Thursday, August 26, 2010

Vacation time!

In early August (see I told you I was behind) we traveled to Grapevine TX to visit Great Wolf Lodge.  What a great place FOR KIDS!  I am laughing at myself right now, as I have kids so it was a great place for all of us.  Great Wolf Lodge has an indoor and outdoor waterpark, fun games to play in the hotel (which makes for KIDS everywhere) and great restaurants.  Our friends, the Hamners, invited us to come along on a vacation planned for their kiddos birthdays and a wedding they were attending in the area.  I am so glad they did, and it was a great way to end the summer.  The trip was all about pleasing the boys, and that we did.
Ayden passed out in Reid's stroller at dinner on night one.  Speaking of dinner this place was great with allergies!  The chef came out and talked to us about how he would cook for Mason and separating everything in the kitchen!  WOW! **I just realized I don't think I have blogged about Mason's food lately~mental note to do that when I have time!
The outside portion of the waterpark was a lot of fun for Reid.  It was warm and sunny, and had plenty of place to walk around in depths he could master.  He loved walking on the shallow shelf that spanned the length of the pool and walking right off the edge, trusting that a bigger person would be there to scoop him up.  He could of done this all day long, and big brothers would of been just as happy to run and guess where he was going to fall off and scoop him up!
There were several great waterslides all over the park!  The ones on the inside would loop around and go outside the building and then back in again!  So much fun!
Our little water boys were in the water several times a day.  It was so awesome to be able to run up to the room and rest or eat, and head back down again.  Every day at check-in was a nut house, and the place was packed like sardines, but the cool water and perfect fun bundled into one place made it all worth while.
Probably one of the biggest water mushroom type features I have ever seen.  This thing actually hurt if you didn't know it was coming, I was constantly worried it would start pouring water when Reid was right in the line of fire.  It surely would of knocked him over.
Shift parenting was a definite must when we were here.  Glenn and I would take turns in the room or with the boys.  Several times I was on my own because our AC in our van went out!!! WHAT?!?!  Yeah there was no way we were driving 4 hours home in August without AC so Glenn was on the car patrol and got it fixed at a wonderful Honda dealership in the next town...reminder write them a thank you letter for being so great and efficient!
Reid just wanted down to explore the entire time.  He is a true water baby just like his older brothers, and I would not be the least bit surprised if I was posting even more swimming photos and videos of this little one next summer.
The hotel had a game throughout called Magic Quest.  You bought a wand (yes for $20-50 dollars each depending on the bling) and walked through out the hotel pointing it at different pictures, photos, chests, lights, etc to hear clues, see sights and complete the quest.  GENIUS I tell you.  We were smart though and only had the wands activated on the demo mode.  This greatly helped our exhaustion level as we didn't have to wander the hotel "completing" the quest for out little ones who were too young to go it on their own.
Demo mode allowed the wand to activate all the items in the hotel, but didn't give you clues for the next item, and didn't keep your score AND it also saved you the $12 activation fee!  These people have got be some of the richest around.  There was not one kid in that hotel without a wand.
Wow, I got lazy, excuse the red eye.  This light up star was right outside our room and a big hit with the boys.  There was always a run to see who could get there first!
Story time and visiting happened in the lobby and entrance.  The story time was animated and very exciting.  The rooms were decorated in the "lodge" theme and the boys had a semi private bunk bed nook with their own tv and log walls.  
Walks through the hotel were about as much fun as the waterpark.  By the last day, when we were exhausted from swimming, we walked, played arcade games and continued out "quest."
Can you believe this is our only photo of the indoor waterpark?  And it isn't even a good one!  There was an indoor lazy river, kid pool and slides, wave pool and several large slides!  This is a definite Texas family vacation and we are so blessed to be able to go and experience such an awesome place.

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