Yes, that was the theme of this season's Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
It was catchy...for the first minute or so, then I was about ready for them to stop singing,
"DO NOT TRYYYYY...THIS AT HOOOOOME..."
over and over again! *shudder*
Other than the music however, the circus was spectabulous!
In fact, one might even say it's "The Greatest Show On Earth"!
They had the animals out beforehand so the kiddles could seem them up close.
Magnificently Fierce Tigers,
We saw two of them jumping at each other in their cages and growling ferociously through the bars! Those things got some serious teeth...eeesh!
Enormously Awesome Elephants,
and adorable Sadster
(What? I think they're pretty!)
Witto Mini Ponies,
Brilliant Show Horses
(not dumb ol' donkeys, Brian Regan anyone? Forward to 2:35/7:57)
and other such animals.
But that was not the best part of the circus!
No, I dare say that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey could never conjure up anything comparable to what I loved most about the circus...
Can you guess what it is?
It's all of these adorable and hilarious children that make my world go 'round.
I affectionately refer to them as
because they melt my heart, not in my hand...something like that :)
Yes, I'm sure this was "not allowed" but we boosted them up so they could climb on the statues of John Stockton and Karl Malone in front of the Energy Solutions Arena.
I love this picture of Whittles holding John's hand
And Jaker hugging Karl's calf!
Love the shoes. The 80's are coming back!
Speaking of shoes :)
Then, it was time for the circus to begin. We collected our tickets from Dad and proceeded into the ESA. The guys at the door saw my massive camera and stopped me (oh no!),
Mr. Ticket-Taking, Dream-Breaking Man: "I'm sorry ma'am, the zoom of your camera is larger than 55mm, we're going to have to ask you to check it in."
Me: (forlorn) "What if I just don't zoom? I won't even take pictures of the circus, I just want to take pictures of my nieces and nephews."
Mr. TTDB Man: "I wish there was some handshake that we could do to guarentee that, but we just can't, I'm sorry."
Me: (in my head, mumbling as I walked to the check-in desk) "Stupid...rules...zoom too big...Mr...check it in...stupid..."
So, reluctantly, I proceeded to check in my camera.
They gave me a little ticket and taped the other half to my camera...
nay, to my child,
and placed it in a cabinet which they locked "safe and sound"...
[ and scene ]
That was super obnoxious!
But I determined to take lots of mental pictures of the kidlets:
"ooo-ing" wide-eyed at the tight rope walkers
and the mind-boggling, disappearing elephant,
"aaah-ing" at the two ladies they shot from canons across the arena
or the courageous "tiger-tamer" with a phony accent,
and laughing adoringly at the hurdle-jumping poodles
or the slipping, tripping, and flipping clowns!
The circus was absolutely magical and brilliantly entertaining,
but as Dad and I discussed in the car on the way there,
"The best part is being together as a family."
I love my n&ns! I love my whole wonderful family with my whole heart!
(Kim & Rogan's clan, Pete & Emily's clan and Heather & Joseph left before this picture was taken sadly.)
(The Paul & Jill clan were at Disneyland...lucky!)