Lucas at Great Wolf Lodge
This was one of the few moments I could get him to be still for a picture.
Otherwise he was all go, go go!Last weekend we packed up and headed south to Dallas for a trip down to Great Wolf Lodge. It was our third trip there, but the first time to go in the summertime which meant we could use both the indoor and outdoor pool areas. And we purposefully timed the vacation to coincide with the first day of Dallas schools so that it wouldn't be crowded. Score! We basically had the whole place to ourselves. When we finished going down a water slide, we would just get up, grab our tube, head back up the stairs and go again-- no lines! Mike and I realized on this trip that we are getting into a new phase of vacationing with our family, a season of increased independence and adventure. We are no longer toting an infant who requires nursing or who is on a strict schedule. Our girls are almost 8 and are capable of entertaining themselves in the car, going to the bathroom on their own (by that I mean they can go to a public restroom without me now), and on this trip they were tall enough to ride all the slides! Even the really tall and scary ones! They could even ride them by themselves! They also know how to swim and don't need life jackets anymore. Mike and I had so much fun just being silly and letting loose in the wave pool and the lazy river and the Howlin' Tornado (check it out below. yep we all did that!). Lucas, only recently age 3, still needed quite a bit of care. Not infant level care, but we couldn't just let him go yet. He needed his floaties in most areas and he couldn't do many slides, just a few in the kiddie area. But he still had a blast and enjoyed getting to play with us. I think it is so important for our kids to see us having fun with them. No cell phones, no computers, no "to do lists". We just woke up, put on our suits and asked, "What should we do first?" I love getting away with my family and look forward to all the phases of growth that are still to come.
Here's the inside of the Howlin' Tornado. Instead of these lovely people in the photo above, imagine Mike, Hannah, Leah and Yours Truly sliding up and down the huge half-pipe full of spraying water. We loved it!