Since the girls were having a Girls Night Out at the Women's Session of General Conference the boys decided to go to Hershey Park. I know what you're thinking. "Those boys sure got the raw end of the bargain!" But that's life and then you die. My coworker, Jocelyn, got us some tickets for a great price. Thanks, Jocelyn!!!
When we got to the parking lot, Charlie announced that he was all done and wanted to go home. I tried my best to explain that this might be the most fun he's had in his short little life and he should hang in there. He was a sport, and before you know it, we were on the "tram" which is a train of oversized golf cars strung together that wind their way through the parking lot to the park entrance so people don't have to walk across the largest parking lot in existence and poop themselves out before they even get to the park.
Here's the first ride of the evening. They were a little hesitant on the first ride and feared for their lives, but they didn't cry.
Some of the little kiddie rides were robust enough to handle adults, too, but you were only allowed on if you had children. I joined them a few times.
This is the Bizzy Bee. This one made obnoxious noises, but the kids perceived it to be the buzzing of bees so it was fun.
This was the only ride that didn't have a definite beginning or ending. You could just find an available whatever-you-want-to-call-those-things and hop on. Both of the boys didn't understand how they worked so they ended up against a wall and didn't know how to turn around.
This is us doing a ride that will make you want to puke.
This is the same ride, but apparently our boys are getting over what motion sickness they had when we first got to Pennsylvania. I'm guessing that since the roads here are every bit as stomach-turning as a hardcore roller coaster, they aren't phased anymore,
These dinosaurs have a handle in the middle of the boys and if you yank hard enough the head of the dinosaur pivots back and forth.
One of their favorite rides was the fire engine because that just happens to be the vehicle they're enamored with the most at the moment.
This ride allowed them to control how high they flew. If you pull that bar across your lap toward you, you still travel in a circle, but really high. If you leave the bar where it is in the picture, it will just go in a circle near the ground. I tried to tell them that the bar was hooked up to hydraulic lines that would make them go high in the sky, but they didn't get it, so the first time they only flew high (they were scared and held the bar down for safety) and the second time they only flew low.
More cars or something. All of these little kid rides are variations on a theme. The theme is going around in circles.
This was their VERY favorite ride, because they go to ride horses.
But then they wouldn't let us have two boys on one horse so I split them up. I was quite surprised at how fast this got going and I was actually afraid that the rotational velocity of our horses on the edge might actually throw Charlie off and he could have been seriously hurt. But he hung in there like a trooper.
I helped hold Henry on.
More cars. At 9:30 (at least an hour and a half past their normal bedtime), I asked if they wanted to go home and go to bed or keep riding rides. The answer from both was an emphatic KEEP RIDING! But they were okay when we left. I changed them into their PJs at the truck so that when I got home we could carry their little worn out bodies up to bed.
Annette's addition: They must have had the most fun they had ever had in their life because they were still awake when they got home. Charlie was excitedly telling me every ride that he went on and how much fun they were. He never gives good reports on what he does when I'm not around, but this was an amazing report. Charlie, "There was horsies, fire engine, helicopter, cars, and they have a potty!" The next day Charlie told me more and couldn't stop talking about it.