last night, we went to the fair with the bergers. noah and grant rode on several rides, and i was so proud of noah for climbing up and sliding down the giant inflatable slide. he was so motivated to do it because grant was so excited about it. i was afraid he'd get halfway up or to the top and freak out, but my big boy did it without hesitation.
then they went on the kiddie roller... you know, the one that looks like a dragon? after i mentioned it the night before, noah told me yesterday afternoon he wanted to do it. i told him it would go up and down and be fast, but so much fun. right before they got on, he gave me an uncertain look when i said it would be about a two minute ride, and then would end. he nervously asked me how long the ride would be, and i said it would be fun and quick... i waved at the boys from the other side of the track and hollered at them to hold on, and as they took off on that first turn, the sheer look of terror was apparent on their faces. oh my god. i laughed to myself, but inside felt bad for putting my scaredy cat on that ride that i knew might have been too much. everytime they passed me, i waved and cheered, but i could see grant in tears and noah calling "mommy!" when the ride ended, i ran over to help them off and praised them for being so brave and going on a big boy ride. noah was literally shaking when he got off and needed help walking off the ride platform. i asked him if the ride was fun or scary, and he replied "fun and scary". i gave him a big hug and told him i was so happy and so proud that he went on the coaster.
from there, we tamed it down with the firetruck-going-around-in-a-circle ride. then it was onto the kiddie ferris wheel. noah had been talking about going on the BIG ferris wheel with mom or dad, but we were down to our last two tickets, so ben gave noah the option to ride the big ferris wheel or to ride the little ferris wheel AND the carousel. of course, he chose the latter (but later wanted to go on the big one... and of course we had no cash to oblige...) anyway, he and grant went on the kids ferris wheel, and at first seemed nervous as it went up and rounded the top, but then started laughing and having fun.
it was emily's first trip to the fair and she loved seeing all the animals, and just kind of took it all in. when we got home, we were talking about everything we saw, and she said "cows". now, she's a chatty little monkey, and cow is nothing new, but last night was the first time she said the plural form of any word. (she also said "toes") she is definitely talking primarily in two and three word phrases now, and asks questions and makes requests. at 19 months old, it just blows me away, since at this age, noah had maybe two words. emily is also really coming into her little personality and sense of humor. she plays off of noah, and makes jokes with him. (ie. he'll ask "do you like me?" she'll say "no" and laugh) she copies the funny faces he does or sounds he makes. sometimes she just gives me a funny face or silly look for no reason at all, and then we both crack up.