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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Let's Rodeo!

*warning picture overload* 

It's Rodeo time. Last Friday was the first of many dollar days (every Friday + MLK day) so I figured why not head out there and see some animals. They liked the parade so much I knew they'd love this. I just hoped I wasn't crazy for braving this by myself sans another adult with 3 littles.

Abby had a half day Friday so it made for the perfect afternoon. We left and headed there as soon as Lexie was up from her (early) nap. We got there shortly after one. We headed in through the entrance by all the livestock so we saw the animals first and saved the rides and such for later. After walking through and seeing some of the livestock that was there to be shown in competition we headed into the first 'kids' area and learned about different kinds of sheep, goats, pigs, cows, chickens and native Texas animals. 

Then after wandering through the HEB farmer's market, getting an ice cream sample and learning how to milk a cow, we ended up at the petting zoo. Of course this was a favorite of my littles. They had your typical petting zoo goats, along with deer, alpacas (I think), and kangaroos. 
I think the deer were a favorite. Especially since we see others in the park where the Y is located so often. These deer were very sweet and would stand still for a little petting. 

Or a hug or two. 
Then we were ready for a snack and some rides I had promised them as soon as they saw the carousel and asked about riding on it. The best part about dollar day was that the ride tickets were all a dollar and instead of the 3-4 plus tickets per ride, each ride was only 1 ticket. Plus $1 hot dogs, cotton candy and sodas. Hey we don't do this often so of course I quickly said okay to the uber sugar treat of cotton candy.  Micah wasn't a fan of the sticky sweet treat but Abby was very happy about it. 
We all took a whirl on the bigger carousel. Micah loved this dragon, as did Abby but she quickly changed her mind when she saw there was a kitty right next to it. So much for the classic horses!  
Then they got to pick a few more of the kiddie rides that they could go on without me (because they could go on more rides if I didn't have to have tickets for Lexie and I as well.) They were in heaven riding lots of rides. They don't usually ask to ride the rides at Sea World but I think after this experience, that's likely to change on our next visit. 

Lexie sweetly and patiently, snacked and waited, watching and waving to Micah and Abby while the rode around. 
Micah wasn't quite tall enough for this one yet but Abby really wanted to go (she even wanted to go on the bigger one that she wasn't tall enough to go on by herself!) 
And she loved it! 
She didn't love that it meant Micah had an extra ticket to go on another ride without her (because we would have had to go back to the front for another one since I was down to Micah's last one and he was upset he didn't get to slide with Abby) However Micah loved this dinosaur ride. 
After watching some pig races (seriously so funny - but I wasn't close enough for good pictures - but I did get the kids snuck up to the front to see better) We got a few more tickets for a couple more rides. Micah's "I'm having a blast" face obviously involves his tongue being stuck out.... Ha! 
My only regret about the rodeo stock show was setting foot in the reptile exhibit. WAY too many of those snakes had maps with our area shaded and a note saying it was found in our county. Not a happy thought! I prefer not knowing how many of those snakes I may happen upon in my backyard. 

To try and not think about all the local snakes we then stopped to watch the dock dogs do their tricks - long jumping off the dock into the pool. Lots of fun - especially for my dog loving littles. 

Then with pleas to see "one more animal" before we left we headed through the equestrian discovery center and learned about miniature horses and saw a big giant Percheron horse as well as the Gypsy horse that's a cross between ponies and the giant Clydesdales type breeds. The kids of course loved it and I'm surprise I haven't heard "can we get a horse" yet out of their mouths"  

It was a fun afternoon and the littles were in awe with all the animals, rides and activities to do. We could have stayed longer and looked at more but I already had dinner plans and a hubs waiting on us to eat and if we stayed any longer I would have been broke (and a few pounds heavier) because I seriously wanted to try everything. All the rodeo food smelled so----- good. I love that bbq smell and all the various other yummies. We did indulge and share a funnel cake between the four of us as a treat before we left but managed to avoid filling up on any of the other yummies.  I might have to go back on another dollar Friday just to sample some more food... but then I'd have to make a decision on which to try.... (let's hope that remains the hardest decision I'd have to make!) 

Seriously though we spent 4 hours at the stock show and could have stayed longer, the kids were having a blast. So even if you aren't into going to the rodeo, head out and check out all the other activities. I don't think you'll regret it! (And if your kids are going to want to ride on the carnival rides - I highly recommend dollar day - your kids and wallet will thank you)



Unknown said...

Looks like you all had as much fun as my family! I love the pictures of you kids on all the rides!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Looks like SO much fun!!!