Saturday, we went to Six Flags.
It was a day full of sunscreen and roller coasters, heat and fun and family. And I realize I'm easily distracted, but doesn't Jay have amazing cheekbones?
The kidlets did pretty well, considering what a long day it was. My three nieces--aren't they sweet?
I love this picture of Andrea and Elizabeth. The babies spent most of the day dozing in the heat.
Looks like Olivia, too, caught a nap or two.
The grandparents were a great help with the kids, especially the babies.
Uncles Josh and Newt were indispensable as well--I've never met young adolescent boys so good with children and happy to help out. The older nieces adore them.
Gracie and Olivia had a blast. Lindsay, being pregnant, could not go on rides--a major bummer, but Linds put her game face on and got to watch her cute girls discover the joys of roller coasters and water parks.
This was by far my least "efficient" trip to an amusement park--whenever I've gone before, it's always been about fitting in the most rides and maximizing riding time. This time, with seventeen (and a half) people to keep track of and arrange rendezvous with, two babies who needed feeding every hour or two, and a 50+ year age spread and varied interests, it wasn't possible to pack in the rides.
Really, though, that ended up being just fine. We got to spend a little bit of time with everyone, frequently switching up groups based on babies' feeding schedules and peoples' activity desires.
And let me just say, how did we ever live without cell phones? Even with them, we had our share of miscommunications, but we always managed to find each other in the end.
I've always loved roller coasters and thrill rides, but I think I'm starting to get old: the park itself was just so loud and big and busy and hot. I felt like I had an amusement park hangover after just three hours.
But, you know, despite the screaming neck and shoulder muscles, the bruises from jolting rides, the excessive noise and ridiculous prices, I really had a good time.
There's just something about being with family.