember, b/c I had to give seasonal references: it’s after your birthday, Christmas and even Easter. It’s not for a LONG TIME, buddy.


Well, it FINALLY came, and we’ve driven past the Target parking lot all week in anticipation of the big event. We sported our town pride and went to the parade, then sprinted over to the festival to painfully part with $20 just for the joy it would give my children. On the way there, Sydney was caught up in the excitement and asked with a huge smile, “We get to go on Toy Story ride?!” Trent and I both just started laughing. Oh, sweet Sydney. We tried to explain that the Toy Story ride at Disneyland is the best of the best, and what we were about to experience is…not the best. God bless her youth and innocence–she didn’t complain one bit. Each kids got to do a game:
…and a couple of rides. We explained to Carson that he could do more rides if he was willing to go by himself, b/c we had to use up tickets if one of us rode with him. That was enough to convince him. We were a little unsure (as I think he was) about it, considering his debilitating fear that came over him at Dland, but he did great.

Then he and Sydney went on a ride together, which was pretty adorable.

This is mid-ride.

Syd actually liked it so much she chose to go on it again by herself.

And after 20 minutes of agonizing decision-making (which is SO par for the course with this child), Carson chose to ride the roller coaster again. As you can see, this time he was full of confidence and immitating the tiger at the front of the coaster.

I joke (and we really did cringe) at the cost and the dirt and the *ahem* interesting employees, but really this type of thing is fun for us too. We had a morning together as a family watching our kids run around with excitement and bliss, ignorant of our snobby attitude and elitist amusement park mentality, just happy and living in the moment. And as we drove away, Carson asked when we can go again.

Oh boy.


  1. It looks like they had a blast!

    We have a similar problem here with Tea *constantly* wanting to know “when is the 4th of July marching back coming back?” Try as I might, I can’t convince him he has to wait until, ah, THE FOURTH OF JULY! =)


  2. The kids look like they are having a blast! Carson told me his favorite ride was the Tiger ride. Can’t believe Syd was willing to ride alone! Love the photos, Jen!

  3. I clicked on the top photo to get a closer look at Carson. Then I noticed the words on the food vendor’s booth behind him: Deep Fried Oreos; Deep Fried Candy Bars. Ah, yes. carnival food! I think if I was going to choose an artery clogging food I would go with an elephant ear instead. Just sayin’.

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