Several weeks ago, I was contacted regarding a free stay at the Great Wolf Lodge near us. A family suite, water park passes and breakfast? Done and done!
It landed on a weekend when I was slated to be in Dallas with Caroline, so Blake took the troops and they enjoyed it immensely.
The room.....bunk beds and the kids' own TV? Score.
They entered the room to find a recyclable bag filled with 3 beach towels, a t-shirt, a box of fudge, 3 stuffed animals and more. Gifts upon arrival? Love that.
The crew. Wondering if the invitation could have been revoked at this point? Hopefully no one was watching the chaos we bring with us wherever we go.
All 3 enjoyed the water park. It had something for everyone.....big and small.
Carter participated in his 2nd Guinness Book of World Records event.......the first being the World's Largest Paint By Number at the Denver Museum of Art a few years ago. This time, it involved the World's Largest Waterslide-athon. Not bad for a 9 year old.
Back in the room. They're all happy here. Lainey was just in too tired, mega-brat mode. It happens to the best of us.
And, the next morning.......still bratty. At breakfast, each child was given a "wand"......this very sought after electronic tool used to unlock mysteries around the hotel. Lainey took hers and immediately acted like it was a princess wand. One of the sweet ladies asked for it back....and returned it to her bedazzled top to bottom with streamers and a unicorn. She loved it.
Our oldest......such a great kid.
Jack being Jack. Here he is with his wand and one of the famed treasure chests.
It's a small miracle we get invited anywhere. And, a larger one that we last the intended duration of our stay.
Almost every part of the weekend was covered........but Blake splurged for some Lemon Chills. You know we're high rollers when it comes to stuff like this. Oh, and coffee for Blake. Our kids don't sleep well in hotels. Too exciting!
Carter held a baby alligator. Lainey saw it....and immediately asked, "Daddy, I hold it yike a baby?" (arms rocking like she had it swaddled in her arms)
Overall, Blake was THRILLED with The Great Wolf Lodge. The service was fantastic.....like Disneyland fantastic. People went out of their way to accommodate the children and perhaps even more so for Blake because he was sans-wife.
We will definitely be back. Loved every minute!
After the big stay.....Blake did his best to keep the kids occupied until I returned from Dallas. And, I extended my stay 2 days. Have I mentioned that I married the best man ever lately?
Looks as if there was a tent in our house at some point. Survival mode, people. Don't judge.
Blake took the little ones to the zoo.....on what we thought would be our last visit for a while, as our membership expired March 31. And, then......sweet Aunt Caroline......treated us to another year.......this time the Gold Membership.......which includes unlimited train rides (!!!!!!!), carousel rides and passes for the tram to Africa. A thoughtful token of gratitude for my helping out in Dallas. I love my sister.
The Polar Bear exhibit is almost complete! Sneak peak this weekend....
Nice pose, Laine.
She even says, "party pic!!!!" now.
So, there you have it. It's a wonder the kids don't actually ask me to leave town.
Happy Wednesday, peeps!