Thursday, July 23, 2009

Capital EX 2009

Jesse and I used to always go to Capital Ex every year we have lived here but we didn't go last year because we had Riley and he was too little. We decided to go this year to see how Riley enjoyed some of the rides! He loved them. It was a super hot day about 32 degrees celcius. We were grateful for the air conditioned Northlands Agricom that we were able to go to when we got too hot. When we went into the Agricom there were some performers there from China that we watched that could do lots of tricks, lifting (one guy stood on a ladder, it was not against anything and he lifted 2 girls on his shoulders and stood at the top of the ladder and then 2 girls stood on his knees and pointed outward, I was a little nervous they would all fall), flipping, and moving in cool ways. Riley actually liked watching it. It was called Cirque de Soleil for those of you that may have seen it before.
We took Riley on a few rides. He went on the Merry Go Round which was he most favorite ride, the Bees, and the Ferris Wheel. It was too hot to stand in line for long so we didn't take him on too many. Plus it was so expensive to ride the rides. Ya wanna know something ridiculous?? Well, they tell you a child 6 years old and under gets into the park free with no admission. For adults it is $10. A ride ticket is $1 each and some rides are like 4-6 tickets to on. If you buy the $35 ride all day pass that includes riding as many rides all day as you want as well as admission. Well we thought because it said kids under 6 were free that it wouldn't cost much to ride the ride especially for a child under 2 which is Riley. We thought he would be free because he is under 2. At the ticket booths if we wanted to get him a pass to ride as many rides as he wanted all day it would cost $43. That is more than we paid for ours!!!! Isn't that insane?? A baby costs more than us?? Oh well we just bought some tickets and he had fun, he wouldn't have lasted all day anyways.
Jesse and I took Riley home around 6pm and got a babysitter so Riley could relax and play with his toys. We went back to Capital Ex. We were there almost an hour and these massive dark clouds start forming and it started pouring. We were on the flying ride when it started so we were soaked when it was done. We thought maybe it would pass so we went in and looked at some of the exhibits and shopping booths in the Agricom. In an hour it stopped so we went back out and rode on the rides again. We went on like 2 rides and were just about to get on another one when they closed the rides because there was lightening and because there were 3 funnel clouds and the wind started blowing hard. We though we should run for it but if any of you know where the Concordia College is, that is where we were parked so it is quite far when ya got Golf ball sized hail falling hard. We made it to our van and home to our frightened babysitter who had no power for over an hour. I felt bad because we didn't even think to tell her where our flashlights were. We were a little bummed that we had to come home an hour early and that for over an hour and a bit that we were there we couldn't do anything we wanted because of the rain.
We did have fun earlier though but we are sad because this is what it did to our yard and our beautiful canopy that shaded our yard really good. We only put it up 2 weeks ago and now it is completely ruined :(

Here are some pictures of the fun before the storm!!

Riding the Ferris Wheel with Mommy!

Riding the Bees with Daddy!

The new Classic Riley face! He always does this when we tell him to smile or look at the camera!

Riley riding the Merry Go Round at Capital Ex with Daddy! It was his very favorite ride of the day! Before the ride would start he kept rocking back and forth on it and saying "Go, Go!" So cute!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ward Campout

This blog entry is totally late but oh well, we have been busy, I mean I have been busy chasing a 15 month old and making sure he doesn't eat things or put things in the garbage, vents, or toilets lately. So I haven't found a spare minute for awhile. We went on a ward campout in June 26-27. It was fun meeting new people in our ward since we just moved into the ward the beginning of June. It was also Riley's first time ever camping. We didn't go last year since he was very little. We had fun meeting people but it was super cold. It was a very windy when we left to go there Friday and Jesse and I were trying to decide if we should go or not. We just thought the wind would stop by the time we got there or at least for the next day. When we set up camp it was very windy. We almost decided to leave before we were all set up but people had already seen us and some of our friends decided to camp next to us so we decided to stay.
It was such a long night. Around 8-10pm it got cold and we tried to put Riley to sleep. He did sleep for about an hour and then he was shivering and so cold so he ended up snuggling with Jesse and I for most of the night in our airbed. He slept for about 5 hours the whole night and was awake at 5am because of the bright sunlight shining in our tent. It was rainy and cold in the morning as well so we ate breakfast and went home and had a good nap. I was kind of upset because they had activities going on all day and we left because we were tired and cold. As soon as we left our friends told us that the sun came out. Go figure!! Oh well we were tired!! I really really hope someday while we have small kids we can get a trailer cuz then we could at least be warm and get a good nights sleep.
Riley didn't want to stay in the tent. He kept opening the doors and trying to get out. We thought it was kind of funny so we just had to take a picture.

Trying to keep warm, it was very cold.