A little pre-holiday vacation | WW


If one picture could sum up our quick weekend trip, I’d say this has to be it!  She did this totally on her own, and if you can’t see the joy in her face, then I don’t know what you are looking at!

couldn't be happier.JPG

We drove to the Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte/ Concord, just a few hours north of here.  We didn’t tell the girls, well, until the oldest guessed where we were headed when we said we were in North Carolina.

We checked in, immediately changed into our suits, put on our robes (yes, I put my robe on too) and we were off to the indoor water park.  Amazingly, I remembered that we were freezing after exiting the park and walking to our room last year, so I scooped these up and was so thankful.

I think the girls were pretty happy about them, too.

Girls and their robes.JPG

We went and played sans camera the first day, just to check things out and play.  The girls had a blast.  That is an understatement.  Slide after slide after slide!  It was hard for us to keep up.  The joy on their faces was the most memorable!

We went and went and went and then went back to the room, changed quickly and headed to dinner.  I can’t believe the girls didn’t eat more for how hard they played.  But, they were so interested in the food that we didn’t see the Christmas show with the “snow.”  They weren’t too bothered by it, though.

That night, the girls slept in the same bed for the first time. It went surprisingly well.  When I went to check on them, they were all snuggled together.  It might have brought a tear to my eye.

Rested and ready to go, they had donuts for breakfast and wanted to go back to the water park.

#2 was sooo excited to see the bucket.  It dumps around 1000 gallons of water and she thought it was hilarious and awesome.  “Mommy, the bucket.  It’s going to dump over.  They are going to get wet!”

the bucket, the bucket.JPG

Then, she was ready for the slide again.  She went down that thing like she’s done indoor water slides her entire life.  Look at that smile.

the orange slide.JPG

And, this smile, too!


Yep, and that one.  Pretty sure it never left her face.

the exit.JPG

She was all smiles, too, my cautious first born.  It did take her a little while longer to warm up to the idea of the slides, but she eventually did the bigger ones with the tubes with daddy, Grammi and Gramps!  She thought it was awesome.

orange sliding with smiles.JPG

And, daddy even had a matching smile.  They loved this.

mr serious and girls.JPG

The whole family (and random hibiscus trunks dude) was excited to wait for the bucket to dump on them.

waiting for the bucket.JPG

Patiently waiting….

only a little scared.JPG

And waiting…

here it comes.JPG

And, there it is.  They were soaked…and they loved it!


I think it’s safe to say, we’ll be back next year, too.  And, the girls totally remembered.  They asked if we were going to go back every winter.  I guess we’ve started a tradition!

While we didn’t hit up Snowland this year, it really was a fun time for the girls last year.  And, a new addition this year is the life-sized gingerbread house (made of food, of course) in the lobby.  You can even make reservations to eat your meals there!

Book your trip to Great Wolf Lodge now!

*Great Wolf Lodge provided us a discount for our room. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

Similar Posts


  1. I always wanted to go to the one near us where we used to live in TX. Maybe someday. It looks like SO much fun. Glad you all had a blast and yes, those smiles certainly tell the tale!!

    1. Yes, you should totally do it once. It’s a splurge, but it’s so hard not to splurge when you see those smiles.

  2. That is some priceless stuff, there!

    The pics are awesome. Mostly because of those two little models!! I could just squeeze them…so, so cute!!

    What a great weekend! They’ll remember this stuff for years.

    1. You are free to come squeeze them whenever you’d like…and people probably won’t ask you where they get their red hair if you are with them!

  3. i love this bc apparently we have the same tradition! only it is for heart day 🙂 we thought it was a one time special treat – but lilly is convinced we will be going for every heart day. she tells us every. time. we drive by!!

    love how much fun you guys had – it really is one of those cheesy over the top super fun places!

    1. I think we won’t be making it there this year for heart day! Hoping to be resting at home with a new babe in my arms!

      I have a sneaking suspicion Lilly might get her wish:)

  4. we have one in Wisconsin that I’ve never been to but we’ve been thinking about visiting Looks like everyone had so much fun

    1. I recommend at least one splurge on it! The kids have blast…and the parents, well, they do, too!

  5. Audrey has the same suit as N. I love it.

    Sounds like fun. An indoor water park … what a cool idea.

    1. You know, I think we have that one in a smaller version, too…like a 12 month one. Somewhere….

      It really was nice. It’s December and we were at a waterpark..pretty crazy, really.

    1. So very much fun…you should see if there is one by you!

  6. Wow! I’ve wondered what that place was like, good to know the girls enjoy it so much. We’ll have to check it out when we get a chance.

    1. Oh, it’s pretty awesome. There is so much to keep them occupied. And, there are kids everywhere.

  7. What a fun impromptu trip! We haven’t done the Great Wolf Lodge yet but we’ve been to a very similar one here in Wisconsin that we love. for the longest time after our trip there MM asked constantly when we would go again!

    1. I’m surprised they haven’t asked about it again….but we’ve kept them pretty busy!

      I bet the one you went to was just as awesome. You’ll have to go with BB, too.

  8. Oh my goodness, that first picture is PRICELESS! A total framer!!

    1. Yes, that’s what I was thinking! Maybe even a canvas.

  9. Ha awesome! I love random hisbuscus trunks guy too haha! The closest indoor waterpark is 3 hours from us. We should defiantly go soon though because Chicken would LOVE it!
    Also, I haven’t seen you at my new home so I’m thinking you don’t know where I am. You can read about it here: http://www.canadianmama.ca/2011/11/im-still-here.html

    1. He was sort of in the way, wasn’t he?

      This was almost 4 hours, but totally worth it. And, we break out the DVD player for these long trips….you should check it out.

  10. We LOVE the indoor water parks. We have a ton around here, and they are always so much fun. So glad you all had a blast! 🙂

    1. I guess since we are “mild” here, we don’t have as many. This was like a 3.5 hour drive, and another one is about the same in a different direction.

      But, it was definitely fun!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *