Yesterday Husband and I surprised the boys by taking them to Monster Jam at the Tacoma Dome. In retrospect, it would have been better if we had not made this outing a surprise because it was so out of the ordinary of what we usually do.
Neither right nor wrong of us, our family activities tend to center around quite, peaceful, and educational events. We have been to the local history, art, and glass museums several times. We enjoy the zoo and the science center, walks with the dog in the park or on the beach. We go to small community festivals and farmer’s markets. We shy away from large crowds and the noise and chaos that go along with them. But sometimes it is good to break from the norm and try something different.
Monster Jam. There were a lot of people. And it was loud. Very loud.
Even with our squishy neon orange earplugs, it was a feel-it-in-your-core-eyeball-buzzing loud.
So with no idea what they were in for, we parked, walked with a herd of people who swarmed the sidewalks waving black and white checkered flags as they went, entered the large cavernous space that is the Tacoma Dome, took our seats, and jammed earplugs into their ears. Carter started crying. Cody’s eyes welled up as he held his hands over his ears and told us again and again that it was too loud.
Not one of our best parenting moments.
But we stayed, we talked yelled over the din about what was going on (to the best of our ability, for we had never been to one of these either), and slowly they started to relax and watch. There were still times when the noise was too much for them, and during those times I pulled out my smuggled in contraband: string cheese and organic carrot slices (oh, how rebellious of me to sneak such items in!) They happily munched on cheese and organic carrots to sooth their sensitive souls and chose to sit on our laps instead of in their own seats, snuggling in close when the engines revved up.
In the end, we all had fun. The boys did have one request for us though. They asked that the next time we had a surprise for them, that it be a quiet one.