We left the morning of February 21st and were surprised to arrive at the hotel only an hour later because there was absolutely no traffic on I-5. The hotel clerk let us check into our room early which meant we were able to hit the pool by 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Here is the sign that greeted us upon our arrival.
All three of the kids got complimentary wolf ears AND complimentary stuffed animals (because of their birthdays) upon our arrival which they were absolutely thrilled about. Here are the kiddos posing in the giant chair in the lobby after first walking in.
After checking into our amazing hotel room complete with a wolf den for the kids to sleep in, we quickly got changed into our swim suits and hit the gigantic indoor water park. Here is the wave pool that we first saw upon entering the water park.
The amazing water slides and tower structure in the middle of the park.
The fabulous toddler pool that Ella LOVED.
The gigantic dump bucket that pours down on the people below every few minutes.
The kiddos and me playing in the splash pad after we first got there.
Papa with the kiddos.
Logan dancing around.
The girls and me getting poured on by a water feature above us.
Logan and Lia riding one of the Sea Doos in the toddler pool.
Ella taking a turn.
The girls and me getting ready to go down one of the toddler slides.
Logan sliding down another one.
And Lia, too.
Baby Ella standing atop the slide.
And getting ready to go down!
After playing in the water park for most of the afternoon, we took a break and headed out for an early dinner at a Mexican restaurant down the street. After wards, we came back to the hotel to explore a bit. The kids enjoyed checking out all of the toys in the gift shop as can be seen by the picture of Ella above. It look like she is either holding or wearing half of the gift shop.
The kids waited in line to get a balloon sword made for each of them.
Showing off their balloon swords in front of the clock tower in the lobby.
Although Ron and I were prepared to head back into the water park for an evening session after dinner, the kids all said that they wanted to just go back to our hotel room and play in their awesome wolf den. While Lia and Logan played in their bunk bed, Ella opted to take a bath alone. This is how I found my cute girl just relaxing in the warm water.
Logan and Lia LOVED this bunk bed and both wanted to sleep in the top. As skeptical as I was of this entire thing working, they both managed to actually sleep in it during our one night there.
Ella got to sleep in a big girl bed for the first time in her life in the lower bunk bed. Here she is already dressed in her pajamas and climbing around on the ladder.
We left our hotel room a little before 8 o'clock to attend the story time and clock tower show in the main lobby. Although the lobby was already packed when we got ther, we managed to find a seat for the show from one of the couches! Here is Logan giving me a smile before the show started.
The animals and people came to life for the clock tower show. It reminded me of the Disneyland rides of old.
After the show in the lobby was over, we came back upstairs and put the kiddos to bed. Ron and I then enjoyed two hours of cable which is luxury that we don't have at home!
We started off Lia's birthday on February 22nd with a cold cereal and muffin breakfast in our hotel room. We decided to completely pack up and check out of our room by 9 o'clock so that we didn't have to worry about going back to our room from the pool and packing up by 11 a.m. After putting all of our stuff in the car, we walked back through the lobby and took our only family picture in front of the impressive fireplace.
We then went to the water park for a few hours until lunch time. We took a break for lunch and then headed back in until early afternoon when we decided that we have had enough. We left the hotel around 2:30 in the afternoon to drive home. Ron and I enjoyed going on all of the big water slides with Lia and Logan. The one catch was that Ella was not tall enough to go on any of them, so Ron and I had to constantly divide and conquer and take turns staying in the toddler pool with her. Here is a picture I managed to snap of Lia and Ron coming out of the biggest slide (that Logan was actually not tall enough to go on).
A very happy Lia and papa getting out of the tube.
Lia and Logan loved going in the wave pool. We dragged Ella into it a couple of times, too. Here she is standing on the "shore" of the pool.
The girls in front of the gigantic, water umbrella.
Lia swimming in the wave pool when the waves were turned off.
Papa with the two older kids in the wave pool.
Ella hanging out under the water umbrella.
A tiny Ella under the water. I just love how small she looks in this picture.
Logan and Lia both fell in love with climbing over the lily pads in the main swimming pool. Here are Ella and papa watching them from the side.
Lia going across the lily pads with the help of the ropes.
My strong girl working her way across.
Logan, on the other hand, was too short to reach the ropes and either jumped or climbed across them. It was quite an impressive site as he did this several times without ever falling in.
Logan getting papa's help after landing on the second lily pad.
Moving from the third to the fourth pad.
Papa and the girls back in the pool after Lia finished crossing the lily pads.