A Date With My Favorite Boy
(Day #23: 30-Day Blog Challenge)
Last weekend Shawn spent time with his Nana & Papa, while Michael and I had a date night. Seeing as though this weekend was wide open without any plans, (plus Michael was working anyway), I planned a whole day for just Shawn and I. We had a date of our own and it felt great to spend some quality, one-on-one time with him. I spend a lot of my time hanging out, playing, crafting, experimenting, etc. with Shawn but it seems as though that during the summer months we don’t get a lot of mommy and Shawn time.
I decided that we were going to head back down to Olcott, NY and Lake Ontario (the same place we were at the weekend before for my nephew Henry’s birthday party). It’s a quick drive because it’s only 12 miles away from Lockport but it feels almost as being in a different world. It was cloudy and windy (which is normal by the lake) but we made the most of it. Of course I brought my camera but Shawn brought his too. I love that he enjoys taking photos and even though I don’t understand why he took a certain photo sometimes (like really, the toilet Shawn? Really? lol) I just let him go.
One of the most awesome parts about Olcott, NY is the wonderful vintage amusement park that is right on the water’s edge. It features a 1928 style Hershell-Spillman two row carousel. Five vintage kiddie rides, and a wonderful 1931 Wurlitzer band organ. (I will be having a post later on that will tie into this.) All of the rides are just 25¢ and the kids just love it.
I just adore the fact that these are actual vintage rides that have been restored and I can’t help but think of who knows how many, children that have gotten pure joy riding in them. I am so glad that Shawn will have fond memories of riding in them as well.
We had a really fun time on the rides and were disappointed when we first got there (it was early) because they were closed. However, we found other things to do to keep us busy until they opened; like attending a parade for the neighboring town. Hey, who doesn’t enjoy a parade with fire trucks, horses, dancers, and of course, candy! We walked away with a bag full and then some. (Lockport discourages those in the parade from giving out candy)
I love Shawn’s facial expression in this photo. He looks like he has some serious road-rage going on. lol This ride used to be at the New Rialto Park, which was another amusement park that was on the same street as the former Olcott Amusement Park.
Shawn didn’t go on this ride but I think it’s really neat and has a lot of history that goes with it. Shawn and I also rode on the Carousel (which surprised me because normally he will refuse to ride it) but we didn’t ride on any horses. There are also games and other small things for the kids to do too.
This is the 1934 Band Organ that plays music throughout the entire amusement park. The music is very charming and makes you feel as though you have really stepped back in time.
Olcott also has this cute boardwalk with little shoppes and restaurants but seeing as though we were there super early in the morning, they were all closed. We did end up eating lunch (with ice cream of course) later on but from a different area.
I love how each of the buildings are a different bright color and are very charming to walk around. They sit right next to the cliff that goes down to Lake Ontario. They have a sitting area that gives you a terrific view of the lake.
Hands down Shawn and I spent a great day together with not a care in the world. It was a take it as it comes kind of day and we really spent some quality mommy & me time together. I got the biggest kick out of one man’s comment though. We were standing on the corner, waiting to cross the road, when Shawn decided to take a photo of some statue. I was waiting patiently for him to get “the perfect shot” and a man drives up in his car.
Now you can’t miss my big camera (I was just holding it) and he looks at Shawn. He smiled and was like “you have a junior photographer there don’t you?” I smiled back and said “yes I do!” He told me that it was absolutely awesome and drove away. I just stood there another moment and then Shawn grabbed my hand and continued to walk across the street. It just made me smile 🙂
I leave you with this photo of Shawn sitting on the steps of Olcott. NY’s Visitor Center. It’s a railroad caboose. He was in his glory considering he just loves trains!