Sunday, July 13, 2008

A "Great" Day

Today Olivia and I hit the road, left the boys with a sitter, and went to Six Flags Great America!!!

I have a Six Flags credit card (paid off now!!!) and was able to get two free tickets and $25 in food/merchandise vouchers free with points. I wanted to take Olivia by herself this year, I took her and Braeden last year, because she was finally tall enough to ride some of the bigger rides this year! She and I LOVE roller coasters. Braeden, not so much of a rider. :)

I originally had a sitter who had said in May that she could watch them one day over the summer, so I ordered the tickets. She is someone I trust with the kids and someone I know is good with Braeden, who can be a handful. But, she ended up never following through. At the last minute I found someone for today. She said it went well and that they were good. I'm so relieved and glad! :)

Olivia and I had so much fun. It was just the perfect weather and she got to go on so many fun rides. The Demon was her favorite. What roller coaster enthusiast wouldn't enjoy two loops and a spiral!? We rode it twice! :)

She also LOVED the Giant Drop. (Once she finished screaming like a banshee the first part of the way down. It was too funny!) But she did love it!!!

She rode three other coasters, a rapids ride, and a boat ride that were lots of fun! We also saw Scooby Doo!

I thought this "game" would be fun for Olivia and I was right. You have to try to climb to the top without flipping the ladder and falling off. If you can, you win one of those humungo stuffed animals. If not, you still win a small monkey, a prize either way. :)

She made it pretty far too, before falling! :) She loves her monkey!

We had a tiring but fun day and hope to find something for Braeden and mom to do soon. We picked out a special something for each of the kids too, at a great deal, but I'll take pics of those tomorrow and show you then! :)


Kathy said...

It sounds (and looks) like Olivia had a wonderful time! You do so many fun and creative things with your kiddo's! You're a great example to all of us!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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