I have wrapped up my short spring break vacation with the kids for the week. The remainder of the week they will spend playing with cousins at Mindy’s parent’s house. It’s all downhill from here; the rest of my week won’t be as great as the last several days have been.
Our vacation has been scaled down several times since I started planning what we could do. Originally I thought we may go skiing in Colorado with my Aunt and Uncle. Then we decided we would still go out of state but changing directions to Ohio. In the end…we had to stay close to home, in part for Bio Dad to exercise his visitation, and traveled less than 35mi from the house but had a great time.
We stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge Sunday and Monday and the kids loved the indoor water park. I got a crash course in single parent vacations. Princess can’t swim yet, and Sugarbear doesn’t swim very well so I needed to get them life jackets to wear in the water park. I got one for Princess and turned around to find that the Teen and Sugarbear were gone. I knew they were headed for the slides; they had been talking about it since we left our room, but I couldn’t find them and I was scared out of my mind for about 10 minutes. I finally caught up with them and got everyone situated but it was not the way I planned to start our time away from the everyday. It took some adjusting to keep track of all three of them by myself but I managed. We stayed up late at night and slept late in the morning. We ate like royalty (we ate the biggest ice cream sundae I’ve ever seen!) and played in the water till our fingers looked like raisins and everything turned out nicely.
After we had enough of the water we decided to squeeze in a movie at the local mall. I like the theater because of the stadium style seating so we went all the way to the top row of the almost empty movie theater and took over four of the seats as if it were our couch at home. We watched “Race to Witch Mountain” while stuffing our faces with candy and I haven't had that much fun at the movies in a long time. Princess nearly fell asleep in my lap and the Teen and I had our feet atop the empty seats in front of us. Sugarbear was on the end opposite me because he didn't want to share the M&M's
To make sure I felt like an adequate father, our time not so far away from home had to include something of educational value so we headed to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and took a tour. The kids got to see how our printed money is made, and I even learned a little too! The tour was a lot of fun and only took about 30 minutes. To further the educational value we then headed to the Museum of Science and History and saw a movie about the Grand Canyon at the Omni Theater. They loved it, and that’s why I loved it.
I stink at photography so the pictures are I have of all of this are really bad. The Teen took a little video for me and it made me dizzy to watch. I’m not sure what she was watching while she was shooting the video…because she doesn’t hold still long enough for us to focus on anything but she tried. So I’m going to make a collage of sorry pictures to put at my desk at work. I figure the quantity may take the edge off the lack of quality. But this one was one of my favorites...the Museum is under construction for renovations and this guy was directing traffic out front.
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