Sunday, October 5, 2008

Ringling Brothers

Yesterday was Annika's celebration of her 3rd birthday, it was a few days early due to the fact Colby will not be here on her birthday. We were very fortunate to have our wonderful friends Joe & Danielle over (and of course adorable baby Josie). We all had cupcakes, opened a couple of gifts (note to self: J & D broke the cardinal rule of no loud gifts for children.... hmmm..... Christmas is coming) We all then headed off to the circus for a fantastic show!

Annika got to be a 'celebrity', complete with her 15 minutes of fame. She was allowed to go into the circus, riding in a clown car with a silly wig on her head! Can you imagine anything more fun for a 3 year old??? I have to admit, it brought tears to my eyes as I watched her out there... soooo cute! Acadia slept through most of the show and Ariana absolutely loved it. It was a first for all 3 of them. It was also a first for Colb, Danielle and Josie. I guess that I am fortunate that the circus used to come to Augusta when I was younger, so I actually saw the circus a few times as a kid. I think it might have been a Shriners, but I also have seem the Ringling Brothers/ Barnum & Bailey.

The show had all the key elements of the shows I saw as a kid (trapeze, elephants, tight wire, dog tricks, tigers, etc.) but the feel of the show is much different... it was very loud. It was also very.... busy. There was always more than one thing going on, it was hard to pick what to keep your eyes on. Colby kept asking Ariana & I if we had seen different things, and we had not. I think it shows how it is harder to keep children's attention than it used to be. They are so over-stimulated these days that they seem to bore easier. Although I can't really complain about it with my kids. They were perfectly happy to spend this afternoon outside making mudpies and collecting a bucket of acorns.

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