Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Show Comes To Town

Sunday 4th September, 2011

Firstly I must wish Jodi a very Happy Birthday for last Friday, the 2nd September.  Just remember Jodi, "Age is not important unless you are a cheese or wine".  Hugs and kisses for your birthday!

The Adelaide Show began again on Friday and it goes for the next nine days.  What wonderful weather they are having for the start of it.  We picked Katie up on Friday night and so we went to the show yesterday. 

She had already rung me a couple of times during the week letting me know what Showbags she wanted and that she wants to see a couple of the actors from Home and Away who will be there.

On Friday, when I got into Tony's work after getting Katie, he told me that Jodi had been trying to contact me.  I rang her back and she asked us to call into her place on the way home.  She said she was not having anything special for her birthday, just pizza with Rick and Dianne and the kids.

As we still had to go and do some shopping I said we would get something for our dinner but would call in.  Just before we were ready to leave, Taylor came and asked if she could come to the Show with us. and their big mouths!!!  Jodi had asked earlier if I could have Taylor on the Saturday but when I told her we were going to the show she said not to worry about it.

Taylor and Katie enjoying birthday cake

Anyway when I said to Taylor that she had to ask her mum, Jodi said yes.  So home we went with Taylor and Katie.

I "laid the law down to Taylor" about wandering off (she is a great one for that, especially if she can't get her own way), and also explained to her that there were rides that Katie could go on but not her.  She seemed to be OK with that.

Saturday morning we were up early and left the house about 8.15am.  We called into Maccas and got breakfast.  We left the car at Tony's work and caught the Show shuttle bus to Wayville.  We got there around 9.30am.

Our first stop was the showbag hall where the girls got the showbags they wanted,  they both got the Diva bag, the Beanie Kids and Katie got the Supre bag.  Jodi had told me that Taylor could only have 2 bags.  I got a Hello Kitty bag ('cos I wanted the hand towel) so the girls shared the rest of the gear that was in it.  They also wanted to do the Yellow Brick Road.

We then went and let the girls have their first ride, on Traffic Jam.  After this we went and had a wander down to the Animal Nursery, then onto to see the pigs, cattle and cows.  The girls got to have a go at milking a cow.  We walked through the sheep hall.

On the way back to the rides it was time for the Home and Away actors to make an appearance.  The crowd around the stage was unbelievable.  The girls could hardly see and the lineup to have an autograph was so long it would have taken at least a couple of hours to get through all the signings and photos.  We decided to give it a miss.

The 2 actors being interviewed by Caroline Kelly from Channel 7

Then it was back to more rides.  Katie and Tony went on the Sky Flyer to which Taylor was not happy about.  Even though she came in at the right height to ride it I didn't think it was appropriate for her to be 150 feet in the air.......I had visions of her falling out of the thing.

Anyway she calmed down when I said she could go into Psychodelic with Tony and Katie.  She was happy with that.

It was then off to the Dog Pavillion, the Dairy Hall for a milkshake and then we thought we would sit and wait to watch the pig racing.  Only thing was, we were 90 minutes early.   I thought it was 3.30pm when we sat down and at 4.00pm, the advertised time for the next race, the place was crowded.  Shortly after, everyone started leaving.  I couldn't understand why and when I looked at the watch again it was only 3.00pm.

I knew the girls wouldn't sit there for another hour, so we decided to get some more goodies from the Yellow Brick Road and then back to the rides.  This time Katie wanted to go on some ride called Disko.  I was apprehensive but right next door was Gravitron, so I asked if she would rather go on that.  "Yes, Yes  Nanna" she said.  I asked at the ticket booth if it was OK for Taylor and the lady said that her daughter had been riding it since she was 3 and half years old.  We got tickets for both of them.

I was so nervous about letting Taylor go on it, the one good thing about it was that she wouldn't fall out.  I said to Tony if this scared her then she wouldn't ask to go on any more of these rides and go on about how it wasn't fair that Katie could go on them but not her.

When the ride was finished and they came out, how wrong was I.  The smile on her face was so broad, she was jumping up and down saying how awesome it was and wanted to do it again.  Katie wanted to go on the Rock n Roll ride, the show's fastest ride.  Taylor said she wanted to go as well.  Maybe this ride would put the wind up her.

Off they go.  When it was finished Taylor had the same reaction as she did with the Gravitron.  OMG what's Jodi going to say!  Her little girl won't have anything to do with Kiddie rides now.

