Saturday, September 20, 2008

"Ladies and Gentlemen; Children of all Ages..."

Today Charles, "Uncle" George and I took Riley to a "smaller" version of the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Gwinnett Arena north of Atlanta. We got there a bit early so we could go down on the floor and meet some of the performers and play around with props. Riley had so much fun!

Riley did pretty well with the hula hoop.

Riley & George got the hang of it very quickly!

George & Riley playing with the costumes.

An acrobat shows off before the show.

Riley & George posing for a photo before the show.

I often worry about the animals in the circus (treatment-wise),
but they were still wonderful performers.

Now, that takes talent...

Riley's absolutely favorite act of the entire show--miniature dachshunds.

Big Guy/Little Bitty Bike.

Little Bike versus Fire.

Six beautiful white tigers standing in a row.

Riley & me taking a break during intermission.

Riley mauling the $10
(justified by the inclusion of a silly hat) cotton candy.

George rocks the hat.

The whole family...

After the circus we drove across I-85 and went to Discover Mills mall--not the greatest place, but we were hungry and got a bite to eat and looked around a bit. One of our first stops (thanks to Riley's relentless begging) was the carousel.

George & Riley on the carousel.

We then headed over to the Lego store--I'm not sure who was more excited, Charles or Riley. Riley was like a, well...I guess like a kid in a Lego store! She would see one thing and pause a second or two before she spied something even cooler--running all over the store, torn between wanting to show us what she'd just found and moving on to the next thrilling display. Even cooler was the display that caught the eye of the Star Wars geek in the family...

Charles with the one-and-only Darth Vader.

I leave you with what happens when you put George and Riley in a photo booth...