So Friday we told the kids we wee going on a long drive to look at leaves. I had packed bags and put them in the van without them seeing. They saw me pack the cooler but they thought it was for the lunch we were going to have along the way. So we drove and drove and drove. Ethan kept asking "have we gone far yet?" He was done riding. Really the kids were so good. They actually were really good. We stopped in Port Kalama for lunch at a cute little park. At this point Alicia thought we were looking for a good hiking trail. She was ready to "stretch her legs." We kept telling her that she would get lots of "moving" in. About this point Ethan decided to let us know frequently that he wanted to go home. :) We were laughing at him as we knew once he saw the place he would change his tune. The kids saw the Great Wolf Lodge as we passed by it on I5. They still had no clue. We drove into the parking lot and still no clue. Ethan started to get it but Alicia was clueless. Once Ben told them we were here for the night Ethan was very happy. Alicia though was unsure. She let us know she had no swimsuit. We let her know one was packed but she was still not looking too happy. It took her awhile.
So one child loves surprises and one would rather be in on the surprise. Good to know.
It was a fun weekend but not like the first time we went. They did have a scavanger trick-or-treat Dr Seuss quest. That was cute. We did not sleep well, any of us, so we were really tired the next day. We did not stay nearly as long as I would have liked to -considering the price. But it was fun. I was a lot colder this trip. I am not sure if the water temperature was lower but it sure felt like it. It isn't fun to be wet and cold. I think they need to turn the heat up!
Ethan has gotten more brave since the last time we went. He even went into the wave pool for awhile this time. Last time he would not even let us hold him out in it. This time we had a great time just laying on a tube together. He is a brave little boy.
I still highly recommend that you all try this place out at least once. I think once the kids get a bit older it could be a real blast. Ethan is not at tall enough for the big slides and Alicia is scared of them. Since one of us has to be with the kids we didn't get to go down these as much as I would have liked. But once Ethan can go we can take him with us! WOOHOO!