This summer Rebekah works at Lagoon. Lagoon-a-Beach to be exact, as a lifeguard. Which means that about once a month she brings home discount family passes. It's a screaming deal as far as discounts go. Lilian has been begging every time we drive by, seeing as she's 6-years old and hasn't ever been. And though, in my perusal of Lagoon's website I discovered (not surprisingly) that she's still not tall enough to go on 1/4 of the rides...still, there were enough to keep her smiling. So last week on family discount day, we decided to go.
Rebekah had to work until 3:00. And Bryan claimed that he had far too much work with looming deadlines to join us. But off we went all the same, with plans to meet up with Rebekah after she was done with her shift.
"Ummm....kind of awkward, Mom."
But it's her first job and what else is a mother to do but take proud pictures of her baby being all grown-up and going to work??
First ride we went on....Ladybug Drop. Lilian hated it.
"That was sick, Mom! Like....awesome sick!"
Well, that was a relief. I was starting to worry that maybe she wouldn't like any of the rides. (I still have to deal with her fear of the wimpy little Dragon Slide waterslide at Cherry Hill every time we go.) And sick?? Can you tell she lives with teenagers?
(Julianne and I are on the bottom row....6 seats in from the right.)
My stomach was rumbling. It was past lunch and a banana and a cookie do not a solid breakfast make, really. I suggested we stop at Teriyaki Stix right around the corner from Cliffhanger. I was ordering our lunch when suddenly and surprisingly I started to feel lightheaded and shaky. I had handed over my credit card and was waiting for the receipt to sign when my vision started to go fuzzy and dark and my ears started ringing. "Julianne," I said, somewhat panicked, "I think I'm going to pass out...." Luckily at that very moment the receipt arrived. I scrawled my name, though I could hardly see by that point, and then took a few wobbly steps toward a nearby chair and more or less collapsed into it. Head between my knees....and there I stayed until I felt safe enough to sit upright. Food helped. And lots and lots of ice water. And though throughout the rest of the day there was more than one time that I sat on the ground while waiting in line for a ride because I started feeling lightheaded again....we found many ways to stay cool and enjoyed our day.
One way....ice cream cones in Pioneer Village. And I'm not talking about wimpy frozen yogurt or soft ice cream. Although at that point, anything would've been appreciated. I'm talking about the real stuff. We stood in a long line and paid a pretty penny for it, but it was worth it!
Nine and a half hours at the park and what was most likely heat exhaustion, meant that I felt like I had Lagoon hangover the next day with some serious exhaustion and a wicked headache. All the same, a few weeks later on the next employee discount day we went again. This time with Bryan's sister Carolyn and her family in tow in a combo family/date activity. Meaning that Rebekah, Megan and Jordan all brought dates....and the rest of the family tried to stay out of their way.
Lilian spent a lot of time getting wet. As if Rattlesnake Rapids and the Hydro Luge and the Log Flume weren't enough....she spent a whole lot of time in the water fountain. And got soaked through to the point that you could see her "Brave" panties.
My favorite ride...The Rocket. Oh my, nothing quite as exhilarating as a good drop ride. I went on it for the first time ever last month. And it was glorious. But this time the anticipation kicked in. Nothing was a surprise....I knew exactly what it felt like to make that initial drop and was actually all the more nervous for it. The scream that ripped out of my throat was completely involuntary. And left my throat sore for the rest of the night. But oh my....so much fun!
I'm starting to see the wisdom in a Lagoon season pass. Being able to run over for just a few hours here and there when it's cooler, or to just hit Lagoon-a-Beach, or just ride the kiddie rides, etc. rather than spending all day going on every single ride because you only go once every few years and you are trying to get your money's worth....yeah, that sounds kind of nice. Maybe next summer?
Here's an awesome little video that Rebekah's date Jayden made of their Lagoon date...