This past week, Maria had the whole week off from school. We had talked about getting away, so in August when we found a deal via groupon.com, we jumped on it and committed to a weekend in Wisconsin Dells at the Great Wolf Lodge. I was excited, especially once I realized this is the first time we have gone on a family vacation on our own. (not that we don’t enjoy vacations with our families!)
We had a great time. We didn’t tell the kids we were going anywhere until breakfast on Thursday, when I came out of their rooms with packed suitcases. We told them we were going to a hotel with a swimming pool. Anyone with a 5 year old knows we had to limit the anticipation to a matter of a few hours. I think within 5 minutes at one point that morning, Maria had asked the time at least 3 times.
We stopped for lunch with my parents in Rochester, then we continued on to the Dells. While Chad checked us in, the kids and I went to check out the “pool”. The kids were pretty surprised to see a whole water park and not just a pool! Maria was hoping for a diving board and got water slides! Then we went and bought a big cup full of candyI figured we were on vacation! Ha… I figured out pretty fast that a sugar-rush on a 2.5 year old boy is quite a match for this mom!
We spent a couple hours in the water park before dinner and then checking out the arcade and story time in the hotel lobby.
Saturday morning, we were up early for breakfast. We checked out the outlet mall. The kids got new Crocs and got to pick out Jibbits. exciting stuff for the kids! 🙂 We spent several hours in the water parks, including eating lunch there. We all had naps in the afternoon to prepare for an evening of fun at Knuckleheads, which is like Chuck E Cheese on steroids. We met up with our friends, which worked out perfectly for the kids. Maria and Briann (and the Dad’s) took on the big kids rides, while Charlie and Brooke stuck to the slides and bouncy things.
Sunday morning, we weren’t up quite as early, but managed to get to breakfast and the water park before checkout time. It was a quiet ride home as both kids slept! It was a great weekend, and we’re hoping to make it a tradition!
A few more pictures here – unfortunately playing at water parks and fast moving rides do not go with cameras and my photography skills.