We met Brooke, Reid, and Kennedy at Cracker Barrel for breakfast (oh, the hash brown casserole!) and then headed to Charlotte.
The person who ordered the tickets (ahem, me) did a fantastic job and chose really good seats. Aniston and Kennedy were able to see well, and that was worth the cost of the tickets--even if their seats did remain empty because they sat with their daddies. Aniston was absolutely amazed by everything, and, honestly, so was I.
This picture is blurry, but I could not get over how big the tigers were.
Here's something I've learned in my almost three years of parenthood:
If an event/place is labeled "family fun!", "a great experience for kids!", or anything of the sort, be prepared to spend a small fortune.
Take the $13 snow cone, for instance. On a normal day, no one in their right mind would pay $13 for barely-flavored ice in an elephant cup, but you're at the circus and, apparently, snow cones and the circus go together like peas and carrots and Forrest Gump and Jenny. So when your child begs for one, you give in, because it's the circus and you want her to experience everything and you're sure you'll be scarring her for life if you deny her the circus snow cone (or something like that).
So even though I swore we wouldn't, there we were with an elephant full of snow cone. Our sweet girl took one bite, spit it out, and announced that she didn't like it.
On the bright side, we are the proud owners of a really nice elephant cup that will never be used again.
We also have a beautiful stuffed elephant that's covered with a pink blanket because, if given the option of choosing anything, our child will always, always, always choose the stuffed animal. Forget the blinking necklace, t-shirt, or DVD--give us the stuffed animal, please.
After a fun, exciting day at the circus, Aniston cried most of the way home because a) she wanted out of her carseat, and b) she had taken the elephant away from the other elephants and he was sad. "So, so sad," according to her.
Obviously, watching Dumbo is not in the near future for us.