January 17, 2012

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park resort, and we are lucky enough to have one located only an hour and half away.  The kiddos have been dying to go here ever since we moved up to Washington, and on Black Friday I nabbed a groupon for it at a huge discount. 

We stayed in their largest suite, the Grizzly Bear Suite which had separate rooms for the kiddos and us, separate bathrooms, and a fireplace, and dining area.  The stay at the lodge includes access to their 84 degree waterpark the day you check in, and all day of your check-out day. 

After getting settled in our room, we headed to the water park for the next four hours.  The have a huge wave pool, a pool with basketball hoops, two kiddie areas for little ones like Natalie, two smaller open slides, and four giant tube slides that required intertubes, one being a giant tornado shaped one.  Because it was all indoor I felt so safe letting the boys take off for the big tube rides.  They went on them over and over again.  Even though all the rides were great, I think all the kiddos loved the wave pool the best, which had both regular "beach waves" as they called them, and "crazy waves" which went all over the place. (crazy waves were their fave) 

Afterwards we went back to our room, and feasted on the pizza package (part of our groupon deal).  With full tummies we headed out in search of the arcade.  We played games, collected tickets, and everyone got a fun prize.  We picked up some yummy dessert at the Bear Paw Sweets & Eats, and watched the snow fall in the lobby, as we listened to part of story time.  We then headed back to our room to watch movies together.

The next day we arrived at the waterpark bright and early.  We played for hours and hours, and hours until we were completely waterlogged.  Even though we could stay until 9pm, we were done by late afternoon, and ready to pack up and head home. 

What a fun, fun place to go.  A place designed entirely around families and kids. It was great fun, and the kiddos are already looking forward to their next visit.




January 16, 2012

Fairhaven and Bellingham

Our family word for 2012 is explore!!

We live in this great place, and can't wait to explore every inch of it.  There is something about being out in the fresh outdoors, exploring new places, experiencing new things, and doing it all as a family.

Our first exploration for the new year was Fairhaven and Bellingham.

We drove up the 5, and got off at scenic Chuckanut Drive.  It wraps around the mountains, and has the most beautiful views of the water, and the San Juan islands.  We stopped first at Tedy Bear Cove.  The kiddos bolted from the car, and had so much fun running down paths, exploring the beautiful cove, climbing on rocks, and exploring caves and caverns.  I loved watching them enjoying this beautiful place we live in, and run and play in the outdoors.  Dave taught them how to skip rocks in the water, and the explorations were endless.



After that we had worked up quite an appetite so we drove into the nearby town of Fairhaven, for fish 'n chips in a double decker bus.  The kiddos meals also came with frozen yogurt that they serve in over 30 different flavors. 


With full tummies we loaded up and headed to Boardwalk Park in nearby Bellingham.  The kids had a blast running up and down the Boardwalk, and playing in the sand and shores beneath it.


Christmas in Washington

This year we spent Christmas in Washington in our brand new house.  Our first Christmas just our little family of six.  It was simple, relaxed and casual.  Just like us.

Christmas Eve I made a huge ham and potatoes dinner, and we had lots of sparkling apple cider to the kiddos delight.  That evening they each got to open one present (jammies). They were super excited about their new jammies, which cracked Dave and I up.  It probably helps that this is the first year I've let them open one present early, but their surprise and excitement made it worth the wait.

Christmas morning was filled with opening presents, playing with presents, feasting on cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate, and then enjoying a wonderful Christmas dinner of turkey and all the fix-ins. and yes, we were eating ham and turkey for the next week.


January 3, 2012

They are on their way..

I know I haven't posted anything in like three weeks..I'm sorry.

I promised myself that once the kiddos were out of school, that I would seriously limit my computer time, so I could spend time with them, and enjoy the holidays..which I so did.

I also got tons accomplished (maybe that had to do with lack of computer time too!!) Painting downstairs, painting furntiure, organizing, and so much more.  I can't wait to share.

I promise to get some pictures posted of Christmas, my latest finished projects, and our latest Washington adventure (yesterday) ..

..just be patient

They are on their way.. (this week I promise!!)
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