One of the blessings of living in a well-populated area of the tundra is that developers are smart enough to build things for people to do in the winter. Like an amusement park in the mall. So we took advantage of the weeknight discount wristband and rode to our hearts' content the other night. This is a most rare treat! Our kids have arrived at the age where they will ride the vast majority of the rides that we want to ride--very fun. These are the wonder years, I tell you!
Bethany got us on the roller coaster right away. As it made its initial ascent, she would throw her hands up in the air and announce, "Get ready for the ride of your life!" She would pretend to be nervous beforehand, but there is no fear in our high-adventure girl! Her favorite ride was the giant swings. While I kept my eyes glued on her to keep from getting sick, she had her arms and legs outstretched wide like she was flying, and giggled her head off the whole time.
Ben found some courage he hadn't discovered before--an unanticipated benefit of having the chance to ride over and over. After all, there is no courage without at least a little fear. He was not to be outdone by his sister. It was fun to see him as eager as she was to ride the big rides by the end of the night.
We reserved the biggest for Lee, however. I reasoned that we had to be sure someone would be able to drive home. He reported that it was exciting, smooth, and just a little nauseating. Maybe I'll try it next time.