Sunday, April 22, 2012
Good Times in Grapevine
I really didn't feel like traveling when I was big pregnant, nor is leaving the house very feasible with a newborn, so Preston has been hearing about his friends go snow-skiing, to Disney, etc. and we really haven't been much of anywhere. So, Jeff and I decided to take him on a toddlerpalooza weekend to Grapevine, TX. Gran-Gran was gracious enough to keep John Cole so we could focus just on P.....and we certainly did!
We left around noon on Friday, and pulled right into LegoLand Grapevine around 5:30. I think this may have been P's favorite attraction. He loved the 4D movie, the LARGE playplace (there's a funny story about that I don't want to put on the internet--ask me :) but he LOVED building Lego cars and racing them down the various ramps. The pic is priceless of him trying to get his car "just right." After LegoLand we went to a random-but good-Mexican place then headed to check-in at the Great Wolf Lodge.
We took P to the Great Wolf when he was 23 months old, and he was too young. NOT ANYMORE! We bought the Paw Pass for him--a GREAT DEAL--and he did everything there was to do. He was not officially tall enough to ride the big slides, he had a red band if you are familiar, so we just took it off and took him to the top and they let him go down as much as he wanted...with Jeff or me OF COURSE. He had no fear, wanted to do it over and over...until he got tired and just needed a break. After we had lunch at the waterpark, we noticed they had opened up the outside and Mommy wanted sun on her legs so I was quite pleased :) It was quite pleasant and I talked P in to a rest right by the pool...
After his nap it was really warm and he played for three hours straight in the outside pool. We went down the big outside slides a couple of times, but mostly he just played and worked the crowd. (If you know P you can imagine this scenario....)
We all cleaned up for dinner and went to a very nice Italian place near where we were staying--white tablecloths and all. We really preached to P about it being nice and he needed to be well behaved and he was a PRINCE. Granted, we didn't order him food--he ate the foccacia they brought as appetizer--but he did great and Mommy and Daddy got to enjoy a delicious meal :)
When we got back to Great Wolf we started the MagicQuest. I was so impressed how P had been watching the big kids do the MagicQuest and although he needed LOTS of help (it is HARD y'all!) he knew what he was doing for the most part. It was all fun and games until somebody upchucked in the "hidden stairwell" and I was DONE! Luckily, it was storytime so we did that and got our picture with Wally the Wolf...and went to BED. (As you can see the bunk beds were a HIT! I was the cutest little thing they even had a tv just for the kiddos...can't wait for John Cole to be fighting P for top bunk :)
This morning, after a chocolate donut breakfast for P, he and Daddy went to the waterpark for an hour or so and I worked out and got dressed. Then, the boys got cleaned up and we headed to the SeaLife Aquarium. It was just ok. Preston ran through it in 30 minutes...not worth the admission price that's for sure...but maybe he got something out of it. He did get to touch some live snails and starfish which was pretty cool. After that we took him to lunch at RainForest and headed home. He was asleep BEFORE we got to Terrell.
We just had THE BEST TIME. We really enjoyed our big boy--at one point we were all in stiches as we were listening to KidsPlaceLive to a song called "Don't Fill Up On Chips" and we were trying to come up with kids song ideas on our own. Mine was "Don't Touch the Bottom of Your Shoes" and Dad's was "You Can't Sleep With Mommy and Daddy" and Preston's was "Don't Eat the Grass!" Too much fun. This may not sound very funny but it really was:)
Hope you all had a great weekend. On a very somber note, please say a prayer for Cullen Clark as he lost his mother in a car wreck Saturday morning and his Dad is in the hospital (expected to make a full recovery.) And for those who don't know Cullen's wife, Katie, in addition to being about 36 weeks pregnant has also previously lost both her Mom and only Brother. WAY too much for one family to bear. Please say a prayer--THANKS!
We were excited our friends Ally and Charlie were at the Great Wolf Friday night! We had breakfast with them and played a little Saturday before they had to check out because there wasn't a room big enough for their crew Saturday night. So much fun for them to get to play!