Saturday, November 12, 2011

The carnival is in town!

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


  1. Making memories sometimes costs nothing, but when you think about it, the really super duper fab memories are usually of a carnival! Good for you, Rachel. So glad you all had such a great time. x

  2. Looks like you had a great time. We went to our local festival today, but luckily the rides were free. Fairly basic rides, but my kids are only 2 and 4 so it suited us. :)

  3. looks like lots of fun lovely! x

  4. snap!

    so expensive, hey. i don't mind spending bucks on quality stuff, but it hurts to throw it at crappy food & show bags.

  5. I loved going to the show when I was younger.
    SO many fun memories.
    Your a great Mumma!!

  6. Great pics they tell me you all had a great time. When we were younger we use to go to the carnival at Christmas time when we visited my grandmother. I loved it. I found you via shhh... it's lizeylou please so glad I did have enjoyed looking around your place here, come visit sometime I would love to have you over my place. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  7. Sadly your followers button is not visable otherwise I would have joined. I will pop back later. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  8. Successfully followed and Thrilled!
    Cheers SpecialK XoXo


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