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We continued our quest for Summer Fun on Saturday by braving the sketchy weather forecast and heading to Idlewild Park. And I’m so glad we didn’t listen to threats of rain and storms. We needed our umbrellas for the first 10 minutes we were there, then after that, it was sunny and by dinnertime, it was hot enough for the waterpark. WIN.

I haven’t been to Idlewild since I was a kid- maybe 8 years old? 10? I don’t even remember. I had vague snippets of memories but I think most of those were from pictures I’ve seen of my sister and me. So I was as excited as the girls, I think!

First up was Storybook Forest. Little houses and nursery rhyme characters and trains and things on which to climb. Fun!

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Then of course, FOOD. Like giant turkey legs (?) and tacos and french fries and ice cream.

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

But everyone’s favorite thing of the day was riding stuff and playing in the ballpit and going swimming!

Idlewild Park
Someday, this will be a real car they’re driving. !!

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

This next picture? It’s the best representation of the difference between the girls. Maggie: Serious. Concerned. Possibly glancing over at the controls and mechanisms in the ride, trying to figure out how they work. Audrey: WOOOOOOOOOOOO! WHADDUP, DUDES??!!!

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park
Maggie climbed that whole thing. In a sundress and flip flops. She lost her shoes a few times, but she made it! We were probably a little overly proud but whatever. heh

The girls were awesome, all day. I was a little worried, because it was going to be a very long day- 12 hours out and about and Audrey wouldn’t get a real nap and it would be hot and they’d be eating junky and delicious amusement park food. The potential for meltdowns was very high. Last year, we went to another amusement park and… there were Some Moments.

(last year)
OH THE HUMANITY.

(this year)
Idlewild Park

Much better! Maggie helped Audrey on all the rides, they waited patiently in line, and there were virtually no tears for the entire day (well, except for when we said the word ‘ICE CREAM’ and didn’t actually have any in our possession at that particular moment. Audrey was less than pleased, but calmed down pretty quickly. heh)

Maggie also got her face painted, and I got a glitter tattoo. That apparently is going to last for a week or more, so I guess I’ll be going to work on Wednesday with a flower on my arm. Fancy!

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park

And this happened about 8 minutes into our 90-minute drive home, so I’d say the day was a success.

Idlewild Park

14 Comments

  1. Your last year’s picture cracked me up. And it gave me much needed hope for the future, so thank you for that!

    Jul 16 10:42 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      I cannot look at that picture without laughing. THE WOE. And yes, there is hope. Age 5 has it’s own drama, but for the most part, Maggie is MUCH more emotionally stable then 3 and 4! Of course, we’re gearing up for Audrey soon… LOL

      Jul 17 7:29 am


  2. Julie
    @julaver

    Woooooo, Audrey! This picture totally made me laugh. Your girls are fantastic.

    Jul 16 10:53 pm


  3. Jesabes
    @jesabesblog

    I’m jealous of your glitter tattoo.

    Jul 16 11:22 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      I’m seriously considering buying the kit we see on tv all the time. They’re pretty cool! Messy to do though, so I think we’d have to do them outside!

      Jul 17 7:27 am


  4. I do not understand the connection between amusement park places and giant turkey legs either! Glad this trip was such a success.

    Jul 16 11:34 pm


  5. When I was a kid, the racecars were my favorite ride ever! I’d feel so grown up!

    Jul 17 8:59 am


  6. K
    @twoadults

    There isn’t anything on this earth that is as quite as funny as the picture from last year. I laughed then and I’m laughing now. SO MUCH WOE. Haaaaa!

    And the picture comparing the two of them on the motorcycles needs to be framed. I love it.

    Jul 17 10:26 am


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      The pic from last year is pretty much my pride and joy. I don’t know what’s better- Maggie’s OBVIOUS HORRIBLE LIFE or Dan’s mocking thumbs down in the background. haaaa

      Jul 17 1:02 pm


  7. keli hoskins
    @kelihoskins

    Good Lord Audrey is TALL!!! I’m glad you guys had so much fun this year … loved all the pics! :)

    Jul 17 12:48 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      She’s 33inches, not super tall, but tall for our family of midgets, ha :) I think she just seems so much taller lately because she’s losing her chub very quickly. SAD. Thinning out and looking more grown up. SIGH.

      Jul 17 12:59 pm


  8. Looks like a ton of fun! All the pictures are great (the pic of the two of them on the “motorcycles” is awesome!), but the picture from last year is by far my favorite. Haaaaaa!

    Jul 17 3:48 pm


  9. Cari
    @mattieflap

    I stil LOVE LOVE LOVE that picture of Calamity Maggie from last year. So classic!

    Jul 17 4:58 pm