A couple of Sunday’s ago, after a really busy week, I was looking forward to going to Church, then just sitting on my butt and doing nothing all day long (or I wanted to get some cleaning and organizing done, but I can’t remember that far back now).
On the way out the door to Church, we got a call from a neighbor. They had tickets to Kings Island for the day (it was a day where the park was only open for people that worked for a specific, large company in the area), but one of their boys had a fever, so they couldn’t go. The tickets were only good for that weekend, so they asked if we wanted to go. We decided sure, why not? Free tickets, and when else would we get the chance to go there?
So we picked up the tickets, went to Church, came home to eat lunch, then hurried out the door. Takes us almost an hour to get to Kings Island from home. We got there around 1:45. Kids had lots of fun! The day was perfect – the sun was out, but it wasn’t really hot.
Jacob is daring, of course. So he didn’t have to think hard about riding rides. I, on the other hand (along with my daughter), am not a ride person. Especially if I’ve never seen the whole ride, and don’t know what it will do. I think it’s the fact that I’ve discovered I have control issues. And if I’m not controlling it, I don’t like it! The first thing we all rode on (Dan and I were together) was the Woodstock Whirly-birds. A helicopter-shaped pod that was on a track in the air. Kind of tame.
Then the kids went on the little kid bumper cars, which they enjoyed. Next Jacob spotted the mini roller-coaster, which he insisted on waiting in line for. Dan and he sat in the back car. He enjoyed it!
Starting out on his first coaster ride (that’s them in the back)
Heading up the first hill!
Nothing but grins!
They also went on the Scrambler together. Too much spinning for me!
Running to his first Scrambler ride!
Waiting to get strapped in
This was his 2nd ride – you can just see his arms up!
After his first ride – he loved it!
Next they headed back to the little kid coaster, and I almost refused. But I decided that I’m brave, I could do it (the theme around Tastefully Simple’s national conference this year was “How big is your brave?”). So Jillian and I got on it together. Of course I have no photos of us on it, since there was no one to take pictures. But we were in one of the middle cars. At first Jillian said, “I can’t believe I’m doing this!”, and I was just telling myself “You’ve been on an airplane, this is nothing.” But after we went down that first hill, Jillian was saying, “This is so much fun!” And she was giggling. It really wasn’t so bad, and was over in about 10 seconds. Even going around twice!
Then before we left (after watching all the crazy people on the big coasters), we decided to get on the log flume ride. I’ve never done one before. At first I wasn’t going to because I didn’t want to get wet, but then decided to just go for it. We all sat in the same “log” – Jillian in the front, then Dan, Jacob and me. We kept our feet up so we wouldn’t get too wet at the end. But it was fun! I know I screamed. And we didn’t even get all that wet!
The kids rode on a couple more rides alone, and I think they had fun. Jacob and Dan went on the Scrambler again, too. Personally I don’t think that KI is nearly as fun as Disney World, but at least it’s closer!
Waiting to get on the Red Baron ride – last one for the day!
We ended up heading for home around 6:30 – stopped at Steak ‘n Shake for dinner, that way we could have dinner and dessert at the same time – yum!