The best fake ocean ever!

After going on an adventure to locate 5 crystals with my young magi this morning, I’m now typing from our hotel room at the Great Wolf Lodge listening to lullaby music while watching my little girl nap on the couch. Meanwhile my husband and son are tearing it up at the indoor water park! I actually don’t mind being forced to rest for a bit. The downtime allows me to sit back and appreciate how fun this family trip has been so far–and we’ve only been here for a day and a half!

If you’ve never been here before, it’s a fantastic place to bring kids of all ages. There are tame, wading areas for the wee ones, while lots of teenagers (and adults!) are slipping or tubing down scarily high and twisty water slides.

A howlin' good time at the 'ocean'

The major crankiness crusher for me, however, is Slap Tail Pond. You literally feel like you’re sitting by the ocean. They create a comfortable breeze in the air while waves crash at your feet. The best part? I can enjoy all of the fun things about being at the beach without having to slather tons of sunscreen on myself and the kids (we’re all vampirishly pale) or fretting about sand going in their mouths. I’m LOVING how incredibly easy it is to entertain the kids without having to worry–which of course I’m still doing anyway–but they’re helping take the edge off by selling frozen “adult” smoothies at the snack bar. Hello tequila! Just what mama needed. 😉

I hope someone or something encouraged you to chill out today. If not, here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day!




Pre-vacation jitters.

What is it about leaving for vacation–whether it’s for two weeks or two days–that gets me anxious and stressed? Perhaps it’s feeling like I need to get all of my ducks in a row (like doing the 26 loads of laundry I’ve been ignoring for the last two months!) before escaping my routine? Or maybe it’s knowing that taking a break usually means more to do when I come home? You think I’d be happy to get away–especially since I’m always complaining that I want to mix things up. And then when the time comes, I balk at the pressure to get everything done! Ugh, I’m annoyed at myself right now. Guess I’ll chalk it up as just another one of my “quirks”.

Lunch on our deck.

Thankfully Vlad (the husband) gets me–and pretty much knows how to encourage me to sit down and relax. Often the answer lies with food. 😉 Since he’s off from work this week, we had a somewhat leisurely morning after dropping the kids off at daycare. We went to the gym, grabbed a coffee at Starbucks (if you’ve been reading my blog, I’m sure you can guess what I had!), did a little pre-trip grocery shopping, and then ate lunch al fresco. It was a beautiful day: Not too windy where your napkins blow all over the place, and not too sunny where you’re squinting because you haven’t broken out the patio umbrella yet (and didn’t feel like running back inside to grab your sunglasses). Apart from the carpenter bees swarming around our heads and our dog trying to jump up and swallow them whole, it was a lovely lunch–and my crankiness crusher. It also didn’t hurt that I was chowing down on my favorite sub from Jersey Mike’s (turkey & provolone with EVERYTHING on it). Yum.

Okay…back to reality! By the time you read this, we’ll be on the road to the Great Wolf Lodge in PA. I’m really looking forward to checking out this indoor water park; probably just as excited as the kids! Hopefully I will have packed the right stuff, but if not, I’m sure there’s a pricey gift shop that has everything we need (there always is)!

I’ll be bringing my laptop, so I’ll keep you posted on how things are going. Until then, I hope your day is filled with lots of crankiness crushers.  Just remember to look for (or in some cases eat!) them.



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