Our little historic town has quite a celebration for Fourth of July including a pancake breakfast, parade, and a carnival that comes for the weekend. Last year, Lucas loved going on the simple rides that go around in a circle so this year he was anticipating it as he saw the signs around town. Since we can walk to the area where they set up the carnival, we were alarmed before they even finished setting everything up. This year a different company was hired and it looked like they had recovered the rides from an abandoned amusement park… back when people were smaller. Everything was miniature. By the time the rides were supposed to be opening, the crew was already disassembling it because of unmet safety requirements. The games remained open, though, allowing carnival-goers to “win chicks” and rabbits along with the standard goldfish.
We didn’t want Lucas to be disappointed, so we decided to take him to Chuck E. Cheese for the first time. It took him awhile to soak in all the lights, sounds, and action and until then he wore this face:
Once he had tried a few things, he loved the little rides and winning tickets from the games. This video makes me giggle every time I watch it because it was one of the first times I really saw him let loose and dance with reckless abandon. But I already knew he loves to dance.