Monster Jam 2020

I like things that go but my son loves them! As soon as I found out Monster Jam was coming to our city, I knew we had to go. Thanks to Blippi via YouTube he knows all about monster trucks especially Grave Digger. So I knew this would be a great surprise especially since he’d been keeping his room clean and being a great big brother.

Once the day came, I casually mentioned to him that we had a surprise for him later on in the day. He was curious but quickly let it go because toddler… Soon it was nap time and I finally told him so he could rest before his late night. This didn’t work and tears followed. After he finally calmed down, he passed out. By the time we woke him up, it was time to go.

Earth Shaker and Grave Digger

We prepaid for parking so we were walking to the place along with lots of other excited kids. There were a few rowdy young adults but they didn’t bother anyone just generally loud and possibly intoxicated. Upon walking inside, the crowds were packed around every booth that was setup with merchandise and food. Our seats were way at the top but I didn’t mind as the view was better and seats were affordable. Below are a few moments he is still talking about so I felt the need to include them. I will also post clips on my YouTube channel but be warned they were shot on my mobile as professional equipment or any type of decent camera setup were prohibited.

El Toro Loco and Monster Mutt
Scooby Doo and Grave Digger
Megalodon losing it’s top!
Scooby Doo and Black Ops
Monster Mutt (?) and El Toro Loco ATVs
El Toro Loco loses a horn!

Tips

  • Bring noise cancelling headphones
    • no matter how high up you are it is loud…
  • Be prepared to wait in long lines if you buy merchandise after the show
    • buy early if possible to avoid lines and to ensure you get what you want
    • get your bubble skull when you see them because they WILL run out
  • Make sure your little one is prepared for the down time
    • he loved seeing the construction type vehicles but if your kid isn’t in to that then make sure they have snacks or something during that time
  • FYI for sensitive groups; the fuel smell is very obvious and could be worse depending on how close you are
  • Duration 2-2.5hrs
    • make sure your kid wants to sit that long
    • my son was okay but he was more focused on the candy and started playing with the earplugs towards the end
    • if your child doesn’t want to sit that long but would love it, definitely buy the cheap tickets so if you leave early it won’t feel like a waste

Final thoughts: The prices were on par for a special event but the small toy monster trucks seemed very affordable ($10/ truck). I would like to thank the mom next to me for letting me have her new earplugs as I forgot to bring the pair I had. She didn’t hesitate or make any judgmental faces; she just leaned over asked if he’d use them and handed them over ❤ Due to this act of kindness, I’ll bring a spare pair to the next event I go to. Well feel free to ask me any questions as I did enjoy the event and so did my son and husband!

Sick Day

I don’t get sick days or vacation time as a parent but I do have help occasionally. My mom came over so I could take care of myself and rest. She even brought me a care package.

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While her visit was a welcome surprise, I knew she wouldn’t be able to do that the whole time I was sick. On the other days, I was extremely grateful for my son’s love of books. His favorite books change but on that day the winner was Dr. Seuss One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish or as he refers to it Fish Fish or Two Fish.

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I was especially pleased he felt like “reading” to me since my throat was sore and going out. He picture read to me until he was distracted but it was adorable to watch. I capture moments like this to remind me not every moment is epic some are just sweet memories you hold in your heart.

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Convertible Crib

I finally did it! I converted his crib to a toddler bed. The link to my video is below along with a picture that should’ve been included in the video but my phone died.

Helpful notes for the Storkcraft Portofino 4 in 1 crib with changer:

  1. Check step 11 (crib to day bed) rather than going straight to step 12 (crib to toddler bed)
  2. Dust the crib BEFORE putting everything back together
  3. You can order any missing parts from the company. Make sure they send everything you ordered within a day or two of receiving your items
  4. Keep instructions and all parts together for future conversions😀

The Climber

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Stay there; its okay mommy is coming. How’d you get up there? Ugh it doesn’t matter just sit down!

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He looks innocent enough however this smiling face decided timeout wasn’t for him then climbed onto his changing table and got stuck. I tried not to think of all the horrible things that could’ve happened while he was up there but I’m a paranoid person so my imagination soared. As I pretended to be calm on the outside, I smiled and told him he was going to get his big boy bed. What I was really doing resembled the panic from the father on Inside Out when his wife was trying to non-verbally communicate. I was freaking out. I wasn’t ready for my baby to be in a toddler bed. I mean is he even a toddler??

Once I collected myself I realized he’s going to keep growing unless something horrible happens. And growth is a good thing not only physically but in every aspect of our lives. I’m sure I’ll have way more moments like this as he gets older but I’ll try to make sure I encourage his growth and maturity and smile knowing his father and I are doing the best we can to make him a productive happy human 🙂

On a not so mushy note I now have to find a better place for timeout so my little climber doesn’t hurt himself…