Sunday, May 31, 2015

Epic Vacation, Day 2 - Holiday World!

All the trouble of getting to Jasper was worth it.   Staying with friends at the Hampton was worth it.  Holiday World opened at 10, which was 11 to us, and the boys were so excited they woke up at 6:30.  Oy.  Maybe we won't need that alarm clock in Disney World after all...

So, here we go - a Top 20 of our Fabulous trip to Holiday World.
It really was Fabulous.  It was chilly, and our sweatshirts were Safe and Sound in the top of the car, where we couldn't get at them, at least, not without extreme measures.  So it was 60 degrees as we entered the park, with the slight breeze made it chilly when we were riding.  However, it made the entire day feel great.

 1.   This was our Party at the Santa statue in Holiday World!

2. Holiday World is subdivided into different lands for different holidays.  The nearest town is Santa Clause, Indiana.  I don't think that's a coincidence. So this was the boys pretending to be ghostly as we entered Halloween-land.

3.  A couple of us wanted to ride Raven - a roller coaster for those above 48 inches in Halloween.  But not my boys.  Before even giving it a try, Chris and Sam both declared they were afraid of roller coasters, so we went to play in the little kid section in Christmas town.  So Jacob rode his first ride without me.  A fish ride. 

And he didn't do very well either.  

But that didn't make us stop.  We insisted on making him ride more rides.  

4.  Jacob called this one the "Pew Pew".   he couldn't wait to grab a gun and pretend to shoot.  What is it about boys that makes them want to constantly want to shoot things?  I don't know.  But this ride, he liked a lot better.  Note, the big difference is that he isn't crying.  

But he did actually smirk a bit, and say Pew Pew as he was going around.  

 5.  Driving - From there we moved the the 4th of July area, and the kids took a drive on the Lewis and Clark Trail ride.  The kids were ecstatic to drive.  Sam drove my car, but it was really me accelerating with my left foot.  That foot is just not as strong.  Chris and Emily drove these other cars.

6.  Three cars of Awesomeness!   Since the kids were driving, it was hard for me to capture pics of them all doing their cars at the same time.  This was as close as I got.  

7.  Jacob's turn.  The car ride was such a big hit, that Jacob lost his ever loving mind when we got out of the cars.  So, we turned around, and got in the line again, and rode it again.   This time Jake wanted to drive.  

8.  After the cars, we went to Holidog's Land, where we could ride Kitty's Tea Party.  An early version of the Teacups!   So the big kids and I rode it.  I love the teacups.  Emily and Chris decided they wanted to control their own speeds, so they rode in their own cups.  

9.  All the kids with Holidog!  Kathleen pointed out to me later, that Christopher and Jake were imitating Holidog's position.  Ha Ha! 

 10.  Row row row your boats!  Chris had a meltdown when Kristin and I rode Eagles' Flight.  A doozer.  But then I talked him down, and he decided to ride this boat ride.   I have a pic around here somewhere riding with Emily, smaller than Jacob.  I was pukingly pregnant with Sam the last time I came to this park.  Now all three of my yahoos were riding the same boat ride.  Aww...

11. This.  This is the Red, White, and Blue funnel cake.  A Red 40 heart attack.  Just for me.  Well, for Jake and I, and whoever else wanted a bite. We needed a snack break in the early afternoon.  So we took a Funnel Cake Break.   A Red Velvet funnel cake with blueberry compote and cream cheese icing and sugar drizzle.  Oh my word.   My teeth hurt just remembering.  

12.  Kathleen and Sam don't eat the Red 40.   Along with my Red 40 heart attack funnel cake, Kathleen chose a regular with chocolate sauce.  Sam enjoyed this one immensely.  They did a great job taking care of this problem! 

13.  Sam the Scarecrow.  As we were crossing into Thanksgiving, there was a scarecrow, and Sam has to pose at everything. 

14.  The Turkey Whirl - It was your traditional spinning ride, that after all that funnel cake, I could not do.  And Eric was not up for the task.  But the kids had a Wonderful time!  

15.  Buzz Lightyear Turkey style.  While we were waiting for the big kids to ride the Turkey tubs, we noticed a ride behind us, honestly it looked like Winnie the Pooh.  But Kathleen looked it up, and it was basically turkey shoot in the style of Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin called Gobbler Getaway.   So we decided to Do It!  The line even had a little grandma reading stories, and Thanksgiving dinner cooking.  It was pretty nifty, and I bet if it had been hot, being in this shaded line for an air conditioned ride would Rock!  As it was, it was a nifty refreshing change! 

16.  Turkey Whirl, Take Two.  Chris wanted to do the Turkey Whirl again.  And none of us were up for it.  But he's amazing, tough stuff.  And he rode it on his own.  Yeah, he's Awesome like that.

17.  Another Scarecrow.  On the way out of Thanksgiving, it was Chris's turn to pose. 

18.  Toast.  Someone got plumb worn out as we left Thanksgiving, and were headed to the front.  The kids asked to do the Driving ride one last time.  I sat with this sleepy head while they drove.  He's pretty dang adorable, especially when he's sleeping. 

19.  Bros.  I'm not sure why Sam wants to climb everything lately.  But he was climbing Christopher.  Of course, I had to take the picture before I told them to stop. ;) 

20. A New Bridge.  We bought a Christmas ornament in Christmastown and hit the road.  We had played until a couple kids were asking to stop, it was 5:30 local, 6:30 our time.  With no naps. Impressive!   Of course, the kids were all starving, so we had major snacks, and kept driving south.  It wasn't long until we hit the Ohio River.  Welcome to Kentucky!  

We gave them screens and just kept going until we couldn't take any more.  We called it a night in Murfreesborough, TN.  In Kentucky, it had started to rain.  By Tennessee, it was raining, dark, gross, and stressing me out.  I was grateful to stop when we did at the Baymont Inn.  It wasn't anything to write home about, but clean and quiet was enough for us.  We crashed hard.