We stayed at a waterpark resort and had plenty of time in the water, at the arcade and hanging out in the (2-story) room. Now, the kids think this place is awesome. We would agree, though it's time for some updating. Thankfully, any waterpark visit forces me to get over my slight germaphobia quickly, so I didn't let usual hotel issues bother me much.
|Swimming, slides and hot tubs|
And this came in handy later, too, when we went downtown to shop and to dinner. We are in LOVE with this restaurant we visited by chance last time - an old mansion-turned-restaurant. We had unique foods and every patron is encouraged to pick one of the MANY old-time hats on display to dine in. (Yes, this is where the germaphobia came in, but I mind-over-matter'ed it.)
|Ice cream stop (with a choice for Cole!) while shopping|
And since the trip started with a straight shot to the beach (what with the seagulls and seaweed wrapping around ankles), it's safe to say I just decided I'd feel clean 3 days later and I'd just have to wait for that.
Lastly, a quick stop since we were so close to cousin Olivia's house. But because she had just had a vacation, too, she was having a vacation hangover complete with fever and chills, so our visit was brief but sweet!
It's funny how things change as the kids age. So much of the time just a few years back was US making the kids happy / laugh. Now, the kids' wit and senses of humor entertain us just as much if not more. The conversations are rich, the laughter is plentiful and the time is precious. I took a moment to look back at pictures of us 2 years ago in this same spot. Turns out, aside from some height differences and differences in smiles, they look pretty similar. I'm thankful for this, because seeing major changes in a short period of time just serves to make time feel as if it is flying by even more than it is.