Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Day at the Circus


21 months.  An age where you never know how outings will go.  Dinner out could be a fun and pleasant experience where JJ sits and colors on the placement and eats up all his mac and cheese or it could be an hour from hell where he doesn't want to sit at all and doesn't touch a single bite of food.

When we decided to go to the circus, I wasn't sure which type of outing this would be.

Our first concern was times of the shows.  It pretty much came down to 11:00 or 3:00.  JJ usually naps from 1:00 to 3:00 on weekends, so neither was ideal.  However, apparently even at this young age, dreams of the circus can work miracles!

We told him after nap we were going to the circus to see elephants and lions and he laid down at noon, played in bed for just a short time, and was asleep early enough to get in a good nap.

We headed out and, of course, thanks to ridiculous construction traffic delays, we were about 10 minutes late.  As we entered the arena, the curtains at the doors knocked his hat off which we didn't notice until we got to our seats.  Luckily, it was still there because if JJ would have lost his beloved hat, we would be in big trouble.  That hat is the closest thing that kid has to a lovey.  Crisis averted we sit in our seats.  Once we got there, the kid was instantly mesmerized.  This was JJ the first 30 minutes of the circus.

Seriously.  Not a great pic, but 100% accurate.  I don't think he even blinked.  He wouldn't clap, he wouldn't move, just sat and stared.  Before the intermission, he got a little restless, but nothing a few animal crackers couldn't contain.  

Intermission begins and we decide to get out of our seats and stretch our legs.  We carry JJ past all the crowds and once we find an open spot, we set him down to walk.  Crap.  He only has on one shoe. His Toms are loved almost as much as his Yankees hat, so not only will we miss this shoe, but my kid only has one shoe for the rest of day.  Right as panic sets in, a wonderful lady sees our oh crap faces and hands us the lost shoe.  At this point, I love this woman more than chocolate, wine, and bad reality TV combined!

We take our restroom breaks, somehow avoid buying JJ the $16 snow cone in a tiger cup, and head back to our seats.  The second half begins and JJ is pretty much over the circus.  Apparently ladies hanging by their hair and dudes doing back flips on poles don't really interest a toddler much.  No animals in sight and he is D-O-N-E done.  After about 15 minutes, we decide we've gotten our money worth and call it a day.

Back to the car with all hats, shoes, and smiles in place.

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