So this very wonderful person in our homeschool group arranges for a week of discounted rates at a nearby indoor waterpark. We went last year as a family also. It is a wonderfully exhausting time!!! You can't beat a week at Kalahari to take away the winter blues.....especially since we were actually snowed in for a whole day at least....the county was under a level 3 snow emergency meaning only necessary traffic or you could be arrested.
My dad calls this the "Annual Counselman/Kuehner Camping Trip." He surprised the kids again with a whole week at Kalahari Water Park!!! My brother and his family were there also. It was a wonderful time. I already posted a couple pictures this week of hanging in the room....exhausted after only a couple days:)!!! We stay from Sunday until Friday afternoon!!!! Oh and our Snow Ice Cream!! (That was a big hit with the kids!)
I had every intention (even packed a lesson plans with curriculum) of having them complete 1/4 workload this week, since we have appointments that sometime interrupt school. But as you will see....I basically gave up. I love the visits here, but wow!!!! is it exhausting for parents. The kids just seem to keep going and going and going and going!!!! I decided I was tooo tired to keep up with the schoolwork this week too. So we went bascially full break.
Here's a selection of pictures from our activities during the week.
|Lydia riding the waves.|
|Caty being cheesy!!|
|Joey leaving the wave pool|
|Caty loved the wave pool!!!|
|Yes...that's me with the kids (and my nephew Blake).|
|They had sugar cookie decorating almost everyday.|
|Our boys are in the red life vests with my nephew Blake shooting hoops.|
|Lydia decorating her snow man!|
|Frosting is the best part!!!|
|Check out this massive cupcake in the bakery!!!|
|There was a coloring contest everyday. The winners were given $5.00 arcade gift cards. Kids won a couple times during the week.|
|Brayden vegging with his Duplos.|
|Caty doing the build a Bear activity with money she got from Grandpa & Grandma.|
|Caty's froggy coin bank.|
|Lydia's giraffe coin bank.|
We spent way too much time in the arcade!!! Made a rule already for the future about that!
|Brayden and Caty turning in tickets....We had almost 1600 in this round!!!|
We set a bowl on the balcony and made snow ice cream!
|Grandpa with Lydia and Bryce (our niece).|
|Daddy and Joey racing.|
|Caty showing off tickets on the little carousel.|
|Mommy and Caty racing Lydia.|
|The carousel was a hit!|
|Joey racing his cousin Blake (My brother and sister-in-law are watching).|
|Grandpa and Grandma in the Wave Pool|
|Mommy decided to try the same game a little later that Lydia won a 1000 tickets on and guess what she won too!!! Here's me with the girls.|
|Aunt Lisa brought a cool craft...the girls decorated a tea party set and marked the date and place on it for a memory of our trip at future tea parties!!! HOW COOL!!!|
|Spent a lot of time in this little play area.|
|I remembered her blanket that day! She took advantage of it.|
|Nachos....pretzels with cheese....pizza....dipping dots.......Loaded nachos!!! They had it all!|
|Our niece showing how good the cheese pizza was!!!|
|Stuffed onions...not my favorite (I'm allergic to almost every ingredient!!!)...but everyone else liked them|
|French steak and Mushrooms (we were supposed to be doing geography all week...that didn't happen, but we enjoyed the meal anyway!!!!)|
|Check out the stuffed cupcakes from the bakery!!! I was sooo jealous that the kids and Lisa got to eat on these! Obviously not gluten or dairy free:( But sooo pretty!!|
|A weeks worth of park tags. I didn't take any off until we got home. I don't know what I was thinking, except it was a daily reminder why I was always tired!!!|
|Bryce and Lydia|