Thursday, January 21, 2016

Great Wolf Lodge

Last summer we decided we would surprise the girls with a trip to Great Wolf Lodge at Christmas.  They had no idea we were going and it was a fun surprise.  This is them as we were getting closer to the "hotel" after we left Casey and Virginie's house.
Aaaand....this is them looking the opposite way of the hotel, at a plane or something.  We finally had to ask them "where are we?" "do you see our hotel?"  Then they were excited.  Well, Mackenzie was really excited because she remembered our trip almost 3 years ago.  Meredith was excited because Mackenzie was excited.  And Miranda was asleep. ;)
These are my little winter wolves!

Our bedroom was awesome!  Perfect for a family of 5 - which, in general, is hard to find without getting 2 rooms.

The girls had their own room within the room - each with their own bed.  Thankfully, Mackenzie loved the top bunk. and Meredith the bottom with her own little window.


Miranda normally sleeps in a full size bed, so she called this her "bitty bed" and loved it.  She took naps and slept through the night without getting out!  I think Brandon and I were probably the most uncomfortable because we had a smaller bed than we are used to.
The lobby had lots of cute winter/Christmas decorations.  I think there was even a menorah - so they covered all their holidays!

We arrived the first night at dinner time, so we settled in the hotel room, at dinner at the downstairs restaurant and then the big girls and I went to story time in the lobby.
Even the characters show up for story time!  We didn't do pictures with them that night, because we were all pretty tired, having woken up early and driven to Dallas that morning.
The next day we were ready for the waterpark!
These are a couple of pictures of the water park after it had closed on the second night.  We mainly stayed in the little kid section and wave pool.  We stayed through lunch and then for whatever reason the water stopped being so warm and toasty and was freezing, so we decided to leave.  Not to mention, Miranda needed a nap!

But first...dippin dots!
While Miranda and Brandon napped, the big girls and I explored the hotel.  They had a contest to find little stuffed animals hidden all around the hotel, so we walked everywhere!  Along the way we also stopped for photos!

Up in a tree house!
We also stopped for a little crafting!


We also find Wiley, so Mackenzie took a picture with him.  Meredith didn't want to "because he's a boy."  ;)
Dinner was always great because they got to pick a dessert or two!  (It was a buffet)

We also found the squirrel (I don't remember her name.) and since she was a girl, Meredith took a picture with her. ;)
Outside the dessert shop.


The second night we were there, Miranda came with us to story time!


The picture on the right is Miranda reaching for the little bubbles they were blowing as snow.

This time, Miranda didn't want to have her picture taken. ;)
After story time, we went back to our room and put Miranda to bed.  Mackenzie wanted to stay up for the dance party at 9:30 in the lobby, so that's what we did.  Of course, we had to sit through another story time.  This time since we weren't worried about losing our spot, we moved to the back to have fun with the "snow".

While we waited for the dance party to start, we took pictures of trees and in a tree! ;)


And then the dance party started!  Meredith was super excited and all of a sudden Mackenzie didn't want to dance because I wasn't going to dance.  She had an attitude for about 10 minutes until I told her we would just go upstairs if she didn't dance.  Here's Meredith dancing - too funny!  I posted them on Youtube and someone commented "she's doing it wrong".  Seriously?  That's why I posted the video!  Some people are crazy. :)




So that's all our Christmas activities.  I think I have one or two more posts for 2015 and then we can move into the new year! yay!

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