It was all Will's very spontaneous idea to take the kids to Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor resort with an awesome swimming park located just an hour or so away from our house. We've only ever heard rave reviews of this place, and it didn't disappoint! We wanted the kids to earn this trip, though, so we decided that whenever we caught them doing something good, we'd put a piece of candy in a large vase; and then once the vase was full, we'd go. It was really great for me to verbalize and reward all the good things going on around here. I notice how wonderful they are all the time, but I don't always think to comment on it, so this was fun! It definitely upped the positive vibes in our home when every little good deed was getting rewarded.
The kids were SO excited to go. Like hyper, crazy excited. I took some pics of them with my phone that morning in all of their excitement, but haven't figured out how to be organized about my phone pictures, and I'm too lazy to go find them.
Speaking of pictures, I didn't take a ton of pictures of our trip because my arms were pretty full. The first day we were there, the place was swarming with people. It made me a little nervous and stressed trying to keep tabs on everybody, but by the second day we were there, I felt like we were more comfortable with our surroundings and had found our groove.
Isabella surprised me and went on every single slide... I went down the scariest one with her after she'd already gone with Will, and I was scared for her sake! I kept screaming for her to hold on tight. She's such a tiny thing. I was worried she was going to lose her grip and go flying! Plus I'm a screamer anyway. haha. She didn't make a peep, although she did have a look of terror on her face at some points in that ride.
Liam had a wonderful time playing in all the pools, but he had no interest in going on any of the slides, even though he's been on bigger water slides before. It was kind of bothering Will and me because we wanted him to have as much fun as possible, so we kept encouraging him to try some slides out. At one point, when Liam was out of ear shot, I told Will that I thought he was being stubborn just for the sake of being stubborn. Will agreed, and so he had another little talk with Liam about how it's great to be stubborn in some ways... like being stubborn about choosing the right and following Jesus, but that being stubborn can be a bad thing, too, and that he shouldn't be stubborn about trying new things. We got a kick out of Liam's response to this little pep talk...
"Does Heavenly Father want me to go down the water slide?" he asked Will.
Will: "Uhhh, not necessarily. But Heavenly Father does want you to have a good time here."
"I am having a good time!" he said in a "how-many-times-do-I-have-to-tell-you voice." :)
And that was the end of that. We no longer pressured him to go on the slides because clearly he was having fun.
Juliette was Miss Outgoing, as usual. She kept going up to strangers and loving on their babies. It was cute, but also a little stressful to keep up with!
Charlton seemed to like the water, too, and did a good deal of napping despite the chaos.
I really feel like we made some wonderful memories on this trip. Juliette, especially, keeps talking about the fun we had there. Maybe we'll make it a post-Valentines Day tradition for our sweet munchkins. I also loved hitting up the nearby factory outlets for some bargain shopping... we should make a tradition of that, too!
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