I’m a firm believer that adventure can be found just about everywhere, but today I was super lucky as we packed ourselves and our niece up into the car and headed on a journey to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) aka the Ex! What a day! We enjoyed everything from a show to the food, and for once, I thought it’d be pretty awesome to write about something other than running (although, my last long run before the big race was this morning).
It all started with us racing to catch the GO train, literally. Take note of the picture below where my niece is practically flying trying to keep up with my husband, but again, lucky for us, we caught the train with seconds to spare! She loved it! As it always is with her, there were lots of questions, including asking why there was a quiet zone. Probably one of my favourite pictures since it actually was candid moment and not planned. This little girl is also super sweet. After seeing some garbage left behind by a previous passenger, she said, “Auntie! Someone littered! That’s not cool! I’m going to put this in the trash.” Only 4 years old and already a fierce activist.
Once we got to the Ex, we headed over to the President’s Choice Superdogs show and it was AWESOME! These dogs are pretty amazing as they race, jump, and bark their way through various different agility courses. I know you’re all thinking how can this show get any better, but let’s be real here, the only thing better than watching dogs is getting to meet them, so we did! My niece being a dog lover herself enjoyed this part the most. She got to meet 6 different dogs that starred in the show, and even got a few puppy kisses to boot!
After the show, it was off to enjoy some rides, and this little girl is FEARLESS. As we were walking around, there was a ride similar to drop zone and of course, she screams, “Auntie! I WANNA RIDE THAT ONE!” Thankfully, she was too short to ride it, so off to the ferris wheel we went. I know it’s surprising because the ferris wheel is like the least exciting ride, but she had a blast. There was even a moment where she threw her hands up in the air with no fear while I sat there thinking, “sweet baby jesus, do not let her slip out of this bucket or her mother will murder me.”
Not sure if there is an unspoken rule among kids, but apparently if you enjoy one ride, you will immediately enjoy ALL THE RIDES. Cue the log ride. This was probably my favourite part of the day because I love the log ride. After waiting for what seemed like hours in line we finally got our turn, and I have never felt a little kid hold onto me for their dear life like my niece did, but, it was so worth it. She absolutely loved it! After the first mini drop the words “OH MY GOSH” rolled out of her mouth and it was quite possibly the cutest thing ever. It was followed by the big drop to which a lot of screaming and laughing took place, but she admitted to me later that she closed her eyes until we got to the bottom. That didn’t stop her from asking to go again. What’s that? Is the log ride her favourite? I’d say so.
Going on rides is hard work and a lot of fun. It’s the kinda fun you work up an appetite to, so as we finished the log ride, a little voice said, “Auntie, I’m hungry” so off to the food pavilion we went. The little lady wanted chicken on a bone, so that’s what she had. She enjoyed it so much she licked the meat clean off. What a champ! Plus, we all know what happens when we’re good and eat our whole dinner…we get DESSERT! Well this sweet girl asked for cinnamon donuts from Tiny Toms, which she enjoyed, but only after Auntie got to try the butter coffee from Hula Girl Espresso. My lawd, it was so smooth and delicious, but so expensive, but so worth it. If you are a coffee lover, you should definitely give it a go as it’s probably the richest tasting coffee I’ve ever had, and at $6 a cup, it might literally be too.
Now, you might think that this is already way too much fun and that our day is probably almost finished, except it’s not. After eating Tiny Tom’s donuts, you clearly get a surge of energy that needs to be burned, so to remedy this, you clearly have to ride the carousel. So ride the carousel we did, and more fun we had. There is something about a carousel that brings out the kid in all of us, and I really enjoyed seeing the smile on my niece’s face as she rode her chosen horse with glee. She loved it so much that she wanted to ride it on her own, however a cautious Auntie wasn’t so sure. Cue Uncle Tyler and a fun house up the way and the little girl got her wish. She finally got to do a ride on her own, except she may have needed a little help getting through the mirror maze, but shhh don’t tell anyone.
While a lot of fun was had, it also can’t last forever, so we decided to start our trek home, but first, you have to get a slushy to enjoy while you wait for the train. This kid is full of all the sass and thoroughly enjoyed drinking her slushy, while throwing some serious side eye, as if you didn’t notice.
But my absolute favourite part of the day was hearing her say these words, “Auntie, I had lots of fun with you today. You’re my best friend.” Talk about pulling on the heart strings. Nailed it! She was absolutely right as it was a super fun day filled with a lot of love and a lot of laughs. So with that being said, I’m sending a big shout out to her parents for letting us enjoy her for the day, and I’m highly encouraging everyone to take a trip to the Ex because it truly is a super fun adventure to take!