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Great Wolf Lodge

  • June 20, 2010 7:55 pm

Due to the weather (seriously hot and humid, 89 degrees) forecast, we decided to scrap the beach idea.  It probably wouldn’t be much fun for any of us, and Kira wouldn’t really enjoy it enough to justify the 90-minute round-trip drive.  Instead, we took an impromptu trip up to Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City for a mini-family vacation.  Our first trip to a kid-friendly family place.

It was a really good time.  We found that kid-friendly family places are actually fun when you’re a family yourself and not just a childless couple wondering why these kids are so noisy!  LOL  The room was really nice.  Kira had a little wolf cave in the corner where we put her port-a-crib so it would be secluded and dark.  She wasn’t so sure at first that she was going to sleep in it; she just kept running from end to end.  Finally, since Joseph was tired too from working the night before, I left the room so all the lights could be out and she took the hint and went to sleep.  I went down to the bar & grille and had a hot fudge sundae and hung out for an hour or so.

In the morning we had breakfast at the kid-friendly family buffet.  Kira didn’t eat very well; she tends to eat horribly when there’s too many distractions.  But at least she was good and got a little bit into her.  After breakfast we changed into our swimming duds and checked out of the room.  The waterpark in the hotel is really nice.  I can definitely see kids about 3 and up just wearing themselves out over an entire day playing in there.  Kira seemed to like it, but it was a tad overwhelming.  She “swam” and played in the water for a little over an hour before she was finally wiped out.  We had a bit of lunch at the snack shop while we dried off and then loaded up to go home.  Kira was so tired.  I tucked her into her carseat with her pacifier, blankies, and new stuffed baby wolf and she was asleep within 10 minutes.

All in all, it was a fun trip.  It was our first family adventure just the three of us to a family place and we decided that it’s going to be fun repeating the experience as she gets older.

Here are the pictures:

Checking out the hotel room

Daddy's in my bed

Look at me!

Who says I'm too little for this bed?

Having a bedtime snack

All pretty and ready for breakfast

I'm heading to the waterpark...anyone else coming?

Wow - look at that!

Waiting for elevator

Gonna steal this from the gift shop if no one catches me

This lifejacket is too big

This is more like it

Floating on daddy

Vacation makes a baby so tired, but I love my new stuffed baby wolf. (Was asleep within 10 minutes)



And now my little baby is 18 months old!

Teeth, a Trip, and Other News

  • August 3, 2009 11:54 am

Okay, I know I’ve been totally lax at keeping this blog updated lately.  I partly can blame Joseph, as he keeps commandeering my laptop for his own use and since my computer is never where I need it to be, I usually forget to keep up with things. 

IMG_1155Seven months have come and gone.  Sigh.  My awesome little baby is definitely growing up.  I love watching her develop and learn new things.  You can actually watch her face when she’s doing something and see her slowly catching onto something new.

StandingSTANDING UP!! Yes, indeed.  She is standing up, by herself, and playing at her little activity table.  She’s still very wobbly and can’t pull herself up, but once I put her in position, she’ll stand and play for quite a bit before she either drops to the floor or lets me know that she’s ready to sit for a bit.  She stands very flat-footed though, instead of on her toes, so it won’t be long before she’s doing this herself.

 TEETH! Kira cut her first two teeth. The bottom left came through on July 31 and the bottom right one came through on August 2. So far, aside from a bit more dribble and a bit more spitting up, teething has been very easy. 

Bath1Bath2Afterbath BATHTIME.  She loves her nightly bath.  I usually put her in the kitchen sink so I can get some tidying done at the same time, but she’s almost getting too big for it.  She also has now learned how fun it is to kick water out, which makes quite the mess.  I tried her one night in the big tub with her bath seat, but she didn’t like it at all.

PartyPARTY! Last week at work they had a surprise birthday party/luncheon for three of us supervisors whose birthdays were in June & July.  Part of the surprise was that they had our children brought in to participate, so when I walked into the room, there was Kira sitting in a cute party dress with a party hat on her head.She did so good with all the strangers at the party.  She occasionally cries at strangers (mostly white-haired ladies), but most of the time she just fixes a serious Joseph-stare on them and watches them intently.   She’s just in the beginning stages of stranger and separation anxiety, but so far it hasn’t been too bad.

SH1SOUTH HAVEN. This past Saturday we went with my mom & dad over to South Haven, a little town on Lake Michigan.  Basically it’s just a nice little day trip, where we get coffee, wander the shops and canal, walk out to the pier and on the beach.  Kira was all dressed and ready for her first trip to the beach.

Well, that was optimistic.  Sigh.  Even the end of July/beginning of August in Michigan cannot be counted on to be warm and sunny.  The day was slightly overcast, but by the time we got to South Haven it was raining, windy, and chilly.  So we bundled Kira up into a sweatsuit (winter clothes!) and went for dinner.  After a nice meal of perch and shrimp, the rain had finally stopped.  It was still REALLY windy though.  When we walked to the beach, the sand stung our legs and faces.  Kira did really well, she liked to try to eat the sand and seemed to enjoy the wind whipping through her hair.  It was a nice day, but unfortunate the weather didn’t cooperate.  I guess she won’t get to dip her toes in Lake Michigan until the next trip.







  • May 23, 2009 3:27 pm

Well I’m a week late in posting but I just couldn’t find the spare time to sit down and get it all down right.  So here goes…

Last Thursday night Joseph, Kira and I drove down to Chicago.  Kira and I had a playdate set with four other Sugarbaby mamas from around the country.  For those of you who are not Sugarbaby mamas, we’re an online playgroup who have been together some of us since the days we were trying to get pregnant.  We went through pregnancy together and now all of our December 2008 babies are much discussed in our online playgroup.