It’s Labor Day Weekend! I hope you’re having a good one!
Yesterday we woke up at 2:00 am and were in the car by 3:00. Drove the 4+ hours to Cincinnati for a day at King’s Island and left a the park a little after 8:00 pm. Got home at 2:00 am. Exhausting- but totally worth it. We slept in this morning and we’re ready to have our annual Labor Day picnic at the Natural Tunnel State Park in Virginia.
As a homeschooling family, we’re totally used to traveling whenever we feel like it. Because my husband is pastor, our schedule is flexible. And we’ve never been bound by a set schedule. Which means we usually travel or go to amusement parks in the off-season. We’ve never stood in line for a ride – anywhere – for more than 15 minutes. And we’ve done a lot of parks over the years.
However, this summer we got free tickets to go to King’s Island. My husband had been saving Coke Rewards for literally years. And this year he cashed them for tickets to King’s Island in Cincinnati. The tickets expired today. Which is why we ended up going for the day yesterday.
We’ve never had to stand in line like that before. We knew we wouldn’t get to ride everything in the park, so we picked the most awesome looking roller coasters and did the ones we really wanted to do before we left. Except for the first two rides we rode, we had to stand in line for about 1 1/2 hours for every ride we rode.
And the rides were awesome. I did question if the rides were wroth wait. But you know what? It gave us a lot of time to just talk. I love talking with my girls. We talk everyday – long, deep, and light-hearted conversations. And we never run out of things to talk about.
If you want a close relationship with your kids, talk to them. Every day. Be interested in who they are, what they like, and encourage their sweet spirits. You’ll never regret the time invested in your kids. I promise.