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The Strawberry Vegetable

on March 9, 2011

Yesterday, Mom called and asked if the kids and I would like to go down to the Strawberry Festival. It’s been a few years since I have been, and I don’t think Maddy or Tyler have ever been to anything like that (except maybe once in Michigan as babies). So, together, her and I took the three big kids down.

I gave them each $10 to spend on rides, games, food, drinks, junk. I wanted to eliminate the “can I have”  and the “I needs”. They had $10 to spend how they wanted and when it was done, it was done. Grammy bought tickets for them to each ride two rides, and a Strawberry Shortcake. Mommy got suckered (by the booth attendee, not the children) to buy them one game of throw the dart at the balloon. And they still got their $10 Whole Dollars!!

Here’s how our night went: On the Way there, Tyler (the analyzer) had lots of question about the Strawberry Vegetable (he got confused with the word “festival”). We explained the $10 concept. I showed them each their envelope with their name and their $10 in it. We talked about holding hands, and staying with Mommy and Grammy and what to do if you get lost (“Stay where you are!!”), something we have never talked about, because I guess I don’t take my kids very many places!!

Once we got there, we were right there in the Midway, so we had another talk about looking at things and thinking about what they might REALLY want to spend their money on, versus throwing it away on the first things they saw.

So we walked, we looked. Madelynne wanted to ride the Carousel. So she cashed in one ride from Grammy and I took her on the Carousel. They had that thing running fast!! She was holding on for dear life with her face plastered against the pole. (She was holding on with two hands and a chin, and Mommy was holding on to her too!!) After the first go-round, she said “Mommy, I don’t think I’m going to make it!! Then we talked about where she was riding her horse to (Wal-Mart), if she was winning the race (yes), and what her horse’s name was (Princess). We waved to Grammy and Brendyn and Tyler or said “hi” every go-round. She loved it. Her first carousel ride!!

After that they watched a few minutes of a puppet show (Garbage in, Garbage out … Good stuff in, Good stuff out). Then Strawberry Shortcake time. We like to go to the place where you make it your self. Maddy got the cake and the whipped cream (no strawberries – silly girl!!) We walked around a bit more, looked at some of the booths.

Tyler was the first to spend some money on a Root Beer Float ($4). And he did drink the whole thing. Maddy spent money next on a pink and white polka-dot flower hair clip ($3).  Then they played their game of throw the dart at the balloon. Maddy just couldn’t get it, so Mommy had to help her. (I think one dart almost landed in the worker’s ear!!) They each won a tiny toy, probably sells for a quarter at the dollar store, but they were happy. It was the reward of something they had accomplished!

Then we went and rode the Ferris Wheel (all 5 of us). The kids loved it. Tyler said we were as high as the moon! It’s been a LONG time since I was on a Ferris Wheel, and I have to admit the view from the top  IS pretty good!! About that time we were ready to head back to the midway to do Brendyn and Tyler’s 2nd ride when the voice from above said “In 15 minutes, the Festival will be closing, make your way to the exit.” We stopped to ask some deputies where our gate was (the exact opposite corner from where we were standing), Maddy started crying because she didn’t want to be arrested. This prompted another talk about how policemen are “good” and they like kids, and they only arrest bad guys, not good little girls!!

Brendyn was next to spend money ($5) for a Foot Long Corn Dog. Maddy and Tyler copied with regular sized corn dogs of their own ($3 each). Then at the exit, they knew they had money left to burn!! Brendyn says “What do you have for $5”. And just his luck a sword in a sheath. Purchase! Then little sister wants one but only has $4. The man gives it to her. But wait, Tyler only has $3, what can he get. A light up, push the button, make noise laser gun!! (And for free because there was a small crack in it!)

On the way home, we had three exhausted, happy, full kids. It was a great night.

Five Special Blessings to me Today: Festival Food, The view from the top, Laughing with Maddy on the Carousel, Happy Children, A warm bed and husband to come home to!

Have a Blessed Day! Make Memories!

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