Moody skies, twinkling lights, and the company of my little family made our weekday trip to the Kaiserslautern fair a charming experience. Jon and I haven’t been to a fair in years, the kids had never been at all, so we decided to remedy this childhood injustice and take them to their first! I love showing them new things, the wonder and awe of the lights, sounds, and smells! Both kids probably have whiplash from yanking their heads around, side to side, up and down, trying to take it all in!
They rode a couple rides in Nebraska while we were there visiting family, but nothing like these! Germans are fearless, there are no seatbelts, no orderly lines, no height restrictions, it’s an all out carnival free for all. We found a nice tame ride that we thought the kids would enjoy, no restraining devices of course, which posed some degree of concern for our little climber, but what the heck, we told Aurora to “hold on to him!”
After I calmed my anxious mama-heart down, they were already off on their way, huge smiles on their faces as they rang the bell and steered their little train. When it was time to get off, Gray threw a giant fit! He wasn’t ready to leave his choo-choo!
After calming Aurora’s anxiety about riding on the rides a bit, we made our way to the giant ferris wheel and paid the ridiculous 12€ price for our family of four to ride (and that was half off!). So worth it though. The view was spectacular! Moody clouds rolling in with patches of setting sun still visible. Those beautiful dusky colors lit up the sky as we passed round and round through it.
She is so beautiful, gosh, I can’t get enough of my little muse. Despite her earlier claims that she wanted nothing to do with the ferris wheel, she was entranced. Looking over the city and the carnival lights spread out below, the wind in her face and cotton candy in her hands. A childhood fantasy come true.
Rora and I spun round on the swings together too, we kept asking her if she thought different rides looked “fun or scary” and she said this one looked fun, so we did it– and it was. So fun. So magical seeing the world from up high with my sweet girl. It makes me even more excited for the future as we are able to embark on more mother-daughter experiences.
Jon rode one last ride on his own that reminded him of childhood while we looked on. Aurora was not happy that she didn’t get to ride with her Daddy, but I think that would have ruined all of the awesome pro-ride ground we had made that day. Jon’s ride was crazy, like fake smoke and lots of spinning crazy!
We headed home much later than we intended to, so caught up in the blinking lights and sweet fair food. What an enjoyable midweek treat we had, a far cry from our normal Wednesday routine. Sometimes you just need to shake things up!
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