Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Valley Fair!

 We took the kiddos to Valley Fair last week and it was a blast!
The kids and Tom really had a lot of fun!
 We paid asked a friend to come along to help with the kiddos, since 
this pregnant mama can't go on any rides!
Nicki was so much help, it was amazing I wouldn't go without having another set of hands, that's for sure!
 She looks scared here, but she is not, believe me, she is so very brave
 and wanted to go on all the rides the big kids went on!
 Like this one...
This one slowly goes up, take in all the scenery, swing your legs, look around...
Very fast!
 It was a beautiful day so the kiddos did do a lot of this....
but the lines really weren't that bad.
 I was very impressed with the landscaping and plants, they were just beautiful.
How do they get flowers to grow up in what looks like a tree like that?
 They use little pots....this one wasn't doing so hot...
 It's like a tiny, tiny little Disneyland right here in Minnesota.
 Gosh, I wish I could get my hanging pots to look like that!!
The last time I went to Valley Fair, I was 20!!
(22 years ago!)
I don't remember seeing all these details!
(I went on all the rides back then too!)
 I had so much fun watching the kids have so much fun!

 They did allow pregnant women in the pool area, which is where we spent the afternoon.
 The water was ice cold.
Really, it was like a drink of water with ice in it.
 She'd put her feet in, turn around....
and head for more snack!
We ended up going over to the Wave Pool where the big kids were with my friend Nicki.
(I didn't get any pictures there)
That was my favorite!!  
We just sat in about 1-2 feet of water, Sweetie Pie and myself and loved the warm water 
coming in waves upon us!!
The water park was only open til 5, so we headed for more rides and left right before they closed at 8pm
Then we stopped by my favorite restaurant (Perkins)
and all had breakfast!!
What is it about breakfast that just hits the spot after a day in the fun and sun?
The kids are already talking about the next time we go.
It was really a great time!


  1. Sounds like the perfect day! smart thinking on the babysitter!

  2. It has been a long time since I was at ValleyFair. Looked like your family had a great time. The park looks very pretty.

  3. What a grand time! I can't ride any of those rides that are higher than a foot off the ground. Your family is beautiful!

  4. Do they still have The High Roller? (The old wooden roller coaster?) Oh that was my favorite!
    The last time I was at ValleyFair was 30 years ago - the summer before Craig and I were married!!!
    So glad you all had a great day!

  5. I practically grew up in Valley Fair but I haven't been there in about 8 years. Every time I hear someone talking about Valley Fair, it reminds me that I should go. We only live 15 minutes away from it.

  6. Brings back memories! Like Lori, I was wondering about the old wooden High Roller too.

    Do they have 'kid swap' there? When Paul and I took our five to Legoland in California and to Disneyland Paris, we really took advantage of the kid swap. He would go on a ride with a kid, and then the next time go with the next one, and the next one, and so on without having to get back in line. I am always with a baby or pregnant. :)
    Although, I have to admit that I get so dizzy now from rides and a baby in arms or tummy is a great excuse for me not to have to ride!

    Looks like fun! You guys are such a cute family.

  7. Shelly, me either!! I was kind of relieved I couldn't ride, because they made Nicki and daddy do all of them!! (I did do the merry go round with Sweetie Pie!)

    Becky, we should have met you there!!
    (it's a very expensive meeting though!)

    Lori and Jill- Yes, they have the High Roller, but my kiddos thought it was not scary at all compared to the new one...can't remember the name....Last I remember, I thought it was pretty scary and had to close my eyes and pray til it was over!!

  8. You have such beautiful kids. Glad everyone had a good time!

  9. Looks like you all had a wonderful day! I am so glad!

  10. Looks like you had a beautiful day with the kiddo's. If you ever need a sitter...I got older kids who would love to take your kids on rides!!!

    Zach went last week with a friend. they ate deep fat fried oreos. I guess his friend puked into a waterbottle on the home...zooming a 100mph down the freeway. Zach said it was a very small car...so he was pretty grossed out by that.

    Glad all went well!

    I would be so scared to go on the big rides. I just close my eyes and scream.

  11. Yuck, Christine, that is just totally gross!!!!!!

    I'll remember that about your ride babysitters!!

  12. So glad you were able to go! Everyone looked like they were having a blast.

    We missed our annual family reunion/visit this year and kids are still bummed. Me too!

    My fav is the High Roller. A little shakey, but fun (maybe it was just my BIL shaking our car, the stinker!)

    Been PG every other year, I think! Can't go on those crazy fast rides anymore, either. Sick City!

    Haven't done the waterpark in years. Looks wonderful!


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