When we got there, we walked around the whole carnival and looked at all the rides. Nolan was fascinated with the movement and watching other kids. We let him run around for a bit and, after watching it closely for a few minutes, he decided he was ready to ride the merry-go-round!
When we first got on, I made the mistake of getting first in line, so once we picked our horse, we had to sit and wait for everyone else to load up and settle in. Nolan was getting pretty impatient with this process and wanted to get off, but I kept trying to keep him sitting and interested in his horsey. Once everyone was on and it started moving, he was a little scared and didn't know what to think. He held on the whole time, and as we kept going around and around, he started to enjoy it and understand that this was fun! His favorite part was passing Daddy every round, pointing to him and squealing with giddiness that he could find him and wave each time! He warmed up to it so much that once it stopped, he cried, so we let him go once more and he loved it even more the second time around!
After his first merry-go-round experience, we couldn't resist grabbing a Dole Whip to see if it was as delicious as the ones we had in Hawaii when we went for our honeymoon. They were pretty close, and Nolan even got in on sharing (our devouring most of) the yummy treat.
We let Nolan run around after our snack and he danced and laughed all while watching the merry-go-round in the background. We wore our matching shirts that day, so we snapped some fun pictures to go with our "best ever" theme!
It was a fun day for a lot of firsts that Nolan experienced, and the weather made it feel like Spring (or summer, even!) was finally here! Hopefully we'll be able to catch more of the St. Patrick's Day festivities next year, but enjoying the carnival was just as much fun to celebrate!