They piled out of their vehicle for a potty break, and a quick update on the deck (because Hubby had been out working on it every available second last week). The kids all congregated and did the excited jumping up and down thingthat kids on the way to a weekend of fun usually do. Finally, we all piled back into our vehicles and hit the road. We (the parents) were informed by Miss Sweet Pea that we had to watch out our respective windows for any cows or horses that we saw. When we did see them, we were to announce that we seem them, point, and do all of this with plenty of time for the little clowns to be able to see the cows/horses before we passed by them.
Everyone was in good spirits and on the several hour trip up to the Dells we sang songs in the car (not a great radio station selection, by the way, but 70's tunes are usually fun to sing along with, especially because the kids have never heard the songs). All the passengers, myself included took naps on the way up and were ready for lunch when we arrived.
Although we couldn't get into our room yet, we were able to obtain passes for the hotel's waterpark, and commenced taking full advantage of it.
Our hotel's waterpark
By the way, that's a word that Buddy didn't know before this weekend "Wah-deh-pahk". (water park) I can't tell you how pleased we are that we got to introduce him to it.
The outdoor waterpark "The Lost World" was a blast! There were different pools of all shapes and sizes for the kids, a big bucket that filled with water, then dumped all over everyone at regular intervals, and something I've not been on before... "The Lost River", or as I called it "The Lazy River". I could be lazy AND play with the kids while on this ride! All I had to do was commandeer an innertube and float. I must have floated along with the currents on the innertube for a good couple of hours. I'd check in with the family when I floated by, sometimes taking one of the littles on my lap, then switching them out the next go round. I loved it. I was just floating by... looking at the scenery... That's when I got caught staring at a lifeguard -- by Hubby and Punkin -- and was teased mercilessly about it for the remainder of our time there, and probably the rest of my life. Apparently, it wasn't that I was staring, it was the look on my face. Kinda "dreamy", I guess. Since when are all life guards tan, blonde, foreign, and young enough for me to be their mother, anyway?
The rest of the weekend, whenever we saw a male lifeguard Hubby asked, "Is that him?" and he would laugh. Finally, I'd had enough and told him "You know, honey, I don't know. I didn't look at his face." Heh.
Saturday night, we went out for dinner, then over to one of the indoor waterparks. This one had a kid section that the littles played in for a while, but they also had a big wave pool. Hubby, BIL and the littles Cousin Emmy all boarded innertubes and rode the waves for a bit until Hubby's innertube capsized, dumping him and Sweet Pea and Buddy into the drink. After that, Buddy decided he was done for the night. (the next day, he nearly ran away from an innertube, and would only go in one if he could sit in my lap. We did that for a lap or two around the lazy river, and he recovered.) Shortly after that, we all went back to our room.
Our hotel room
Our room was really great! We rented a suite so we could all stay together, but still have our own rooms. The kids decided they all wanted to sleep together in the Murphy Bed. That didn't work out too well Saturday night, and Punkin and Buddy ended up sleeping in our room (our room had two queen size beds in it), as Sweet Pea and Cousin Emmy slept in the Murphy Bed. I heard Emmy call for her Mom in the early morning hours. As I was trying to decide who was calling "Mommy", I heard Sweet Pea say "Sssh, Emmy. It's ok. I'm right here." (Awwww....)
The other water park
Sunday was more of the same, waterparks and water rides and walking around the hotel and walking around outside and more lazy river floating. The skies threatened rain all afternoon, but it didn't rain until after dinner. We all watched Chicken Little while getting the kids to calm down before bed. That night, the only one who slept in our room with us was Buddy.
Monday we just sort of sat around the hotel room, hanging out, packing our stuff up. We went to a playland in the adjacent hotel and let the kids run all their energy out, then to McD's for lunch. As we were pulling into the parking lot at McD's, Buddy just burst out "BOOGA FIES! BOOGA FIES! BOOGA FIES!" like he hadn't eaten there in decades. I think he was more excited about lunch than the waterpark!
After that, we said goodbye to BIL and his family, loaded the little clowns back into the family truckster and headed on home. A quick check into the back of the truck revealed some tired kids with mopey faces. They had so much fun, they didn't want to leave. I think we all did.
Still, though. It was good to land back home.
Our digital camera was iffy all weekend, and only about half the pictures I took actually came out ok. Any pics you see here are the best of the worst.