Our Day at the San Diego Fair: a perfect recipe for an epic threenager meltown

threenager meltdown

The day started out great. Ellie was beyond excited to finally be going to the fair. A week earlier we showed up 3 hours before the gates opened so our visit was postponed. She rode just about every ride she wanted, including the tall rainbow slide three times, played games and won prizes, and even topped off the afternoon with a huge ice cream cone. Heaven for a three year old.

life with a threenager

threenager meltdown

threenager meltdown

hands full heart full

baby at the fair

threenager meltdown

threenager meltdown

The Fun Forgotten

The bliss was apparently temporary. A popped balloon turned the day into a major “FAIL” (to use her words). For anyone who has a toddler – or is familiar with the dramatics that come along with one – will appreciate this meltdown:

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6 thoughts on “Our Day at the San Diego Fair: a perfect recipe for an epic threenager meltown

  1. What a big disappointment…darn that popped balloon. She was really upset, poor little thing. Probably tired, too, after such a fun day. My little girl is about to turn 3. When she gets tired and/or hungry, the grouchies take over.
    I came upon your Instagram shortly before Layla was born. I’ve checked in off and on; it’s fun to see someone else’s kids grow. I can’t believe Layla will be 1 soon! Where did that year go? And my little 2 year old is almost 3!! And Ellie has grown so much over the last year.
    I love your blog and Instagram, and your daughters are lovely. The pictures of San Diego that you post are beautiful. Definitely a vacation goal! I live in Phoenix and love the desert. But we do love to visit the ocean and enjoy Cali’s amazing scenery.

    1. Hi Celina! Awe, thanks for following along. And yes, just CRAZY how fast the time flies with little ones, right? Three is a fun age, tantrums and all, haha ;). Let me know if you ever make it to SD!!! Enjoy your little one!!!

  2. Poor baby! Tired + popped balloon = upset toddler. Just wait, Mama…..the tantrums and meltdowns get much worse at 4 years of age.
    My kids are 5 and 6, and 4 was a challenge with both. My brother’s kids are a couple years older, and all three were very dramatic at 4. Ditto various friends’ kids. Just to prepare you…..
    It’s not all drama, though. They really start exploring and learning at 4, and become more social. They are more affectionate, too. πŸ’œ
    Your pictures are wonderful, and your blog is nice. Good luck with the amazing, unforgettable years to come.

    1. Oh no, don’t tell me four is worse than 3!? But actually, the second half of 3 HAS been a little trickier! And you’re right, it has also been more affectionate so I suppose that’s a “fair” trade! Thank you so much!

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