Rollercoaster

Oh the rollercoaster ride that is life.

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Twists and turns, ups and downs. (eh Bert?) Never really knowing what’s around each corner. We are so lucky to know our dear friend Levi. Affectionately known by Fay and Eden as “Karzan.” We got to know Levi last summer from my participation in the musical production of Tarzan with the Carriage House Summer Theatre Cast. We were a tight-knit family cast last summer, and again, I am so grateful for people that have such an amazing tendency and capacity to love -and for those who share that love with my little darlings. Levi is one who has this such love.

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Praying for “Karzan” was a regular occurrence for Fay and Eden last summer and into the fall and has recently been rekindled. Levi and his amazing wife Amy, have been on quite the ride. Just days after their wedding day last month, Levi was caught in an explosive and sustained serious injuries.

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We were so excited that we were able to go visit him in the hospital a couple of weekends ago. Fay and Eden were so excited to see him and give him the pictures that they drew for him. Levi told us his account of the accident. It was incredible to hear him speak. He and Amy are both so positive and they have hopes and dreams for the future that are so exciting. It’s hard for me to put into words the feelings that I felt while he was speaking to us. The hope and love and positivity and gratitude for life that he has is so tangible. Levi and Amy’s rollercoaster ride is far from over. Please!Please!Please! consider donating to Levi’s recovery fund.

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Today the Carriage House Theatre is hosting the Levi Stanford Fundraiser! If you are a local or near please come enjoy yourself at this special event! Tickets for the benefit concert can be purchased HERE.

After visiting Levi in the hospital we went to Calaway Park with some friends. We had a blast!
DSC_0177DSC_0094Well.. what would an amusement trip be without someone tossin’ the biscuit. Trent puked on Max… Thankfully for Max, Christina packed and extra shirt. Fabulous!

DSC_0187The love birds… Johnny and Twyla.

DSC_0189Ride pals! My cousin Taylor and friend Amy, Levi’s wifey.

This summer Twinnerpated has had the opportunity to be Brand Enthusiasts for The Tiny Bow Shop. They are a darling little shop with a great variety of patterns and colors. Fay and Eden showed off their bows at the park.

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Rides!!!

DSC_0007 DSC_0017Daddy wanted the girls to wear the GoPro…

DSC_0024 DSC_0042DSC_0032 DSC_0125The carousel is their favourite. No surprise there.

 

DSC_0112 DSC_0120What fun is an amusement park with out expensive carnival treats?DSC_0071 DSC_0086 DSC_0169 DSC_0172Snuggles 🙂 Of course… all that fun gets tiring.

DSC_0004Twyla getting some nice snuggles in 🙂 … This was right before Johnny got fired from babysitting 😉DSC_0156 DSC_0165 DSC_0154Daddy’s shoulders.

The Unicorn Story.
Those blasted carnival games! We walked past a carnival game that had a perfectly large display of unicorn stuffies. Oh.No. Being the unicorn obsessive children that Fay and Eden are, we just had to play the game. To win you had to knock four stacked blocks off of a rubber pedestal in one try. Easy. NOT! We purchased the “10 try bargain” and failed.  Two sad little girls later, we rushed off to distract them with another ride. We met up with Amy and Taylor who offered to take the girls so that Josh and I could ride the rollercoaster. How sweet of them! So off we went to the rollercoaster.  After waiting for about 15 minutes we looked at the time and realized there were only 45 minutes ’til closing time. We made what I like to call a “good parenting moment’ decision to ditch the roller coaster and spend the reminder of our time at the park with Fay and Eden. On our way to find our girls, BOOM. Another carni game with polluted with unicorn stuffies. This carni dude said that this was a hard game and that the one around the corner was way easier. Pffffffff. “We tried that one and failed miserably!” I said.
“No, no, it’s way easier. Here’s what you gotta do. You gotta throw the ball from up high and aim for the bottom block. Like this!” He said as he motioned his arm throwing from high to low.
Ok.
Game time.
So we headed back to the first game. The carni girl recognized us from before. I.was.dertermined. “Ok.’ I said, “We have to win two unicorns for our daughters. 10 tries please.”
I paced my arm high above my head and….
Throw #1. Fail
Throw #2…Fail
Throw #3…. KAPOW! WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! Shocked and amazed Josh and I instinctively gave each other a double high-five whilst cheering and laughing.
Throw #’s 4-10 were also fails.
Two stuffy unicorns were graciously received by a couple of parents who thought they were pretty dang awesome in that moment. Thanks for ever be to the carni-kids.
You can imagine how ecstatic the girls were when I hid the unicorns behind my back and said, “Pick a hand!!!” I’m so glad I had my camera to capture their epic sweetness.
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Feed the birds. Tuppence a bag. Priceless a smile.DSC_0218DSC_0224 DSC_0226

 

Fay’s bows: The Tiny Bow Shop
Eden’s bows: The Tiny Bow Shop
Fay and Eden’s shirts: Joe Fresh (now on sale!)
Fay and Eden’s shorts: Joe Fresh

 

  • Twyla Wilson

    I’m obsessed with this. So adorable. We’re so happy we could spend such a fun day with you <3

  • hannahpfarrell

    Girl! I wish everyday could be like this day. We’re always happy to be in your company -our very own Twilight Sparkle and Horsey-Password man. 🙂