Last night Dave and I took Allie and Detmer to the circus. It was part of my birthday present and Dave had already made arrangements for his mom to watch Kendall. I debated all day on whether or not we should take her. I hated to think of her missing the fun, and Allie and Detmer hated it worse. They asked a million times why Kendall wasn't coming. Allie said to Kendall on Tuesday, "Kendall, do you want to go to Grandma's tomorrow? Me and Detmer have to stay home and do chores." She thought for sure Kendall was so offended at the exclusion. However, she loves hanging out with her grandma and was so excited when I dropped her off. Turns out I was very happy we didn't take her, especially as I went out for water/bathroom breaks and saw all the poor parents out in the foyer with their kids. Thank goodness we had an option.
It was so fun to just spoil Allie and Detmer. Allie sat on my lap the whole time, and Detmer on Dave's, which is interesting because they normally aren't lap sitters. Maybe because that space is usually occupied by Kendall? I don't know, but it was nice to spoil them!
We got to the circus early to take in the pre-show. Allie and Detmer loved that and thought it was the circus! When Allie and I went to the bathroom during intermission Allie told me, "Mom, I changed my mind. I don't want to be a ballerina, I want to be a circus girl." Allie was totally concerned for the safety of everybody. When they were up high she would ask, "Mom, are those real people." When I told her yes she would ask how they are not falling. She needing to know nobody was at risk. When the guy came out with the tigers, "Mom, are those real tigers?" So concerned!
Detmer just loved the thrill of it and especially loved when the motorcycle guys came out. He also loved when they jumped on trampolines and told Dave, pointing to the jumpers, "that ones going to be me and that ones going to be Allie." This morning he was still talking about it. He said, "My favorite part was the motorcylce guy, and, of course, when they walked on the ropes." He always says "of course" it's so funny!
My favorite part was during the pre-show where Allie got to perform a little dance. I wish I could post videos. She was so into it!
Allie and Detmer wanted to go back to the circus right away. They were disappointed when we told them it only comes once a year!