Sunday, April 10, 2011

Will's Weekend

This weekend was the beginning of Will's spring break from school. We had been considering taking a trip during spring break, but decided against it. We still wanted to make sure that it was a fun break from the daily routine of school for our big boy. We started out big! Saturday, we took Will and his best friend Zach up to stay at Great Wolf Lodge. If you do not have a Great Wolf Lodge near you, it is a hotel with an indoor water park. My wonderful sister Sara stayed at our house for the weekend and kept the quads so that we could focus on the big boys and play!
in the car on the way up

they were so excited!

(and yes, Will lost another tooth- love that gap-toothed grin!)

they loved our suite!

they (sort of) had their own room with bunk beds and their own tv!!

(they seriously would have been happy just to spend the weekend in the room)
We did manage to pull the boys out of the room with the lure of the water park. We had so much fun. It was great to watch them run around and be so excited. Everything there is very family oriented, so it was easy to let them take the lead and have a blast. One thing that was funny to watch, was Will's odd sense of fear. The water park has a multi-level splash tower. There are tons of geysers spraying up from the floor, water cannons, and waterfalls. They were having a great time squirting each other and us (and anyone else walking by...), but suddenly Will was too scared to go up to the next level. This is a completely sturdy structure with rails on both sides, I have no idea why this would be scary. The next place we went was the wave pool. Will immediately swims up to the deep end. He could not touch bottom and is only on 'okay' swimmer. He goes from complete scaredy-cat one minute to fearless wild-man the next. One funny moment in the wave pool. Will had gotten a wave in the face and came up sputtering. I asked him, "Are you okay?" He answers, "Yeah, I'm still alive." Wow, guess it takes a lot for him to not be 'okay'!
Rod and the boys getting ready to leave the water park

The boys and me

We went back to the room for dinner and the boys loved sitting in their bunk bed together!
At night, the hotel has "story time" in the lobby. They encourage the kids to come wearing their pajamas and slippers.
Will and Zach are ready to go!

it was packed, but we found a spot on the floor

the people and creatures came to life and sang a song

(frankly, it was more than a little creepy if you ask me...)

Then a lady read a story with Violet, one of the wolf mascots

After the bedtime story, there was a showing of How to Train Your Dragon. It was a very cute movie-- all four of us enjoyed it! The boys were exhausted from a busy, exciting day, but they were interested enough in the movie, they managed to stay awake.

the next morning, we woke up and did it all again!!

Such a great weekend and just the beginning to a fun spring break!


  1. That looks like SO much fun! We had something similiar nearby and we're going to have to visit soon!! Well, maybe next winter when the weather is so miserable that being able to splash in the water will be even more appreciated!

  2. So FUN!!! And I want a bunk bed like that!

  3. So very fun!! It probably was I nice break for Mommy too!! So glad you got to do this!

    Todd and I are taking my 2 at the end of the month. The nearest one to us is about a 3.5 hour drive, but from what I read it us totally worth it! So glad you shared this....I just hope the kiddie area for toddlers is ad much fun as the big kids!

    Have a fantastic week!

  4. Awesome! Love that he got some big kid time in with you guys!

    We went when I was pg with triplets and sicker than a dog. We'd like to go again, but not sure if we'd all fit in one room/or if they'd let us. But after reading your post, maybe it's a good idea to just take the big kids.

  5. How fun! Last year was the first time I'd ever heard of GWL. I had no idea they had them all over. We have one in Dallas and it looks awesome - but definitely waiting til all mine can swim before we start doing waterparks of any kind. I don't need to worry about it.

    How great that you just had Will too and could spend some quality time with him.