February was all about carnivals and kiddie rides. Emma had gone on one carnival ride while we were in Washington and it was a total disaster. I really wanted to take her to Disneyland this year but I was worried even a tame ride like Peter Pan would terrify her. So I started Operation: Get Emma To Like Rides. And first up was a carnival I had dreamed of attending since I moved to Boston in 1999, my Alma Mater’s annual carnival. Oahu-wa Oahu-wa, Punahou our Punahou. Okay anyway…. Not to brag, but it is totally the biggest (and best) carnival on the island.
Friday night we left Emma at home with Grandma to enjoy our high school carnival as a date night and within minutes of getting there we had bumped into friends / old classmates, including Ryan’s 2 best friends from elementary school. By the end of the evening we had seen about 30 or so classmates and family, as well as my older sister.
And much later in the night, watched another friend eat his annual concoction of tericheeseburger stuffed with noodles and a malassadas dipped in Portuguese bean soup. Yum??? And by friend I mean the guy I totally stalked last September.
Saturday, I put Operation: Get Emma to Like Rides into action. And…. HUGEST FAIL Ever. We got their before the carnival opened and were walking the grounds. The rides operator started up the Pirate ship so it started swinging back and forth without anyone on it (aka no screaming, nothing) and she burst into tears. Ack. So I raced her away and ended up being first in line for the Merry Go Round where I had us sit in the stationary (boring) seats. She was not amused. It was looking like Punahou Carnival 2016 was going to be a big fail in Emma’s mind, until I introduced her to the food. Food that even the biggest haters of my school agree is the best.
She loved it!
We took her to kiddie land afterwards and it was a HUGE hit as well.
Also can I take a second to call out my awesome find (aka the shirt she is wearing). The 50th birthday shirt of Wilcox from 1987. Wilcox is what the Kindergarten of my Alma Mater was called back when I went there. Something that these Juniors that were running all the games probably didn’t even know since it was knocked down a while back when the creator of EBay (and Punahou Alum) donated a boatload of money to turn the Kindergarten and First Grade into the “Omidiyar Neighborhood”. But in any case… an almost 3 decade old shirt… pretty cool!
And since Ryan and I felt like giving back to the school (yes, yes family and friends feel free to laugh here if you know the real reason), we signed up to work the last shift in the Hawaiian Plate Lunch Booth with other volunteers from our class. Which actually turned out to be super fun except that after 3 hours of scooping rice onto plates…. oouuucccchhhh.
But we did take in one ride before having to report in for duty.