Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Weekend Recap: Waterparkin' It

There are so many wonderful perks that go along with having a winter baby.  When they are newborns, you can hide in the house for weeks after you get home just pouring love into your new baby because it's too dang frigid to go anywhere.  It's too much work to bundle them up and take them places, so you have an excuse to stay under a blanket and just stare at her and kiss those sweet chubby cheeks.  And it's too cold for other people to come out, so you have less visitors [aka less germy hands pawing at your precious infant and less people sitting on your sofa staring at you while you're trying to learn how to masterfully whip out a boob and feed your hungry baby without offending anyone.] AND you have a good 5-6 months before you have to worry about wearing a bathing suit, hallelujah.  But then there are the not so perky parts of a February birthday...like indoor birthday parties and even worse...snowstorms that could prevent people from even showing up to your indoor birthday parties.  I'm sure on her 13th birthday or whenever she figures out she's about the only kid ever that hasn't had a pool party for her birthday, she might just pitch a dramatic pre-teen fit.  Let's hope not though.  And since we were already bored of indoor birthday parties after only two of them, we decided this year we would change it up a bit.  My sweet parents decided to treat us to a weekend at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg.  There are several of these sprinkled around the country, so if there's one near you and you have a February baby, you should totally go.  It's huge, and fun...and the best part:  It's 84 degrees year round inside of the waterpark!  And make sure the one you pick has a Starbucks nearby because I only needed about 127 cups of my favorite latte to keep up with Kollyns for the two nights we stayed.  She went from pool to pool, slide to slide, and never stopped for a second until we had to drag her out of there kicking and screaming as everyone stared at us, just so we could put her down for a nap. Because we knew the evening would be completely unpleasant if she skipped a nap after hours on hours of swimming.  By the way, she took a 2 hour nap...mama always knows best. So anyway, go to Great Wolf Lodge people...you won't regret it!  But you will probably need another weekend to recuperate from all of the fun when you get back home.  And Happy almost birthday to the most beautiful blessing in my life.  I love you to the moon Kollyns River.
Getting ready to leave for Great Wolf Lodge.  She is thrilled!

My goofy not so little brother might have been just as excited as his niece.
 And what birthday girl doesn't eat Meat Lover's pizza at midnight on the first night of the birthday trip?  She's so much like me.
 Right before we headed down to the waterpark for our day of fun/exhaustion.
Mid-way through the day.  Daddy needs a rest, mama needs a tan. 

Headed home and napping all the way. 

The downside of waterparkin' it in the winter, is the cold that follows.  I hope my baby girl feels better soon, but I sure am enjoying her cozy feel bad cuddles in the meantime.


sara said...

I live in VA and have heard of Great Wolf Lodge, but I had NO idea the water park was indoors! I'm so saving this idea for a couple of years from now as something fun to do in the winter with my daughter. Looks like you all had a blast.

Kelsey Almond said...

Oh yes girl, it's amazing! Your daughter will love it! Kollyns can't stop talking about the fun she had! :)