As noted previously
, we took a Family vacation to the Shanendoah Valley.
We went to ( Grandma's house: )
We visited ( Weyers Cave: )
Then we hit the ( Bridgewater Petting Zoo: )
There was also a Carnival going on. Zoe decided that it was a day to practice bravery, and went on ALL the rides. Lucky for her, she was just barely tall enough to make that happen. It was a success, too. She loved all the rides... until the Octopus:
While we were standing in line, I thought this one might be out of her league. We watched as the first group went up and around, spinning wildly. We heard the screams. She looked a little apprehensive.
Me: "We don't have to go on this ride, if you don't want to. It's okay to change your mind."
Zoe: "No. I want to go."
Me: "Okay... you just look a little scared already."
Zoe: *looking determined* "I am. But I want to go anyway."
I couldn't have been more proud of that statement! So, we boarded the Octopus...
And I never saw so much terror come out of such a little body. >_< Every muscle tightened, she was holding onto the bar for dear life, and she was screaming uncontrollably.
Luckily, the Carnival engineer noticed, and stopped after the first go round to ask if she wanted off. Zoe said: "Yeah... I'll try this again when I'm older."
Obviously, she's fine. I think her reaction may have scarred me, more than the ride did her. o.O
Anyhoo. Here's some of ( my favorite pics from the carnival )