A few weeks back, we went to the circus. Friday night was free for kids and I ended up getting a free ticket as well. Score! Though I knew that it was good that we got in for free, as I would be dropping some change inside. Darn carnies.
We met my seester and her son, and my seester-in-law and her two girls (it was just me and the two big boys. DH took Samalander home). As soon as we walked in the door, we were assaulted with flashing lights from the GREATEST THING EVER (if you're a 4- or 6-YO boy). Light-up swords with a globe on the end. OOOOH aaaaahhhhhhh. And a whopping $10 each. Seriously? So the boys were super excited and I said - this is it, nothing else if we get these. OK!! Sigh. Fine.
So we start to meander towards some seats. Everywhere we go, it's full. Or there's onesies and twosies available. Um, we've got 5 kids and 3 adults. Crap. We eventually find a section towards one end but we can still see all three rings fairly well. BUT we can't sit together. A couple in one row, a few in another and the other three in another. Sigh. Oh well, we want them to WATCH the circus anyway rather than play with each other and be generally annoying. This might be a good thing.
Right in front of us were the elephant rides. Elephants take big poops. My boys were amazed by it. And had to tell everyone around us about it. And the shovelers. And what was in the garbage cans. I guess that's what happens when you have boys.
I had a master plan to cut out at intermission. Of course, the Ringmaster (freaky dude by the way) kept saying that the show was NOT over. Way to undermine me buddy. I appreciate it. The boys were being super good anyway and so yes, I decided we could stick it out. They went with their aunt to the bouncy slides and forked over $5 EACH to go down the slide 3 TIMES. They must make a boatload of money at the circus for what they charge.
By the end of the night, I was amazed to realize that they hadn't begged for food, for more toys, for elephant rides, or a ring of fire. Since when we watch cartoons, there's a cacophony of "I want that" all the time, I was truly surprised. :) All in all, a good night was had.
Oh, and the swords broke the next day.