Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Our roller coaster of a vacation

This year we decided to do something a little different than we normally do for vacation so we threw out the idea of an amusement park vacation to our kids and they were very excited about the idea so we decided to go for it! I like to relax on vacation and spend time at the beach, but i knew no matter how exhausted we would all get this would be a memorable vacation! When your oldest is in high school and you realize just how short the years are left with him at home you certainly think about making memory's a little more each day!

We loaded up the mini van and took off to Sandusky, Ohio to Cedar Point! We drove through the night (stopping for a couple hour nap part way through the night) and were able to check into our hotel when we got to Sandusky mid morning. 

After we got settled and cleaned up a bit we were off to the park!

Our crew ready to take on roller coasters for 5 days...

The sky cars were a lifesaver and a nice relaxing way to get to different ends of the park. Our little #4 was terrified to get on the first time as she has a definite fear of heights but after the first ride she cautiously enjoyed all the rest!

The rides by the water were awesome!

riding the oldest coaster!

I have gone to this park before almost 15 years ago...i waited in all of the lines for hours...after each wait i would just walk right across and exit the ride...i was so sick that time and felt completely miserable to be honest...i was in my first trimester pregnant with Trey! I was excited to actually be able to ride these crazy coasters this time!! I didn't even have to wait in line for hours either...We took advantage of rider swap so john and the oldest kids would wait in line, i would take the little ones to smaller rides and then John would text me when he was nearing the front and as soon as they got off the ride i had a pass that i gave them and i hopped on the next ride with someone from our group riding again with me! It was perfect!

One of the evenings we went out with a couple of friends of John's from his growing up years. They live in Ohio and made the drive to come eat dinner with is. We had a nice evening hanging out and they got to catch up!

The youngest two were excited that Snoopy lives in Ohio too!

Raegan couldn't ride this ride and we were waiting for the others to get through a lengthy ride. She stood here and opened the gate for all the people and had more fun doing that than anything else she did that day i'm pretty sure!

This ride (The Top Thrill Dragster) was R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S. It launches you and accelerates to 120 mph in 3.8 seconds and shoots you up 420 feet straight up and then back down the other side. I don't think Avery would care if i said she was in tears before they took off the first time! Not gonna lie, i was terrified too!!

We wore the kids plain out! We wore ourselves out!! We spent 3 days at Cedar Point. We stayed till the park shut down those days too! Our feet were killing us every night...we would go through a drive through, inhail some food and go crash at our hotel!

We took a little break one afternoon and went out to the beach (there is an exit right out to the beach) took our shoes off for awhile and played in the sand a bit.

After our 3 days at Cedar Point we got back on the road to Kings Island. We spent a day and half at this park. It was a very nice park!

It's Planet Snoopy was amazing! Raegan loved the Boo Blaster ride! She also rode a smaller version of the Patriot (terrified and crying) but she did it. She is so brave and will ride them and i wish we had video of her while riding them...it's fear and fun all wrapped up and her emotions are all over the place! She has 3 thrill seeking siblings and she is trying her darndest to keep up!

This was Avery and i after one of the last rides we rode on our last night...

it was crazy...

When we left the last night i think we were all beyond exhausted and were happy to done but sad at the same time! It was a memorable vacation and hearing the kids talk about it makes me so glad that we did a vacation like this...no matter how tiring it was!

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