I wanted to go and see the Parade by Jenny Gillies so we headed over to the Goyder Pavillion.  We got there just as it was about to start.  She designs clothes based on flowers,  she had a lot of gerberas, the wattle, sturt desert pea and fruits, strawberries, lemons and grapes.  I loved it, the girls, not so keen.

We finished off the Yellow Brick Road and by now it was time for dinner so off we went to look for something to eat.  We decided on Chinese and it was so yummy.  Plus it was great to rest some tired feet and legs.

We then headed over to the Main Arena but couldn't get a seat in the stands.  The girls didn't want to stand up for too long, neither did I, so Tony said we would be better off walking around.  Guess where we went?   The rides.  The girls had another ride on the Rock n Roll and Gravitron. 

While they were on the Gravitron a shower of rain came through.  It had been spitting earlier but it didn't amount to much.

We found a table and sat and had a coffee.  It was nearly time for the fireworks so we headed off to the Main Arena again.  Luckily fireworks go up into the air or else the girls would have seen nothing.  By now it was more packed.  With them over the girls wanted one more ride before we left.

They decided on the Ferris Wheel, but changed their minds at the last minute.  They went on the Magic Castle.  As we were heading for the bus Katie asked if they could go on the large Slippery Dip.  Why not, we may as well go home completely broke.   The cost of that was 3 goes for $6.   Most of the rides were $8 each, the Kiddie land Traffic Jam was $6 per person and Physchodelic was $20 for the three of them.

Even though the girls had their own money to pay for the rides, towards the end we had to pay for a few of them.  They also had a couple of goes on the sideshows but quickly realised what a waste of money they were. 

Caught the bus back to the car, and headed for home.  It was unaminous that we all had a great time.  Taylor asked to come again next year to the show with us.

It was getting on for midnight when they finally went to bed.  They first had to go through their showbags.  They voted that they had got the best bags from the show.

Their Beanie Kids

This morning they were up early.  Today is Father's Day so I want to wish my hubby a very Happy Father's Day!  Love you xxoo

We decide to have pancakes for breakfast and guess who cooked them?  Tony.

Jodi rang just after we finished breakfast and soon after that came and picked Taylor up.  When they left Katie didn't know what she wanted to do for the rest of the day, I suggested going to the Show again......hehehehe, but she wasn't interested.

She laid down on the lounge and fell asleep for awhile.  Earlier on Friday she asked to go swimming but I said to wait and see what the weather was like.  When she woke up she asked if we could go swimming.  She wanted to go to Marion but her mum was going to be over our side of town so I said perhaps we could go to the city pool. 

We rang Kahra but her plans had changed and they were going to stay home so we decided to go down to Marion.  This is a new swimming complex that has only been opened since May.  Next year it is going to hold the Olympic swimming trials.

It is all under cover, except for the water slides, and has a water park included.  Katie was excited when she saw it all.  They have numerous casual pools.  She played for a while in the water park, then wanted a go on one of the water slides.  The only negative to the complex is that you pay an entrance fee to go in and then have to pay an extra $2 per slide.  Personally I would rather have the slides included in the entry fee.

We noticed that the slides were not being used a lot.   Anyway Katie loved it.  Tony took her out to the diving area.  The only board open for diving was the 5 metre platform.  She climbed up there, looked over the edge and quickly came back down.  Another girl was in the same boat........too scared to jump.

After having a swim in one of the pools Tony noticed that the girl who was afraid of jumping earlier, actually jumping off the diving platform.  When he told Katie, she immediately wanted to do it.  Up she went and with a bit of coaxing from the Lifeguard and a few false starts she jumped.

Wow, way to go Katie!!!  She swam out of the pool, up the stairs and jumped again.  Third time she got the jitters and didn't jump.  She came over to where I was watching her and asked to go on the water slides again, she wanted to race Poppa down them this time, so I said if you jump one more time for me, (I wanted a photo), you can have a go on the slide. 

She agreed to that, up the stairs but when it came time for her to jump, no way.  After some more coaxing she finally did it.  Go Katie!!

Another go on the slides and then it was playing in the water park until Kahra and Darrin came and picked her up.  When I told Kahra that she had jumped she was horrified, when I showed her, she was even more so.

We left Marion around 6.30pm got something for dinner on the way home and when we got home I was ready for bed.  We'd had a great weekend.

From the Lens.........the girls with their crazy wigs

and Tony had to get in on the action too

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