We have been having a wonderful time relaxing together as a family and are so thankful for this time away! Even though my dad could only be with us for the weekend, it has been such a blessing to have my mom here with us for the rest of the week to help out with the little girlie(s) while we do some things with the big kids. There are certain things that Emma (and sometimes Callie) are unable to participate in due to being too young/short. Plus certain things would just be too exhausting for especially Emma who still naps. Since Monday was cold and rainy we took that opportunity to enjoy the indoor water park. This was such a treat for the kiddos as they had never been to a water park quite like this one! We decided to take the older 3 all day and just have my mom and the 2 littlest girlies come for the evening. It ended up working out perfectly since Brian and I could enjoy the big kid slides/tubes during the day with the older 3 since Callie and Emma are too small to ride those. After walking up 80 stairs to get to the top of where the 5 large slides begin for approximately 4.5 hours we were way more exhausted than our kiddos! They seemed to have limitless energy, although thankfully every once in awhile they would suggest riding around the “lazy river” on tubes or taking a dip in the hot tub area. The best part about this water park was the fact that it was practically empty and we didn’t have to ever wait in lines to go down any of the slides! Of course, this meant absolutely no break in between climbing the steps either! Here are some pics that give an idea of what the water park is like ….
Where the two non-tube water slides exit … as a side note – one of these is pitch black and while going down it, if anyone actually could’ve heard me they would’ve heard me saying something along the lines of – “I am definitely too old for this!” I enjoyed the pitch black tube slide, but for some reason this one was a little much for me. Our kids on the other hand loved the ones that were completely dark!
Yesterday we had some fun with the 3 biggest kiddos at the mini golf course and on the go-kart track. Since the rain on Monday, we have had some beautiful fall weather and have been enjoying the outdoors greatly!
Surprisingly (just kidding!) my handsome hubby took first place, which is fitting since yesterday was his 35th birthday! We wanted to make sure that he felt nice and young even though he is not so young anymore!
Our kids had never been on go-karts and at first were asking all kinds of questions about what it would be like. After one round they were ready for more!
Today was another beautiful day outside so we decided to take the lift up the mountain and then go on another hike. Since Callie made the cut-off and was tall enough to be included, we took the 4 oldest kiddos and left Emma back with my mom. Callie does an amazing job walking/hiking and loves being included with the big kids so it worked out perfectly.