Islands Away

As our last Summer hoorah before the twins are born, Hubs and I ventured down to the Ohio River and took our Little to Coney Island. It was her first amusement park experience, and she was absolutely thrilled. She loved it, every single minute we spent there she was so excited. Which made me excited, because I honestly wasn’t entirely sure how she would do with the crowds and the rides. She is only just about three and a lot of things like that are pretty overwhelming to her. 

She was pretty apprehensive of her first ride, but after that she was running around dragging my sisters along from ride to ride like she owned the place lol. I can’t wait until she’s a little bit older and can enjoy my favorite ride of all time the Tilt a Whirl! If I had room in my back yard, I would own one. Lol. I’ve always loved the classic amusement parks much more than the coaster parks of recent years. Kings Island which is another park in Southern Ohio is fine and dandy if you’re daring and coaster minded, but for our Little Coney Island was a much better place to start. That, and it was also less crowded and much less expensive. If it were up to me I’d only take my Littles to Coney and skip Kings all together lol. Of course when they get into middle school that won’t happen, but right now? Yep. The House of Hale is going to enjoy the nostalgia and save some money.

I’ve lived next to one amusement park or another my entire life until I moved to Nowheresville so while I enjoy them, it’s not as much of an experience for me. It’s just something you do when you’re bored and feel like fighting crowds. For Hubs, who’s lived in Nowheresville practically his entire life, going to the amusement park is a grand adventure which requires all sorts of ritualistic things rivaling only the Girswolds on their trek to Wally World. Lol. I think it’s adorable watching him share these experiences with our Little, who kind of has the best of both worlds right now. 

We live far enough away that we can’t just decide on a whim to go to the parks, but my parents still live in Cincinnati so when we do go down to visit she has the opportunity to be close and we have the opportunity to save money by not needing a hotel lol. We also have free baby sitters for the Twins next summer while Hubs, Little and I go do fun things just for big kids. 

I had a pretty good time myself, even though for a moment I thought I was going to roast alive in my maxi dress. Which is really disappointing. I’ve looked for years to find a maxi dress that flatters my mom shape for the hot summer afternoons, finally found one and thought I was going to die my first day wearing it out and about. Lol. They may be comfortable, but they are certainly NOT cool. I’ll stick to my yoga shorts, thanks. Other than that, and my ankles swelling to the size of small trees from the long distance driving the rest of the day was super relaxing and the perfect way to end the summer.

It’s a little weird to think that this was the last trip we were able to take as our family unit of three. The next time we visit my parents we’ll have three kids in tow, and in all reality probably won’t make it down there until next fall simply because of the logistics of getting kids wrangled, dogs watched, and the entire adjustment to the family. That, I think, and the fact that I’m going to be pretty much stuck in Nowheresville for a while is kind of starting to freak me out. I’m not worried about having two infants, I’m not worried about how my Little is going to adjust to her brothers, I’m worried about feeling trapped here. 

With my first Little, I was taking her out and about with me at 3 days old. Not so difficult to do with one infant, with two and a toddler? Erm… A bit intimidating to say the least, especially since the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for heavier than usual snow fall this year. I know even if I do end up being stuck at home, it’s only temporary. The children will grow out of the infant stage in the blink of an eye, and then we’ll be back to our usual busy schedule of running all over the Midwest. I just don’t like the anxiety brought with the trapped feeling, even if it is temporary. 

That’s going to be my biggest challenge during the transition. Wish me luck!

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