Since we hadn't taken a vacation in a couple of years, we were WAY overdue. So a few months ago, I booked a trip to one of the Great Wolf Lodge locations and told the kids they would finally, finally get to stay in a hotel again. They were beside themselves with excitement. They couldn't wait for their week off from school so we could get away and go someplace new.
Never mind the grimace. He's excited, I promise. The sun was just in his eyes (though we actually saw RAIN in Texas while we were there!).
Even though we were only there for two nights, getting there one day, spending one full day there, and then leaving on the next, we filled the time to the brim.
The kids totally loved their little 'Kid Kamp' that featured bunk beds and a separate TV in a nook that was out of a direct line of sight from the bed that Oz and I shared.
We spent hours upon hours in the water...
and I'm still amazed that we didn't turn into actual prunes.
When we weren't in the water, the kids filled the time playing MagiQuest...
which meant that Oz and I got our fill of the staircase (i.e. the Hidden Stairway) tramping up and down all eight floors... repeatedly.
And when we got tired or cranky or just plain done, there was always TV...
... as well as a nice walk through the nearby downtown/arts district, where we ate lunch and window shopped. I came home with more stuff for my Department 56 Halloween village, because you can never have enough Halloween decor.
OK, *I* can never have enough Halloween decor.
All in all, it was a fabulous escape. Now the kids want to go to all the other locations, just because. Oz and I had fun, too, and would love to indulge them. Of course, we want to stay longer so that we can spend a couple days at Great Wolf and then spend a couple of days really enjoying the surrounding areas, but I'll take whatever getaway we can manage! This had been a long, LONG time coming.