We are done our holidays. Wow. That week went by quickly. Far too quickly.
We decided to really go on a road trip adventure and loaded the kids up in Bessie, put a movie in the DVD player and set off for a 3 day, 2 night stay just south of the boarder at a hotel with a big water park. There was a voucher up for grabs that was a steal of a deal. We just couldn’t pass up the chance to road trip together since we haven’t taken a single trip anywhere since Mr. O. joined us nearly 2.5 years ago. It was time.
The ironic thing, for anyone who knows my boys, is that neither of them are particularly fond of water. Fit Boy is enjoying swimming in a pool but water parks and splash pads are still a bit of gamble. Mr. O. on the other hand dislikes everything wet unless it’s his bath. Add in that the 4 of us would be in one hotel room together, sharing beds, my restless leg syndrome (and huge belly) make it impossible for me to sit still long enough to sleep more than a few hours a night so there was the added factor of whether I would be keeping the kids up with my constant pacing, moving, spasming. I was also battling a nasty summer cold so I was pretty much the vision of everything that was going to go wrong on this trip.
In hindsight, I’m kind of amazed we actually thought this road trip was a good idea.
Either way, we packed our bags and headed off. The ride down was completely without event. We discovered the joy of DVD players in vans and headphones. Absolute bliss. Check-in was uneventful and the boys quickly made themselves at home in our little hotel room, testing out the beds, checking out every inch of the room and picking which bed and which parent would have the privilege of sharing said bed with them.
Afterwards, we heading downstairs to check out the water park and get our wrist bands. The boys were beyond excited to get in there….until we actually got in there. Then they were a lot less sure of the whole water park thing their horrible parents were forcing upon them.
Mr. O. Stayed as close to me as possible and while Fit Boy ventured out a little bit, the level of noise in the building proved to be a bit too much for him and sensory overload quickly took over. Between that and the lack of decent naps on the way down meant our time in the park was short. This actually suited hubby because he was able to watch soccer in the hotel room (we don’t have tv at home anymore) and he is a Germany fan. ‘Nuff said there
The next day we ventured down to the water park again. There was a lot more hesitation but we managed to convince both boys to get a little wet. Fit Boy did much better, even going down the kiddie slide and venturing through the lazy river with me. Mr. O. was pretty content to just stick in the very shallow water, sitting on my lap. Better than nothing I suppose.
Sleep-wise, I slept horribly but thankfully, my incessant pacing and leg movements didn’t bother or wake anyone up. I did enjoy watching my babies sleeping so soundly AND being so worn out from the day that they slept in until 8am (unheard of in our house).
As we were packing up and getting ready to check out of the hotel, we noticed a park a little way away from us. We drove down to check it out and were amazed at how awesome this park was. We stopped to play. There was no way the kids weren’t going to take advantage of that park before sitting in the car for 3 hours driving home. I also noticed the area we were staying in would have been fantastic to go for a run. Very scenic, family friendly and easy to find your way back. Mental note for next visit.