Bike Ride Bobble Head

Matt and I went for a 45 minute bike ride, and I noticed about 35 minutes into it, Elise's head started bobbing up and down like a Bobble Head doll. However, the last 10 minutes did her in... this is how she ended up.


Soaking the kid...

Soaking the kid... same concept as soaking the dishes. After playing outside in the rain sodden grass and Mommy's flowerbeds, Elise had dirt all over her and so far under her toenails and fingernails - they only solution seemed to be a long lengthy soak in the tub. To prevent boredom and a bathtub escapee, we turned on the bubble machine.


1st Trip to the Fair

We took Elise to the fair for the first time. I have to admit I had mixed feelings because she didn't take a nap beforehand, and I didn't know if all the excitement would cause meltdowns. But I had a feeling she would love it - so I wanted to try. Well, we had an absolute WONDERFUL time. It was so much better than I could have even anticipated I am still amazed. She LOVED everything, the real animals, the carnival rides, and especially the pony rides. She minded really well - we didn't have even one stubborn fit. She is a little taller than 36 inches - so she qualified for all the kiddie rides. She was such a big girl and just climbed right in or waited to be put in most of the kiddie rides all by herself. Matt and I stood next to her while she rode the carousel and we each rode the swings with her - but that was it. When she climbed into the first little train ride all by herself to ride it by herself while I watched outside the fence - I have to be honest, my heart was proud and saddened at the same time. It really hit me - my little baby is gone - she is a big girl now.... and she didn't even look back or act like she needed or wanted Mommy or Daddy as she climbed into her train car! We let her try out all the rides we thought were appropriate for her, which took a couple hours. She would have rode rides all night, but Matt and I had saved the pony ride (by the exit) as a way to lure her away from the rest of the rides. We even coaxed her into finishing her pizza so we could go ride the "real" ponies. (Full tummy in anticipation that she would fall asleep on the way home....) She rode the pony ride twice and I got her sidetracked into petting the minature pony, because she really didn't want to get off her pony. After we petted the minature pony, we started counting the tractors and cars all the way to her carseat. AND she was asleep within ten minutes!!!

Here we are upon arriving at the fair.

Off to see the animals first...

Elise's first glance at the carnival rides. She immediately asked, "go play?" Which simply means, can I go play now?

riding the Partytime Ponies... and 10 minutes later

Out for the night!

The actual time she passed out. REALLY early for her!