Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Break, Midwest Version

Typically, Spring Break for us includes a couple of trips to the park, lazy mornings, and extra story times. Sometimes we even go crazy and set up a tent inside the house. Sometimes, Spring Break doesn't actually include anything, because I'm working. But this year, through some impressive schedule juggling that ended with me owing several coworkers some favors, all four of us are off work/school at the same time.

Such a historic event deserved for than just a little staycation. Not that there is anything wrong with relaxing at home. It's just that we haven't had anything that resembled a real vacation in a very long time. Since warmer climates were still just a little out of the budget, we decided to head to the next best thing. Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Dells, the Waterpark Capital of the World. And even though Wisconsin in early March may not sound that wonderful to the average person, it sounded perfect to us. I guess that's what Midwestern winters will do to a person. However, we had no intention of lounging pool side in the Wisconsin weather. The best thing about the Dells is the plethora of indoor waterparks. The thought of swimming and sliding and being warm was just what we needed.

The resort we went to was perfect. Complete with wave pool, lazy river, and hot tubs. And definitely water slides.

This trip is also where I learned quite a bit about my boys.

It is almost impossible to scare Monkey. Nearly as soon as we got there, he wanted to go down the inner tube water slide with me. We climbed up the four levels of stairs and stood in line while he excitedly hopped foot to foot. As soon as we started the slide, I realized that not only was the entire ride pitch black, but it was a lot faster than I thought it was going to be. After hitting the water with an enormous splash, I grabbed him and asked if he was okay. His answer, "That was awesome! Let's go again!"

He went on every slide he was allowed to go on. I even found him trying to get in line for ones he was too small for. He couldn't get enough.

Bug, on the other hand, is Bug. He doesn't like it when things move too fast. For example, this was him on the Ferris wheel at the indoor theme park.

I took him on what looked like the slowest water slide, and it still scared him to tears.

Which is why, when he finally decided to go on the smaller waterslides, by himself, I was so proud of him. We cheered each run he made.

It was a great couple of days, filled with go-carts, and miniature golf, and restaurants where the food is delivered on little trains. It was filled with countless water slides, endless trips around the lazy river, and eating out each night.

It may have just been to Wisconsin, but it was just what we needed.


  1. Sounds like a great vacation to me. I would love to go to an indoor waterslide resort! And isn't it funny how different our kids can be? Pretty sure I have two fearless and one very timid. They always manage to surprise us, though.

  2. Oh my gosh that looks so fun. I am so happy you were able to all get time off at the same time. That is awesome!

  3. I am so glad you guys got to take a trip. You SOOO deserved it. And the pictures are adorable. Bug looks older than I remember him looking in earlier pictures you had posted of him.

    MacGyver used to work in Wisconsin Dells. He was a lifeguard at one of the indoor water parks - the Wolf one (Black Wolf, Great Wolf, something like that). I've never been - that was many years before we met, but still it has always sounded like a blast to me.

  4. That looks like so much fun. And how brilliant to have an indoor resort/water park in a place with such brutal winters!

  5. This place looks awesome. Both of my boys are pretty fearless now. It'll be interesting to see if they'll stay like their daddy in that way or become more like me as they get older.

  6. Alaska has a (very small) indoor water park in Anchorage . . . which I can't believe I have never even thought about taking the twins to. Will have to put on my list—now that they're 5, they would love it! Love that last pic--I'll bet your boys slept great after their day at the water park!!