This week I encountered one of my worst fears (taking six little kids to an amusement park. Or just an amusement park, period) after Woo twisted my arm and got free tickets for the Vivint end of year party. And it turned out to be--not bad. Some might even call it fun.

We walked right in and Woo took all kids who were tall enough on the first roller coaster he saw. Moses was wise enough to back out at the last minute. Herbie was in for a very unpleasant surprise.

Woo had to yell, "Breathe, Herbie! Breathe!" and then after that he was close to hyperventilating until well after his feet were on the ground. It reminded me of myself on a roller coaster, which I have not experienced in over 15 years. I've loved every second of it.

Ruby mostly had fun, and went on a few other rides with Woo. The Lagoon trip contributed to this being the "best week of my life!" (The other exciting events being chosen for Lunch Duty and Flag Duty.)

Woo went on the biggest roller coaster alone (that's him waving, of course), but mostly we stuck to the kiddie area, where the kids had a lot of fun. Except Penelope. You may notice that Penelope is not in any of these pictures because she was too scared to ride anything, except for the train. Even standing next to a few of the louder rides would make her cry.

When the other kids were listing all their favorite rides on the way home, Penelope piped up, "My favorite ride was the train! And---"

Woo: The train's the only ride you went on, Penelope.

It's the only one I went on too, so I guess it also was my favorite. (That smile may or may not be 100% genuine.)

Vivint provided dinner, which was pretty reminiscent of cafeteria food, but it was (1) free and (2) I didn't have to make it. Woo and I are willing to drop a lot of our dinner standards when those two things are involved.

During dinner we met up with one of Woo's work friends and Moses did what he could to be impressive by running real fast up one end of the table and then down the other. I think it worked.

Of course, my internal "let's-get-out-of-here" clock went off and I hustled everyone out before they were really ready to go. The only thing that I regret maybe a tiny bit is that I didn't get to see Archie and Linus go around on the "baby boats" ride.

Well, that's about it. I hope you all had a great week!