Better known as the Ballarat Show. I like the sound of carnival better, it's a bit more glamorous sounding. Well maybe not glamorous, but a bit more exciting or something!
We went, rode the rides, played the games, bought the showbags, saw ducks in hats, rode more rides, spent a gazillion dollars, then went home 3 hours later completely exhausted. The things we do for our kids!
I must admit, I don't love the idea of taking my kids to the show. Usually I don't mention it and hope they won't notice it's in town! I know I know, what an awful mother, but it's just so bloody expensive! I spent close to $200 yesterday, it nearly killed me.
But I was talking to Mum about it the other day and she said every year her and Dad would take us. They were struggling at the time and strapped for cash, but they would sacrifice the week's grocery money to take us so we would have a great time. And we have great memories because of it. Well that was it, I decided to take the kids this year so they would have those memories when they get older. They had a blast too!
So I may have spent $50 on 2 overpriced showbags full of junk, but the kids absolutely loved it. And that's what matters, right? We could very easily get stuck in the rut of everyday life, not wanting to spend extra on these things that we see as a waste of money. Sometimes you just have to, for the memories, ah the memories!
Thanks Mum for reminding me to do this stuff with my kids, & that money can't always get in the way. I am grateful for your advice and wisdom!
Now, baked beans for tea anyone?
Linking up with this awesome lady for some grateful Saturday love